Program Core Event


7 JULY, 2:30 PM – 5:15 PM CEST


Monika Jones

2:30 pm


- Welcome and introduction to the Ocean Decade:
  The journey ahead - What are the outcomes of the Ocean Decade?
- Introduction to the Ocean Decade Laboratories
- Overview of the program
- Video presenting the ocean as a place of wonder and inspiration

Monika Jones, event moderator

Julian Barbière,Head of Marine Policy and Regional Coordination Section
     of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO

Martin Visbeck, Head Research Unit „Physical Oceanography”,
    GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel University, Germany

2:40 pm

DRIVING THE CHANGE: The relationship between society and the ocean

- Are we ready to change?
- How to drive the step change required for sustainable behavior changes
- How to anchor science in policy frameworks for long-lasting changes
- How to create empathy, ensure inclusivity and inspire action throughout the Ocean Decade?


Leila Ben Hassen, Founder and CEO of Blue Jay Communication Ltd


Sir Peter Gluckman, President Elect of the International Science Council
     and President of the International Network for Government Science Advice

Emma McKinley, Research Fellow at Cardiff University and Chair of the Marine Social Sciences Network

Gerald Singh, Assistand Professor at the Memorial University of Newfoundland
     and Deputy Research Director at the Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center

Antony Firth, Co-Chair of the Ocean Decade Heritage Network (ODHN),
     Technical Advisor for the Honor Frost Foundation and Director of Fjordr Ltd.


Easkey Britton, Marine Biologist, Big Wave Surfer and Author

Q&A with audience

Challenge 10: An Inspiring and Engaging Ocean (video)

3:25 pm

INSPIRING TO CARE: The power of communication

- Innovative approaches to scientific communication
- What is the role of changemakers, influencers, innovation and coalition in various sectors,
   including food, fashion, sport and art, in changing the narrative and fostering action in the Ocean Decade?


Diva Amon, Marine Biologist and Director of SpeSeas


Richard Vevers, Founder and CEO of the Ocean Agency

Mirella Leis, Founder of the Fish Market

Katy Croff Bell, Founder and President of the Ocean Discovery League

Anne-Cécile Turner, Sustainability Director at The Ocean Race

Q&A with audience

4:10 pm


- The role of ocean literacy, media, education and citizen science in the Ocean Decade
- Empowering indigenous and local knowledge holders through the Decade
- Supporting early career and young ocean professional communities to create a legacy for the future
   via the Ocean Decade


Londy Ngcobo, Captain, Ship Navigator, Dredge Master and Maritime Speaker


Nikita Shiel-Rolle,
     Founder and CEO of the Young Marine Explorers and the Cat Island Conservation Institute

Anissa Saudemont, Founder of

Jonatha Giddens, Fellow at National Geographic and Chief Scientist DSRP
     at the National Geographic Society Exploration Technology Lab

Xianfeng Zhang, Professor at the Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences

Q&A with audience

Retrospect V.ECOP Day (short video)

4:50 pm


- Wrap-up and next steps
- Virtual Dive
- How to stay engaged in the Ocean Decade

Vladimir Ryabinin,
     Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO

Maya Gabeira, 2x World Record holder and Oceana Ambassador

Erika Woolsey, Co-Founder and CEO of The Hydrous, Visiting Scholar and Lecturer
     at Stanford University and National Geographic Explorer

5:30 pm – 6:30 pm

EMPOWERING TO ACT: Innovation workshop

Interactive breakout sessions