September, 10 2019
September, 10 2019
The United Nations General Assembly has declared the decade 2021-2030 as the « Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development ». The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO is in charge of submitting a programme for this decade. To this purpose, a series of international events, workshops and symposia are organized to contribute to the work of IOC. IOC is assisted in this task by a group of 19 international experts, the Executive Planning Group.
In this context, the Ocean University Initiative has proposed to the MARE conference in June 2019 to organize an international event, between conference and workshop. The aims are to gather researchers in the human and social sciences, in all their diversity, to identify central issues and conditions for the involvement of the social sciences in the UN initiative. Our event, under the name GLOSS (GLobal Ocean Social Sciences), has been labelled « Ocean Decade Event » by the IOC
There will be 6 brainstorming sessions organized in small groups, 6 to 8 people around 1 table with a maximum of 120 participants. Each group will be invited to discuss on series of thematic, disciplinary and methodological questions with the aim of co-creating a ground-breaking report that will be submitted to the Executive Planning Group to be held in January 2020. This contribution will also feed the discussion at the Global Planning Meeting planned in June 2020 to gather the views of stakeholders before the adoption of the implementation plan for the decade by the United Nations General Assembly’s in November 2020.
The event will take place at « Le Quartz » congress hall in Brest (France) on November 5th and 6th.
Registration fee is 100 € to cover cost of lunches and organization, extra 30€ for those who wish to join for social dinner. We invite PhD students and Post-Doc to apply to act as group discussion rapporteur; registration fee waiver for selected candidates. See registration web page for conditions.
Established in a maritime region by nature, at the heart of a research and academic environment which gathers over 7000 scientists and academics, the Université de Bretagne Occidentale has developed excellence in marine science.
Founded in 1997, the European Institute for Marine Studies is a department of the Université de Bretagne Occidentale (UBO), an Earth and Space science observatory, which federates over 400 UBO, National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS), French National Research Institute for Sustainable Development (IRD), and Ifremer staff members and together with 200 Masters students and as many PhD candidates. Because of its scope and foundation, this research ecosystem meets the conditions to allow the UBO to support a United Nations University Institute dedicated to the science and governance of the ocean and coasts. I am utterly convinced that this institute will be a fundamental tool to unify French skills and interests’ global influence regarding the ocean, based on the United Nations University goals.