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2024 Ocean Decade Conference & Ocean Decade Week

Monday 8 April 2024 - Friday 12 April 2024

: Hosted by the Government of Spain in Barcelona, Spain

Delivering the science we need for the ocean we want

8th -12th of April 2024

Hosted by the Government of Spain in Barcelona, Spain

Plymouth Marine Laboratory is taking part in the 2024 Ocean Decade Conference (10-12 April) and the Ocean Decade Week (8-12 April) and you can find highlights of our activities and links in the table and wording below.

This year marks the fourth year of implementation of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). Under the leadership of UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, the Ocean Decade has already galvanized thousands of partners around the world to start delivering the science we need for the ocean we want.

Our Director of Science, Prof. Steve Widdicombe, sits on the Ocean Decade Conference Programme Committee and PML staff are leading and taking part in several satellite events on-site and off-site. Prof. Ana QueirósDr. Claire Szostek and Prof. Steve Widdicombe will be speaking in the thematic sessions as part of  main conference programme.

Prof. Matt Frost is the Chair of the UK National Decade Committee (NDC) and working closely with UK Government, other decade committees and IOC UNESCO in organising a number of NDCs activities. 

PML trustees Dan CrockettDr Jyotika Virmani and Dr Véronique Garçon are also in attendance, in addition to Honorary Fellow Torsten Thiele.
 
The final draft versions of the Ocean Decade Vision 2030 white papers will be presented and discussed during the thematic ‘Science Solution Forums’ at the Conference, with Dr. Anthony Ndah and Prof. Steve Widdicombe on Expert Working Groups 2 and 7 respectively for these papers.

You can meet with the PML team during any of the events or find us on the Marine Research Plymouth (booth 1, in the Foyer at the Barcelona International Convention Centre), a partnership between PML, the Marine Biological Association of the UK and the University of Plymouth. 

Find out more about the Ocean Decade Week and conference >>
 

Highlights of PML activities at the conference

 

 8 April 2024

   
9:00 - 11:00 

The Ocean Decade from a National Perspective: what does success look like?

Professor Matt Frost speaker and co-organizer (as UK National Decade Committee Chair) By invitation only 
09:00 -17:00

Communication Symposium
The symposium will support the development of ocean-climate communication best practice guidelines and associated resources as part of the Project ‘Advancing Strategic Ocean Communication‘.

Daniel Jones and Thecla Keizer MSc attendees By invitation only 
17:00 - 18:30 The European Blue Schools toward the ambitious target of UNESCO about ocean literacy in the school curricula, a dialogue promoted by the ProBleu, SHORE and BlueLightS Consortia Coalition under the EU Ocean Mission toward the Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) goal. PML is a ProBleu partner

Click here for the event invitation 

Institute de Ciéncies del Mar, room Margalef

       

 

9 April 2024

   
09:00 -17:00 Communication Symposium
The symposium will support the development of ocean-climate communication best practice guidelines and associated resources as part of the Project ‘Advancing Strategic Ocean Communication‘.
Daniel Jones and Thecla Keizer MSc attendees By invitation only 
09:30-11:00 Catalyzing Source-to-Sea Synergies towards Healthy Rivers and a Healthy Ocean Professor Steve Widdicombe panelist, Amy Kenworthy speaker and PML an event partner (Thecla Keizer MSc co-organizer)

 
Click HERE to register

Click here to join the livestream

Click here to view the flyer

Click here to view the e-card

Institute de Ciéncies del Mar, room Margalef
12:00 - 13:30 Ocean Futures 2030: Marine genetic resources and global benefit sharing Professor Matt Frost presentation on the BBNJ agreement and panelist Click here for further details

Edificio MediaTIC, Carrer de Roc Boronat, 117, Sant Martí, 08018 Barcelona
17:00 - 18:30

Global Awareness, Research activities and Network to Address Ocean Microplastic Pollution

Dr James Clark is a panelist and Plymouth Marine Laboratory a co-host Click here for the QR code and here for the event overview and registration 

Barcelona Biomedical Research Park
       
 

10 April 2024

   
All day PML is a partner in the Marine Research Plymouth exhibition booth with the Marine Biological Association and the University of Plymouth  The full PML delegation Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB)Booth number 1, in the Foyer
13:15 - 14:45

Bridging Billions to Barcelona: The Indian Ocean Event

Professor Matt Frost panelist Click here for futther details

Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB), Indian cean Room
16:30 - 18:00
Session 1, Challenge 5: Science and Solutions for a Clean, Healthy and Resilient Ocean presentation: Ocean acidification research for a sustainable ocean: From chemistry to society
Professor Steve Widdicombe speaker Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB), Pacific Ocean Room (Area 08)
16:30 - 18:00 Session 1, Challenge 1: Science and Solutions for a Clean, Healthy and Resilient Ocean. Oral presentation and formal launch: Introducing the Global Ocean Artificial Light at Night Network Professor Tim Smyth is Co-lead of the Global Ocean Artificial Light at Night Network, together with Dr. Thomas Davies (University of Plymouth) who will give the presentation.  Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB), Arctic Ocean Room
       

 

11 April 2024

   
All day PML is a partner in the Marine Research Plymouth exhibition booth with the Marine Biological Association and the University of Plymouth  The full PML delegation Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB), Booth number 1, in the Foyer
08:30 - 09:45 Moving from Science to Action on Ocean Acidification—Why Does It Matter?  How Is It Being Achieved? Co-hosted by the IAEA, OA Alliance, and NOAA in partnership with GOA-ON and UN Ocean decade programme Ocean Research for Sustainability (OARS) Professor Steve Widdicombe 
is a Co-lead of OARS and Co-chair of the GOA-ON, Amy Kenworthy is the OARS Programme Manager and taking part in the  event's discussion 
Click HERE to register

Click here for the flyer

Barcelona  International Convention Centre (CCIB)Southern Ocean Room
13:30 - 14:30 What can National Decade Committees do for you? Linking Global and National priorities through stakeholder engagement. Professor Matt Frost speaker and co-organizer (as UK National Decade Committee Chair) Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB), Indian Ocean Room  
16:30 - 18:00 Session 3, Challenge 6: Science and Solutions for a Safe and Predicted Ocean presentation: Early Warning System: climate-smart, economically viable and socially acceptable marine planning across the UK Nations Professor Ana Queirós will give the presentation Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB), Arctic Ocean Room
16:30 - 18:00 Session 3, Challenge 7: Science and Solutions for a Safe and Predicted Ocean presentation: Global capacity building for transformative, smart ocean observations and tools in response to the climate crisis and biodiversity crises. Dr Claire Szostek will give the presentation Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB), Pacific Ocean Room
       

 

12 April 2024

   
All day PML is a partner in the Marine Research Plymouth exhibition booth with the Marine Biological Association and the University of Plymouth  The full PML delegation Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB), Booth number 1, in the Foyer
08:30 - 09:45 Ocean carbon: The knowns and unknowns Professor Steve Widdicombe speaker and with Amy Kenworthy also co-organizer. PML is an event partner. Click here for the flyer and programme 

Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB), Pacific Ocean Room
08:30 - 09:45

Technology and innovation showcase 

Dr Claire Szostek speaker Click here for further details on the on-site side events 

Barcelona International Convention Centre (CCIB), Caribbean Ocean Room