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Marine Biodiversity Networking Fridays

On November 12th, 2021, 1-2 PM UTC, we will have our first Marine Biodiversity Networking Friday, which will be brought to you by the Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) and the AIR Centre. This session, MBON and the organization of a global community for the Ocean Decade: Priorities, benefits, and co-design strategies, will engage participants in the design of the Marine Life 2030 Ocean Decade program, including a request to contribute to the leadership of themes and tasks.

Webinar | First Meeting AIR Centre – Caribbean

On October 8th, 2021, 4-6 PM UTC, we introduced the AIR Centre | Caribbean and respective opportunities for an Atlantic basin collaboration. Caribbean countries and overseas territories have a long history of interactions and many common challenges and shared goals. Nonetheless, barriers for scientific and technological cooperation persist, which sometimes hampers the development of collaborative solutions to address climate change, biodiversity loss, destruction of habitats, natural hazards, marine pollution, unequal economic growth and its impacts on rural and urban livelihoods. Preserving and restoring Caribbean marine and coastal resources and fostering effective partnerships for small islands developing states will require stronger international cooperation not only within the region, but with other countries around the Atlantic Ocean as well.

ONWARD Webinar 3 – Applied Geotechnologies For Waterborne Disease Studies In Brazil

On July 13th, 2021, 2-3 PM UTC, Ricardo José de Paula Souza e Guimarães, Instituto Evandro Chagas, Brazilian Ministry of Health, presented and discussed Applied Geotechnologies For Waterborne Disease Studies In Brazil at the 3rd Webinar of the ONWARD Series on Water Related Diseases, Their Links to Environmental Quality, Monitoring Methods and Solutions.

Networking Friday with Thierry Chopin (University of New Brunswick, Canada)

On July 16th, 2021, 1-2 PM UTC, Thierry Chopin, Professor of Marine Biology at the University of New Brunswick (UNB) in Saint John, Canada, and founder of Chopin Coastal Health Solutions Inc., marvelled us all with his insights on Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA): responsibly farming our waters by taking advantage of ecosystem services within a circular economy approach.

Networking Friday on the All-Atlantic Pledging Campaign

On July 9th, 2021, 1-3 PM UTC,  the Networking Friday on the All-Atlantic Pledging Campaign discussed the existing commitments and the way forward to better understand, care and protect our threatened Atlantic ocean. Every day we hear or read about the ever-growing list of threats that our ocean is now facing due mostly by human action or inaction. From global warming and habitat destruction to marine pollution and overfishing, marine ecosystems and biodiversity are severely impacted, so urgent global action is needed to immediately revert current trends and to broadly restore and preserve the ocean’s health for future generations.

Networking Friday with UNICOSTA (Colombia)

On June 25th, 2021, 1-2 PM UTC, we will learn more about the Universidade de la Costa (UNICOSTA) with Alexis Sagastume (Energy Department) and Ana Lucia Duarte (Civil and Environmental Department). The moderator will be Marcos Silva. UNICOSTA is a private, non-profit, national Higher Education institution. Leader in technological development and innovation where for 5 decades more than 40,000 integral citizens have been trained. It has a physical and technological infrastructure and alliances at a national and international level, which has allowed the teaching, research, extension, and internationalisation processes to be developed with excellence. In addition, it is accredited in high quality, committed to ensuring learning through its undergraduate and graduate programs.

Networking Friday with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC)

On June 18th, 2021, 1-3 PM UTC, we had a very exciting session with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), in support of the United Nations Programme on Space Applications. SGAC is a global non-governmental, non-profit organisation and network which aims to represent university students and young space professionals to the United Nations, space agencies, industry, and academia.

Ocean Exploration, Ocean Science, and Ocean Technology: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

On June 8, 2021, 2:00-4:00 PM UTC, we will commemorate the World Ocean Day with a unique panel led by Alan Leonardi, former Director of NOAA’s Ocean Exploration Program and current President and CEO of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, which represents the leading American ocean science, research, and technology organizations from academia, industry, and the larger nonprofit sector, in shaping the future of ocean science and technology and in setting the ocean community up for success. The central topic will be the past, present and future of ocean observation and how it will contribute for achieving the Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life Below Water and for delivering greater benefits for both the ocean ecosystems and for society within the context of the UN Decade of Ocean Science 2021-2030.

Networking Friday with Isa Elegbede (BTU)

On June 11th, 2021, 1-2 PM UTC, Isa Elegbede, Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU), Cottbus, Germany, discussed how to integrate approaches in seafood certifications through socio-ecological and technological inclusiveness in the Blue Economy. The moderator was Ife Okafor-Yarwood is a Lecturer in Sustainable Development at the School of Geography and Sustainable Development, University of St Andrews.