On September 8th, 2023, 1-2:00 PM UTC we will have a special Marine Biodiversity Networking Friday session with Dr Germain Bebe. Germain will present the Black in Marine Science (BIMS) initiative, a premiere platform that aims to celebrate Black marine scientists, spread environmental awareness, and inspire the next generation of scientific thought leaders. Since 2020, BIMS has focused on establishing and expanding programs, events, and projects focused on 4 key pillars: i) Ocean literacy, ii) Community Outreach, iii) Member Development, iv) Innovative Research.
On July 28, 2023, 1:00 - 3:00 PM UTC, the Networking Fridays will commemorate the International Day for the Conservation of the Mangrove Ecosystem (26 July) with a lecture entitled MANGROVE-HUMAN CONNECTIVITY: BEYOND MOLECULAR by Yara Schaeffer-Novelli (IOUSP). The moderator will be Renato de Almeida (UFRB). The presentation will be done in Portuguese with remote simultaneous translation to English.
On June 23, 2023, 1:00 - 2:00 PM UTC, we will have a very special programme to commemorate Guatemala's membership to the AIR Centre. The National Secretary of Science and Technology, Ana Chan Orantes, will introduce us to the latest policiers and achievements in science, technology and innovation in Guatemala, including the Heroines in Science Programme, which will be showcased by Karla Evelyn Paz Cardón and Carmen Lucia Barrios Guzmán.
On June 16th, 2023, 1-2:00 PM UTC we will have a special session dedicated to the EU project MARCO-BOLO (MBO). Nicolas Pade (EMBRC), project coordinator, will present this initiative which aims to structure and strengthen European coastal and marine biodiversity observation capabilities, linking them to global efforts to understand and restore ocean health, hence ensuring that outputs respond to explicit stakeholder needs from policy, planning and industry. To this end, MBO will establish and engage with a Community of Practice (CoP) to determine end-user needs to optimize marine data flows, and knowledge uptake, and improve governance based on biodiversity observations.
On May 26, 2023, 1-3 PM UTC, we will have the Networking Friday LabPlas Project High-Level Dialogue on Plastic Governance, which will bring together the plastic industry, scientific community, intergovernmental organizations and civil society, in order to discuss what the different actors in Europe (industry, society, policy) are achieving to address the highly complex and multi-faceted problem of plastic pollution, and to present the ambitious research from LabPlas project, in terms of key issues related to plastics in ecosystems, such as sources, biodegradability, ecotoxicology and environmental assessment.
On May 19th, 2023, 1-2 PM UTC, Ronald Gervasoni and Walkyria Novais, from SANEPAR, will guide us through a live tour at the Planet Water Museum in Tarumã, Curitiba, Brazil. The Museum is an important space for education and awareness about the importance of water and sanitation and it has several interactive exhibits that address topics such as the water cycle, the importance of sewage treatment and the preservation of rivers and oceans.
On February 10th, 2023, 1-3 PM UTC we will have the Marine Biodiversity Networking Friday with MAELSTROM, which will be dedicated to marine litter and biodiversity, focusing on current scenarios and future challenges.
On February, 2023, 1-2 PM UTC, Tamer Abu-Alam (Department of Arctic Marine Biology, The Arctic University of Norway - UiT ) will talk about CloudEARTHi: Building innovation capacity for the use of Big Data in Environmental Sciences, Sustainability, Circular Economy and diversity in society.