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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.

Networking Friday on the Bioeconomy Mission in Colombia

On October 8th, 2021, 1-3 PM UTC, a fantastic panel will present and discuss the Bioeconomy Mission in Colombia, which was launched in December 2020, being the country's first mission-oriented research policy in Colombia. The main goal of the Mission is to promote the socioeconomic development of the country, from and for the regions, through the efficient and sustainable management of biomass, biodiversity and its ecosystem services for the generation of products and processes with high added value through science, technology and innovation.

Networking Friday on Coastal Observation and Modelling Systems in Brazil

On July 23rd and July 30th, 2021, 1-3 PM UTC, we will host a very comprehensive overview of the coastal ocean observing and modelling systems in Brazil, which will present current initiatives and future perspectives. The development of the Blue Economy in Brazil needs more and better data for informed decision- and policy-making, stronger collaboration at national and international level and broader and deeper engagement of key stakeholders (government, academia, industry and civil society) to simultaneously foster sustainable economic growth and preserve the health of marine and coastal ecosystems and biodiversity for future generations.

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.

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.

Networking Friday with ASTRAL

On May 28th, 2021, 1-3 PM UTC, we will have a very special Networking Friday with ASTRAL (All Atlantic Ocean Sustainable, Profitable and Resilient Aquaculture), which is a HORIZON 2020 project financed under the Blue Growth programme, and is led by the Norwegian Research Centre (NORCE). The project will contribute to the implementation of the Belém Statement to develop a strategic partnership on marine research and it will participate in building the All Atlantic Ocean Community.

Networking Friday with EU Marine Robots

On May 21st, 2021, 1-3 PM UTC, the Networking Friday with EU Marine Robots will present an overview of the H2020 project EU Marine Robotics Research Infrastructure Network (EUMR), which will be organized around the three types of activities of the project: Transnational Access (TNA). Joint Research (JRA) and Networking Activities (NA).