EMODnet – Open Conference 2023

Brussels, Belgium, 29-30 November 2023.

Over November 29 and 30, EMODnet experts from the full partnership will present the latest developments and innovations in EMODnet’s in situ marine data services, user-interface and infrastructure to meet user and policy needs for a digital and green future.

This will include EMODnet’s key role in the EU Digital Twin Ocean, including the creation of a common data lake between EMODnet and Copernicus Marine Service. It will also discuss how the EMODnet offer is evolving in terms of diversifying data collection e.g., citizen science, filling data gaps in existing parameters, resolution and geographical scope, expanding data parameters e.g., genomics, and increasing EMODnet’s offer of marine data and knowledge for societally relevant topics e.g., coastal vulnerability, sea level rise, biodiversity etc.

On 30 November at 9:00 – 10:30, LifeWatch ERIC‘s CEO, Christos Arvaniditis, will present “Current Landscape: Wider Data Infrastructures and Disruptive Technologies” during session 4 “EMODnet, Ocean Observation and the marine knowledge value chain”. Session 4 will showcase EMODnet’s key role within the marine knowledge value chain and EMODnet’s strong connection with the ocean observation and data collection community across Europe and beyond. The session will include a presentation on EMODnet Data Ingestion, dialogue on EMODnet’s key role as an in situ marine data aggregator, publisher and data product producer, and EMODnet’s partnership with Copernicus Marine Service and EuroGOOS via the Marine In Situ Coordination Group.

Data providers, collaborators and users across Europe and beyond will deliver testimonials on the crucial ways that EMODnet’s marine data, information and knowledge currently serves the marine and maritime community. This will include a spotlight on how EMODnet’s marine knowledge is used for regional sea-basin assessments and by Member States to implement EU policy e.g., MSFD, MSP in addition to EMODnet hosting National Maritime Spatial Plans.

EMODnet’s collaboration with the private sector will also be highlighted, showcasing how the Blue Economy depends upon EMODnet services for high-quality marine environmental and human activities data to support operations at sea, and how EMODnet is supporting businesses in data sharing and ingestion efforts, to maximise access to marine data, for the benefit of society. 

EMODnet’s contribution to the Global Ocean Data Ecosystem will also be discussed, including new and emerging partnerships worldwide, EMODnet’s ongoing input to IODE and the Ocean InfoHub in terms of European regional  best practices, and EMODnet’s active role in the UN Ocean Decade, including as an implementing partner.

Consult the full programme here.

ΕΜΟDnet – LifeWatch ERIC Autumn Data School

Lecce and online, Italy, 13-15 November 2023.

Over November 13 and 14, a group of researchers from the African Mediterranean countries will gather in Lecce to join our DATAthon. During this event, they will work collaboratively in teams, applying data science tools and techniques to solve practical problems and generate insights and potential solutions. The focus of the DATAthon will be on imparting knowledge on best practices for data management, covering everything from the collection of the dataset to its publication. Researchers will bring their dataset to work on and follow all the necessary steps to ensure its successful submission to Marine Research Repositories such as MedOBIS and the LifeWatch ERIC Metadata Catalogue, focusing on facilitating its reuse.

On November 15, EMODnet trainers and the invited researchers will organize a hybrid Training Session to familiarise themselves and the registered participants with Citizen Science platforms like Zooniverse and the LifeWatch Citizen Science Platform. During this session, participants will learn how to create a Citizen Science project and engage volunteers in the historical data rescue and standardisation process. The Workshop organisers will select a historical dataset for participants to work on during this session.

Agenda (November 15)

09:00
09:30
Registration
09:30
09:40
Opening Welcome
Overview of the workshop’s objectives and structure
Dimitra Mavraki (HCMR)
09:40
10:00
Presentation of the LifeWatch Citizen Science Platform
Marco Elia (LifeWatch ERIC)
10:00
11:00
Introduction to the Zooniverse platform.
Case studies of a Zooniverse project focused on marine data transcription.
Ioannis Rallis (HCMR)
11:00
11:30
Coffee Break
11:30
12:30
Hands-On Session – Create Your Own Zooniverse Project
12:30
13:30
Lunch Break
13:30
15:00
Hands-On Session – Act as Citizen Scientist 
15:00
15:30
Coffee Break
15:30
16:30
Hands-On Session – Act as Citizen Scientist 
16:30
17:00
Questions and closure of the workshop

52nd Congress of the Italian Society of Marine Biology

52nd Congress of the Italian Society of Marine Biology.

Messina, Italy, 12–15 June 2023.

The 52nd Congress of the Italian Society of Marine Biology, organised by the University of Messina, will be taking place from 12-15 June at the Science Department of the University of Messina, in Italy.

The congress of SIBM (Società Italiana di Biologia Marina) will see the participation of LifeWatch ERIC with LifeWatch ERIC’s marine biologist Alessia Scuderi, who will present the Alborán project. During the session dedicated to the vulnerability of the species, habitat and resources of the coastal marine environment, Scuderi will present ‘Cetaceans and marine traffic in the Strait of Gibraltar: difficult but possible coexistence’ and part of her presentation will be dedicated to LifeWatch ERIC’s project Alborán.

European Blue Forum – Official Launch Event!

European Blue Forum

Brest, France / Hybrid, 26 April 2023.

As a part of the European Blue Forum, the European Maritime Spatial Planning Platform (MSP) is creating Europe’s Blue community. A community of different users of the sea, passionate and committed to working together to deliver bold and ambitious change to our shared challenges of nature and climate change. As part of the Forum, stakeholders will have the opportunity to influence the structure and direction of the European Blue Forum in a balanced and inclusive way, and through this, the future of Europe’s Sustainable Blue Economy.
 
The event will provide a platform for everyone, whether part of a large organisation or not, and regardless of how well established the sector or topic you work on is, to share your priorities, challenges and ideas, and contribute to building a common and united path towards the vision of the Sustainable Blue Economy.
 
The Launch Event is only the beginning of the European Blue Forum’s activities!

More information at this link.