A New Era of Blue Enlightenment Event and Launch of the European Union – Brazil – South Africa Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Cooperation

12/07/2017 - 14/07/2017

Commissioner Carlos Moedas will host this High-Level Ministerial and Scientific event joined by high-level government representatives from Brazil and South Africa, as well as from the European Union.

This event will celebrate the launch of the South Atlantic Flagship Initiative between the European Union, Brazil and South Africa, aiming to better understand and protect marine ecosystems and the link between oceans and climate. A Statement on Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Cooperation between the European Union, Brazil and South Africa is planned to be signed during the event, on 13 July. Among the cooperation areas included in the statement: (i) Climate and ecosystem approaches; (ii) Earth and ocean observation and forecasting systems; (iii) Food security, fisheries management and aquaculture; and (iv) Ocean technology.

The conference programme will be organized as follows:

  • 12 July (day 1) will be dedicated to advancing with Building an Atlantic Ocean Community: Project and Ideas Meeting Place. This part will comprise 13 sessions organised in parallel throughout the day, and will bring together key stakeholders, industry experts, funding agencies, research performing organisations, foundations and academia.
  • 13 July (day 2) will celebrate the signing of the Belém Statement and the launch of the South-South Framework for Scientific and Technical Cooperation in the South and Tropical Atlantic and Southern Ocean. A number of round-table discussions will continue into the afternoon with renowned speakers and the marine research community. Glenn Nolan, EuroGOOS secretary general, will join the high-level panel of the Striving Synergies session. 
  • 14 July (day 3) will comprise a wake up session, a blend of round-table discussions, guest speakers and networking opportunities. Dina Eparkhina, EuroGOOS policy and communications officer, will act as rapporteur for the Atlantic Ocean Entrepreneurship session.

The event will be brought to a close by high-level representatives from Europe, Brazil and South Africa providing the concluding remarks, reflecting on the ways in which research and innovation are critical to furthering our cooperative scientific efforts in the Atlantic Ocean.

Programme and further information on the event’s webpage 

Champalimaud Fundation

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