Ocean Observing and Ocean Literacy – a Win-Win Deal

The EuroGOOS Ocean Literacy network has been established to upscale the national efforts of the EuroGOOS members and contribute to broader Ocean Literacy efforts globally.  Since 2021, the network operates as EuroGOOS Working Group on Ocean Literacy. Download our OceanObs’19 poster here.

The EuroGOOS Ocean Literacy Working Group works to:

  • Provide visibility and recognition of the members’ Ocean Literacy efforts at pan-European and global levels;
  • Allow re-using, re-purposing, adapting or translating each other’s materials;
  • Join efforts in collaborative projects or initiatives and help foster international partnerships;
  • Contribute to the European role in international Ocean Literacy in link with the UN Ocean Decade’s developments.

The EuroGOOS Ocean Literacy Working Group brings together experts from 22 organizations; in 9 countries and 4 organizations with pan-European or global remit. The working group is co-chaired by Angela Pomaro (CNR, Italy) and Yolanda Koulouri (HCMR, Greece) with Dina Eparkhina ex officio co-chair as coordinator of EuroGOOS UN Ocean Decade Action ‘Scientists for Ocean Literacy’.

Members include:


  • EuroGOOS UN Ocean Decade Action ‘Scientists for Ocean Literacy’ – Dina Eparkhina – Action Coordinator
  • Joint Centre for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology in situ Observations Programmes Support (OceanOPS) / Ocean Observers Working Group – Emanuela Rusciano
  • Euro-Argo ERIC / Ocean Observers Working Group – Claire Gourcuff
  • Mercator Ocean International – Gratianne Quade 


  • National Research Council (CNR), Italy – Angela Pomaro – Working Group Co-Chair
  • Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC), Italy – Paola Agostini
  • Institute for Environmental Protection and Research (ISPRA), Italy – Elena Giusta and Marta Mancazeichen
  • National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics (OGS), Italy – Donata Canu and Elisa Banchi
  • National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), Italy – Marina Locritani, Simona Simoncelli, and Antonio Guarnieri


  • Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR), Greece – Panayota (Yolanda) Koulouri – Working Group Co-Chair


  • AZTI tecnalia, Spain – Carolina Alonso and Maria Calvo Uyarra
  • Institute of Oceanography (IEO), Spain – Mari Carmen García
  • Balearic Islands Coastal Ocean Observing and Forecasting System (SOCIB), Spain – Veronica Ortiz, Llúcia Ribot, and Rosa Rodríguez


  • Irish Ocean Literacy Network, Ireland – Noirin Burke
  • Marine Institute, Ireland – Rachael Brown
  • Camden Education Trust, on behalf of Marine Institute, Ireland (Explorers Education programme) – Cushla Dromgool-Regan


  • Met Office, United Kingdom – Ana Aguiar
  • National Oceanography Centre (NOC), UK – Peter Ryde


  • Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), Belgium – Kelle Moreau


  • French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer) – Lucie Cocquempot
  • Sailing Hirondelle – Louise Ras


  • Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA), Norway – Louise Valestrand, Kai Sørensen, and Andrew King


  • Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment – Kajsa Tönnesson


The EuroGOOS Ocean Literacy WG Terms of Reference are available here: