EuroGOOS Ocean Literacy at the Marine & Inland Waters Research Symposium 2022

The EuroGOOS Ocean Literacy Working Group and the UN Ocean Decade project ‘Scientists for Ocean Literacy’ will be presented at the Marine and Inland Waters Research Symposium 2022 in Greece. The presentation will feature in session “Mediterranean Sea (and Fresh Water) Literacy in the Era of 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)”.

The presentation will showcase the EuroGOOS ‘Scientists for Ocean Literacy’ project endorsed by the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030.

The ‘Scientists for Ocean Literacy’ project aims to empower scientists as ocean advocates to their communities, countries, and regions, and help transform ocean knowledge and awareness into actions for sustainability. The project has several objectives:

  1. Support blue careers and education,
  2. Promote activities in the land-freshwater-sea continuum,
  3. Help share best practices and impact assessment guidelines among ocean literacy practitioners, and
  4. Embrace multi and trans-disciplinarity and inclusiveness through connecting science with art and culture.

The project was developed from the work of the EuroGOOS Ocean Literacy Network which has been promoting the role of the European (including Mediterranean) oceanographic and meteorological agencies in educating and engaging with the general public towards a more ocean-literate society. The ‘Scientists for Ocean Literacy’ project will raise public awareness about the importance of sustained publicly-funded information on the ocean state, natural and anthropogenic-induced phenomena, and requirements for sustainable ocean management. The ‘Scientists for Ocean Literacy’ project is connecting science with society not only through conferences and publications, but through outreach and engagement with the public in the cities, at the coast and far away from it, in schools and hospitals. The activity will follow the strategic outlook delivered by EuroGOOS in its policy brief, titled ‘Ocean Literacy in European Oceanographic Agencies – EuroGOOS recommendations for the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030’.