Virtual conference on Ocean Governance – Nov 19-20, 2020


IASC member Achim Schlüter invites you to attend the final and virtual “Conference on Ocean Governance: Action insights and foreshadowing challenges” exploring the governance of the oceans from varied disciplinary traditions with empirical and conceptual contributions from Europe and beyond.

The conference will be held from November 19 to 20, 2021 and hosted jointly by the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) and the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT), in cooperation with the European network funding programme “Cooperation of Science and Technology” (COST).

What are the topics?

The conference reflects on the last four years of the COST Action program “OceanGov” and brings together researchers and policy makers from more than 29 countries. During keynotes and panels, participants will discuss new topics in academic scholarship and policy-making on ocean governance in the European context and upcoming challenges to the future of our oceans.

Keynotes feature

  • Prof Edward H Allison on “Equity and Justice in the Blue Economy”;
  • Prof Yoshitaka Ota on “Ocean Equity: why should we care?”; and
  • Prof Kristina Gjerde on “Advancing towards effective and equitable governance of the global ocean beyond national boundaries: progress, prospects and next steps”.

The keynotes will frame a series of panels which range from more theoretically-oriented ones to panels tackling arising ocean governance challenges. Topics include sustainable blue economy, the development of integrative regional approaches and strategies, marine emerging infectious diseases, food security, climate change and ocean warming, development challenges, ocean and resource management, knowledge production, conflict and dialogue, and many more.

What is the program for the conference?

Note that all times are given in 24-hour format and in CET, please check the time difference for your location and plan accordingly.

November 19

12:45 – 13:15 Welcome and opening of conference by Anna-Katharina Hornidge and César Giraldo-Herrera

13:15 – 13:45 Keynote “Equity and justice in the blue economy” by Edward H Allison

13:45 – 14:00 Virtual coffee break

14:00 – 15:00 “Traversing oceanic and coastal space”, chaired by Maarten Bavinck

14:00 – 16:45 “Land-sea interactions”, chaired by Achim Schlüter and Natașa Văidianu

15:15 – 16:45 “Connecting Science and Social Science for Sustainable Seabed Use”, chaired by Kimberly Peters and Phillip Steinberg

16:45 – 17:00 Virtual coffee break

17:00 – 18:30 “Bringing the pieces together: Area based management tools for effective integrated ocean management”, chaired by Sebastian Unger and Elena Gissi

18:30 – 19:00 Social mixing

17:00 – 18:30 Panel discussion “Privatisation of the oceans”, chaired by Achim Schlüter and Maarten Bavinck

November 20

13:15 – 13:45 Keynote “Ocean equity: why should we care?” by Yoshitaka Ota

14:00 – 16:15 “Fisheries governance”, chaired by José Pascual-Fernández and Aline Delaney

14:00 – 16:15 “Connecting ocean acidification research with the UN Decade of Ocean Science”, chaired by Roberta Guerra

16:15 – 16:30 Virtual coffee break

16:30 – 17:30 “Oceans’ contribution to food security”, chaired by Maarten Bavnick

16:30 – 17:30 “Emerging infectious diseases and the ocean, policies and diplomacies”, chaired by César Giraldo-Herrera

17:30 – 18:00 Keynote “Advancing towards effective and equitable governance of the global ocean beyond national boundaries: progress, prospects and next steps” by Kristina Gjerde

18:00 – 18:30 Closing session “The future of the European marine social science scape” by Achim Schlüter and Maarten Bavnick, chaired by Anna-Katharina Hornidge

About COST Action

The European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST) is funded by the EU under various research and innovation framework programmes such as Horizon 2020 and supports bottom-up, excellence-driven, open, and inclusive networks financially. COST Actions research networks are highly interdisciplinary and offer open spaces for collaboration among scientists across Europe and beyond.

Where to learn more?

For registration, please fill out the form provided by the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) by following this link.

More information regarding the event can be found here.


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