EOOS Conference Preliminary Programme

The programme is regularly updated with details about speakers and session chairs.

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Day 1 – Wednesday 21 November 2018

14:00-15:30 Opening Session – Welcome and opening keynotes 

Timing Title Speaker
5' Welcome and introduction - Conference programme, objectives
and outline of the proposed EOOS Conference Message
Conference organisers
10' Opening statement - Perspectives from European Marine
10' Opening statement Ricardo Serrão Santos (MEP)
10' Reflections on National requirements for ocean observation and
monitoring of the marine and coastal environment
Philippe De Backer Federal
State Secretary for the North
Sea (Staatssecretaris voor
Bestrijding van de sociale
fraude, Privacy en Noordzee
Federale Regering) – TBC
10' EU policy requirements Bernhard Friess (DG MARE)
10' Message from the 4th GEO Blue Planet Symposium Pierre Bahurel / Pierre-Yves Le
Traon (Mercator Ocean,
20' Towards a European Ocean Observing System: Current Observing
and Monitoring efforts in Europe, EOOS in a nutshell, why do we
need EOOS and how do we get there from Strategy to
Sheila Heymans (EMB) & Glenn
Nolan (EuroGOOS)
15' Q&A Open Floor


Coffee Break 

16:00-17:45 - Session 1 – Economic and societal value of marine observing and monitoring

10' Introduction:
Future Ocean Economy: Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean
Claire Jolly (OECD)
15' Assessing economic value of ocean observation activities case studies Monica Grasso (NOAA)
15' Business perspectives on the Marine Knowledge Value Net Mr Arjen Uytendaal (Managing
Director of Nederland Maritime
Land; European Network of
Maritime Clusters) – TBC
5' Q&A + discussion with audience  
60' Moderated panel discussion
Open discussion with audience on
  • Importance of access to marine observations and data for businesses
  • Contributions from private sectors and public-private collaborations in data collection and sharing
  • Common areas of interest across academia/research with industry
  • How can (better) observations help save costs, generate added value, and improve quality of products/services


Panelists from different
maritime sectors
18:15-18:45 Poster Session 1 - Connecting the dots for EOOS
Poster pitch presentations covering conference themes
  • Theme Session 1 – Economic and non-economic value of ocean observing and monitoring
  • Theme Session 2 – Gaps & Requirements
  • Theme Session 3 – Sharing efforts & collaboration across sectors and communities;
  • Additional theme - From standalone to integrated ocean and coastal observing platforms;
  • Additional theme - Ocean observing by and for Industry: What are the needs and benefits for society?
19:00-21:00 Networking reception and dinner  


Day 2- 22 November 2018 from 9:00-17:00
9:00-10:00 - Session 2 – Gaps & Requirements

5' Introduction
With many different uses, there is a broad range of
requirements of data/observations. Are the data we
collect fit for purpose/use?
Henrik Steen Andersen (EEA)
15' Integrated ocean observing: insights from EMODnet Sea-basin data stress-tests Jun She (DMI, EMODnet Baltic Sea-basin
15' Ocean ecosystems: How can new approaches and technologies (e.g. for biological parameters) help to
fill some of the gaps and requirements
Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi (EMB WG biological
observations; also involved in GOOS BIO/ECO
and vice-Chair Tasman Crowe)
15' EOOS Gaps and requirements – insights from the
EOOS implementation plan pilot project
Erik Buch (EuroGOOS)
10' Q&A  

Coffee Break

10:30-13:00 Session 3 – Sharing observing and monitoring efforts in Europe

5' Introduction
Marine knowledge value chain - towards an end-to-end cycle approach
15' Experiences from the JPI project X - fishing boats collecting other types of information Svend Otto Remoe TBC
15' Use of data and observations collected by industry:
LOVE observatory
Statoil representative
15' Mapping the Seabed: how to get hydrography- geologybiology survey efforts coordinated and integrated to start tackling the vast gap in seabed coverage - experiences from Building European Seabed Habitat Map (EUSeaMap)  
5' Q&A and short discussion  
11:30-13:00 Breakout discussions in groups (105’) covering topics of Session 1 (Economic value with focus on Ocean observing by and for Industry), Session 2 (Gaps/requirements), Session 3 (Sharing)  

14:00-15:30 Session 4 – Regional ecosystem monitoring and observation efforts – indicators to variables

5' Introduction David Connor (DG ENV)
15' Joint monitoring between Member States
Experience from pilot projects in North and Celtic Seas MS collaborations – bringing communities together
Lisette Enserink (the Netherlands)
15' Evolution of monitoring landscape Mediterranean Sea Gyorgyi Gurban (UNED/MAP) TBC
15' Fisheries and ecosystem approach Mark Dickey-Collas (ICES)
14:50-15:30 Panel discussion with representatives from each of Europe’s main basins (Baltic, Mediterranean & Black Sea, North Sea, Arctic and Atlantic)  

Coffee Break
16:00-18:00 Session 5 – Future trends in a global context

10' Introduction
Building on Session 4, reflect on how European regional monitoring efforts contribute to global assessments
How does Europe look out to connect to global initiatives or initiatives in other areas and vice versa
Chair (European): Elena Visnar
Malinovska (DG CLIMA) TBC
10' Future trends in ocean observing and monitoring: new scientific and technological developments  
10' Monitoring and observing in other parts of the world -
IMOS (Australia)
Tim Moltmann (IMOS, Australia)
10' Monitoring and observing in other parts of the world -
Canadian efforts to develop a new integrated observing
system linking different basins (CIOOS)
Andrew Steward (DFO, Canada)
10' Monitoring and observing in other parts of the world -
Chinese monitoring activities
State Oceanic Administration in
China (SOA) TBC
17:00-18:30 Breakout discussions in groups (60’) covering topics of
Session 4 (Regional efforts; ecosystem monitoring) &
Session 5 (Global efforts; emerging trends and
approaches) as well as integrated ocean observing
19:00-19:30 Poster Session 2 - Connecting the dots for EOOS
Poster pitch presentations covering conference themes
  • Theme Session 4 – Regional ecosystem monitoring efforts
  • Theme Session 5 – European contribution to global efforts and emerging areas (future look at the next generation of observing and monitoring tools and approaches)
  • Theme Session 6 – EOOS Sustainability, future priorities and next steps
  • Additional theme - Citizen Science for observation and monitoring;
  • Additional theme - Ocean observation and Human Health: Monitoring needs and benefits;
19:00-21:00 Conference Buffet Dinner  
  Evening Presentation – Volvo Ocean Race Toste Tanhua & Guest


Day 3 - 23 November 2018 from 9:00 until 12:30
09:00-09:30 Summary of breakout discussions day 2 (Plenary)
09:30-10:30 Session 6 - EOOS Sustainability, future priorities and next steps

30' Open panel discussion on planning of observing/monitoring activities Representatives from main
observing/monitoring communities
30' Open panel discussion on sustainability and system requirements Funders, implementers at national and European level Heads of Marine Institutes

10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-12:30: Closing Session

  • Closing round table (60’) with Member State and EC representatives – How can MS and different EC DG’s contribute to the implementation of EOOS?
  • EOOS links to International Strategies and developments (GOOS new strategy, UN SDGs, Decade of Ocean Science for sustainable development, …) - Vladimir Ryabinin (IOC)
  • Conference conclusions & final reading and delivery of the EOOS Conference Message (30’)

o Messages of support / statements from attending stakeholders
o Conference Conclusions - organizing committee representative
o Presentation and handover of the Conference Message
o Closing Statements by Karmenu Vella (Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and
Environment) TBC

13:00-14:00 Lunch