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  Ricardo Serrão Santos (Member of the European Parliament)
10' Reflections on national requirements for ocean observation and monitoring of the marine and coastal environment, Perspectives from European Marine Institutes Jan Mees (Director VLIZ, Chair of the European Marine Board)
10' Climate Change Risks for coastal areas and related adaptation needs in Europe.

Elena Visnar Malinovska (Head of unit Adaptation to climate Change, European Commission Directorate-General for Climate Action) 

10' The importance of marine data and observations for the private sector 

Quillon Harpham (Member of the EC Marine Knowledge Expert Group, HR Wallingford) 

10' Messages from 4th GEO Blue Planet Symposium Pierre-Yves Le Traon (Mercator Ocean, Copernicus Marine Environmental Monitoring Service, CMEMS)

Towards a European Ocean Observing System (EOOS): from vision to strategy and implementation

Sheila Heymans (European
Marine Board) & Glenn Nolan
15' Q&A Open Floor


15:30-16:00 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 Economy
Claire Jolly (Organisation for
Economic Co-operation and
Development, OECD)
15' Assessing economic value of ocean observation activities - case studies Monica Grasso (National
Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration, NOAA)
15' Business perspectives on the Marine Knowledge Value Net Mr Arjen Uytendaal (Managing
Director of Nederland Maritime
Land; European Network of
Maritime Clusters)
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 between academia, research, public services and industry;
  • How can (better) observations help save costs, generate added value, and improve quality of products/services.


Moderator: Ralph Rayner (NOAA, London School of Economics and Society for Underwater Technology affiliations)

Panelists from different maritime sectors:

  • Rémy Gruet (Ocean Energy Europe, OEE)
  • Mario Dogliani (Fondazione CSMARE)
  • Richard Heard (INSITE Programme Director) 
  • Alexandra Neyts (European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform, EATIP) NTBC
  • Chip Cunliffe (Director, Sustainable Development XL Caitlin) TBC
18:00-18:45 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
8:45-10:00 - Session 2 – European ocean observation gaps and requirements

5' Introduction by Session Chair Stephen Isoard (European Environment Agency,
15' Integrated ocean observing: insights from EMODnet Sea-basin data stress-tests Jun She (DMI, EMODnet Baltic Sea-basin Checkpoint)
15' European ocean observation gaps and requirements – insights from AtlantOS and other projects and initiatives Erik Buch (EuroGOOS)
15' Ocean ecosystems: How can new approaches and technologies address gaps and requirements Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi (EMB WG biological observations; also involved in GOOS BIO/ECO and vice-Chair Tasman Crowe)
15' In-situ/satellite observation requirements from the Copernicus Marine Service Antonio Reppucci (Mercator Ocean, Copernicus Marine Service)
10' Q&A  

10:00-10:30 Coffee Break

10:30-13:00 Session 3 – Sharing observing and monitoring efforts across stakeholders

5' Introduction by the session Chair
Marine knowledge value chain - towards an end-to-end cycle approach

David Mills (Marine Centre Wales, Bangor University, UK)

15' Multi-use of infrastructure for monitoring: experiences from the JPI Oceans pilot action Svend Otto Remoe (Research Council of Norway) 
15' Use of data and observations collected by industry: Experience from the Statoil LOVE observatory  Anders Hermansen (Principal Engineer Sustainability Environment technology, Equinor)
15' Mapping the Seabed: how to coordinate and integrate hydrography-geology-biology survey efforts to start tackle the vast gap in seabed coverage - experiences from Building a broadscale European Seabed Habitat Map (EUSeaMap)

Steve Gibson (Director of Evidence, JNCC)

5' Q&A and short discussion  


Breakout discussions in groups 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: from indicators to variables

5' Introduction David Connor (DG ENV)

Joint monitoring between Member States

Experiences on Member State collaborations from pilot projects in North and Celtic Seas

Lisette Enserink (senior policy advisor, Rijksswaterstaat - Water, Transport and Environment)
15' Evolution of monitoring landscape Mediterranean Sea Gyorgyi Gurban (Mediterranean
Action Plan)
15' Fisheries and ecosystem approach Mark Dickey-Collas (International
Council for the Exploration of the
Sea, ICES)


Panel discussion  

15:30-16:00 Coffee Break
16:00-18:30 Session 5 – Future trends in a global context

10' Introduction

Chair: Gilles Ollier (DG RTD) TBC

15' Experiences from efforts to develop a new integrated observing system linking different basins in Canada (CIOOS) Andrew Stewart (DFO, Canada)
15' Overviews of Chinese monitoring activities  State Oceanic Administration in China (SOA) NN

Observing the Oceans - Challenges for our Human Future

Karen Wiltshire (Alfred Wegener Institute, AWI) 


Future trends in ocean observing and monitoring: new scientific and technological developments

João Borges de Sousa (head of Underwater Systems and Technology Laboratory, University of Porto)

17:05-18:30 Breakout discussions in groups covering topics of Session 4 (Regional efforts; ecosystem monitoring) & Session 5 (Global efforts; emerging trends and approaches) as well as integrated ocean observing platforms  
18:45-19:30 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;
19:30-21:00 Conference Buffet Dinner  
  Evening Presentation – Volvo Ocean Race Toste Tanhua


Day 3 - 23 November 2018 from 9:00 until 12:30

09:00-9:15 Wake up talk
09:15-09:30 Summary of breakout discussions day 2 (Plenary)
09:30-10:30 Session 6 - Sustainability, planning of activities, future priorities and next steps


Open Panel Discussion on

  • Planning of observing/monitoring activities in Europe;
  • Sustainability and system requirements of ocean observing platforms and data collection;
  • Sustainability of the European Ocean Observing Coordination Framework;
  • Future priorities and next steps.


  • George Petihakis (Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Chair of EuroGOOS)
  • Laurent Louvart (Director of international office at Shom)
  • Catherine Boyen (Biological Station Roscoff)
  • Pier-Francesco Moretti (Italian Research Council CNR, Department of Earth and Environment)
  • Mathieu Belbeoch (JCOMM OPS)
  • Tammo Bult (President, The European Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Organisation (EFARO) TBC
  • Stephan Isoard (European Environment Agency (EEA) TBC

10:30-11:00 Coffee break
11:00-13:00: Closing Session

  • European Ocean Observation in context of International Strategies and developments: the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Decade of Ocean Science for sustainable development - Vladimir Ryabinin (Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and Assistant Director-General of UNESCO) – 15’
  • Closing round table (60’) – How can national and European authorities/bodies contribute to the coordination of European Ocean Observation and Monitoring efforts?

  • Conference conclusions & final reading and delivery of the EOOS Conference Message (45')

o Messages of support / statements from attending stakeholders
o Conference Conclusions 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