A varied programme comprising presentations, workshops and interactive panel sessions with those leading the field of Oceans research. You will have the chance to collaborate and network with researchers, funding agencies, NGO’s and policy makers.


Day 1 - AM

Dr Luisa Schmidt, Researcher, Science Journalist and Writer, University of Lisbon

9.00 Keynote address - 'Strengthening the science-policy interface for ocean sustainability’- Dr Wendy Watson-Wright, Executive Secretary, IOC and Assistant Director-General, UNESCO

9.30 Keynote address - 'Blue growth' - Lowri Evans, Director General of DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission

Session 1 - Ocean Global Policy

10.00 'Oceans: Research, Innovation and Collaboration' - Mark J. Spalding, President of the Ocean Foundation

10.30 Coffee break

11.00 ''Ocean partnerships', Professor Trevor Platt, Executive Director, POGO'

11.30 Panel discussion 'Ocean Global Policy'. Chair: Dr Isabel Torres de Noronha, Future Ocean Alliance. Speakers: Dr Wendy Watson-Wright, IOC-UNESCO,  Professor Joaquín Tintoré, SOCIB, Gilles Lericolais, JPI-Oceans, Mark J. Spalding, the Ocean Foundation

12.15 Lunch

Day 1 - PM

13.30 Keynote address - Dr Catarina Grilo -'International Collaboration for Improved Marine Governance', Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Gulbenkian Oceans Initiative

Session 2 - 'Clustering for collaboration'

14.00 'Clustering the role of trans-regional networks', Vilhjálmur Jens Árnason, Project Manager, Iceland Ocean Cluster Ocean partnerships

 14.30 - 'Setting up the European Marine Bio Cluster', Pedro de Sampaio Nunes, Head of EUREKA Secretariat

15.00 - Panel session: 'Clustering for collaboration', Chair: Isabel Gião de AndradeVieira de Almeida & Associados. Speakers: Dr Catarina Grilo, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Gulbenkian Oceans InitiativeVilhjálmur Jens Árnason Iceland Ocean Cluster. Professor Trevor Platt, POGO, Pedro de Sampaio Nunes, EUREKA Secretariat

15.30 - Coffee break

Session 3 - 'Funding Marine Research' Chair, Dr Luísa Schmidt, researcher, science journalist and writer, University of Lisbon.

16.00 - 'Horizon 2020 - the New European Framework', Dr Yulia Matskevich, Research Development Manager (EU) Brunel University

16.30 - Panel Session: 'Funding Agencies', Chair: Catarina Pinto Correia, Vieira de Almeida & AssociadosSpeakers: Dr Maria João Fernandes and Juliana Monteiro, National Contact Point (NCP) A Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia , Dr Mike Rogers, Marie Curie Actions, UK Mr. João Santos Silva, Chairman of EuroAgri FoodChainEureka, and Dr Ángeles Rodríguez-Peña, President of the COST Association 

17.15 - Round tables, poster session and drinks reception: Round tables' hosts : Dr Maria João Fernandes, Juliana MonteiroDr Mike Rogers , João Santos Silva and Dr Deniz Karaca and Mark Spalding

18.00 - Event day 1 closes


Day 2 - AM

CHAIR: Professor Emanuel Gonçalves, Vice-Director, Mare

9.00 Keynote address: 'Portugal’s new measures for the protection and preservation of the marine environment', Professor Manuel Pinto de Abreu, Secretary of State for the Sea, Portugal

9.30 Keynote address: 'Oceans Sustainability', Professor Henrique CabralDirector and Coordinator of  MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Centre

Session 1- 'Marine Ecosystems'. 

10.00  'Blue Growth Opportunities', Ricardo Frederico Correia 

10.30 Coffee break

11.00 'Coastal zones and ecosystems: Vision, challenges and innovative approaches towards integrated management',  Dr Marta Rodrigues, National Laboratory for Civil Engineering (LNEC)

11.30 'Changing our relationship with the blue planet: the consequences of biodiversity loss in the ocean and some ideas on what we can do about it' Professor Alex Rogers, Scientific Director of the International Programme on State of the Ocean (IPSO)

12.00 ' Extreme ecosystems associated with hydrocarbon-rich fluid venting: from plate tectonics to microbial communities' Professor Luis Pinheiro, Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies University of Aveiro

12.30 Panel Session: 'Marine Ecosystems' Chair: Manuel Gouveia Pereira,Vieira de Almeida & Associados. Speakers: Professor Henrique Cabral, MAREProfessor Alex Rogers, IPSO,Professor Luis Pinhero, University of Aveiro and Marta Rodrigues, LNEC

13.00 Lunch


Day 2 - PM

Session 2 - 'Ocean Conservation'. Chair: Carla Castelo, Environmental Journalist at the SIC television network

14.00 ‘Environmental Support for Maritime Operations as the Driver for Innovation in Marine Science and Technology’, Professor Luis Quaresma, Instituto Hidrografico

14.30 'The impact of climate change on the world’s oceans: A sectorial analysis of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth Assessment Report' - Professor Hans-Otto Pörtner, Alfred Wegener Institute

15.00 Coffee break

Session 3: 'Innovation'

15.30 'JPI Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans ', Dr Gilles Lericolais, JPI Oceans Management Board

16.00  'Plastic Aquatic – Creative opportunities for cleaner oceans', Simen Knudsen, Maritime Advisory, DNV GL

16.30 Close and  visit to the Oceanarium