All-Atlantic DATA & POLICY Forum (Online)

31 May  | 14:00 - 18:15 CEST


Under the umbrella of the All Atlantic Cooperation for Ocean Research and Innovation (AANChOR-CSA) Project, the All-Atlantic Data Policy Forum forms part of the implementation of the Joint Pilot Action for Work Package 5 of AANChOR (Common Standards for Data and Information Sharing), and takes place in the run-up to the All-Atlantic R&I for a Sustainable Ocean Conference

The All-Atlantic Data and Policy Forum brings together speakers and panellists from across the Atlantic Ocean discussing and debating four topics that are pivotal to the future of Trans-Atlantic data and information sharing.

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  • What is the importance of Atlantic Ocean scientific data in the context of global change?
  • How will this data generate a solid and inclusive knowledge base for the development of solutions towards the achievements of the Sustainable Development Goals and for science policy and management decisions?


  • Build a coalition of stakeholders with common goals towards data and information sharing.
  • Promote a governance approach and guidelines on how Atlantic Ocean natural and social science data, including indigenous bio-cultural knowledge, are collected, stored and managed.
  • Launch the Roadmap for the All-Atlantic Ocean Data Space (AAODS)
  • Release a White Paper providing recommendations for governments, enabling them to address critical issues arising from the need for sharing scientific data in an equitable and accessible manner.


  • To encourage the adoption of a data-driven mentality in scientific research, which will generate a good knowledge base for policy and decision making.
  • To influence the development of guidelines and legislation focused on Atlantic Ocean data collection and use, thereby opening the door for the Trans-Atlantic adoption of common standards for information and data sharing in the spirit of ‘open science’ and the FAIR/CARE principles.
  • To create a Trans-Atlantic federation of data infrastructures, in close collaboration with our sister projects, Atlantic brothers and other international initiatives.
  • To make Atlantic Ocean data available through a web-based platform All‑Atlantic Ocean Data Space (AAODS). The AAODS will provide maximum online availability and accessibility of data and contributes to wider efforts towards future ocean governance.
  • To ensure that all stakeholders have free access to relevant data and contribute to the sustainable stewardship of the Atlantic Ocean for the global common good.



Our speakers and panellists from across the Atlantic Ocean have summarised their presentations and panel moderators have drawn conclussions from the four different thematic sessions (detailed in the programme below). You can find the summaries, the panel conclusions as well as links to all presentations in this document:

e-Report of the All-Atlantic DATA & POLICY Forum (Online)

OUR PROGRAMME: Please download the programme here.


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13:45 - 14:00

14:00 - 14:10


Arrival / Joining the forum


Welcome notes

Olga Sato (Universidade de São Paulo - USP) | Brazil

Nicolas Dittert (Konsortium Deutsche Meeresforschung - KDM / Leibniz-Zentrum für Marine Tropenforschung - ZMT) | Germany

Nikki Funke (Council for Scientific and Industrial Research - CSIR) | South Africa

Julie Reimer (All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador) | Canada

14:10 - 15:05

Panel 1

North Atlantic, South Atlantic, Southern Ocean: Their importance with respect to global change

Moderator: Rafael Sperb (Universidade Federal do Rio Grande - FURG) | Brazil

  • Alexandra Neyts (European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform - EATiP) | Belgium/Norway
  • Gregory Foltz (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - NOAA) | United States of America
  • Alberto Piola (Servicio de Hidrografia Naval and Universidad de Buenos Aires - SHN) | Argentina
  • Pip Bricher (University of Tasmania - UTAS) | Australia
  • Ronald Buss de Souza (Instituto Nacional de Pesquisas Espaciais - INPE) | Brazil
  • Linwood Pendleton (The Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution - C4IR - Ocean) | France/Norway

15:05 - 15:15


15:15 - 16:05


Panel 2

Fisheries, effects of emerging pollutants, impacts on society

Moderator: Brad de Young (Memorial University of Newfoundland - MUN) | Canada

  • Jose Angel Alvarez Perez (Universidade do Vale do Itajaí - UNIVALI) | Brazil
  • Paulus Kainge (Benguela Current Convention) | Namibia
  • Pedro Reis Costa (Instituto Português do Mar e da Atmosfera - IMPA) | Portugal
  • Tarron Lamont (Department of Forestry,  Fisheries & the  Environment - DFFE) | South Africa
  • Valeria Guinder (Universidad Nacional del Sur - Consejo Nacional de Investigaciones Científicas y Técnicas - UNS - CONICET) | Argentina

16:05 - 16:15


16:15 - 17:05


Panel 3

The role of data as a knowledge base for societal action and policy and management decisions

Moderator: Roberto de Pinho (Ministério da Ciência, Tecnologia, Inovações e Comunicações - MCTIC) | Brazil

  • Marinez Scherer (Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina - UFSC) | Brazil 
  • Gilbert Siko (Department of Science and Innovation - DSI) | South Africa 
  • Sakina-Dorothée Ayata (Sorbonne Université) | France 
  • Anna Zivian (Ocean Conservancy) | United States of America
  • Gabriele Pieri (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - CNR) | Italy

17:05 - 17:15


17:15 - 18:05

Panel 4

Data infrastructures and services

Moderator: Tina Dohna (Data Pu­blis­her for Earth & En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence PANGAEA / Zentrum für Marine Umweltwissenschaften - MARUM) | Germany

  • Luiz Gadelha (Brazilian Marine Biodiversity Database - BaMBa / Laboratório Nacional de Computação Científica - LNCC) l Brazil
  • Lucy Scott (International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange - IODE / United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - UNESCO) l Belgium
  • Mathieu Belbéoch (Joint Centre for Oceanographic and Marine Meteorological Observing Programme Support - JCOMMOPS) l France
  • Sara Pittonet Gaiarin (TRUST-IT Services) l Italy
  • Wim Hugo (Data Archiving and Networked Services - DANS) | Netherlands

18:05 - 18:15


Conclusion of the forum

Nikki Funke | Nicolas Dittert | Olga Sato


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