All-Atlantic DATA & POLICY Forum (Online)

31 May  | 14:00 - 18:15 CEST

Registration is free


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.


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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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