22/02/2022 | As proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, 2021 to 2030 is the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. One of the manifold decade actions are the Ocean Decade Laboratories. They focus on one of the seven outcomes of the Ocean Decade and are a creative, interactive platform to support action for the Ocean Decade around the globe.

From 9 to 11 March participants from across the world will come together for the fourth Ocean Laboratory, dedicated to “A Healthy and Resilient Ocean”. Scientists, NGO and industry representatives, the young generation and even artists will share their work and ideas for the future of the ocean. The Laboratory is organised and chaired by PD Dr Tim Jennerjahn from the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) and Professor Dr Karen Wiltshire from the Alfred-Wegener-Institute – Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research. ZMT's Dr. Aisa Manlosa and pupils from the Kippenberg-Gymnasium in Bremen are among the core event speakers on 9 March.

The Ocean Laboratory follows the goal to catalyze action for the Ocean Decade and to strengthen dialogue and outreach. It will cover all sorts of topics related to challenges to a healthy and resilient ocean, and will explore the key elements required for the change we need to see over the course of the Decade.

It also invites for interaction of the audience with the speakers during the core event and interested participants can continue discussions after the event in open end networking tables which are moderated by some of the speakers. Aisa Manlosa for example is inviting for a networking table under the theme "What is your vision of a healthy ocean?"

"We know about the many problems, but in our Laboratory we want to show the way forward, we want to develop a vision of a healthy and resilient ocean in our discussions with scientists, with stakeholders and with the young generation and we want to highlight what is already being done and how everybody can contribute to a healthy ocean," says Tim Jennerjahn.

The Laboratory encompasses a core event that will be complemented by a diverse range of satellite activities and a virtual platform:

Virtual event platform

We bring all participants together virtually via the event platform. Register now and start networking. Find out about speakers and Satellite Activities and visit the virtual exhibition booths.

Core Event – 9 March, 4.00 pm to 8.00 pm CET

Watch the livestream on the event platform with keynote speeches and panel discussions involving scientific experts, the young generation and stakeholders as well as international initiatives. It is all about mapping and protecting marine ecosystems – in various ways. Be part of the Q&A at the end of each session or take advantage of the networking possibilities right after the Core Event.

48 hours of Satellite Activities

Between the Core Event and the Wrap-up, the fourth Laboratory will include a total of 34 Satellite Activities hosted by a diverse range of experts from several fields and pursuing various goals. They will be covering topics like achieving innovations to restore seagrass beds, helping coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean to become more resilient, fighting plastic pollution ... and a lot more!

Wrap-up – 11 March, 4.00 pm to 5.30 pm CET

Have you missed anything? Watch the Wrap-up! Here you will get a glimpse of all the highlights of the platform, the Core Event and the Satellite Activities.

The Ocean Decade Laboratory is hosted by the BMBF and the IOC-UNESCO and is accessible after registration. Everyone interested is warmly invited to be part of the journey!

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