The ocean is still the least explored part of the planet. Yet, it is clear that the ocean may hold more solutions to what we need, be it to supply sufficient food for growing populations or the medicine for future disease and pandemics. And still, ocean literacy is low both among policy-makers and the general population. We need more science and knowledge on the ocean, and to disseminate it broadly.
A comprehensive approach is needed to raise ocean literacy and awareness of the ocean’s ecosystem. One place to start would be to strengthen education on the ocean in schools, and educate the ocean science leaders of the future. Also, partnerships are vital to raise global awareness of what the ocean hides and may provide.
Within the framework of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and considering Goals 4, 14 and 17 of the 2030 Agenda, this event will look at how to raise ocean literacy through research and higher education.
The keynote speaker will be Ambassador Peter Thomson, UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean, and there will be an all-women panel with experts from the University of Bergen, the University of the West Indies and the University of Cape Town, who will provide examples of how local knowledge is used in research and higher education – including examples of funding opportunities, experiences working with government bodies to strengthen ocean-related science, and how academia can contribute to raising ocean literacy awareness.