Aix-Marseille University invites you to a European conference on the challenge of protecting the oceans

After a first conference in 2019 dedicated to neuro-technologies, Aix-Marseille University invites you to attend its second European conference on June 16 dedicated to the societal challenge of "Protecting our oceans, the challenge of European leadership in the world".

Wednesday, June 16, 9:00 am to 5:30 pm
- Event to follow online (registration required)
- Available in French and English

The interactions between marine sciences, public policies and society will be the subject of this conference placed under the high patronage of MEP Maria da Graça Carvalho, rapporteur at the European Parliament of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT), former rapporteur of the Horizon 2020 framework program for research and innovation and former Portuguese minister in charge of science. The scientific coordination is entrusted to Richard Sempéré, director of the Mediterranean Institute of Oceanology (MIO) of Aix-Marseille University and of the new Institute of Ocean Sciences of AMU.

In dialogue with senior representatives of the European Commission and UNESCO as well as NGOs, European scientists will contribute to the challenges that Europe intends to address, in particular through two angles: the fight against the disruption of marine ecosystems caused by climate change and the challenge of the dispersion of marine contaminants. Two areas where the excellence of oceanographic research in Aix-Marseille is making a contribution of global significance.

This event, which is in line with World Oceans Day 2021, will be an official contribution to the United Nations Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development 2021-2030.

At the European level, the Conference intends to contribute to the European Green Pact and to the future "Star of the Sea" Mission initiated by the Horizon Europe framework program for research and innovation, which will be the subject of a Communication from the European Commission in the coming weeks.

On this occasion, AMU intends to promote young scientists whose research is particularly promising. Through the exchange it allows with other universities and European actors, this event aims to accelerate collaborations, at a time when these are made more difficult by the health crisis. They remain a priority for the United Nations and the European Union in the face of environmental challenges and the decisive role of ocean sciences in observing, understanding and acting on global changes, including climate change, a cause to which Aix-Marseille University is permanently committed.

To learn more about the program, the 10 partners and the 21 speakers:

The European Conference is organized by the Aix-Marseille University Representative Office in Brussels, opened in 2016 within the Delegation of the Sud-Provence Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region in the European capital.