EMODnet 2030: a new decade for ocean data and marine knowledge
Motivation and key objectives
In 2019, EMODnet reached a milestone of 10 years as a European marine data and knowledge service and broker. In 2020, this was celebrated in a 10 years webinar showcasing EMODnet’s decade of progress, partnerships and achievements. 2021 marks the start of a new and exciting UN Decade of Ocean science for Sustainable Development. The need for high quality, open data from the marine environment and related human activities has never been greater.
The EMODnet Open Conference 2021 (and related partner Jamboree) will build on this momentum, gathering hundreds of diverse stakeholders across the EMODnet partnership and beyond to:
- Celebrate and showcase a decade of progress across the EMODnet network;
- Recognize and further develop existing and emerging partnerships across Europe and worldwide;
- Listen to the user community on the value of EMODnet data, data products and services and what can be done to further optimize the user experience;
- Gather stakeholder input and feedback on the next phase of EMODnet and the vision to 2030.
The associated Jamboree will be a time to celebrate the EMOD-network achievements by the core delivery partners and to identify the optimum ways to move to a harmonized approach, making all data and data products findable, visible and downloadable through the EMODnet Central portal.
The main structure of the Open Conference will be two full days spread over three calendar days, starting 14 June afternoon and finishing 16 June afternoon. Plenary sessions, including presentations and Panel discussions will cover the topics EMODnet‘s progress and key collaborations, including with Copernicus Marine Service, EMODnet data providers and partnerships, EMODnet users, EMODnet for global and Ocean observing and marine data collection.
A full afternoon (15 June PM) will be dedicated to breakout sessions as participant interaction, dialogue and feedback is essential to drive the next phase of EMODnet to be as user-centric and fit-for-use as possible. This will include three key breakout topics: EMODnet for the European Green Deal, EMODnet for Global, and EMODnet next phase data, data products and applications in the digital era. A Virtual Exhibition will showcase EMODnet’s diverse thematic data and data products, together with EMODnet’s Data Ingestion Service, EMODnet for Business, Ocean observing and the European Atlas of the Seas. Community e-posters will also be presented in a dedicated virtual Gallery, with poster pitches presented in Plenary sessions.
Paul Rose (National Geographic Pristine Seas expedition leader, Explorer, Broadcaster, science support authority) will act as the Master of Ceremonies and anchor for the full Conference.