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Updates: Read here the conference final joint statement released by the Research Infrastructures Consortia represented at the conference – EMSO, EMBRC, EuroArgo, ICOS-Marine, LifeWatch and EPOS.



The United Nations Organisation has launched the 2021-2030 Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development to provide a framework to ensure sustainable management of the Oceans.

EMSO ERIC, the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water-column Observatory Research Infrastructure Consortium, is keen to announce the

EMSO Conference: preparing for UN Decade of Ocean Science.

EMSO ERIC welcome marine researchers, engineers, and representatives of industry, Institutions, Research Infrastructures and Funding Agencies.

The conference aims to offer an international scientific framework to increase the coordination and the effectiveness of international cooperation worldwide. By stimulating the exchange of information, best practices, and strategy alignment, the conference is designed to contribute to the improvement of the conditions for sustainable development and fulfillment of societal needs, increasing the awareness of the importance of the Ocean’s health.

The main conference themes are:

  • Ocean Health and Biodiversity;
  • Climate change;
  • Hazards (natural and anthropogenic);
  • Blue economy

Thematic sessions will consist of presentations and discussions.

There will also be two special sessions:

  • EMSO ERIC data services (12th Feb.)
    Description: This workshop will expose attendees with EMSO ERIC data and will provide training on data services, including the EMSO ERIC virtual research environment. The attendees will access EMSO ERIC data using different mechanisms and tools (including the EMSO ERIC API and MOODA) and will be provided with training for manipulating and visualizing the data programmatically using notebooks. The workshop will focus on time series data (EOVs) and is open to any individuals interested in EMSO ERIC data and data analysis and visualization.
  • EMSO Label, priorities and roadmap (14th Feb.)
    The EMSO Label is undergoing development. EMSO Regional Facilities providing services under the EMSO Label will fulfill a set of commonly agreed QA/QC rules. The current Label development consists in specifying those rules and how their implementation assessment will lead to the Label awarding, in order to meet international expectations with regard to the production of ocean observation data. Presentation and update of the main Label chapters will be provided. The discussions will provide insight from participants into each of them. The subsequent Label roadmap will be defined. Although this session is primarily intended for EMSO stakeholders in charge of the Label development, we welcome all EMSO service users as well as individuals involved in similar initiatives worldwide. (Registrations are now closed for this event)

If you wish to submit an abstract, please read the call for abstract submission here – The deadline is 17th January.

Click here for the conference agenda.

For any other needed information feel free to send an email to: EMSOConference2020@emso-eu.org We will reply in the shortest time possible.

Information about the venue of the conference and about accommodation at this page.

To register, please click on the “register” button below and fill in the form.

The deadline to register is 17th January.

We hope to count on your active participation!

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EMSO ERIC was established as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium by the European Commission in 2016. Decision of September 29th 2016 - 2016/1757/EU. Fiscal Code 97908370584 VAT Number 14062811006

Registrations are closed for this event