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Three years after the start of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), a global conference will bring together the Ocean Decade community and partners to celebrate achievements and set joint priorities for the future of the Decade. Hosted by Spain and co-organized with UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO), the 2024 UN Ocean Decade Conference will take place on 10-12 April 2024 in the coastal city of Barcelona.

GEORGE hosting a satellite event at the conference in collaboration with other partners. The panel event, titled “Technologies in sustainable ocean observations – from low cost to new technology development”, will be hosted on-site on Tuesday 9 April, the day before the conference, at the World Trade Center Barcelona. See more info below.


Location: World Trade Center‘s rooms S9 + S10, 1ª planta Edif. Este, Moll de Barcelona, s/n, 08039 Barcelona, Spain

Date: 9 April 2024

Time: 12:00-14:00


National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS)

Marine Technology Society (MTS)

University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR).



  • Patrick Gorringe – SMHI
  • Jess Sandoval –  Ocean Discovery League
  • Patricia Lopéz-Garcia, National Oceanography Centre (NOC) / GEORGE project
  • Thanos Gkritzalis, Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) / GEORGE project
  • Peer Fietzek – Kongsberg Discovery

Event description:

Many technology challenges exist when it comes to observing and monitoring the ocean. Dismantling these barriers and identifying opportunities towards achieving a mature and vibrant Ocean Observing Enterprise is the focus of this event.

This event will bring together the stakeholder and scientific community, private sector, industry and policymakers to discuss and elevate the challenges and opportunities in this area. Through a brief introductory presentation and a panel, we will be discussing opportunities for low cost technologies and private sector and industry engagement in new technology development, followed by an opportunity to interact, foster connections and discuss cross collaborative efforts.

How to participate:
The event is organised off-site and therefore does not require registration to the main conference. The organisers do, however, encourage everyone to register in advance to get a better idea of the number of attendees. Please register here.

Please note that the event is exclusively in-person. However, those interested can opt to receive a handout summarising the event’s key outcomes. To do so, please refer to the registration form to provide your information.

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