EU4OceanObs will co-host 3 side events at the All-Atlantic 2021 Conference, a Ministerial High-Level & Stakeholders event from 2 to 4 June 2021. All-Atlantic 2021 will be a step forward in the work developed by the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance, bringing together Ministries, high-level representatives and ocean leaders, including researchers, youth, entrepreneurs, academics, and civil society. It will be an opportunity to discuss the progress of the current All-Atlantic marine research and innovation cooperation, and launch an All-Atlantic Pledging Platform as a new approach to the existing cooperation and to deliver solutions to accelerate the twin green and digital transitions, building a greener, fairer, and a more resilient society.

The side events co-organised through the EU4OceanObs actions on the G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative and GEO Blue Planet will address global ocean data sharing and infrastructure, marine litter and monitoring and managing Sargassum in the Atlantic basin.

Co-organised by EU4OceanObs, GEO Blue Planet, the Atlantic International Research (AIR) Centre and UNEP-Cartagena convention, the side event will address challenges, solutions and opportunities behind the spread of Sargassum across the Tropical Atlantic.  Challenges will be addressed by presenting the state-of-the-art research on the spread mechanisms, various impacts and the present capacity of monitoring and forecasting systems. Showcasing solution strategies and creating space for discussion and collaboration between scientists, engineers and stakeholders, the side event will provide insight on opportunities to improve the global monitoring and management of Sargassum. The event will also present the Sargassum Hub ( and the UNEP – Cartagena Convention White Paper on Sargassum. 

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This side event will be articulated around the challenges and opportunities around the tackling of marine litter. A first session will provide a state-of-the-art presentation of the current knowledge on marine debris, its impact on marine life, health, and the economy as well as the unprecedented monitoring capabilities. In the second session, actors implementing solutions on marine debris will present how ocean data and scientific knowledge are critical for their activities. The third session will be interactive, facilitating a panel discussion between stakeholders and the scientific community to engage in collaboration and the design of services for targeted users.

The side event is organised by EU4OceanObs GEO Blue Planet action coordinator, the Atlantic International Research Centre (AIR Centre), the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society, Ifremer and OceanPredict.

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The EU Office of the G7 Future of the Seas and Oceans Initiative together with the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AANChOR), European H2020 projects Blue Cloud, AtlantECO and iAtlantic, is co-organising a side-event entitled, Towards an All-Atlantic Data Space for the Ocean, at the All-Atlantic 2021 Conference. Representing a first step in the scoping activity for G7 FSOI Action Area 3 on global ocean data sharing and infrastructures, the side event will

  • provide information about European and international initiatives to harmonise and facilitate data sharing across the Atlantic Ocean
  • provide demonstrations of available tools, training, and the latest open science ‘blue cloud’ technologies to make data findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable.
  • engage Atlantic partners in a dialogue to identify the technical needs and challenges of data sharing across the Atlantic ‘pole to pole’
  • work to establish the necessary collaborations between nations and organisations required to jointly address regional and global ocean issues in the coming decade.

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