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DAY 1 Thursday 6 February 2020

Charlemagne Building, Brussels

Moderator of the Event: Karen Coleman

08:00 – 09:00

Registration and Welcome Coffee

09:00 - 09:30
Art Performance - Territorial Agency: Oceans in Transformation, TBA21Academy
  • John Palmesino, Architect and Urbanist, TBA21Academy
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WELCOME AND OPENING COMMENTS
09:30 – 10:45
Masters of Ceremony
  • Maria Cristina Russo, Director International Cooperation, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • John Bell, Director Healthy Planet, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

Welcome and Launch of the All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Forum
  • Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth, together with the All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors
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Remarks from High Level Representatives along and across the Atlantic Ocean
  • Marcelo Morales, Secretary of State, Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication, Brazil
  • Maria Da Graça Carvalho, Member of the European Parliament
  • Manelisi Genge, Ambassador of South Africa to Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union
  • Hector Cima, Ambassador of Argentina to the European Union
  • Craig McLean, Assistant Administrator for Oceanic & Atmospheric Research and Acting Chief Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States
  • Geneviève Béchard, Director General Canadian Hydrographic Service, Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
  • Giliardo Nascimento, Legal adviser, Ministry of Maritime Economy, Cabo Verde
  • Jean-François Quérat, Secrétaire-Général Adjoint de la Mer & French Presidency of the EU Atlantic Strategy
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THE CHALLENGES FACING OUR ATLANTIC OCEAN AND OUR COMMUNITIES


10:45 – 11:15

Keynote Address (including Q&A with the audience)

  • Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair, Working Group II, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), Germany
11:15 – 11:45
Networking Coffee Break
11:45 – 12:15

Keynote Address (including Q&A with the audience)

  • Robert Watson, Former Chair Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES), United Kingdom, and Yunne Shin, IPBES Coordinating Lead Author, Institut de Recherche pour le Développement, France
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12:15 - 13:30
A Climate-Resilient Atlantic Ocean 
This session will discuss how research and innovation can support Atlantic coastal communities to better prepare for, plan and adapt to the effects of climate change and extreme events on the Atlantic Ocean. What forecasting capacity and user-driven ocean observation and data are needed and what measures and solutions communities and industries are taking.

Project & Initiatives Showcase: Proposed Solutions
  • Bruno Pacheco, President of the Board of Directors of the Atlantic International Research Centre (AIR) Azores, Portugal (TBC)
  • Juliet Hermes,  the ASCA Project, South African Environmental Observation Network  
  • Andrea Gerecht, CLIMEFISH, a Horizon 2020 funded project
Roundtable Discussion (including Q&A with the audience):
  • Janice Trotte Duhá, Directorate General for Scientific, Technological and Nuclear Development of the Brazilian Navy, Brazil
  • Pierre Bahurel, Copernicus Marine Service (Mercator Ocean), France
  • Sandy Starkweather, Executive Director - US Arctic Observing Network, Chair - Sustained Arctic Observation Network, United States of America
  • Alex David Rogers, REV Ocean, Norway
  • Brad de Young, the AtlantOS Programme, Canada
  • Warren Joubert, South African Weather Service, South Africa 

Note-takers: All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors
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13:30 – 14:45

Networking Lunch Break

AN ATLANTIC OCEAN OF OPPORTUNITIES

14:45 – 16:00

A Living and Diverse Atlantic Ocean

The Ocean is a biologically diverse and highly productive system that provides us with immense sources of food, energy, novel compounds and ecosystem goods and services. This session will discuss solutions for discovering, preserving and restoring the unique and wonderful life in the Atlantic Ocean and the ecosystems it provides for the benefit of coastal communities and humanity as a whole.

Project & Initiatives Showcase: Proposed Solutions
  • Murray Roberts, ATLAS & iAtlantic, Horizon 2020 funded projects
  • Kelly Goodwin, Atlantic Oceanographic and Meteorological Laboratory, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States of America
  • Thato Mtshali, The SCALE Project, South Africa
Roundtable Discussion with:
  • Andras Kraemer, Oceano Azul Foundation, Portugal (TBC)
  • Thandiwe Gxaba, Deputy Executive Secretary, Technical Services, Benguela Current Convention, Namibia
  • Joanna Dupont-Inglis, Secretary-General of EuropaBio
  • Shimrit Perkol-Finkel, ECOncrete, Israel
  • Dr. Ellen Kenchington, Research Scientist, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
Note-takers: All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors
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16:00 - 16:30
Networking Coffee Break
16:30 – 17:45

Unveiling the resources of the Atlantic Ocean

The Atlantic Ocean holds the key to fuel, feed, power and heal our communities. Yet, we have only mapped around 5% of the ocean floor, are only beginning to unlock the potential of its microbiome and still need to make progress to sustainably manage the many resources that the Atlantic Ocean provides. This session will discuss how to align international efforts to discover and map the Atlantic Ocean, and how science and research can support the sustainable management of its resources and ensure food security.

Project & Initiatives Showcase: Proposed Solutions
  • Monica Verbeek, Seas at Risk, Belgium
  • Thomas Furey, AORA Atlantic Seabed Mapping International Working Group, Marine Institute, Ireland
  • Ronaldo Christofoletti, Federal University of São Paulo
Roundtable Discussion (including Q&A with the audience):
  • Geneviève Béchard, Director-General Canadian Hydrographic Service, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Alan Leonardi, Director, NOAA Ocean Exploration and Research Program, United States of America
  • Evaldo Vilela, President of CONFAP, Brazil
  • David Millar, Government Accounts Director Americas, Fugro, United States of America
  • Alexandra Neyts, General Secretary, European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform, Belgium
  • Mafaniso Hara, Institute for Poverty, Land and Agrarian Studies, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
Note-takers: All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors
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CONCLUSION OF DAY 1


17:45 – 18:15

Feedback from side events of 5 February 

  • All-Atlantic Ocean Funders’ Meeting
  • Improving the knowledge of our oceans and seas and bringing them closer to citizens
  • Results and progress from the Coordination and Support Horizon 2020 funded projects AORAC-SA, & AANChOR
  • Atlantic Seabed Mapping International Working Group, Andy Armstrong
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18:15 – 18:30

Cultural Performance

The Atlantic Ocean as an Inspiration, Marine Miséramond, Belgium

Choreography: Nadine Bourlez


CLOSURE
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18:30 – 20:00

Networking Reception


DAY 2 Friday 7 February 2020

08:00 - 09:00
Registration and Welcome Coffee
09:00 - 09:10
Welcome Address

  • Manuel Heitor, Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal
09:10 – 09:25
Inspirational Wake-up Calls
  • Fionn Ferreira, Winner of Google Science Fair 2019, Ireland
  • Thomas Lesage, Children for the Oceans NGO, France
  • Eleni Marianou, Secretary General, Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions, Belgium
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D(R)IVING TOWARDS SOLUTIONS
09:25 – 11:00
Connecting our Atlantic Ocean to our Citizens
The Atlantic Ocean is our planetary life-support system. Yet there is a considerable lack of awareness among citizens, the public and decision-makers about the opportunities and challenges of the Atlantic Ocean. This session will discuss the role of science, communication and the next generation to promote awareness, engage citizens and create an emotional connection of the public with the Ocean.

Perspectives from:
  • Pascal Lamy, Chair of Horizon Europe Mission Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters, France
  • James Honeyborne, Conceptor of Blue Planet II, BBC Documentary, United Kingdom
  • Miho Mazereeuw, Director, Urban Risk Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States of America
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Presentation of Campaigns Developed by the All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors

Responses from:
  • Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR, Germany
  • Abdoulaye Diagana, Abidjan Convention Secretariat, United Nations Environment Programme, Ivory Coast
Q&A with the audience

Note-takers: All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors
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11:00 – 11:30
Networking Coffee Break
11:30– 13:00
A Pollution-Free Atlantic Ocean
The Atlantic Ocean and its ecosystems is under threat from a myriad of pressures and pollutants. Oil spills, nutrients, harmful algae blooms such as sargassum, plastic, pathogens and other pollutants are affecting the health of the ocean and are impacting on the livelihoods of coastal communities. This session will discuss which solutions research and innovation can provide to ensure a pollution-free and healthy Atlantic Ocean for present and future generations.

Project & Initiatives Showcase: Proposed Solutions
Remarks from Claudia Gintersdorfer, Head of Division, Regional Affairs, European External Action Service
  • Juan C. Toledo-Roy, Member of the winning team of the 2019 Ocean Hackathon (Campus de la Mer, Brest), Mexico
  • Easkey Britton, SOPHIE, a Horizon 2020 funded project
  • Katie Cavell, Executive Secretary, Atlantic Arc Commission, The Clean Atlantic Project, Belgium
  • Badr El Mahrad, BlueMed Young Ambassador, Morocco

Roundtable Discussion (including Q&A with the audience):
  • Geneviève Pons, Director General, Europe Jacques Delors
  • Maria Zaira Turchi, Director, Department of Research Infrastructure and Training and Education Policies, Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communication, Brazil
  • Sigrid Kuehnemund, Vice President, Ocean Conservation, WWF-Canada
  • Romain Troublé, Tara Ocean Foundation, France
  • Thato Mtshali, Southern Ocean Carbon & Climate Observatory, CSIR, South Africa
  • Isabel Sousa Pinto, Ciimar and Faculty of Sciences, University of Porto, Portugal

Note-takers: All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors
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13:00 – 14:15
Networking Lunch Break
TOWARDS AN ALL-ATLANTIC OCEAN RESEARCH ALLIANCE
14:15 - 14:25
The Global Ocean Perspective

  • Vladimir Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic and Assistant Director General of UNESCO
14:25 - 14:40
Key Outcomes from the Roundtable Discussions

  • Terry Schaefer, International Activities Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States
  • Gilbert Siko, Director, Marine and Polar Research, Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa
  • Stephen Virc, Director, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Sigi Gruber, Head of Healthy Oceans & Seas Unit, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Andrei Polejack, Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation and Communications, Brazil
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14:40 – 15:40
All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance

Working together for a new strategic direction for the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance, from the Arctic to Antarctica, and to provide solutions for the citizens living on its shores.

  • Marcelo Morales, Secretary of State, Ministry of Science,Technology, Innovation and Communication, Brazil
  • Craig McLean, Assistant Administrator for Oceanic & Atmospheric Research and Acting Chief Scientist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States of America
  • Geneviève Béchard, Director General Canadian Hydrographic Service, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • John Bell, Director Healthy Planet, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Yonah Seleti, Chief Director: Science Missions, Department of Science and Technology, South Africa
  • Sandra Torrusio, Comisión Nacional de Actividades Espaciales, Argentina
  • Giliardo Jorge Lopes Nascimento, Legal adviser, Ministry of Maritime Economy, Cabo Verde

Note-takers: All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors
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15:40 – 16:00
Closing Remarks and Forum Closure

  • Bernhard Friess, Acting Director-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission
  • Jean-Eric Paquet, Director-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
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