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Jointly organised by the Blue-Cloud, AANChOR and AORAC-SA projects and the AtlantOS program.
Date: 05 Feb 2020 - 09:00 to 13:00
Location: Brussels, Belgium
Research, innovation and data are critical to better monitor, understand, protect, preserve and sustainably manage our oceans and seas, as well as to forecast sea state and weather. Currently, many data and e-infrastructure initiatives are working to facilitate collection, access and management of data to provide scientists, agencies, the private sector and policy makers with ready-to-use tools and knowledge which can help to address grand societal challenges and guide policy decisions. And yet, worldwide initiatives remain fragmented, coordination between sometimes overlapping initiatives is insufficient, hindering the full exploitation potential of ocean big data.

Both the Galway and Belém Statements aim at increasing operational efficiencies by optimising and coordinating the appropriate use, access, and sharing of research data and platforms. Political statements on the oceans invariably have a strong focus on bringing the ocean closer to citizens. The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-30 was announced with exactly this purpose. Similarly, the European Union will make Mission Healthy Ocean, Coasts and Inland Waters one of its most publicly visible priorities in the next Research Framework Programme Horizon Europe, with the objective of delivering a public good. It is equally important to bring data to and from citizens and business. The purpose of the workshop is to contribute to the implementation of the Galway and the Belém Statements by better understanding the international data / e-infrastructure landscape and the needed federation efforts to accelerate the establishment of a global “Blue-Cloud” able to effectively and efficiently bring data at the service of society. Creative and innovative data applications will be presented to reveal the potential of oceans and seas for the market and the new generations.

Link : Knowledge of our oceans and seas


AANCHOR stakeholder platforms meeting

The AANChOR platform workshops will take place in different venues in Brussels. These will be internal and closed events, each with around 15 to 18 experts coming from the 3 continents: Europe, South America and Africa. All the experts will then meet for the joint session at 17:30 at Thon Hotel, organized by the AORA-CSA Secretariat

Platforms Workshops - 5th February from 9:00 to 17:00, Brussels

The main aim of the All-Atlantic Research Alliance is to strengthen transatlantic collaboration in Marine & Research issues for the benefit of the Atlantic Society.
In its support to the All-Atlantic Research Alliance, the AANChOR CSA project implemented Multi-Stakeholders’ platforms, in five overarching cooperation areas - Capacity Building, Knowledge Transfer, Standards & Data Sharing, Ocean awareness & Literacy and Infrastructures - with the aim to propose concrete joint actions to enhance transatlantic cooperation.
Back to back to the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum the experts from each platform, coming from Europe, South America and Africa, will meet for the first time to discuss Gaps & Needs for a long term and successful transatlantic collaboration and to start discussing synergies among all the platforms, contributing to the future identification of concrete joint transatlantic actions.


Five Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA) Working groups are meeting in Brussels between 4-5 February 2020.  These working groups work on the following priority theme areas: seabed mapping, marine microbiome, aquaculture, ocean literacy and the ecosystem approach to ocean health & stressors.  These working groups are trilateral in nature and are composed of government scientists, policy makers and researchers.  The meetings are internal closed events.

In addition to the above, an All-Atlantic Funders meeting will be held and a series of 5-minute Flash Presentations will be given by the AORA Working Groups as well as the following EU Horizon 2020 research projects and innovations:Blue Cloud Innovation Action, AquaVitae, TriATLAS and iAtlantic.

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