Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) conference in Manchester, UK


DG RTD Marine Resources Unit is hosting two debate sessions at the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF) conference in Manchester, UK on the 26th and 27 of July 2016. Please find their details below, for your reference. More details about ESOF can be found on their website:

SOF Session # 107: Biosensors for healthy oceans 
Date and time: Tuesday 26 July, 12:50 – 14:05 hrs.
Abstract: Growing concerns about the health of the oceans and their capacity to provide resources, goods and services are increasing the demand for monitoring of marine water quality and environmental early warning systems. Real-time in situ monitoring of marine chemical contaminants, including emerging pollutants and biohazards such as algal toxins, is of the utmost importance for the sustainable management and exploitation of the seas and their resources. The ultimate goal is to obtain more effective monitoring of the marine environment and its status in line with the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, which aims to achieve a ‘Good Environment Status’ of EU seas and oceans by 2020.
This session features five EU projects from the FP7-OCEAN-2013 call that develop new sensors to detect marine pollutants and toxins that affect fisheries and aquaculture, as well as the environment and human health, and which will help prevent, restore and monitor marine water quality in line with the Marine Strategy Framework Directive: SEA-on-a-chip, ENVIGUARD, SMS, BRAVOO and SenseOCEAN.
ESOF Session #185, Cleaning our seas and oceans through enhanced ocean literacy
Date and time: Wednesday 27 July, 15:45 – 17:00 hrs.
Abstract: Oceans cover most of our planet, harbour most life on Earth, regulate weather and climate, provide most of the oxygen we breathe, and feed many humans worldwide. How can we reinforce a wider public understanding about the impacts of their lifestyle and consumption habits on oceans, or the dangers oceans face today? As part of the Blue Growth strategy, the European Commission is supporting ocean literacy (understanding the ocean’s influence on you and your influence on the ocean) under the Horizon 2020 programme. We will present different initiatives worldwide targeted at cleaning the seas, focusing on the issue of marine litter, ranging from initiatives launched by governmental agencies to bottom-up approaches established by individuals. Our discussion will focus on achievements and share best practices, encouraging the audience to contribute and engage.
This session showcases three EU projects linking research results to policy making: CLEANSEA, PERSEUS and BIOCLEAN. Also, PlasticsEurope and Nausicaa presentations will share their strategies and accomplishments in addressing marine plastic pollution.