Knowledge Based Bio-Economy

PRESENTATIONS ONLINE: The Ocean of Tomorrow: what results so far?

The first 'The Ocean of Tomorrow conference: what results so far?' took place on 26 March, attracting over 150 people from 21 countries covering the entire spectrum of marine and maritime activities.

The event was ‘an opportunity to review the achievements of one of FP7’s most successful cross-cutting FP7 initiatives [and] take stock, ask ourselves what success looks like, and then move forward,’ said the Director for the Bioeconomy within DG Research and Innovation, John Bell, in his introductory speech.

Mr Bell went on to stress that the sustainable exploitation of the seas and oceans is a challenge that cannot be tackled by a single field of science, a single technology or a single country. Solutions must draw upon many different areas of research and innovation – and several sectors.

Participants were shown key messages pdf - 609 KB [609 KB]  from a 2013 monitoring exercise of the ocean of tomorrow calls. The exercise showed the calls to be considered by stakeholders as a valuable tool. They have facilitated new cooperation between scientific disciplines and better integration between academic and commercial research.

Four projects with a focus on understanding, mitigating and adapting to changes in the marine environment presented their work and ambitions: VECTORS pdf - 6 MB [6 MB] , is investigating vectors of changes in the marine environment; PERSEUS pdf - 3 MB [3 MB]  is researching pressures and impacts in the Mediterranean and Black Seas; ACCESS pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]  is looking at what climate change in the Arctic means for the economy, society and the environment; ECO2 pdf - 2 MB [2 MB]  is investigating the impact of sub-seabed CO2 storage on marine ecosystems.

The afternoon session turned to marine biotechnologies. The MicroB3 pdf - 8 MB [8 MB]  project presented its work on understanding marine microbial diversity and how bioinformatics can promote ecological knowledge and biotechnological applications. An introduction to the PHARMASEA pdf - 3 MB [3 MB]  project showed how streamlining marine biodiscovery pipelines leads to innovative health products.

The day ended with agreement that the 'Ocean of Tomorrow' approach had enabled researchers to work across disciplines in an integrated way. Experts recommended this approach be continued under Horizon 2020.

The conference was opened with a video on 'Ocean Sampling Day', a worldwide initiative taking place on 21 June 2014 as part of the MicroB3 project. On this day, around 100 science teams from around the world will take ocean water samples to identify their microbial composition. Check out the video and register your interest in taking part.

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