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5th Word Conference on Marine Biodiversity - Save the Date!

13 Dec 2020 to 16 Dec 2020

The 5th World Conference on Marine Biodiversity will take place at the University of Auckland on the 13 – 16 December 2020.

Please follow the link for more information: https://www.wcmb2020.org/call-for-submissions/


Special symposia proposed for the 5th WCMB 2020 - OBIS celebrates 20 years. The power of integrated data

Organiser: Ward Appeltans 

Playing a central role in fostering data sharing of marine species observations for 20 years, the Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) (formerly Ocean Biogeographic Information System) has built the world’s most comprehensive database (including around 59 million distribution records) on the diversity, distribution, and abundance of life in the ocean. After two decades of OBIS, we want to reflect on its achievements, shortcomings, and progresses assessing our performance and improving our services, including the various OBIS tools and products. During this session, we invite contributions to illustrate how OBIS has been used in a multitude of ways (in taxonomy, biogeography, biodiversity indicators, area-based management, climate change research, science-policy assessment, etc), but also look ahead and identify challenges and opportunities for OBIS to respond to new demands for ocean data and information services. In response to the urgent needs imposed by our changing planet, this session will highlight OBIS as a critical component in accelerating the pace of scientific exploration and discovery. Discussions and outcomes from this session will contribute to global and regional efforts to build a sustained, globally coordinated observing system on the status and trends of marine biodiversity and habitats.



14th EMODnet Steering Committee meeting

This is an online meeting restricted to members of the EMODnet Steering Committee. Members of the EMODnet Technical Working Group (TWG) and the EC Marine Knowledge Expert Group (MKEG) will join for the morning session.
19 Apr 2021

9th EMODnet Technical Working Group meeting

These are online meetings restricted to members of the EMODnet Technical Working Group (TWG).These meetings will take place back to back with the 14th EMODnet Steering Committee meeting taking place on Monday 19 April 2021.
20 Apr 2021 to 21 Apr 2021

3rd International Ocean Governance Forum

The European Commission, in association with the European External Action Service (EEAS), invites ocean stakeholders worldwide to the presentation of the final recommendations for ocean sustainability action by the EU's International Ocean Governance (IOG) Forum.

More information about the event can be found here


20 Apr 2021