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EMODnet Open Conference:
Consolidating the Foundations, Building the Future


20 October 2015, De Grote Post, Oostende (Belgium)


Registration of participants 08:00-09:00


Start 09:00


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Conference chair: Phil Weaver (Chair of the EMODnet Steering Committee)  


Morning sessions co-chair: Matthew King (Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs - DG MARE)


Welcome Statements

  • Bart Tommelein (State Secretary of the Sea, BE)
  • João Ferreira (Member of the European Parliament)
  • Matthew King (DG MARE): EMODnet as central driver of Marine Knowledge

Opening Session

  • Vladimir Ryabinin (Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO): Global dimension and importance of Marine Observations and Data for science, policy and industry

  • Jan-Bart Calewaert (EMODnet Secretariat), Dick Schaap (EMODnet Bathymetry), Alan Stevenson (EMODnet Geology), Jacques Populus (EMODnet Seabed Habitats), Alessandra Giorgetti (EMODnet Chemistry), Simon Claus (EMODnet Biology), Antonio Novellino (EMODnet Physics) and Alessandro Pititto (EMODnet Human Activities): EMODnet State of Play and overview of thematic portals

  • Nadia Pinardi (Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia and University of Bologna, IT): EMODnet Sea-basin Checkpoints: assessing observation capacity and data adequacy for users at the regional sea-basin level: status and future prospects

Coffee Break 10:30-11:00


Session 2 - Perspectives from stakeholders and experts

Lunch from 12:30 to 14:00


Afternoon sessions co-chair: Job van den Berg (Royal Haskoning DHV, The Netherlands)


Session 3 – EMODnet Breakout sessions (Summary report)


Coffee Break 16:00-16:30


Closing Session

  • Reconvene in plenary to report on breakout group discussions
  • Panel discussion with
    • Jonathan Williams (CEO, Marine South East Ltd. Maritime Cluster, UK)
    • Kathrine Angell-Hansen (Director, Joint Programming Initiative for Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans, JPI Oceans)
    • Jan Mees (Chair of the European Marine Board)
    • Ricardo Serrão Santos (Member of the European Parliament)
    • Iain Shepherd (DG MARE)
  • Conclusions and closing statement by Ricardo Serrão Santos (Member of the European Parliament)

Reception  18:00







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