Brussels, 6-7 February 2020
The All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum: From Pole to Pole, convened by the European Commission to showcase Atlantic research results and solutions for citizens and communities from Antarctica to the Arctic, took place in Brussels on 6-7 February 2020. Among the projects on parade were iAtlantic and its predecessor, ATLAS.
The event aimed to highlight the international cooperation stimulated by the Galway and Belém Statements, and to plan further implementation actions – including a vision of how international cooperation can be strengthened to seize the opportunities and address common challenges facing the Atlantic Ocean and the communities that depend on it.
Day 1 of the conference was opened by inspirational speeches reflecting the insights and knowledge of the latest scientific assessments of the state of our Atlantic Ocean. This was followed by three thematic sessions focused on i) A Climate-Resilient Atlantic Ocean; ii) A Living and Diverse Atlantic Ocean, and iii) Unveiling the Resources of the Atlantic Ocean. Among the projects featured within these sessions, Prof. Murray Roberts presented results from the ATLAS project, and demonstrated how iAtlantic will build on the knowledge gained from it in order to take our scientific understanding of Atlantic ecosystems forward to develop a risk-based approach to sustainably managing human activities in the ocean.
A number of iAtlantic partners were present in Brussels, including colleagues from the South Atlantic, who also participated in various thematic workshop events convened by the AANChOR project the day prior to the Forum.
For more information about the Forum, please visit allatlanticoceanresearch.eu