The 2nd International Ocean Research Conference (IORC) is an opportunity for the scientific community to come together to plan the coming decade of international collaboration in marine science and technology, with a view to improving ocean governance. The Conference will take place in Barcelona, Spain on 17-21 November 2014.
The inaugural IORC was held in June 2005, when the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) with The Oceanography Society (TOS), brought attendees together to discuss expected developments in marine sciences in the decade that followed.
Now, almost ten years later, the same institutions are convening the 2nd IORC to review progress made in ocean science in the last twenty years, and plan ahead in light of important policy developments such as The Future We Want (UNCSD Rio+20) and Future Earth.
The Conference will focus on how ocean sciences have progressed in the last 20 years and will discuss the coming decade of international collaboration in marine sciences and technology. The conference will be comprised of keynote lectures, panels, oral presentations and poster sessions. The oral presentations will be structured in three topics:
- Building Scientific Knowledge. Marine research and observations for climate, ecosystem functioning and security;
- Applying knowledge for societal benefit: Achieving ecosystem management and sustainability;
- Improving governance and building capacities
The Conference will provide an overview on the latest trends and achievements in ocean sciences and technologies applied to oceanography and will explore future needs, developments as well as management and governance. The target audience is intended primarily for oceanographers, researchers, engineers, academics, conservation organizations and decision makers that have coastal and marine related responsibilities. The conference will welcome young career scientists.
For more information please visit the conference webpage.
Venue: Barcelona, Spain