Our 9th International Conference has been an overwhelming success. More than 540 registered participants from 45 countries joined our online event tackling all aspects of operational oceanography. A total of 90 scientific presentations were given in parallel sessions and 22 posters presented, while international speakers shared their insights on coordination, governance, and impact in our five plenary sessions.
At the closing we asked our audience about their key takeaways and among the many answers one came in most prominently – integration. Our new 2030 Strategy, launched at the conference, is addressing the integration needs though various key themes, such as expanding and enhancing the communities of practice and partnerships, as well as joining efforts more efficiently and impactfully in common advocacy, public mobilization, and interactions at science-policy interface.
Integration is not something that happens at once. The communities represented at the 9th EuroGOOS Conference have demonstrated through their diverse voices and a joint imperative to foster co-production of oceanographic services and value to society, that this integration is ongoing at full steam. To help this process, we will deliver not only the conference proceedings but also the conference recommendations which will set out a list of priorities for our members and partners in the coming years, aligned with our vision and strategy.
EuroGOOS Chair George Petihakis presented the key messages of this statement in the conference closing. Those are:
Co-design and co-production of science, models and forecasting will bring the needed paradigm shift in ocean observing to deliver better and timelier knowledge to society. At the heart of this are partnerships, integration, capacity development and diversity.
Our Conference platform with all its contents (the programme, posters, abstracts of the breakout session presentations, and the marketplace) will remain open for the coming year.
Coming soon on this permanent conference website: all conference outcomes, including the speakers’ slides, video recordings, proceedings, and the conference statement.