PROGRAMME

All timetables in the Agenda refer to UTC (Azores GMT).

DAY 1

2 June

To register and participate in the ‘Blue Corridor’ side events, please, visit each side event page

11:30 – 13:00 UTC  Atlantic Pole to Pole: Climate Science 2 Policy

11:30 – 13:00 UTC  The Sea of the Outermost Regions – The potential of the Blue Economy

11:30 – 13:00 UTC  Connecting subsea cables and satellites for global Oceans health monitoring 

13:00 – 15:00 UTC  All Atlantic COASTal observing and technology NETwork – AA-COASTNET

13:00 -14:30 UTC  Atlantic Seabed Mapping and Exploration – Achievements, Challenges and Opportunities

13:00 – 15:00 UTC  Overview of scientific knowledge on the oceanic field in Morocco

14:00 – 16:00 UTC  The Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON) – Advancing Collaborative Biodiversity Observations

14:00 – 16:00 UTC  Networking from pole to pole: facilitating access for research and infrastructure

14:30 – 15:30 UTC  The Blue Azores Program – How a Transatlantic Partnership is Bridging the Gap between Science, Policy and Civil Society for Ocean Conservation

14:30 – 15:30 UTC  Opening doors for early-career ocean professionals

16:00 – 17:30 UTC  All-Atlantic Floating University Network

16:00 – 18:00 UTC  Unlocking the potential for a microbiome-based blue economy along and across the Atlantic

16:00 – 18:00 UTC  Challenges and Opportunities in the spread of Sargassum across the tropical Atlantic Ocean

16:00 – 17:30 UTC  Marine robotic infrastructures network: lessons learned and future developments

17:00 – 19:00 UTC   Atlantic Contributions to the Global Ocean Observing System

17:30 – 18:30 UTC  The blue bioeconomy wave: unlocking the potential for cooperation towards a sustainable use of the Atlantic Ocean

17:30 – 19:00  UTC  All-Atlantic Blue Schools Network

DAY 2

3 June

Participants 

Pledgers and other Atlantic stakeholders that have an interest in making pledges in the future + All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors

Coordinator
José Moutinho, Atlantic International Research Centre

15h15 – 15h30 UTC | Introduction to the session

José Moutinho, Atlantic International Research Centre

15h30 – 16h15 UTC | All-Atlantic R&I solutions for:
  • Climate variability and ecosystem approaches
    Moderator: Marina Carreiro, Okeanos/University of Azores, Portugal
  • Ocean observation, forecasting and monitoring
    Moderator: Ana Martins, Okeanos/University of Azores, Portugal
  • Food security, ocean resources and biodiversity
    Moderator: Isabel Sousa Pinto, CIIMAR/University of Porto, Portugal
  • Ocean technology
    Moderator: Marco Alves, +Atlantic CoLAB , Portugal
  • Marine pollution
    Moderator: Christopher Pham, Okeanos/University of Azores, Portugal
  • Polar research
    Moderator: Gonçalo Vieira, IGOT/University of Lisbon, Portugal
16h15 – 17h15 UTC | Maximizing the cooperation from Pole to Pole

Moderator
Joana Xavier, CIIMAR/University of Porto, Portugal

Rapporteur
Patrick Heimbach, University of Texas at Austin, United States of America

Pedro Faria e Castro, Regional Under Secretary of the Presidency of the Regional Government of the Azores, Portugal

Key Question: How can we overcome the ‘emotional gap’ that exists between citizens and the ocean, and what actions do we need to rethink and propose to achieve this?

Moderator

  • Sigi Gruber, Active Senior Official, European Commission

17h30 – 17h50 UTC Keynote speech

  • Pascal Lamy, Chair of the Mission Board Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters, France
  • Bernhard Friess, Director, European Commission, Directorate General Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

17h50 – 18h50 UTC Debate with:

  • Julia Biscaia Zamoner, All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador from Brazil
  • Julie Reimer, All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador from Canada
  • Thando Mazomba, All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador from South Africa
  • Kelsey Archer Barnhill, All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador from the United Kingdom
  • Francois Galgani, IFREMER, France
  • Maria Gasalla, Universidade de São Paulo, Brazil
  • Craig Strang, University of California – Berkeley, United States of America
  • Gabriel Nirlungnayuq, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Canada
  • Riaan Cedras, University of the Western Cape, South Africa
  • Nuno Vieira, Ocean Science Centre of Mindelo, Cabo Verde
  • Peter Heffernan, Member EU Mission Board Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters, Ireland

18h50 – 19h00 UTC Wrap-up and closing remarks by moderator

DAY 3

4 June

MINISTERIAL HIGH-LEVEL & STAKEHOLDER CONFERENCE

Master of Ceremonies: João Tomé, Journalist, Portugal

Hybrid event

  • José Manuel Bolieiro, President of the Regional Government of the Azores, Portugal
  • Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
  • Ricardo Serrão Santos, Minister for the Sea, Portugal
  • Manuel Heitor, Minister for Science and Technology and Higher Education, Portugal

Fostering Science Diplomacy efforts for the Atlantic

  • José Moutinho, Atlantic International Research Centre
  • Patrick Heimbach, University of Texas at Austin, United States of America

Key question: What are the institutional perspectives and objectives for the Atlantic cooperation in marine research and innovation? What has been achieved so far and what remains to be done?

Moderator:

João Tomé, Journalist, Portugal

Invited speakers:

  • Yonah Seleti, Department of Science and Innovation, South Africa
  • Paulo Veiga, Ministry of Maritime Economy, Cabo Verde
  • Bouchta El Moumni, Université Abdelmalek Essaâdi de Tétouan, Morocco
  • Maria Zaíra Turchi, National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, Brazil
  • Carolina Vera, Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation, Argentina
  • Craig McLean, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States of America
  • Arran McPherson, Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Canada
  • John Bell, Directorate General Research & Innovation, European Commission

Key question: How to sustain the on-going All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation cooperation in the long-term?

Moderator:
Manuel Heitor, Minister for Science and Technology and Higher Education, Portugal

Brief remarks from Ministers

  • Maria do Rosario Sambo, Minister of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Angola
  • Marcelo Morales, State Secretary of research and scientific formation, Ministry of Science, Technology, Innovation, Brazil
  • Paulo Veiga, Minister of Maritime Economy, Cabo Verde
  • Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard, Canada
  • Sergio Cristancho, Vice-Minister of Knowledge, Innovation and Productivity, Colombia
  • Pedro Duque, Minister of Science and Innovation, Spain
  • Gilles Lericolais, Senior Scientific Officer at the Secrétariat Général de la Mer for the Prime Minister, France
  • Simon Harris, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Ireland
  • Cristina Messa, Minister of Universities and Research, Italy
  • Owen Bonnici, Minister for Research & Innovation and the Coordination of the Post-Covid19 Strategy, Malta
  • Saaid Amzazi, Minister of National Education, Vocational Training, Higher Education and Scientific Research, Morocco
  • Ogbonnaya Onu, Minister of Science and Technology, Nigeria
  • Odd Emil Ingebrigtsen, Minister of Fisheries and Seafood, Norway
  • Heinz Fassmann, Federal Minister of Education, Science and Research, Austria
  • Franklin García Fermin, Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dominican Republic
  • Julieta Izidro Rodrigues, Minister of Education and Higher Education, São Tomé and Príncipe
  • Amadou Gallo Diop, Director-General for Research and Innovation, Senegal
  • Simona Kustec, Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Slovenia
  • Buti Manamela, Deputy Minister for Higher Education, Science and innovation, South Africa
  • Jane Lubchenco, Deputy Director for Climate and Environment in the Office of Science and Technology Policy of the Executive Office of the President, United States of America
  • Juan Cristina, University of the Republic, Uruguay
  • Manuel Heitor, Minister for Science and Technology and Higher Education, Portugal

[Teatro Micaelense – Ministers Room] [Streamed]

  • José Manuel Bolieiro, President of the Regional Government of the Azores, Portugal
  • Ricardo Serrão Santos, Minister for the Sea, Portugal
  • Manuel Heitor, Minister for Science and Technology and Higher Education, Portugal

Presential and Streamed.

Coordinator:

Expolab, Ciência Viva Centre, Portugal

Moderator:

Raquel Gaião, All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador, Portugal

Opening session

  • Plastic Pirates Initiative
  • Ana Noronha, Ciência Viva, Portugal
  • João Paulo Constância, Expolab, Portugal
  • Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth
  • Simona Kustec, Minister of Education, Science and Sport, Slovenia
  • Manuel Heitor, Minister for Science, Technology and Higher Education, Portugal

Plastic Pirates Briefing, Expolab team and Hands-on activity

Boost Synergies and promote new forms of collaboration within Atlantic R&I

Key question: Several Atlantic initiatives exists, and others will come. How can we ensure these are sufficiently connected and that they complement each other’s? What should be implemented to this aim?

Moderator:

João Tomé, Journalist, Portugal

Invited speakers

  • Daniel Seddon-Daines, Benguela Current Commission
  • Lisa Clough, National Science Foundation, United States of America
  • Abdoulay Diagana, Abidjan Convention
  • Helena Vieira, General Directorate of Maritime Policy, Portugal
  • Miguel Belló, Atlantic International Research Centre
  • Emanuel Gonçalves, Oceano Azul Foundation, Portugal
  • Valentin Alejandro Sanz, OCEATLAN, Argentina
  • Gui Menezes, Okeanos/Observatório do Atlântico, Portugal
  • Vladimir Ryabinin, UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), IOC-UNESCO

Key question: What are the Atlantic local communities and initiatives needs to strengthen marine R&I cooperation? How can they be addressed by the AANChOR Joint Pilot Actions?

Moderator:

João Tomé, Journalist, Portugal

Invited speakers:

  • Othman Cherkaoui Dekkaki, All-Atlantic Youth Ambassador from Morocco
  • Christine A. Ward-Paige, eOceans, Canada
  • Andrei Polejack, MCTI and World Maritime University, Brazil

Debate with AANChOR Joint Pilot Action Leaders:

  • Werner Ekau, Leibniz Zentrum für Marine Tropenforschung, Germany – “All-Atlantic Ocean Capacity Development and Training Platform” Leader
  • Fabiano Thompson, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – “BIOTECMAR: A Joint Marine Biotechnology Initiative for the Atlantic” Leader
  • David Bassett, European Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform – “Initiation toward a Brazilian Aquaculture Technology and Innovation Platform (BrATiP) as a first step towards an All-Atlantic Aquaculture Platform” Leader
  • Olga Sato, University of São Paulo, Brazil – “All-Atlantic Data Enterprise 2030” Leader
  • Ronaldo Christofoletti, Federal University of São Paulo, Brazil – “All-Atlantic Blue Schools Network” Leader
  • Florence Coroner, The French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea, France – “All-Atlantic marine research infrastructure network” Leader

Promote the development of new technologies, impactful solutions and disruptive innovation

Key question: How can communities’ profit from new digital technologies and innovations (the Digital Ocean) and what type of skills are needed?

Moderator:

  • Humbulani Mudau, Department of Science & Innovation, South Africa

Keynote speaker:

  • Martin Visbeck, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany

Debate with:

  • Francisco Wallenstein, Azores Space Mission, Azores Regional Government, Portugal
  • Paul Snelgrove, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada and Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada
  • Leticia Cotrim da Cunha, Rio de Janeiro State University, Brazil
  • Jenni Evans, Institute for Computational and Data Sciences, Penn State University; Former President, American Meteorological Society, United States of America

Key question: Development of affordable technologies for comprehensive ocean & coastal observation, food security and marine renewal energies – what already exists? How can the R&I solutions be deployed to local communities?

Moderator:

João Tomé, Journalist, Portugal

Invited speakers:

  • Joaquín Brito, Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands, Spain
  • Cesar Silva, FishMetrics, Portugal
  • Greg Duggan, Abalobi, South Africa
  • Janice Trotte-Duhá, Brazilian Navy, Brazil
  • Malik Lopes, Instituto do Mar, Cabo Verde
  • Melanie Nadeau, Centre for Ocean Ventures ad Entrepreneurship, Canada
  • Ricardo Mourinho Félix, European Investment Bank
  • John Bell, Director Healthy Planet, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Cristina Russo, Director for International Cooperation in Research and Innovation, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission
  • Gilles Lericolais, Incoming EU French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, France
  • Susete Amaro, Regional Secretariat for Culture, Science and Digital Transition, Portugal
  • Manuel Heitor, Minister for Science and Technology and Higher Education, Portugal
  • Dorene Bernard, Canadian Indigenous community member