Science for the UN Decade of the Ocean Challenger Society Event

A virtual discussion meeting will be held on 18 November 2021 13:00-14:30.

Call for Abstracts

We are now at the beginning of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). Subtitled ‘The Science we need for the Ocean we want’, this has been planned to deliver a Clean, Safe, Healthy and Resilient, Predicted, Sustainably Productive, Transparent and Accessible Ocean.

What topics in Ocean Science do you think are the most important to explore during this decade? In October 2020, the Royal Society’s Global Environmental Research Committee (GERC) hosted a virtual workshop, which brought together about 60 representatives of the UK’s ocean research, policy and funding community to discuss how the UK can make a successful research contribution to the Ocean Decade. Presentations, panels and group discussions identified priority research areas to provide advice to funding organisations, Government, and research institutions and the report of that meeting may be found here. How do you think your work could be relevant to one or more of the themes?

You are invited to respond to this call in the form of a 2-minute video pitch for a 10-min presentation slot or a 250 word abstract. We would like to hear about your work in the context of the Ocean Decade. We are particularly interested to hear from Early Career Researchers. Please record your pitch using Zoom and submit the Zoom cloud link here, by the 4th of October 2021 (extended deadline). Six oral presentations will be selected, to be followed by a breakout discussion. We envision that a brief summary article will be published in Ocean Challenge or Challenger Wave to summarise the discussion. 

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This meeting will be free and is open to members and non-members of the Challenger Society but as an incentive to join the Society we will be giving a free gift to new members this year. 

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