The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development: Scotland’s role in this global initiative.
18 June 2021: 3-5 pm BST
Brexit and the Coronavirus pandemic may have overshadowed the launch of the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), but the Ocean Decade is here to stay for some time and to bring about a step change in our knowledge of the marine environment. This step change can only be achieved by working internationally and without it we simply will not have the knowledge and skills to manage a growing blue economy is a sustainable manner that maintains the productivity and biodiversity of the marine realm.
But what does the Decade mean for Scotland? What contributions can we make? How can we maximise our involvement?
A group of experts are discussing Scotland's role in this global initiative with Susan Watts, former BBC Newsnight science editor.
Prof Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR Physical Oceanographer
Dr Hannah Grist, SAMS Citizen Science expert
Prof David Paterson, MASTS Executive Director
Michael Russell, President of the Scottish National Party
Susan Davies, Scottish Seabird Centre CEO
Prof Nicholas JP Owens, SAMS Director
Chair: Susan Watts - SAMS Trustee and former Science Editor for BBC Newsnight
Prof. Nicholas J.P. Owens - Director, SAMS.
What is the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development?
Prof. Dr. Martin Visbeck - Head of Physical Oceanography, GEOMAR Helmholtz-Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany.
The role of citizen science
Dr Hannah Grist - Knowledge Exchange Practitioner, SAMS
The potential contribution of the community of marine scientists in Scotland to the ‘Decade’
Prof David Paterson - Professor of Coastal Ecology University of St Andrews. Executive Director of Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland (MASTS).
The role of Scotland internationally to the UN Ocean Decade.
Mr Michael Russell - President of the Scottish National Party. Former Minister for the Environment, Education and latterly Cabinet Secretary for Constitutional Affairs and Europe.
Prompting behaviour change through science communication
Susan Davies - CEO Scottish Seabird Centre, North Berwick