Are you a marine scientist that would like to be speed-trained by experts in the skills of modern ocean science communication? Or, trained as a communicator, and hired by a marine institute, a governmental body or a NGO, are you curious about learning the best of blue science? Then this CommOCEAN event is for you. Our conference programme combines hands-on exercises in current science communication skills for disseminating ocean research and technology, with plenty of expertise-sharing, social interaction and fascinating marine science along the way.
Dissemination, outreach and communication of scientific knowledge are becoming more and more important in today’s society, where social inclusion is an integral part of environmental protection and sustainable development. This is particularly true for the world of ocean research, a world that is largely hidden from our view, representing an added challenge to the communication of marine research. From its inception, the Ocean Literacy movement has advocated closer interaction between marine scientists, educators and other stakeholders (the public, policy-makers, private sector), and inspired new events and networks all over the world. Both the EMSEA (European Marine Science Educators Association) annual conferences and the CommOCEAN event are prime examples of such new initiatives. CommOCEAN as the International Marine Science Communication Conference, was launched by the European Marine Board Communications Panel (EMBCP) and organized in the first instance by its Portuguese partners (CIIMAR, Ciencia Viva) in Porto in 2014. It focuses on a target audience of young marine scientists and communicators who want to be trained in science communication skills. By using examples from ocean science, the Bruges-Ostend CommOCEAN event is a unique opportunity to make a major leap forward in communicating your ocean knowledge. The organizers (VLIZ, EMB, EMBCP and UNESCO/IOC/IODE) are developing an inspiring, innovative and interactive program consisting of two separate events: a 2-day conference in Bruges, followed by a 1-day training program in the InnovOcean facilities in Ostend.