CommOCEAN 2018 aims to provide communication skills and inspiration to communicators across a range of experience levels. Many sessions are suitable for all, but some elements of the programme will run simultaneously and are tailored for those looking to build their communications skills and to those looking to move their communications to the next level. Delegates should choose the most appropriate sessions for their skills level.

The core programme will offer inspiring and insightful addresses from leaders in marine science communication, presentations and workshops covering communications techniques and platforms, and examples of marine science research communications campaigns. The event will also feature talks on current marine science projects and an exhibition of public engagement materials and techniques.

Skills Building Sessions

These sessions are for those who are new to communications. There is an emphasis on building basic skills and knowledge across the different channels most often used to communicate to the public and stakeholders. You do not need to have any prior communications experience to benefit from these sessions. Key areas to be covered are:

  • How to present clear messages and demonstrate impact
  • Improving citations through communications activity
  • Social media principles, platforms and best practice
  • Making and editing videos
  • Preparing for media interviews

Advanced Sessions

These sessions are for you if you are employed in a communications role, or have significant experience of communicating research to the public and to stakeholders. These sessions aim to inspire participants to look at new ways of communicating and to maximise the effectiveness of current activity. Communications should be a large part of your role to benefit from this programme. Key areas to be covered are:

  • Understanding and influencing behaviour
  • Influencing policy makers
  • Marine Science and the Blue Economy

The full programme will be announced in September.

Day One - 4th December

Registration opens: 08:30

Conference closes: 17:00

Walking tour of Southampton 17:15 (Included in conference fee)

Day Two - 5th December

Registration opens: 09:00

Conference closes: 17:00

A ‘Pint of Science’ at Brewhouse & Kitchen, Southampton 19:00 (Additional fee of £70 - includes entertainment, food and drink)

Abstract submissions closed 1 July. You will be notified in early September if your abstract has been accepted, and the early bird delegate rate will be available to you if you have been sucessful.

Organising Committee

Lucy Calvert, Head of Communications, National Oceanography Centre, UK

Andreas Villwock, Head Communication and Media, GEOMAR, Germany

Ángel E. Muñiz Piniella, Science Officer, European Marine Board

Jan Seys, Head of Communications, Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), Belgium

Martha Papathanassiou, Communications & Marine Science Education Officer, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece

Dominique Simon, Partnerships Senior Officer, Marine Universities of France, France

José Teixeira, Communication and Outreach Co-ordinator, CIIMAR - Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research

Tymon Przemysław Zieliński, Assoc. Prof, Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland

Marco Faimali, Researcher, National Research Council, Institute of Marine Sciences (ISMAR, CNR), Italy


Scientific Committee

Willem de Moor, Communications Officer, JPI Oceans

Ned Dwyer, Executive Director, EurOcean

Vinicius Grünberg Lindoso, Communications Officer, UNESCO/IOC

Emer Cooney, Innovation Community Manager, Bank of Ireland