2nd Ocean Observers Workshop – 2021


The workshop is organised in the framework of the Ocean Observers initiative born in 2017 with the 1st Ocean Observers workshop, and the Euro-Argo RISE H2020 European Union project, as part of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development


The Ocean Observers is an international educational network of marine scientists and communicators, teachers, and other stakeholders who are willing to share marine science educational resources and experiences for exploring the possibilities to establish new international collaborative activities. A long-term goal of the Ocean Observers initiative is to assemble all educational materials in a unique, free access repository, which will help to build a global ocean observation learning platform.

Marine science education and outreach are fundamental tools to raise awareness among the communities that a monitored, preserved, and healthy ocean is vital for the well-being of generations to come. The existing outreach activities, focused on in situ ocean observations, are isolated and lack national, European, and international visibility and coordination. Moreover, these activities involve various categories of people who lack opportunities to talk together. The Ocean Observers workshop wishes to promote discussions and collaboration between all actors involved in marine science outreach activities and help them to properly disseminate scientific knowledge about the ocean.

If you are an ocean scientist, teacher or representative of an educational authority, marine communicator, and more generally a citizen involved in educational activities focused on ocean observations, please join us for this 3-day interactive marine science education event!

Objectives of the workshop

  • Share experience and resources around ocean observing educational activities
  • Generate and support discussions and collaboration between people engaged in marine science educational programmes
  • Engage new schools, educators, scientists, NGOs, citizen, etc. in ocean observing educational activities


The Ocean Observers workshop is a 3-day on-line, interactive event, organised around oral presentations, roundtables and informal discussions and hands-on experiments.

Each day includes 2 sessions of 2 hours duration each, at two different times of the day, trying to suit different time zones. The workshop languages are English, French and Spanish (simultaneous translation will be available to participants in each of these 3 languages).

Dates: 29 November - 1 December 2021

CET (Paris)

11:00-13:00 & 18:00-20:00

EST (Washington DC)

05:00-07:00 & 12:00-14:00

NZDT (Aukland, NZ)

23:00-01:00 & 06:00-08:00 (Day+1)

application/pdf Summary Agenda - FINAL (updated 24 November)

application/pdf Detailed Agenda - FINAL (updated 24 November)

Workshop Dashboard

The workshop will be hosted HERE (NB: access will be restricted to registered participants)

Organizing Committee

The workshop is organised by the international Ocean Observers Working Group, jointly led by OceanOPS (World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) Joint Centre for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology in situ Observations Programmes Support) and Euro-Argo (European contribution to the Argo Programme).



If you have any question related to the workshop please do not hesitate to contact us!

OceanOPS: Emanuela Rusciano

Euro-Argo: Claire Gourcuff & Marine Bollard