The 1st Ocean Observers workshop was jointly organized by the Joint WMO-IOC Technical Commission for Oceanography and Marine Meteorology in-situ Observations Programme Support Centre (OceanOPS, formerly JCOMMOPS) and the European contribution to the Argo Programme (Euro-Argo ERIC), in collaboration with the Argo Project Office, the IOC/UNESCO and the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) Office.
It was held in Océanopolis Aquarium, in Brest, France, on 13-14 June 2017.
Workshop motivations & objectives
Marine science popularization and outreach are key to raise awareness among the communities and show that a healthy ocean is vital for the well-being of generations to come. The existing educational and outreach activities focused on in situ ocean observations are isolated and lack national and international visibility.
The Ocean Observers workshop attempted for the first time to bring together different actors involved in marine science outreach activities to:
- perform a review of the existing initiatives;
- favor discussions and collaboration between people engaged in marine science outreach programmes;
- provide educators with marine science information adapted to their unique environments, to better engage local communities;
- engage more schools, educators and private associations in ocean observing outreach activities;
- provide scientists (researchers and PhD students) with tools and suggestions to share their results with the general public;
- federate a community around a coordinated project.