Developing the capacity we need for the ocean we want

UN Ocean Conference side event: Developing the capacity we need for the ocean we want

Designing and implementing an action plan to accelerate global capacity development efforts and responses to achieve SDG-14 and the 2030 agenda in the current decade


The Scientific Committee on Oceanic Research (SCOR) along with the Partnership for the Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO), the International Oceanographic Data Exchange (IODE) of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, and the International Science Council (ISC).

Date: 29 June, 6-8 pm Lisbon (UTC+1) time

Mode: Virtual


The ability of coastal nations to manage their coastal and marine environments is vital in the development and maintenance of national sustainable blue economies and to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Thus, capacity development is the key to creating an appropriately trained workforce able to co-design science-based knowledge and innovative solutions. This trained workforce is required to develop a sustainable blue economy, particularly in developing countries, and to ultimately achieve SDG14.

This side event will focus on how to design and implement the capacity development we need to achieve the 2030 agenda by showcasing:
· Existing global and regional initiatives that build upon the foundation of capacity development for ocean sciences
· Lessons learned from case studies and/or success stories from beneficiaries of training programs
· Recommendations on an action plan for the ocean for scientists, policymakers, local communities and the private sector to accelerate global CD efforts and responses to achieve SDG14 in the current decade


The 2022 UN Ocean Conference seeks to propel the needed science-based innovative solutions for implementation in global ocean action. Scientific solutions require knowledge, and knowledge requires developing capacity. The proposed side event will provide a framework on capacity development initiatives and how partnerships have worked to strengthen them, on lessons learned from their implementation, and on a vision and recommendations for future actions, contributing to the conference’s session on “Increasing scientific knowledge and developing research capacity and transfer of marine technology”. Major topics for discussion are:

  • Developing capacity in ocean observations – opportunities (L. Krug)
  • Delivering the training we need for the ocean we want through the Ocean Teacher Global Academy (F. Cardoso Martins)
  • The special case of Small Island Developing States (R. Zitoun)
  • An NF-POGO trainee perspective – How immersive training and alumni network create international partnership opportunities (P. Carrasco)
  • Designing observation networks with data and capacity development in mind: challenges and opportunities (R. Seabra)
  • An Action Plan for the Ocean – lessons from the Global Pandemic (C. Robinson)

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Dr. Lilian Krug – Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO) and Centre for Marine and Environmental Research – University of Algarve (CIMA-UAlg), Portugal

Krug is a specialist in satellite oceanography and is dedicated to research and capacity development in observational oceanography. As Scientific Coordinator for POGO, she helps provide opportunities for other early career ocean professionals (ECOPs), particularly from developing nations.


Dr. Filomena Cardoso Martins – Department of Environment and Planning (DAO) and Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM), University of Aveiro, Portugal

Cardoso Martins is a geographer with a PhD in Sciences Applied to the Environment (UA), she is a professor and researcher at the University of Aveiro. Director of the Environmental Science and Engineering Doctoral Program and Vice-Director of the Master in Marine and Atmospheric Sciences. Effective member of the Governance, Competitiveness and Public Policies (GOVCOPP) Research Unit  and collaborator of the Centre for Environmental and Marine Studies (CESAM) Associated Laboratory. Responsible for coordination of the Ocean Teacher Global Academy, Regional Training Center – Portugal (OTGA-RTC, PT), member of the Portuguese Committee for the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC).


Dr. Rebecca Zitoun – Marine Mineral Resource Group, GEOMAR – Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany

Zitoun works as a Postdoctoral Researcher in the field of Trace Metal Biogeochemistry, Toxicology, and Environmental Chemistry. She is a member of the SCOR Committee on Capacity Development and was a consultant for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on scientific and institutional capacity building in Small Island Developing States.


Mr Pedro Manuel Carrasco de La Cruz – Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity, Germany

Carrasco is a Peruvian biologist specialized in marine environments and ecosystem models and a postgraduate in Observational Oceanography at the NF-POGO Centre of Excellence at the Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (AWI). Currently, he is a PhD candidate at the Biodiversity Theory Group of the Helmholtz Institute for Functional Marine Biodiversity (HIFMB).


Dr. Rui Seabra – Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos (CIBIO) and BIOPOLIS Program in Genomics, Biodiversity and Land Planning, Universidade do Porto, Portugal

Seabra is an intertidal ecologist interested in how temperature influences species’ distributions across all scales. Seabra heads the implementation of a temperature and biodiversity observation network that will monitor more than 160 rocky shores across the Atlantic for over a decade. This network will operate collaboratively and will represent a major opportunity for the exchange of expertise and capacity development.


Prof. Carol Robinson – School of Environmental Sciences, University of East Anglia, UK

Robinson studies the role of marine bacteria, phytoplankton and zooplankton in the global cycling of carbon and oxygen, with a particular focus on determining the magnitude and variability of microbial respiration using a combination of ecological and biogeochemical techniques. She has extensive experience in leading international multidisciplinary research programmes including the Atlantic Meridional Transect, the Integrated Marine Biosphere Research project (IMBeR), and a passion for outreach, mentoring and engagement.


Links to co-organizing organizations:

Partnership for the Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO):

International Oceanographic Data Exchange (IODE) of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO:

International Science Council (ISC):