Partnership on ocean health to address climate change” // Events // Notre Dame Events // University of Notre Dame

Zoom Webinar | Keough School Washington Office

For more than a decade, the European Union, thanks in part to the support of Ireland, has worked with Brazil, Canada, South Africa, the United States and other countries to create an Alliance research on the Atlantic Ocean. This global initiative, the first of its kind, links Arctic researchers and communities to Antarctica. The signing of the Galway Declaration of 2013 and the Belém Declaration of 2017 cemented this collaboration. Now, the insights generated by this initiative can inspire important intergenerational conversations and empower communities to care for our oceans and prevent climate catastrophe.

Prioritizing the health of the oceans is crucial to designing and implementing policies that will protect millions of people from the floods, droughts and other extreme weather events that climate change threatens to bring. What role can policy makers, research institutes and professionals play in connecting communities to address this pressing sustainability challenge? And how can we ensure that our communities work together for an integral ecology that promotes human dignity and cares for our common home?

Join us for a panel discussion and hear insights from leading experts, who will answer these questions, drawing on a crucial research partnership. This discussion will celebrate the signing of the Pan-Atlantic Declaration on Research and Innovation in the Atlantic Ocean organized by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the United States Department of State. Speakers will include Youth Ambassadors from across the Atlantic Ocean and others.

Presented by the European Commission, the Marine Institute (Ireland), the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance and the Keough School of Global Affairs at the University of Notre Dame, with the support of the Horizon 2020 research and innovation program of the ‘European Union.

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John Bell

Director, Healthy Planet Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

Paula S. Bontempi

Dean, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island

Francois Werner

Acting Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Amanda Netburn

Deputy Director, Ocean Science and Technology, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

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Ludmilla F., Stephen J. and Robert T. Galla Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame; Director, Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative

Maria Zaira Turchi

Director, Institutional Cooperation, Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development CNPq


Pierre Heffernan

Former CEO, Marine Institute (Ireland)

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