World Research and Innovation Congress – Oceans

When, local time: 
Wednesday, 15 October 2014 - 9:00am to Thursday, 16 October 2014 - 6:00pm
Where: 
Portugal, Lisbon
Type of Event: 
Meeting by Member States or Institutions

In order to safeguard the future of our ocean, research, innovation and collaboration are essential. The World Research and Innovation Congress brings together the global scientific marine community, funding agencies, policy makers, NGOs and other stakeholders, providing a forum to discuss the key issues facing ocean research today.

The inaugural World Research and Innovation Congress (WRIC) – Oceans will address key issues such as international collaboration, funding for research and supporting research excellence. Bringing together the global scientific marine community, funding agencies, policy makers and other stakeholders, WRIC – Oceans will provide delegates with the opportunity to discuss the latest issues and developments in marine research and innovation projects, hear about funding opportunities, share knowledge, network and form partnerships. This informative congress will explore the future of marine research and address challenges.

The Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, Wendy Watson-Wright, will give the first keynote address, on Strengthening the science-policy interface for ocean sustainability.

"To have an event such as the World Research and Innovation Congress fully dedicated to the ocean will strongly increase the visibility of work done at the national and multilateral levels to understand and protect this source of life and economic development that covers three-quarters of our planet and is pivotal to our livelihoods” said Wendy Watson-Wright. “Focusing on both ocean science and policy, the WRIC constitutes an effective manner for the scientific community to discuss scientific advances and new technological developments, while guiding policy makers, funders, NGOs, and the general public toward improved governance and knowledge of the ocean and its resources".