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Blue Cloud Workshop

Blue Cloud Workshop

Event date: Brussels | 5 February 2020

Improving the knowledge of our oceans and seas and bringing them closer to citizens

Jointly organised by the Blue-Cloud, AANChOR and AORAC-SA projects and the AtlantOS program

Co-located with the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum (Draft Programme)


Research, innovation and data are critical to better monitor, understand, protect, preserve and sustainably manage our oceans and seas, as well as to forecast sea state and weather. Currently, many data and e-infrastructures initiatives are working to facilitate collection, access and management of data to provide scientists, agencies, the private sector and policy makers with ready-to-use tools and knowledge which can help to address grand societal challenges and guide policy decisions. And yet, worldwide initiatives remain fragmented, coordination between sometimes overlapping initiatives is insufficient, hindering the full exploitation potential of ocean big data. Both the Galway and Belém Statements aim at increasing operational efficiencies by optimising and coordinating the appropriate use, access, and sharing of research data and platforms.

Political statements on the oceans invariably have a strong focus on bringing the ocean closer to citizens. The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-30 was announced with exactly this purpose. Similarly, the European Union will make Mission Healthy Ocean, Coasts and Inland Waters one of its most publicly visible priorities in the next Research Framework Programme Horizon Europe, with the objective of delivering a public good. It is equally important to bring data to and from citizens and business. 

The purpose of the workshop is to contribute to the implementation of the Galway and the Belém Statements by better understanding the international data/e-infrastructure landscape and the needed federation efforts to accelerate the establishment of a global “Blue-Cloud” able to effectively and efficiently bring data at the service of society. Creative and innovative data applications will be presented to reveal the potential of oceans and seas for the market and the new generations.


Who should attend?

Policy makers, funding agencies, e-Infrastructures and Research Infrastructures, data providers, research & academic institution representatives, research communities, industry representatives, maritime business and innovation clusters, and projects related to blue economy from countries around the Atlantic.


Two interactive 90 minute sessions alternating presentations, panel discussions and round tables.


Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre
Avenue du Boulevard 17
1210 Brussels

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