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Children learning “to be coral scientists" during ocean week on the Azores (IMAR-UAz) 

A one-day symposium
12 May 2018, Montreal, Canada

During December 2017, ATLAS researchers Marina Carrerio-Silva (IMAR – University the Azores) and Lenaick Menot (Ifremer) and ATLAS PhD students Berta Ramiro (University of Edinburgh) Yaiza Santana (IMAR – University the Azores) and Crisitina Gutiérrez-Zárate (IEO) attended the International training workshop on the identification of corals from image data at Plymouth University (

ATLAS is hosting a workshop at the 4th Atlantic Stakeholder Conference next week in Glasgow. The ATLAS workshop will illustrate how decision-making scenarios for ocean governance can be developed through better understanding of social challenges, better environmental mapping, climate change monitoring, as well as analysing existing and emerging human activities. The objective of the workshop is to provide participants with a holistic overview of the data gathering process within ATLAS.

Marine related research, policy and industry representatives came together to discuss effective North-South Atlantic Ocean collaboration during a session on “Trans North Atlantic Research and Prospects for South Atlantic Partnership”, which took place immediately before the high-level ministerial and scientific event “A New Era of Blue Enlightenment” on 12 July 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. 

The EU Horizon 2020 project ATLAS, along with sister projects SponGES, and MERCES, organised the session hosted by Prof Ricardo Serrão Santos, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP). The session reconfirmed commitment on international marine scientific research efforts, in both the North and South Atlantic. Presentations also noted efforts by regional fisheries management organisations to implement the United Nation’s General Assembly (UNGA) resolutions on managing high seas fisheries to protect and conserve deep-sea ecosystems and species.

PrepCom4, the fourth and most likely final meeting of the Preparatory Committee for ocean biodiversity established by the United Nation’s General Assembly (UNGA), will convene from 10-21 July 2017 at the UN Headquarters in New York. This session aims to finalise a set of substantive recommendations to inform negotiations on a legally binding instrument on the “conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (ABNJ)” under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), UNGA resolution 69/292 from 2015.

This high-level United Nations Conference to Support the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development was convened at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 5 to 9 June 2017, coinciding with World Oceans Day, to support the implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14. David Johnson, Ronan Long, Jake Rice and Murray Roberts were all in attendance with ATLAS featured in two side events

On March 23 ATLAS held its first Science Policy Panel at the European Parliament, Brussels. This was organised by our Work Package 7 leads, Seascape Consultants, and brought together members of the ATLAS consortium from policy, science and industry to present what we have learned and achieved in the first year of our project.