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One Planet, One Ocean: 2nd International Ocean Research Conference (IORC)

Date: May 02, 2014

Advancements in ocean science are occurring with unprecedented speed due to opportunities presented by 21st century technology, and it is essential that the scientific community, policy makers and NGO representatives discuss these advancements. This conference has an interdisciplinary focus, encompassing oceanographic, social science and economic perspectives on ocean research. The three key topics of this conference are the pillars for the development of ocean science. It will provide an opportunity for attendees to communicate progress in their fields, discuss practical applications of new technological developments, share experiences, identify synergies and create a new research agenda for a coordinated response to future ocean challenges.

The conference will provide excellent opportunities to gain insight into the latest oceanographic research through theme sessions. Keynote speakers will further expand upon the main themes. The IORC will demonstrate the breadth and global impact of ocean research and its fascinating contributions in terms of new knowledge on pressing issues, including climate change, ocean governance and capacity building. Please see the conference website for more details.

The inaugural IORC was held in June 2005, when the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO), together with The Oceanography Society (TOS), brought attendees together to discuss expected developments in marine sciences in the decade that followed. Now, almost ten years later, the same institutions are convening the 2nd IORC to review progress made in ocean science in the last twenty years, and plan ahead in light of important developments such as The Future We Want (UNCSD Rio+20) and Future Earth.