4-6 March 2015
Kiel, Germany
Europe/Berlin timezone
  • Plenaries on Ocean Sustainability
  • Introduction to Ocean Governance - Capacity Building for the Future (Capacity Building in the Context of Ocean Governance) (Workshop I)
    The workshop aims to discuss capacity-building in the context of ocean governance by gathering experts working in this field. While the importance of capacity-building in strengthening ocean governance has been widely recognized, there is, to date, no overall analysis of the concept in the context of ocean governance or an overview of past and ongoing capacity-building activities in this field. This is considered to have contributed to the lack of coordination (and possibly overlaps) among existing capacity-building initiatives in some cases and the negligence of pressing needs in other cases.
    Contact: Larry Hildebrand

  • Ocean Planning and Indicators (Workshop II)
    The Open Working Group that was tasked to develop a United Nations framework for the post-2015 development agenda proposes a stand alone Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) for the ocean: Goal 14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. Given that the ocean and seas cover 70% of the earth’s surface area, host the largest connected ecosystem and play a central role in climate stability, oxygen generation, nutrient cycling, food production and coastal protection, the SDG for the ocean, SDG 14, is very adequate, timely and backed by a large body of natural and social, fundamental and applied science. This workshop will discuss the opportunities that this agenda holds for the ocean research community in the context of sustainable development indicators and a global future ocean planning research effort.
    Contact: Martin Visbeck & Martin Quaas & David Johnson

    Beackground Papers - Ocean Planning and Indicators
    - FOSP Prospectus 2015 for Ocean Sustainability Sceince Symposium
    - Working Paper Ocean (Houghton)
  • Preparing for coastal change (Workshop III)
    Rapid population growth and urbanisation, economic development and intensification of coastal hazards, due either to climate change or human actions, are expected to re-shape coastal regions in the coming years. Changes in the way we manage and live in the coastal environment are necessary in order to be able to cope with the pressures exerted by the above factors. The workshop will discuss the main physical and socio-economic processes that are currently driving coastal change and will propose new pathways that can lead to a sustainable coast. A focus of the workshop will be the question of how to deal with deep uncertainties when formulating long term policies for managing coastal regions. The workshop will involve experts from the fields of, among others, sea-level science, impact and adaptation assessment, coastal engineering, coastal ecology and integrated coastal zone management.
    Contact: Prof. Dr. Athanasios Vafeidis, vafeidis@geographie. uni-kiel.de

    Background Paper: Preparing for Coastal Change
  • Games and Comics for Ocean Sustainability (Workshop IV)
    The way, maritime subjects are perceived are very different between people and thus ocean literacy necessarily differ between people, maybe also in relation to the distance to the sea. However only informed people can make informed decisions. The communication of scientific results is thus crucial to increase literacy and allow informed decision-making. Communication could be either interactive, e.g. games, or using easy to approach media, e.g. comics. In the past years, there is growing realization of the potential for games and game like experiments as powerful tools for education, outreach and research in many fields of economics and other sciences, and in particular for issues related to maritime management. Comics also gain more traction of being vehicles of informing a wider public. This workshop will explore new ways of science communication and how to engage with stakeholders and the general public.
    Contact: Dr. Jörn Schmidt, jschmidt@economics.uni-kiel.de

  • Social Sciences: Marine Science (Friday, 6 March 2015, 10:30-16:30h)
    Kiel Marine Science, Kiel University’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Marine Science, will host an international workshop to explore the potential of broadening the social science basis in Kiel Marine Science.