Global warming is a great challenge for humankind. Most countries have therefore signed an agreement to reduce carbon dioxide emissions in order to keep and the average atmospheric temperature increase from ever reaching 2⁰C, preferentially staying below 1.5⁰C. Less discussed is that the ocean warming accounts for more than 90% of the total energy stored from global warming from 1971 to 2010 (IPCC AR5). This large change will continue in the future as long as the concentrations of greenhouse gases continue to increase.
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the inaugural International Liege Colloquium on Ocean Dynamics, which will take place at the University of Liège, Belgium. Since the 50th anniversary is a major milestone, this installment will feature some analysis and thoughts on how far advances made in studying the oceans have come in the past five decades. Abstracts are welcome in the study of the ocean using long-term datasets, based on in situ data, remote sensing data, model simulations and reanalyses.
As already expressed in its 2015 Statement for Oceans and Climate, the Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup of the European Parliament fully endorses the statement of the Our Ocean Conference that “all of us depend on the ocean: for our water, our food, our climate and our air”. Human actions have had an alarming effect on the environment, which has been “heavily affected by pollution, overexploitation, coastal degradation and global warming. This has severe consequences for all.”
The conference will target several objectives. First, by sharing ideas and views, it will try to fortify the Mediterranean Blue Economy community. Then, by taking advantage of past experiences, it will aim at consolidating large partnerships and encouraging cross-fertilization.
The International Meeting on Marine Research 2018 (IMMR’18) will take place in Peniche, Portugal, from the 5-6 July 2018. IMMR’18 is an international congress planned to communicate novel scientific knowledge on marine resources and research towards the sustainability of our planet.
The first General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean (GFCM) Fish Forum will take place in Rome from 10-14 December 2018. The conference, one of the first of its kind, will encompass many areas, including oceanographic, social and economic science, as well as fisheries research. The event has, at its core, the aim of giving a voice to a wider community of people within the science industry, and will also provide an opportunity for young scientists to join the community.
The 2019 edition of the Surface Ocean Lower Atmosphere Study (SOLAS) will take place from the 21-25 April in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. Registration and abstract submission for the event will open in April 2018. More information on the event will become available in the coming months.
Details for the International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET) 2018 Conference have been announced, and the Early Bird registration option is now open. IIFET is the only global professional organization devoted to improving understanding of all aspects of fisheries and aquaculture economics and seafood trade. Members include academics, fisheries managers and policy makers, seafood industry members, international organizations and national government representatives.
The IIFET 2018 conference will cover a huge number of themes, including, but not limited to:
The High Level Group of Scientific Advisors (HLG), which was set up in the context of the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) of the European Commission has been tasked by the Commission to provide advice based on scientific evidence on the issue of food from the oceans. In relation to this, a meeting will be conducted with relevant stakeholder representatives who are mostly from civil society and businesses. The objective is to present the main draft elements of the advice under consideration by the HLG and to gather the views of stakeholders.
The Aquaculture UK Exhibition 2018 will take place in Aviemore from 23-24 May. The exhibition has gathered a considerable following over the years, establishing itself as an important player within the European aquaculture industry. The event will be hosting over 125 exhibitors from all over the world with a wide variety of products, services and advice. The event covers every aspect of aquaculture and provides the best commercial and technical advice for fish farmers, farm managers and aquaculture business professionals.