CommOCEAN as the International Marine Science Communication Conference, was launched by the European Marine Board Communications Panel (EMBCP) and organized in the first instance by its Portuguese partners (CIIMAR, Ciencia Viva) in Porto in 2014. It focuses on a target audience of young marine scientists and communicators who want to be trained in science communication skills. By using examples from ocean science, the Bruges-Ostend CommOCEAN event is a unique opportunity to make a major leap forward in communicating your ocean knowledge.
The organizers (VLIZ, EMB, EMBCP and UNESCO/IOC/IODE) are developing an inspiring, innovative and interactive program consisting of two separate events: a 2-day conference in Bruges, followed by a 1-day training program in the InnovOcean facilities in Ostend. Registration for both events are to be made separately.
The conference (6-7 December) has four major sessions, dealing with some big challenges of marine science communication, each of them introduced by a key-note communication expert in that field and by a top marine science key-note with proven communication skills. From there, the various topics are further developed through oral presentations (12 +3 minutes for questions) and interactive workshops (60 minutes), based on a call for abstracts. An interactive poster session and various side activities will stimulate active engagement of the conference participants.
For more information see the CommOCEAN website.