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Science Policy Plenary Discussion

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Chair: Prof. Dr. Anna Katharina Hornidge. 

Governing our oceanic systems, seas, coastlines, and marine resources sustainably remains one of the key environmental, development and thus societal challenges of the 21st century. The role of the sciences, and with this also science policy-making, which significantly guides scientific knowledge production and public outreach, in this endeavour take centre stage in this plenary discussion. What kind of science policy do we need for the marine sustainability science we want? With reflections on science policy for ocean research and management from different parts of Europe as well as the European Union itself, the plenary aims to spur discussions on the ocean as an object of policy-making.

Invited Speakers:
- Dr. Agostino Inguscio, Policy Officer, Marine Resources Unit, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission, Belgium.
        ‘The EUs Engagement in Marine Science to achieve the SDGs’

- Prof. Dr. Joyeeta Gupta, Professor of Environment and Development in the Global South, University of Amsterdam
        ‘Science-policy interface: Lessons from GEO-6: Healthy Planet, Healthy People

- Prof. Dr. John Kurien, International Collective in Support of Fishworkers.
        ‘EU Fisheries Policies reflected from the Global South & the Role of Marine Sciences

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Karin Lochte, Speaker, German Alliance for Marine Research (D.A.M.)  
        ‘The Contribution of German Marine Research to International Agenda Processes’

Possible Discussion Points:
Scientifically assessing and sustainably managing the ocean is one of the biggest challenges of our times. In order to achieve this, the ocean itself has to take on the role of a boundary object, bringing together very different actor groups within science, as well as from science, politics, and practice in order to shape the governance schemes that ensure sustainable use in the future.

Nearly 90% of the peer-reviewed produced intellectual property for scientifically knowing the ocean is produced in Europe, North America, and Asia (UNESCO IOC 2017). While China’s marine scientific knowledge production is currently growing the fastest, Europe and North America remain the leading players in the field – yet with differing thematic foci, disciplinary mixes, and degrees of basic versus applied research. Intensified international coordination and collaboration across marine sciences is pertinent for reaching a level of understanding of the ocean, its functions, and use patterns that makes its protection possible.

A global shift towards sustainable non-harmful interaction with the ocean, protecting it in its role as climate regulator, is required. The differentiated scientific eye, enabled by the existing cannon of natural to social science and humanities disciplines at European universities and research institutes, can reliably contribute to empirically assessing use and management patterns with regard to the ocean, its services and resources, as well as to the development of socio-economic transformational pathways for sustainable ocean development. Nevertheless, this potential so far is not used. Marine social sciences and humanities play a minor role in the cannon of marine sciences, and are little nurtured by science donors. Social scientific expertise on use patterns, institutional incentive mechanisms, cognitive human processes of making sense of the ocean, or on adaptive capacities in society for living with a changing ocean continues to play a neglected, although pivotal, role

Science communication and with this also ‘the science of science communication’ remain an under-addressed challenge within the field of marine sciences and ocean management. Improving humankind’s interaction with the ocean, requires the increase of ocean literacy within societies globally. Yet, what exactly that means and how to do it is a field of research that is only just developing. Which roles should and can marine social sciences play in this endeavour?

Bios of Speakers:

Dr. Agostino Inguscio
Agostino Inguscio is a Policy Officer in the Healthy Planet Directorate of the European Commission (DG-Research and Innovation). He worked on the 2018 EU Bioeconomy Strategy and he currently works for the Marine Resources Unit focusing on issues of sustainability in the seas and oceans. He holds a D.Phil in Economic and Social History from the University of Oxford and he is a visiting lecturer in Sustainable Development at the University of Milan. Before joining the Commission, he worked as a post-doc at the Economic Growth Center of Yale University (2012-2014) and as a lecturer in Economic History at the University of Cape Town (2014-2015).

Prof. Dr. Joyeeta Gupta
Joyeeta Gupta is presently co-chair of UN Environment’s Global Environmental Outlook-6 (2016-2019) which was presented to 193 governments participating in the United Nations Environment Assembly in 2019 and was covered in newspapers worldwide. She is full professor of environment and development in the global south at the Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research of the University of Amsterdam and IHE Institute for Water Education in Delft. She leads the programme group on Governance and Inclusive Development.

Prof. Dr. John Kurien
John Kurien started professional life helping small-scale fishers to organise their cooperatives. Later he joined the Centre for Development Studies, Trivandrum, India and retired from there as Professor. He was Vice-Chair of the FAO/UN Advisory Committee for Fisheries Research for a decade. Currently he is Visiting Professor at the School of Development, Azim Premji University, Bangalore, India and also Honorary Fellow of WorldFish with headquarters in Penang, Malaysia. His research and practice relate primarily to socio-economics and political ecology of small-scale fisheries. He sees himself as a reflective practitioner and a reluctant academic.

Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Karin Lochte
Karin Lochte earned her PhD from the University of Wales (UK) in 1985. Her research focusses on biological turnover of carbon and nitrogen in the ocean and on the role of biological processes in climate regulation. She held professorships in Biological Oceanography at the Universities of Bremen, Kiel, and Rostock. She was the Director of the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (Germany) from 2007 to 2017 and served on many national and international scientific committees for marine and polar research.

Friday June 28, 2019 12:00 - 13:00 CEST
REC A0.01 Roeters Eiland Complex, University of Amsterdam