EU Horizon 2020 Sea Change

The College of Exploration is participating in the European Union’s Horizon 2020  Blue Growth program Sea Change.   The College of Exploration will work with its partner in the United Kingdom, CoExploration Limited,  and the other 16 European organizations who are partnered on this 3 year project.  Sea Change is led and coordinated by the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth, England.

The overarching goals of the Sea Change project are to bring about a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by empowering them – as ‘Ocean Literate’ citizens - to take direct and sustainable action towards healthy seas and ocean, healthy communities and ultimately - a healthy planet.

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Key objectives of Sea Change are to:

  • Compile an in-depth review of the links between Seas and Ocean and Human health based on latest research knowledge outputs.
  • Build upon the latest social research on citizen and stakeholder attitudes, perceptions and values to help design and implement successful mobilisation activities focused on education, community, governance actors and directly targeted at citizens. marine education.
  • Build upon significant work to date, adopting best practice and embedding Ocean Literacy across established strategic initiatives and networks in order to help maximise impact and ensure sustainability.
  • Ensure that efforts to sustain an Ocean Literate society in Europe continue beyond the life of Sea Change through codes of good practice, public campaigns and other ongoing community activities.
  • Ensure that all activities of Sea Change are carefully monitored and evaluated to ensure maximum sustainability, effectiveness and efficiency.
  • Ensure Knowledge exchange with transatlantic partners to bring about a global approach to protecting the planet’s shared seas and ocean.
  • The objectives will be achieved by a closely interlinked programme. Sea Change includes a mobilisation phase engaging with citizens, formal education and policy actors. Crucially the legacy of Sea Change, including  continuing knowledge sharing with North America, are embedded within the project.

Partners include:

AquaTT www.aquatt.ie

UK Government THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS aka CEFAS  www.defra.gov.uk

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY  www.nuigalway.ie

GOETEBORGS UNIVERSITET Department of Education, Communication and Learning   www.gu.se

VLAAMS INSTITUUT VOOR DE ZEE VZW  vliz.be

FONDATION EUROPEENNE DE LA SCIENCE www.esf.org work by  European Marine Board     www.marineboard.eu

ASSOCIATION EUROPEENNE DES EXPOSITIONS SCIENTIFIQUES, TECHNIQUES ET INDUSTRIE  www.ecsite.net

European Association of Geographers  http://www.eurogeography.eu

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET   www.dtu.dk    www.aqua.dtu.dk

CIENCIA VIVA-AGENCIA NACIONAL PARA A CULTURA CIENTIFICA E TECNOLOGICA  www.pavconhecimento.pt   and cienciaviva.pt

CLIMAR - Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental - Coastal Biodiversity Research Group  www.ciimar.up.pt

UNITED NATIONS EDUCATIONAL, SCIENTIFIC AND CULTURAL ORGANIZATION –UNESCO  ioc.unesco.org

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH http://www.hcmr.gr

RESEAU OCEAN MONDIAL AISBL  www.worldoceannetwork.org

SUBMON: Divulgació, Estudi i Conservació de l'Entorn Natural www.submon.org

COEXPLORATION LIMITED http://www.coexploration.co.uk