2019 Global Ocean Science Education Workshop
In Partnership with the
Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance
and Seabed 2030 Project
November 13-15 2019
Washington, DC

Download GOSE 2019 Workshop Report

Download Open Space Report 

Agenda PDF

The Global Ocean Science Education (GOSE) Workshops, facilitated by the international
Consortium for Ocean Science Exploration and Engagement (COSEE) and the College of
Exploration (CoE), bring together ocean scientists, education professionals, business and industry leaders, and decision makers from across the globe to foster international collaboration and partnerships and advance ocean science education and ocean literacy. The GOSE workshops also provide a forum to address ocean science issues and challenges that cross national borders.

The ​GOSE ​Workshop ​is ​the ​only ​platform ​of ​its ​kind, ​bringing ​together ​the ​ocean ​science, ​education, ​policy, ​and ​business ​sectors ​to ​improve ​ocean ​science ​education ​across ​the ​globe.

2019 GOSE Workshop

The 2019 GOSE Workshop was  held in the Washington, DC area from November 13-15. The venue is 15 minutes from Washington D.C. International Airport Dulles (IAD) . The workshop site was   the American Society of Civil Engineers https://www.asce.org/ Conference Center https://www.asceconferencecenter.com/ in Reston, Virginia. Reston is a 50 minute metro ride to the center of Washington D.C.

A main 2019 GOSE Workshop goal is to build stronger connections and professional working relationships throughout the global ocean science research, education, and business communities as it focuses on three main themes:
• Global Ocean Observing
• Seabed Mapping
• Meeting the Needs of Business and Industry

Keynote presentations, panel discussions, and participant interaction focused on the
integration of the 2019 GOSE Workshop themes with K-12, undergraduate and graduate, and
public education, including education in support of the Blue Economy. Discussion
identified how workshop themes will support and contribute to the United Nations
Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).

Specific Workshop goals include:
• Bringing together the ocean science, education, policy, and business/industry sectors;
• Fostering the integration of research results from the seabed mapping and ocean observing
communities into education resources for enhanced ocean literacy and decision making; and
• Identifying business and industry needs that will lead to the development of an international
certificate course for business leaders and policymakers.

History of the GOSE Workshops
Previous GOSE Workshops have identified and built consensus related to three major priorities
for international collaborative ocean science education efforts:
• The Ocean and Human Health, including Coastal Resiliency;
• The Ocean’s Role in Climate Change and the Effect of Climate Change on Ocean Systems; and
• Biodiversity, including Food Security & Fisheries.

Priorities have also been identified for ocean science topics to be integrated into ocean science
education initiatives:
• Climate Change and Weather
• Loss of Biodiversity
• De-oxygenation of Coastal Waters
• Microplastics/Pollution
• Ocean Stressors

Process priorities have been identified for the global ocean science education community:
• Communication and teaching training for scientists and graduate students;
• Education and resources for business and industry and decision makers;
• Reform of undergraduate ocean science education with special emphasis on identifying
workforce needs and educating for Blue Economy careers;
• Support for ongoing global ocean literacy efforts;
• Increasing diversity in ocean science; and
• Establishment of a network of networks to support international ocean science initiatives.

GOSE Workshop participants develop strategies to:
• Conduct ocean science research that benefits society;
• Develop catalytic partnerships between ocean science sectors;
• Foster communication and coordination among ocean science education programs;
• Promote ocean science as an interdisciplinary tool for improving science education and
decision making; and
• Foster strategies to increase the participation of students from populations that are underrepresented
in the ocean sciences.

Collaborative international efforts, resulting from previous GOSE Workshops, have included a
side event, Ocean Literacy for All, that was conducted during the first United Nations (UN)
Ocean Conference at UN Headquarters in 2017. Priorities identified in previous workshops have
also been addressed by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission with support from
the Swedish Ministry of the Environment and Energy.





Ocean Literacy for All International Conference,

UNESCO, Venice, Italy Dec 4-5 2017

More Information



Global Ocean Science Education Workshop 2017

Ocean Literacy for All - Sustaining Sustainable Development Goal 14 through Ocean Science Education and Ocean Literacy -
An event at the UN Ocean Conference June 2017 in New York USA


2017 GOSE Workshop was held at
the UNESCO Office in Venice, Italy

May 23-25th 2017
Workshop Agenda


2015 Global Ocean Science Education Workshop

The Global Ocean Science Education Workshops are sponsored and facilitated by the international Consortium for Ocean Science Exploration and Engagement (COSEE), the UNESCO Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, and the College of Exploration. A key outcome of the 2016 workshop has been the establishment of five international working groups focused on:
• Workforce development to support the Blue Economy (including graduate education)
• Development of common messages and communication tools
• Development of an online platform for the purpose of sharing education resources and information about people and projects
• Development of resources and programs for policymakers and other stakeholders
• Establishing collaborations to support World Ocean Day

The 2017 GOSE Workshop focused on forging new connections within the global marine community. The goals are to:
• Bring together the ocean science, education, policy and business sectors;
• Foster the work of the five international working groups;
• Initiate the development of a certificate course for business leaders and policymakers; and
• Provide a forum to discuss coastal resilience and share examples of resilient cities.

The GOSE Workshop is the only platform of its kind, bringing together the ocean science, education, policy, and business sectors to improve ocean science education across the globe.


2016 Global Ocean Science Education (GOSE) Workshop 13-15 June 2016 in Paris, France at UNESCO Headquarters.

The GOSE 2016 Workshop Report is published and available as a PDF. (It is 53 Meg file, i.e. a large file). Thank you to all participants and contributors to the workshop and the report.

The 2016 GOSE Workshop focused on the global ocean science education priority topics identified during the 2015 workshop:

- Climate Change - ocean's effect on climate and the effect of climate change on ocean systems
- Fisheries and Biodiversity (including food security)
- Oceans and Human Health (including coastal resiliency)

The workshop included an effective practices session on marine related citizen science co-led by COSEE and the European Union's Sea Change Project.

Powerpoint Presentation for Citizen Science Session
Citizen Science Resources

All sessions took place at the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Headquarters, 7, place de Fontenoy 75352 Paris 07 SP France.


Organized with the support of:

European CommissionIMAREST


2015 Workshop Description

The first Global Ocean Science Education Workshop, sponsored by COSEE, the College of Exploration, and the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, was a  two-day workshop held on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 June 2015 at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography.  It brought together ocean scientists and ocean educators from across the globe. It provided a forum for discussing research and education issues, including the leveraging of international ocean science research in education initiatives and the establishment of new international collaborations.

2015 Agenda (PDF)

2015 Workshop Report

2015 Global Ocean Science Education Workshop Report

2015 Global Ocean Science Education Workshop Evaluation Report

2015 Global Ocean Science Education Workshop Webinar 6 October 2015 Powerpoint Slides

2015 Global Ocean Science Education Workshop Webinar Recording on Vimeo 


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