The Atlantic A Shared Resource

Location: Marine Institute, Oranmore, Galway

Date: 23rd and 24th May 2013

The objective of this event was to provide a vision for enhanced cooperation on both sides of the Atlantic and a set of jointly agreed priority actions to provide the means to achieve these goals.

The Atlantic - A Shared Resource focused on the Atlantic Strategy and associated Action Plan. Recognising the essential role of international partnership to achieve shared objectives and the potential of greater cooperation to advance our knowledge of the Atlantic Ocean, international partners were invited to contribute to tackling the challenges confronting the citizens of the North Atlantic coastal states.

Galway Scientific Workshop Report

Marine scientists from the United States of America, Canada and Europe gathered in Galway (Ireland) to identify the key scientific and societal challenges that need to be addressed in order to deliver (by 2020) a predictive capacity [both short term predictions and long term forecasts] for the major risks and changes in the dynamics of the North Atlantic.

The report from the workshop held on the 23rd of May is availble to download: Galway Scientific Workshop Report: The Atlantic - A Shared Resource (PDF 536KB)


A Scientific Workshop dedicated to discussing the research and innovation requirements needed between now and 2020 was held at The Atlantic – A Shared Resource event.  The presentations from The Atlantic - A Shared Resource, 23 & 24 May 2013

Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation

The 'Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation' was signed by representatives of the European Union, the United States and Canada who have agreed to join forces on Atlantic Ocean Research. The goal is to better understand the Atlantic Ocean and promote the sustainable management of its resources. The Agreement aims to connect the ocean observation efforts of the three partners. The work will also study the interplay of the Atlantic Ocean with the Arctic Ocean, particularly in relation to climate change.

Signed Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation 24th May 2013 (PDF 266KB) 

Participants / Stakeholders

High Level Political representatives from the North Atlantic Coastal States and the European Commission included:

Mr Enda Kenny T.D., Taoiseach (Prime Minister of Ireland)

Mr Simon Coveney T.D., the Irish Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine

Ms Maria Damanaki, the EU Commissioner for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries

Ms Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, the EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science

Representatives from Canada

Representatives from the EU Atlantic Coastal States

Representatives from the United States of America

Leading Scientists, Representatives from Marine and Oceanographic Institutes, Funding Agencies, Research Performing Organisations and Industry.

Further details of the Atlantic Action Plan (2014-2020) were outlined by Commissioner Damanaki at the Irish-EU Presidency Event “The Atlantic – A Shared Resource”.

Day 1 Participants List May 23rd (PDF 396KB)

Day 2 Additional Participants List May 24th (PDF 410KB)


This conference was organised jointly by:

• The Marine Institute (Ireland) on behalf of the Irish Presidency and

• The European Commission, the Directorate-General Research and Innovation in close cooperation with the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries and the Joint Research Centre.

Media Information & Coverage

Press Release: EU, U.S., Canada launch Atlantic Ocean research alliance in Galway issued Friday 24th May 2013

Video footage of the Signing of the 'Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation' is available from the European Commission Audio Services

Review the tweets from May 23rd and May 24th at @MarineInst  (Marine Institute) and  @eu2013ie (Irish EU Presidency)

The hashtag for the event was #atlanticresearch

Additional photographs and information are also on the Marine Institute's Facebook page, and the Marine Institute's LinkedIn company page, throughout the event


Photographs of the event are available from the Marine Institute Communications office.  View a collage of the The Atlantic - A Shared Resource photographs.


EU Maritime Strategy for the Atlantic

EU International Research Cooperation 

Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland – Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth

The Atlantic - A Shared Resource Programme  (PDF, 835.2 KB).