Ireland to host major international Oceanographic Conference 3-5 October

10th EuroGOOS International Conference to be held in Galway this October

The European Global Ocean Observing System (EuroGOOS) 10th International Conference titled ‘European operational oceanography for the ocean we want – addressing the UN Ocean Decade Challenges’ will take place in Galway, Ireland between 3rd – 5th October 2023.

Held every three years, this conference aims to facilitate dialogues around best practices, share knowledge and experience, and discuss future roadmaps with international partners and governmental stakeholders for the purpose of progressing the development of oceanographic services for society. A wide range of experts from across the globe will attend, including ocean science observers, forecasters, technology developers, policy makers, data services, and users.

The 10th EuroGOOS Conference has been endorsed by the UN Decade of Ocean Science as an official Ocean Decade Activity.    The Conference will:

  • Analyse the state of the art and defining emerging priorities in operational oceanography;
  • Advance the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) framework towards the sustainability and integration of in situ ocean observations;
  • Develop a seamless forecasting system of the European seas and global ocean;
  • Strengthen the responsiveness of European operational oceanography to policy and governance needs;
  • Foster engagement of all stakeholders to co-design European operational oceanography programmes;
  • Promote diversity, equity and inclusivity in oceanography and ocean science;
  • Integrate European operational oceanography into the global context.

Commenting on the upcoming event, Glenn Nolan, Section Manger Oceanographic Services – Marine Institute, said, “We are delighted to welcome the 2023 EuroGOOS International Conference to Galway. It’s a fantastic opportunity for international colleagues working across oceanography to connect and learn from one another”.

EuroGOOS brings together oceanographers, ocean forecasters, broader marine scientists, and governmental agencies, to ensure that ocean data collected and forecasts generated are fit for purpose for end users. Those end users include maritime traffic, fishers, aquaculture producers, marine and maritime administration, search and rescue, and longer term monitoring for climate and European obligations such as the Marine Strategy Framework and Marine Spatial Planning Directives.

Michael Gillooly, Interim CEO of the Marine Institute noted, “We are delighted to be the local host of this very important conference”.

Ireland, through the Marine Institute has been a member of EuroGOOS since ca. 2005 and supported EuroGOOS in its transition to becoming a legal entity in 2012.

Irish scientists participate in the regional systems, task teams and working groups of EuroGOOS with a view to improving the provision of services to marine users and to sharing best practice in Europe and beyond.

Registration is open until Monday 11 September 2023. The programme and registration information can be viewed here.

For more information, please contact:
Sinéad Coyne, Marine Institute e. m. +353 (0)87 947 7090

Sheila Byrnes, Marine Institute e. m. +353 (0)87 815 5271

Notes to Editor:

About Marine Institute
The Marine Institute provides government, public agencies, and the maritime industry with a range of scientific, advisory, and economic development services that inform policy-making, regulation, and the sustainable management and growth of Ireland’s marine resources. The Institute undertakes, coordinates, and promotes marine research and development, which is essential to achieving a sustainable ocean economy, protecting ecosystems, and inspiring a shared understanding of the ocean.