Towards a more inclusive Oceans Community

Towards a more inclusive Oceans Community

Special announcement to encourage the participation of traditionally under-represented countries in the virtual segment of Global OCEANS 2021, hosted in Porto.

 

The OCEANS conferences, jointly sponsored by the IEEE Oceanic Engineering Society (IEEE/OES) and the Marine Technology Society (MTS), are a major forum for scientists, engineers, industry, and investors/ stakeholders and those with an interest in the oceans to gather and exchange their knowledge and groundbreaking ideas regarding the future of the world’s oceans and their societal and economic impact. The large spectrum of topics addressed afford OCEANS´ attendees the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of participating actively in sessions on scientific research and technical innovation, attending visionary plenary lectures, and getting involved in societal, industrial, and investment briefings. Each year, OCEANS conferences bring together a vast community of participants from across the world. The large number of participating countries attests to the truly global character of OCEANS and reflects the tremendous success witnessed over the past years towards engaging multinational teams in truly symbiotic approaches to the exploration and exploitation of the sea.

 

Despite this increasing trend of participation, however, a sizable number of countries continue to have reduced presence in OCEANS even though they are investing in and bringing forward excellent quality work in a large number of highly reputed national institutions. The reason for this is manifold and defies a simple analysis. We feel strongly that our community as a whole would benefit enormously from a more representative participation of such countries with a view to knowing each other better and to give impetus to cooperative actions at the scientific, technical, commercial, environmental, and societal levels. As a contribution to meeting this goal, we envision and welcome the participation of what, for the lack of a better word, we may call under-represented countries (that is, countries with an average low ratio of paper submissions per number of inhabitants over the past 10 OCEANS conferences). The objective is to collectively engage into fruitful discussions in the areas of marine science and technology and to push the frontiers of knowledge n marine-related affairs. In a nutshell, a small but solid step towards a more inclusive Oceans community. This is especially relevant at a time when we are witnessing the call for intensive cooperation worldwide as envisioned in the implementation plan of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, 2021-2030. We are proud that a high-level representative of this initiative holds an Honorary Co-Chair position and participates directly in OCEANS 2021

 

We warmly invite our colleagues in traditionally under-represented countries to participate actively in the virtual component of Global OCEANS 2021: San Diego – Porto that will be hosted in Portugal. Young researchers and students are particularly encouraged to participate. Please let us know in advance in case you will be interested in submitting Abstracts on topics of your choice, attending the technical sessions remotely, and participating in round-table discussions. Expressions of interest from young researchers and students are especially welcome. We will be pleased to help in any way, acting as liaisons to facilitate the process of Abstract (and, at a later stage, paper) submission and suggesting technical sessions where your paper would fit best. As a token of encouragement and appreciation, we anticipate being able to invite a number of participants from these countries as free authors, subject to the outcome of an evaluation by a dedicated panel. To contact us for further clarification, simply drop an email at one of the addresses below.

 

We truly look forward to counting with you to enrichen the contents of our event in Porto.

 

Kind regards and warm wishes

The Global Oceans-Porto Co-Chairs

António Pascoal (IST)                                    Eduardo Silva (ISEP)                      João Borges de Sousa (FEUP)

antonio@isr.tecnico.ulisboa.pt                   eaps@lsa.isep.ipp.pt                          jtasso@fe.up.pt