First European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) Open Conference on Tuesday 20 October 2015 (De Grote Post, Oostende)
Midway into the second EMODnet development phase (2013-2016), it is timely to consider the progress made since the inception of EMODnet in 2009, learn from past experiences and make plans for the third and final development phase (2015-2020) – and beyond. The EMODnet Open Conference provides a unique forum for the marine observation and data community, policy makers/advisors and stakeholders from various sectors and societal domains to meet, discuss and respond to the many challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.
The Conference offers an important opportunity to showcase the wealth of marine data and information already available at European level through EMODnet and to listen to the needs and advice of key users from industry, policy, science and civil society. The Conference aims to reinforce the foundations and consider avenues for the further development of an open, user-friendly and fit-for-purpose pan-European marine data infrastructure. A fully operational EMODnet corresponding to user requirements will reduce costs for offshore operators, stimulate innovation and blue growth, improve our knowledge of the marine environment and support effective marine management and maritime policy making.
The Conference will entail: high-level presentations and EMODnet showcases, interventions from stakeholders, user testimonies and plenary discussions to stress the importance of marine observations and data for a wide range of users and to illustrate how EMODnet can and must contribute to economic recovery, job creation and blue-green growth.
The Conference is free to attend but registration is necessary (before 1 July 2015) at
For more information about the Conference and regular updates see http://www.emodnet.eu/openconference-info