Following the First Global Planning Meeting, held in May 2019 (Denmark), a Mediterranean Workshop will be convened 21-23 January 2020, in Venice, Italy, hosted by the Italian Oceanographic Commission and co-organized with the IOC-UNESCO, the European Commission, the United Nations Environment/Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP) and the Mediterranean Science Commission. This event will provide a forum to gather ocean leaders/champions/key stakeholders to further discuss and prioritize the issues identified at the First Global Planning Meeting. Plenary and working groups will facilitate regional, interdisciplinary discussions across sectors (such as: ocean science and technology, ocean policy and sustainable development, business and industry, NGOs and civil society, donors and foundations) to identify concrete deliverables and partnerships to meet the Decade’s six societal objectives.

The Mediterranean Workshop offers a crucial opportunity to co-design mission-oriented research strategies in line with the 2030 Agenda and the Plan of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment and Coastal Areas, focusing on Mediterranean countries needs and priorities in terms of transforming knowledge systems, accelerating transfer of technology, enabling training and education, and fostering science-policy dialogues. EuroSea governance work package leader Emma Heslop (IOC-UNESCO) will present the project in a flash talk. EuroSea communication work package leader Dina Eparkhina (EuroGOOS) will join the panel on communicating the decade.