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Speaker session

(UTC+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris

On-site lunch offered to all EMODnet partners, associated partners and Open Conference participants (The food will be with vegetarian and vegan option).

Welcome by Karen Coleman, Master of Ceremonies

Opening addresses

  • Charlina Vitcheva, EC DG MARE
  • Kate Larkin, EMODnet Secretariat

Panel 1: EMODnet EC marine data service: Thematic innovations

A Panel where EMODnet Coordinators and experts present the latest EMODnet services across seven broad thematics, including the current EMODnet offer, latest achievements, partnerships and emerging innovations

Panel 2: EMODnet EC marine data services: Stakeholder perspectives

EMODnet's contribution to the EU Digital Twin Ocean and wider EU marine data space, in the global context.

Two Presentations:

Panel: EMODnet for the Digital era

A Panel looking at how the EDITO-Infra brings in EMODnet cutting edge technology, the role of EMODnet in the EU DTO backbone and data lake, how this relates to the Copernicus marine data store, EDITO-Model Lab and wider projects/initiatives e.g., Destination Earth, Horizon Europe projects and International Digital Twin of the Ocean initiatives e.g., DITTO

16:15 - 16:45

Networking break with Exhibition

The Box

A discussion on EMODnet’s role in EU Green Deal and related Policy Implementation (MSFD, MSP, Birds and Habitats Directive, DCF) considering regulatory monitoring data quality and use, data governance and data flows, producing community recommendations on areas where EMODnet already adds value and where EMODnet’s role could be strengthened.

Co-Chairs: Alessandra Giorgetti, OGS, Italy ; Fergal McGrath, Marine Institute, Ireland

Rapporteur: Ángel Muñiz Piniella, EMB

EMODnet Secretariat facilitators: Nathalie Tonné & Matteo Mikos

Meeting room: Creative room 1

The presentation of this session is available here

A technical discussion on data and metadata standardisation, harmonisation, flows and digital services, producing community recommendations on existing and emerging EMODnet best practices and how EMODnet can increase engagement with other regions worldwide to increase data interoperability for a Global Ocean Data Ecosystem.

Co-Chairs: Conor Delaney, EMODnet, Secretariat; Marie-Francoise Voidrot, OGC

Rapporteur: Britt Alexander, EMB

EMODnet Secretariat facilitators: Vicente Fernandez & Tim Collart

The presentation of this session is available here

A discussion on EMODnet’s existing and emerging contributions to Mission Ocean, assessing EMODnet’s current offer across Mission Ocean objectives and cross-cutting enablers and building trust, ensuring quality and maximising impact in diverse data sources e.g., citizen science. The session will provide community recommendations for how EMODnet data/data products can serve the EU Mission: Restore our Ocean and Waters, ways to increase the sharing and ingestion of data from Mission Ocean projects and related initiatives and how EMODnet can connect more with society through citizen engagement, ocean literacy tools e.g., European Atlas of the Seas, training and education.

Co-Chairs: Patrick Gorringe, SMHI, Sweden and Nathalie Van Isacker, EMODnet Secretariat

Rapporteur: Jana Van Elslander, EMB

EMODnet Secretariat facilitators: Angelika Karampourouni; Pieter Torrez

The presentation of this session is available here

A discussion on how the Blue Economy currently depends upon EMODnet services, ways to increase and strengthen data sharing by the private sector and a look at EMODnet for Business including the Associated Partnership Scheme and ongoing dialogues with Blue Economy sectors. The session will provide recommendations on Blue Economy requirements and how EMODnet can better support these needs and data sharing activities.

Co-Chairs: Luca Marangoni (CINEA) and Séverine Renault (AND-I)

Rapporteur: Emily Waterfield, journalist  

EMODnet Secretariat facilitator: Megan Tijssens

The presentation of this session is available here

18:00 - 18:10

Short Break

EMODnet Virtual Exhibition, EMODnet Community poster pitches, Open Panel

Introduction: by Karen Coleman, Master of Ceremonies

The food will be with vegetarian and vegan option.

08:15 - 09:00

Registration and Welcome Coffee

The Box

A Session showcasing EMODnet’s key role within the marine knowledge value chain and EMODnet’s strong connection with the ocean observation and data collection community across Europe and beyond. The session will include a presentation on EMODnet Data Ingestion, dialogue on EMODnet’s key role as an in situ marine data aggregator, publisher and data product producer, and EMODnet’s partnership with Copernicus Marine Service and EuroGOOS via the Marine In Situ Coordination Group.


  • EMODnet in the marine knowledge value chain - Dick Schaap, MARIS, The Netherlands (presentation)
  • EMODnet and Copernicus Marine Service INSTAC and the Marine In Situ Coordination Group – Antonio Novellino, ETT, Italy (presentation)
  • EMODnet Data Ingestion: in search of new data providers from every sector of marine society - Sissy Iona, HCMR, Greece (presentation)

Panel 1: EMODnet and the EU Ocean Observation landscape

A Panel to showcase the diversity of data being provided to EMODnet from the operational oceanography and wider research, Marine Research Infrastructures and wider data infrastructures, private sector, and the data flow / exchange with Copernicus Marine Service

Panel 2: EMODnet, Ocean Observation and data adequacy

A Panel with regional, European and International representatives to discuss how EMODnet can evolve its work in data adequacy (Sea-basin Checkpoint methodology) and user feedback, as a contribution to the European Ocean Observing System community activities on ocean observation and data gaps, user requirements and ocean observation design

  • Presentation: Ocean Observation for EU Policy - Zoi Konstantinou, EC DG MARE 
  • Panel Chair: Zoi Konstantinou, EC DG MARE (presentation)
  • Panelists:
10:30 - 11:00

Break and exhibition

The Box

A session bringing together stakeholders from Policy, Blue Economy and Wider Society to discuss the value and use of EMODnet data and data products for EU Policy (MSFD, MSP, Birds and Habitats Directive, other), supporting the Blue Economy (planning and operations) and wider society (Mission Ocean, NGOs and citizens)


  • 11:00-11:50 EMODnet for EU Policy
    • Presentation:EMODnet for EU Policy” Townhall Community perspectives, Alessandra Giorgetti, OGS, Italy (presentation)
    • Panel: EMODnet for EU Policy
  • 11:50-12:25 EMODnet and the Blue Economy
    • Presentation: “EMODnet and the Blue Economy” Townhall Community perspectives, Alessandro Pititto, COGEA, Italy
    • Panel: EMODnet and the Blue Economy 
  • 12:25-13:00 EMODnet by and for wider society
    • Presentation: “EMODnet for Mission Ocean” Townhall Community perspectives, Patrick Gorringe, SMHI, Sweden (presentation)
    • Panel: EMODnet by and for wider society

The food will be with vegetarian and vegan option.


  • IODE and the Global Ocean Data Ecosystem, Peter Pissierssens, IODE IOC/UNESCO (presentation)
  • “EMODnet, Ocean Best practices and interoperability” Townhall Community perspectives, Lennert Tyberghein, VLIZ, Belgium (presentation)

Panel: EMODnet Ocean Best Practices, global data sharing and interoperability

This Panel will highlight EMODnet’s contribution to Global initiatives, including ocean best practices, interoperability, data sharing and data service provision for the global ocean data ecosystem, and for the UN Ocean Decade.

Panel on EMODnet’s global and regional partnerships

This Panel will focus on the existing and emerging partnerships between EMODnet and other regions worldwide, including data sharing, best practice exchange, and connecting regional data services.

  • Panel Chair: Jan-Bart Calewaert, UN Ocean Decade Data Coordination (presentation)
  • Presentation: Miao Sun (on behalf of Xiaojian Cui, NMDIS, China (presentation)
  • Panelists:
    • Miao Sun, NMDIS, China (presentation)
    • Mike Smit, Dalhousie, OFI, Canada
    • Karim Hilmi, INRA, Morocco (presentation)
    • Renuka Badhe, European Polar Board
    • Sofia Mendoza, Mexican Geological Survey (presentation)
16:00 - 16:20

Break with exhibition

The Box

This is the Closing Session of the EMODnet Open Conference 2023. Stakeholders will discuss EMODnet evolution, ending with an EMODnet community Call to Action.

Perspective of the EC DG MARE, Delilah Al Khudhairy, EC DG MARE

Panel: EMODnet evolution

  • Panel Chair: Karen Coleman, Master of Ceremonies
  • Panelists:
    • Gert Verreet (on behalf of Johan Hanssens), EWI
    • Tina Mertens (on behalf of Jan Mees), VLIZ, Belgium
    • Szilvia Nemeth, EC DG RTD
    • Quillon Harpham, HR Wallingford, UK
    • Nadia Pinardi, Univ. Bologna, Italy
    • Alessandra Cacciari, EC DG DEFIS
    • Lotta Fyrberg, SMHI, Sweden / IODE

Presentation of EMODnet Call to Action: Kate Larkin, EMODnet Secretariat

Conference Closing: Karen Coleman, Master of Ceremonies

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