GEO Blue Planet will hold its 5th Symposium between 24 and 28 October 2022. For the first time, this signature GEO Blue Planet event will take place in Africa, in Accra, Ghana. This year’s theme will focus on GEO Blue Planet’s core actions areas “capacity development, stakeholder engagement & cooperation & co-design driving sustained ocean and coastal observations for society”.  

Co-organised by the GEO Blue Planet Secretariat (Mercator Ocean International, NOAA and the University of Maryland) and the AIR Centre, this year’s hosts and local organisers are the University of Ghana and University of Energy and Natural Resources in Ghana.  

The core event will take place in the first three days, with a poster exhibition, followed by two days of thematic workshops. A pre-event on Monday will feature training on using marine and coastal data for societal applications adapted to the African context. Only the core event will be hybrid, in-person with livestreaming for remote participants. 

Registrations and submissions of expressions of interest opening soon on this website.

For any questions, contact the GEO Blue Planet secretariat at  

GEO Blue Planet is a network of ocean and coastal-observers, social scientists and end-user representatives from a variety of stakeholder groups, including international and regional organisations, NGOs, national institutes, universities and government agencies. Our experts have a demonstrated capacity to bridge the gap between data and services to deliver usable information that supports informed decision-making toward achieving sustainable development.  

GEO Blue Planet is the ocean and coastal arm of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO). GEO is a partnership of more than 100 Participating Organisations that envisions a future where decisions and actions for the benefit of humankind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations.