31 OCT






Last updated June 2023.

All times are in local time in Seoul, Korea (UTC +9)

The Symposium will take place at the The Ambassador Seoul – A Pullman Hotel, Seoul, Korea.  

Lunches will be provided to session participants as well as daily mid-morning and mid-afternoon tea breaks.  

Detailed agenda coming soon!


SYMPOSIUM OPENING | Venue: 2F Grand Ballroom

08:30 – 09:30  Registration

Facilitator: Sang-Hyeok Lee (KMI)

  • 09:30-09:40  Jong-Deog Kim (KMI President)
  • 09:40-09:45  Woonyul Oh (KIMST President)
  • 09:45-09:50 *Paul DiGiacomo (GEO Blue Planet Co-Chair | NOAA Division Chief)
  • 09:50-10:00 “Introduction to GEO Blue Planet and the Symposium” Sung-Jin Cho (GEO Blue Planet Asia Secretariat | KMI)

10:00-10:10  Group Photo

10:10-10:30  Coffee Break

  • 10:30-11:00  “Issues and Challenges for Blue Economy” Young Tae Chang (Professor Emeritus, Inha University)
  • 11:00-11:30  “State of Ocean and Coasts in the EAS region: challenges and opportunities” Aimee Gonzales (Executive Director, PEMSEA)

Session Co-chair: Aimee Gonzales (PEMSEA) & Rory Scarrott (University College Cork)

  • 11:30-11:35  Welcome from Moderator
  • 11:35-11:45  “Towards Roadmap 2030: Marine Challenges and Priorities for the Asia Pacific region” Mahesh Pradhan (Coordinator, COBSEA)
  • 11:45-11:50  “GEO Blue Planet Opportunities”  Emily Smail (GEO Blue Planet US Secretariat | NOAA)
  • 11:50-11:55  Facing realities: A sense-check- Open for Comments
  • 11:55-12:10  “Focusing on People: The importance of considering regional socio-economic contexts for technology uptake” Andiswa Mlisa (The Pacific Community)
  • 12:10-12:30  Panel and audience deep dive Additional panelists:
                         Suk Jae Kwon (KIOST) Laura David (UP Marine Science Institute)
                         Yegor Volovik (Secretary Director, NOWPAP)

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch

Session Co-chairs: Andiswa Mlisa (The Pacific Community) & Piotr Zaborowski, (Open Geospatial Consortium)

  • 14:00-14:10  Introductory remarks Andiswa Mlisa (The Pacific Community) & Piotr Zabrowski (Open Geospatial Consortium)
  • 14:10-14:20  “Enhancing User Experience in the Western Pacific and Marginal Seas of South and East Asia through the Digital Twin Ocean” Ryo Furue (JAMSTEC)
  • 14:20-14:30  “New Trends of Reality Tech in Ocean: XR, Digital Twin and the Metaverse” David Kim (CEO, Samwoo Immersion Inc.)
  • 14:30-14:40  “Coast Big-Data Platform: Discovering New Marine Industries w/ Bigdata” Chol Young Lee (Director of Marine Bigdata∙AI Center, KIOST)
  • 14:40-14:50  “The Development of Electronic Monitoring in the Western and Central Pacific Long line Fisheries” Leontine Baje (The Pacific Community)
  • 14:50-15:30  Panel Discussion: Opportunities, Challenges and Future Trends Presented by Digital Solutions for Users.

Session Chair: Jungho Nam (KMI)

  • 16:00-16:10 Session Introduction
  • 16:10-16:25 “Marine Spatial Planning of the Republic of Korea” Hee-Jung Choi (KMI)
  • 16:25-16:40 “Marine Spatial Assessment of the Republic of Korea” Myoung Won Kim (GeoSR Inc.)
  • 16:40-17:30 Panel Discussion Panelists:
                           Yegor Volovik (Secretary Director, NOWPAP)
                           Dong-Oh Cho (Senior Policy Consultant, KMI)
                           Jeong-Kyu Yoo (Director of Marine Spatial Planning, KOEM)

Wednesday 1 Nov

Workshop 1: Marine litter (Location: 2F East Palace)

Chair: Audrey Hasson (Mercator Ocean Intl.) & Sunwook Hong (OSEAN)


  •     Young Nam Kim (KOEM)
  •     Jong Soo Lee (OSEAN)
  •     Audrey Hasson (Mercator Ocean Intl.)
  •     *Noriko Tamiya-Hase (Ministry of Environment Japan)



  •     Yoon Jung Lee (KMI)




Workshop 2: Satellite Derived Bathymetry (Location: 2F West Palace)

Chair: Nashwaan Matheen (MSRO)


  •     Nashwaan Matheen (MSRO)
  •     Andiswa Mlisa (The Pacific Community)

Jongkuk Choi (KIOST)





PEMSEA Learning Exchange Program: Session I (Location: 2F Jewel Room)

Session I
    Sustainable Development Strategy for the Seas of East Asia: Roadmap to 2030



  •     Nancy Bermas, PEMSEA Resource Facility


Workshop 3: Fisheries (Location: 2F East Palace)

Chair: Nikelene Mclean (University of Maryland)


  • *A Gopalakrishnan (Central Marine Fisheries Institute, India)
  • Sukguen Jung (Jeju National University)
  • Jaeyoon Park (Global Fishing Watch)


Additional Panelists:

  • Dong-Hun Go (KMI)
  • Manasa Babitu (The Pacific Community)



KIOST Session: Data Centers in Coast Big-Data Platform (Location: 2F West Palace)

Chair: Chol Young Lee (KIOST)


  • Woo Ram Kim (Haebomdata Inc.)
  • Jin Il Song (Inha University Research and Business Foundation)
  • Chan-Yeong Oh (OCEANIC Co., Ltd.)
  • Ho-Seung Jung (OSEAN)
  • Lukas Kim (NSONESOFT Co., Ltd.)


PEMSEA Learning Exchange Program: Session II (Location: 2F Jewel Room)

Session II
Sharing Sessions

  1. ICM and Sustainable Coastal Development Approaches
  2. Biodiversity and Habitat Management
  3. Role of Learning Institutions in Biodiversity Conservation and Management

Speakers: PNLC members


Chair: Daeseok Kang (Pukyung National University)


  • Jungho Nam (KMI)
  • Shenghui Li (Guangdong Ocean University)
  • Sung-Jin Cho (KMI)

Additional Panelists:

  • Jong-Joo Yoon (Chungnam Institute)
  • Andiswa Mlisa (The Pacific Community)
  • Mahesh Pradhan (Coordinator, COBSEA)

Co-Chairs: Joy Chakrabartty (NOAA) & David Cabana (GERICS)


  • Laura David (UP Marine Science Institute)
  • Hak Soo Lim (KIOST)
  • Soo-Min Kim (GeoSR Inc.)

Additional Panelists:

  • In-Seong Han (National Institute of Fisheries Science, Korea)

Thursday 2 Nov

Symposium Forum | 19F Namsan Room

Co-Chairs: Emily Smail (NOAA) & Mahesh Pradhan (COBSEA)

  • 09:00-09:10 Session Introduction
  • 09:10-09:55 Speakers:
        Han San Park (MTCRC)
        Johnny Ching (De La Salle University)
        Hyunsoo Hur (Geostory Inc.)
        Emily Smail (NOAA)

  • 09:55-10:30 Panel Discussion
      Additional Panelists:
        – Andiswa Mlisa (The Pacific Community)
        – Piotr Zabrowski (Open Geospatial Consortium)
        – Nashwaan Matheen (MSRO)

Chair: Jungho Nam (KMI)

  • 11:00-11:10 Overview of Current Working Group Activities : Audrey Hasson (Mercator Ocean Intl.)
  • 11:10-11:20 Summary of 5th GEO Blue Planet Symposium : Nikelene Mclean (University of Maryland)
  • 11:20-11:30 Summary of Key Highlights from Plenary Sessions : Joy Chakrabarrty (NOAA)
  • 11:30-11:40 Summary of Key Highlights from Thematic Workshops : Nikelene Mclean (University of Maryland)
  • 11:40-11:50 Operational Direction of GEO Blue Planet in Asia : Sang-Hyeok Lee (KMI)
  • 11:50-12:20 Open Discussion
  • 12:20-12:30 Concluding Remarks : Sung-Jin Cho (KMI)