Symposium Forum

The Symposium Forum is designed to be a platform for interactive dialogue among various members of the Ocean and Coastal Observations value chain. One of the main objectives of the Symposium Forum is to promote lively engagement between scientists/researchers, data providers, and end users to promote synergistic strategies for societal benefit. The Forum will be structured in a manner which supports value chain dialogue related to ocean and coastal issues pertinent to the African region.  In keeping with the format of the 5th GEO Blue Planet Symposium, value chain representatives will be classified based on the themes of Fisheries, Coastal Erosion and Ecosystem Conservation. Value chain representatives are invited to participate in the Forum by populating respective thematic booths.  

Objectives 

  1. To provide an interactive platform for engagement among members of the Ocean and Coastal Observations value chain.  
  2. To support engagement between local stakeholders and the private sector to encourage the development of local/regional opportunities. 
  3. To discuss the role of Ocean and Coastal Observations in addressing issues pertinent to coastal and marine resources in the African region. 

Target Audience 

The Symposium Forum will be open for engagement during pre-determined sessions from Monday, October 24th to Wednesday, October 26th and should appeal to the general audience of the symposium. Forum attendees may include high-level representatives from international agencies, representatives from regional organizations, research scientists, local stakeholders, policy makers, students etc.  

Call for Forum Participants 

In these thematic booths, we welcome students, researchers and subject matter experts who have conducted research related to fisheries, coastal erosion or ecosystem conservation in the context of Ocean and Coastal Observations.  Representatives from this segment of the Ocean and Coastal Observation value chain are invited to share research findings with Symposium attendees and value chain representatives via posters or oral presentations. Please note that students/scientists/subject matter experts interested in participating in the Symposium Forum are required to submit an abstract summarizing their research and explaining its relevance to the Symposium.  

We also welcome representatives from Earth Observation affiliated organizations to serve as participants in the thematic booths. This includes representatives from agencies/organizations that utilize remote and in-situ monitoring to collect data on parameters related to marine and coastal resources (e.g., ESRI, GMES & Africa, NASA, Copernicus Marine Service, SANSA etc.). Participants can be expected to engage with conference attendees and other members of the value chain about how ocean and coastal data are remotely collected, processed and translated to develop the tools and services to address needs related to specific themes. Representatives from this segment of the Ocean and Coastal Observation value chain are also invited to provide live demonstrations of specific EO tools which have been developed to meet the needs of end-users in fisheries, coastal erosion or ecosystem conservation (e.g., NOAA/NESDIS/STAR OC View tool that can be used in detecting HABs). Earth Observation organization representatives interested in participating in the Symposium Forum are required to submit a summary of their proposed contribution detailing potential discussion objectives, proposed product tool demonstrations and desired outcomes.  

Representatives from the end-user segment of the Ocean and Coastal Observation value chain are also invited to serve as participants in the thematic booths. Local, regional and international stakeholders who have utilized Ocean and Coastal Observation tools are related to fisheries, coastal erosion or ecosystem conservation are invited to engage with conference attendees and other members of the chain to provide insight into the real-world application of these tools. End-users who have utilized these products are invited to demonstrate the value that these products and tools provided to their local communities, countries or regions (e.g., EO based SMS fisheries warning system used in Ghana). End-user representatives are also invited to provide insight to other members of the value chain regarding data needs and gaps in information related to fisheries, coastal erosion or ecosystem conservation that can potentially be addressed using Ocean and Coastal Observations. Sectoral end-users interested in participating in the Symposium Forum are required to submit a summary of their proposed contribution outlining their interest in using Ocean and Coastal Observations to address issues related to fisheries, coastal erosion and ecosystem conservation. End-users who have utilized Ocean and Coastal Observation tools to address issues related to the themes mentioned above are asked to provide an overview of the product and its application in their local communities, countries or regions. 

Submitting an Expression of Interest  

If you would like to submit an expression of interest to participate in the GEO Blue Planet Symposium forum, please use the following link.   

Please note that participants who plan to submit an abstract/contribution summary are expected to complete this by July 29th 2022.  Applications for forum participants will be accepted and selected on a rolling basis as booth slots are filled.  

Participants will be responsible for their own funding to attend the Forum session and Symposium; however, limited travel grants may be provided on a case-by-case basis, click here for more information.

If you require additional information, please visit the GEO Blue Planet Symposium website symposium.geoblueplanet.org or contact GEO Blue Planet via email at info@geoblueplanet.org.