Virtual Conference of Ocean Governance for Sustainability: Action Insights and Foreshadowing Challenges

The OceanGov Team welcomes all attendees to the Final International Conference of the COST Action Ocean Governance for Sustainability.

The European COST Action “Ocean Governance for Sustainability – Challenges, Options and the Role of Science” (CA15217) will gather 1920 November, 2020 for the final and virtual Conference on Ocean Governance: Action insights and foreshadowing challenges, hosted jointly by the Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) and the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE), in cooperation with the European network funding programme “Cooperation of Science and Technology” (COST).

Keynote Speakers: Kristina Gjerde,  Yoshitaka Ota and  Eddie Allison

We are excited to welcome researchers and policy makers from more than 29 countries to reflect on the last four years of the Action and to discuss new developing topics and upcoming challenges to the future of our oceans through a series of scientific panels, as well as keynotes featuring: Prof. Edward H Allison (PhD), Principal Scientist at WorldFish reflecting on: “Equity and Justice in the Blue Economy”; Prof. Yoshitaka Ota (PhD), Director Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus, University of Washington, elaborating on: “Ocean Equity: why should we care?”; and Prof. Kristina Gjerde (JD), Senior High Seas Policy Advisor for the International Union for Conservation of Nature, Marine and Polar Program, who will explore on “Advancing towards effective and equitable governance of the global ocean beyond national boundaries: progress, prospects and next steps”, as well as concluding addresses by Prof. Dr Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Director of DIE and Chair of the Action, and Dr. César Giraldo Herrera, Scientific Coordinator of the Conference (ZMT and Institute for Science Innovation and Society (InSIS), University of Oxford).

These keynotes frame a series of panels bringing together contributions from the six working groups composing the COST Action OceanGov to reflect on the EU’s ocean agenda over the past years, as well as addressing new topics in academic scholarship and policy-making on ocean governance in the European context. The panels thus range from more thematically oriented panels derived from the working groups of the network to panels tackling arising ocean governance challenges (e.g. sustainable Blue Economy, the development of integrative regional approaches and strategies, Marine Emerging Infectious Diseases). The conference explores the governance of the oceans from multiple approaches and varied disciplinary traditions, illustrating empirical and/or conceptual contributions around Europe and beyond.

About the European COST Project “Ocean Governance for Sustainability”

For several years now, the European Union has been increasingly interested in questions of sustainable ocean management. Above all, an impression of great conceptual fragmentation and missing connections of local, regional, national and global approaches becomes apparent. The aim of the four-year European COST project “Ocean Governance for Sustainability” is to address problems of current legislations and regulations in a transdisciplinary way to adapt existing strategies in research and policy. The integrative approach brings together natural, social and human sciences, as well as international know-how is a specific feature of the COST projects funded by the European Union. The final virtual conference will be the last network conference of the project established in September 2016 in Brussels under the direction of Prof. Dr. Anna-Katharina Hornidge (then ZMT, now DIE).


Registration for this event has been closed on Wednesday, 18 November.

Program: click here to download

Registered participants can enter the sessions by clicking on the respective session title in the schedule pdf below.

Schedule: click here to download


OceanGov Team:

Prof Dr Anna-Katharina Hornidge | OceanGov COST Action Chair|
Director of the German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE) |

Prof Dr Achim Schlüter | Head Department of Social Sciences |
Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)

Dr Cesar Giraldo Herrera | Scientific coordination of the Conference|
Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) | Institute for Science Innovation and Society (InSIS), University of Oxford

Ms Hannah Jansen | Coordination Office |
Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT) |

Miguel Leyva | German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Ina Lehmann | German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)

Timo Ottolin | Student Assistant | Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)


Panels (see program and schedule for more details):

  1. [P1] Traversing oceanic and coastal space

    Convenor: Maarten Bavinck (University of Amsterdam)

  2. [P2.1|P2.2] Land-Sea-Interactions 1&2

    Convenors: Achim Schlüter (ZMT & Jacobs University), Natasa Vaidianu (University of Bucharest)

  3. [P3] Connecting Science and Social Science for Sustainable Seabed Use: Contemporary Knowledge in Socio-Cultural, Political, Legal, Economic and Environmental Understandings of Deep-Sea Mining

    Convenors: Kimberley Peters (University of Liverpool), Phillip Steinberg (DurhamUniversity, UK)

  4. [P4] Bringing the pieces together: Area Based Management Tools for Effective Integrated Ocean Management

    Convenors: Sebastian Unger (IASS), Elena Gissi (University of Venice)

  5. [P5] Privatisation of the Oceans, Panel Discussion

    Convenors: Achim Schlüter (ZMT), Maarten Bavinck (University of Amsterdam)

  6. [P6] Fisheries Governance

    Convenors: José Pascual-Fernández (University of La Laguna, Spain), Aline Delaney (Aalborg University, Denmark)

  7. [P7] Connecting Ocean Acidification Research with the UN Decade of Ocean Science

    Convenor: Roberta Guerra (University of Bologna, Italy)

  8. [P8] Oceans´ contribution to food security

    Convenor: Maarten Bavinck (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

  9. [P9] Emerging Infectious Diseases and the Ocean, Policies and Diplomacies

    Convenor: César Giraldo-Herrera (Leibniz Centre for Marine Tropical Research (ZMT), Germany)


Conference organized and made possible by:

Organizers - logos: ZMT, DIE and COST (EU)

Supported by:

conference supporters - logos: Future Earth Coasts and MARE