The 7th EMSEA confernece took place 16-20 Setember 2019 at the EXPOLAB, Sao Miguel, Azores, Portugal,hosted by the Azores' Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT).
The main focus of the conference was on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal 14: Life below water. Ocean Literacy has been identified as “key to advancing the sustainable use and conservation of the oceans”. EMSEA 2019 invited abstract submissions from ocean literacy practitioners to share their insights and best practice on how marine science education and research effectively underpins SDG 14 under the following themes:
- Marine Science and Education inspired by the Mid-Atlantic
- Environmental Awareness through Marine Education
- The impact of Scientific Research on Marine Education and Outreach
- MPA, MSP and Ocean Literacy
Reflecting strong commitment to providing an opportunity for participants to inspire and be inspired by best practice in ocean literacy, in addition to the traditional oral and poster presentations, workshops and open session, EMSEA 2019 introduced a new session to the programme of the conference – the EMSEA EXPO, an opportunity to showcase the best ocean literacy hands-on activities and experiments.