Connecting Communities: Partnering on Ocean Health to Address Climate Change

Keough School Washington Office | Zoom Webinar
4:00 p.m.–5:30 p.m., July 14, 2022
Location: 1400 16th St NW, Washington, DC


This event has now concluded.  A full length recording is available below.

For more than a decade, the European Union, thanks in part to the support of Ireland, has worked with Brazil, Canada, South Africa, the United States, and other countries to create an All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance. This global initiative, the first of its kind, connects researchers and communities from the Arctic to Antarctica. The signing of the 2013 Galway Statement and the 2017 Belém Statement have cemented this collaboration. Now, insights generated by this initiative can inspire important intergenerational conversations and empower communities to care for our oceans and prevent climate catastrophe.

Prioritizing ocean health is crucial to designing and implementing policies that will protect millions of people from the floods, droughts, and other extreme weather that climate change threatens to bring. What role can policymakers, research institutions, and professionals play in connecting communities to address this urgent sustainability challenge? And how can we ensure our communities work together for an integral ecology that promotes human dignity and care for our common home?

Join us for a panel discussion and hear insights from leading experts, who will address these questions, building upon a crucial research partnership. This discussion will celebrate the signing of the All-Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Declaration hosted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and US Department of State. Discussants will include the All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors and others.

Presented by the European Commission, the Marine Institute (Ireland), the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance, and the University of Notre Dame’s Keough School of Global Affairs, with support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme.


John Bell

Director, Healthy Planet Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

Paula S. Bontempi

Dean, Graduate School of Oceanography, The University of Rhode Island

Amanda Netburn

Assistant Director, Ocean Science and Technology, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Jennifer Tank

Ludmilla F., Stephen J., and Robert T. Galla Professor of Biological Sciences, University of Notre Dame; Director, Notre Dame Environmental Change Initiative

Maria Zaira Turchi

Director, Institutional Cooperation, Brazilian National Council for Scientific and Technological Development CNPq

Francisco Werner

Acting Assistant Administrator for Oceanic and Atmospheric Research US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Peter Heffernan

Former CEO, Marine Institute (Ireland)