NAUSICAA hosts the third annual MARINA conference and travelling exhibition
NAUSICAA, the National Sea Centre,
hosts the third annual MARINA
conference and travelling exhibition
In May 2016, NAUSICAA, the National Sea Centre, got involved in the European MARINA project which aims to bring together communities engaged in responsible research and innovative approaches to marine and maritime issues.
On 12 March 2019 the third annual conference of the MARINA project took place at NAUSICAA, with the theme “SCIENCE, INNOVATION AND THE BLUE SOCIETY”. This event was attended by European marine and social science researchers and all of the project’s partners, who discussed current issues with the aim of improving the way marine resources are managed and protected. The overall goal of the conference was to kick-start the debate about how Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) in the marine sector can offer solutions to societal and environmental challenges, and encourage scientists and societal actors to work together throughout the research and innovation process.
Following this conference, NAUSICAA and the World Ocean Network will speak during the “Ocean Dialogues” event which will be held from 18 to 20 March 2019 in Brussels with the support of the European Parliament, the European Commission and the UNESCO Oceanographic Commission.
These days, which will be held in order to summarise the processes and the results achieved by the project over three years, will be rounded off by a handover back to political decision-makers and leaders in the form of a manifesto which will be presented at the European Parliament on 20 March in the hope that it will influence future parliamentary decisions.
NAUSICAA, a partner of the MARINA project
Ever since it opened its doors on 18 May 1991, NAUSICAA, the National Sea Centre, has been much more than just an aquarium. Every year, through its activities, exhibitions and events, NAUSICAA raises the public’s awareness of the marine environment and calls on people to take action to live in a sustainable way while taking advantage of the benefits of the Blue Planet.
In May 2016, along with 13 other partners, NAUSICAA joined the European MARINA project, with the aim of bringing together researchers, the public and key decision makers in the areas of economic, financial and civil affairs, so that a process of dialogue and communication can be established to facilitate mutual learning around Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) with regard to our understanding of the sea, the oceans and the Blue Society.
The project’s partners and the participants in the conference contributed to the discussion by submitting papers describing their experiences, case studies, results of projects or research activities relating to the marine sector and stating where implementation of the concepts of RRI or Blue Society has had a positive impact on research, innovation and European society.
NAUSICAA hosts the MARINA travelling exhibition
On 9 March 2019, NAUSICAA unveiled the MARINA travelling exhibition entitled “Responsible Research and Innovation for the Ocean” to its visitors. It is visible in the “Mankind and Shores” area.
The interactive and innovative exhibition enables visitors of all ages to learn about the importance of the world Ocean and responsible research and innovation through games, experiences and hands-on discoveries. In a fun way, it showcases the way we take advantage of the treasures of the sea in our day-to-day lives and more specifically marine biotechnologies, deep sea mining, maritime transport and renewable marine energies.
Launched in Tartu (Estonia) in September 2018 during the first leg of its journey, this exhibition will be staged at NAUSICAA for a year before continuing on its journey around Europe in order to go on pursuing its mission to raise the general public’s awareness.
The exhibition was developed by the Estonian science centre AHHAA and NAUSICAA as part of the European MARINA project, which is based entirely on the Responsible Research and Innovation approach.
About the MARINA project
MARINA is a European project, which brings together researchers, the public and key decision makers in the areas of economic, financial and civil affairs, so that a process of dialogue and communication can be established to facilitate mutual learning around responsible research and innovation with regard to our understanding of the sea, the oceans and the Blue Society
To this end, MARINA has created a marine knowledge-sharing platform which is accessible to everyone and enables our political leaders to gain a better understanding of the vision and expectations of European citizens with regard to the sea. This will also help to better identify research subjects and innovative methods of governance to be implemented as part of sustainable ocean management.
The MARINA project is being funded by the Europe Union as part of the Horizon 2020 programme in order to bring together Responsible Research and Innovation actors in 13 countries.