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Supporting Ocean Literacy in the Baltic - EU4Ocean "Let’s make the Baltic Sea Blue"

Event date:
26/08/2021 (All day) to 27/08/2021 (All day)
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    Let’s make the Baltic Sea Blue! 

    EU4Ocean Coalition: Baltic Sea Basin Event on Ocean Literacy

    26 August (10:00 – 13:00 CEST) and 27 August (10:00 – 17:00 CEST)


    The EU4Ocean Coalition is organising its second Sea Basin Event in the Baltic Sea this time, on the 26th and the 27th of August of 2021, fully online. The EU4Ocean Coalition specific audience - members of the EU4Ocean PlatformYouth4Ocean Forum and the Network of European Blue Schools - will play a key role in the organisation and programme of the event. The Event will give visibility to all relevant Baltic ocean communities, including schools and pupils, teachers and marine science educators, stakeholders from marine related sectors, NGOs and conservationists, youth, policymakers and government representatives, public institutions, researchers and academia, entrepreneurs, other ocean professionals as well as citizens interested in the Baltic marine environment. The Event will have an additional specific focus on Baltic Youth as well as Baltic Blue Schools, allowing direct networking with policymakers and ocean professionals. All times in the agenda are in CEST and the language will be English. Together, we will gather key Baltic Ocean Literacy stakeholders to share our knowledge of and passion for the Baltic Sea!

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    Speakers Profiles 

    Programme 26 August 2021

    10:00 – 13:00 CEST See recording

    High-level opening

    Conversation with key Baltic Ocean Professionals 

    Pitching Contest: Baltic Young Ocean Advocates 

    A Youth Perspective on Baltic Ocean Literacy

    Closing Session: Collection of #MakeEUBlue Pledges


    Programme 27 August 2021

    10:00 – 17:00 CEST

    Advancing Ocean Literacy in the Baltic – ways forward

    Session 1: Bringing the Sea to the School – EU Blue Schools in the Baltic See recording

    Session 2: How to engage and empower the Youth in the Baltic Sea Region See recording

    Session 3: Engaging with wider public and businesses in the Baltic - #MakeBalticBlue Campaign See recording

    European Blue Schools in the Baltic: Teachers Training Workshop See recording

    Detailed Agenda


    Day 1 - 26 August 2021 - See Recording 

    High-level Opening Session

    10:00 – 10:25 CEST on 26th August

    English | Organised by EU4Ocean

    Starting off the event, notable speakers will welcome participants and set the scene. You can send in questions and comments throughout the day through

    Confirmed high-level speakers include:

    Moderator: Lisa Simone de Grunt, SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG



    Key Baltic Ocean Professionals  


    10:25 - 11:15 CEST on 26th August

    English | Organised by EU4Ocean

    Following the high-level opening session, we will get to know some of the key players in Baltic Ocean Literacy. You can send in questions and comments throughout the day through Confirmed speakers include:

    Moderator: Angela Schultz-Zehden, Managing Director SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG

    Baltic Young Ocean Advocates Pitching Contest 

    11:15 - 11:50 CEST on 26th August

    English | Organised by EU4Ocean

    The third Call for Young Ocean Advocates has recently been launched with a specific focus on engaging Baltic youth. From the received applications, 4 will be invited to pitch either in-person or via a video message, presenting their project (or project idea). A high-level judges panel consisting of Baltic Sea Action Group Content Director Laura Höijer, VASAB Head of Secretariat Alda Nikodemusa and CPMR Baltic Sea Commission Executive Secretary Lucille Ehrhart, will deliberate  and select a winner, who will be awarded a special prize including the opportunity to present their project at the final event of the EU4Ocean Coalition. The pitches will include:


    A Youth Perspective on Baltic Ocean Literacy 

    12:10 - 12:30 CEST on 26th August

    English | Organised by EU4Ocean

    Join this session to discuss how Baltic citizens and stakeholders can become more ocean literate and how to bring Baltic Youth in closer contact with ocean professionals - the session will include Baltic Youth Representatives as well as the high-level and key Baltic Ocean Professionals from earlier sessions.

    Moderator: Lisa Simone de Grunt, SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG


    Day 2 - 27 August 2021 - See Recording 

    Practical steps and way forward in different communities - 3 parallel sessions 

    10:20 - 11:45 CEST on 27th August

    English | Organised by EU4Ocean

    Session 1: Bringing the Sea to School in the Baltics

    Building on the experiences of existing educational networks and outreach activities in the Baltics, this session bring together different actors to present their projects and exchange best practices. Moderator: Vanessa Batista, Ciencia Viva 

    Opening | Vanessa Batista, Ciência Viva

    The European Blue School Network | Evy Copejans, EMSEA

    BSAG Baltic Sea School | Hanna Höijer, Baltic Sea Action Group trainee & high school student

    Learning together in the Baltic Sea Project | Aira Undén-Selander and Mika Jokiaho, Baltic Sea Project

    Baltic Quizz | Kasia Borowiak and Monika Wisniewska, Gdynia Aquarium

    STEAM for the Baltic Sea | Nina Salonen, City of Turku, Development services

    Outdoor learning, local water monitoring | Jari Silander, SYKE

    Learn and study interesting Baltic Sea! | Eija Rantajärvi, SYKE

    I live by the Sea project | Izabela Kotynska-Zielinska, Today We Have

    The European Atlas of the Seas | Nathalie, EMODnet Secretariat

    Closure session | Vanessa, Ciência Viva

    Session 2: How to engage and empower the Youth in the Baltic Sea Region

    See Recording

    This session will share with the participants experiences of the members of the Youth4Ocean and discuss together with the audience which areas/topics, project types are (and will be) important for youth engagement in the Baltic region in the future, and where we need to put efforts to take these to the next level. The session invites experts, professionals, NGOs, educators, businesses, start-ups, communication experts and activists to share their experiences, and to get inspired and get involved! Moderator: Lisa Simone de Grunt, SUBMARINER Network for Blue Growth EEIG

    Session 3:  Engaging with wider public and businesses in the Baltics – #MakeBalticBlue campaign   

    See recording

    This parallel session invites businesses, NGOs, authorities, policy makers, media, and active citizens to come together to discuss what they can do to support #MakeBaltic Blue with their actions and what would be the pre-conditions to success. Moderator: Farah Obaidullah, Women4Oceans

    European Blue Schools in the Baltic: Teachers Training Workshop - See Recording

    15:00 - 17:00 CEST on 27th August

    English | Organised by EU4Ocean

    The main goals of bringing the ocean into the classroom are improving the understanding of the ocean and developing a sense of responsibility towards our planet. The more aware and literate of the ocean students are, the more they become active and responsible European citizens.

    In a European Blue School, teachers actively make the ocean a relevant part of the school curriculum through project-based learning. Schools that take up this Find the Blue challenge identify an ocean topic that is relevant to them and create with their students a school project. Student ownership, collaboration with ocean stakeholders and sharing with the community will be key values of these projects. After successfully completing the project, schools will receive the European Blue School certification. 

    This workshop will focus on becoming a European Blue School by developing school projects on the Baltic Sea. The online workshop features presentations and demos on the Baltic Sea by marine scientists and experienced educators who are renowned experts in their disciplines, small group discussions and professional guidance to become a European Blue School.

    The workshop is designed for teachers who wish to become part of the Network of European Blue Schools, for all ages and at all student grade levels. Teachers in science, arts, languages, sports, economics, and other school subjects are all invited to participate.

    After the workshop, you will:

    • Understand why and what you should teach about the Baltic Sea.
    • Know how to become a successful European Blue School.
    • Be able to develop a school project on the Baltic Sea.
    • Have inspiration to identify a topic, activities, and partners for your school project. 

    15:00 – 15:15

    Short welcome message. Why teach about the Baltic Sea?  – Dominika Wojcieszek (Gdynia Aquarium) 

    15:15 – 15:45 

    On resources and summer schools on Baltic - Joachim Dengg (Geomar) and Tymon Zielinski (IOPAN) 

    15:45 – 16:00 

    European Atlas of the Seas - Nathalie Van Isacker (EMODNET)  

    16:00 – 16:15 

    VIRTUE project - Björn Källström (Göteborgs Marinbiologiska Laboratorium) 

    16:15 – 16:30

     Implementing the Network of European Blue Schools in Gdynia, Poland - Dominika Wojcieszek (Gdynia Aquarium) 

    16:30 – 17:00

    How to become a European Blue Schools, questions and discussion, workshop wrap-up - Evy Copejans (EMSEA) 

    A detailed Programme can be found here

    The workshop is led by EMSEA and Gdynia Aquarium, and supported by ACTeon, SUBMARINER Network and the European Commission, DG MARE, and partners of the EU4Ocean consortium. For more details about the Network of European Blue Schools, please visit information is available here