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Contact Person: Dr. Susan Gotensparre or Géraldine Fauville
Role: WP3 leader
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The Faculty of Education comprises research that focuses on issues such as learning and teaching among children, young people and adults, the impact of digital technology on our learning processes and how well grades can actually predict future success with studying. Researchers also work with issues such as sustainable development and schools’ organisation and educational planning.

The Department of Education, Communication and Learning’s fields of knowledge include issues to do with learning, teaching, communication and identity among children, young people and adults. This includes an interest in people’s meaning-making and knowledge development in everyday life, as well as in institutional and professional contexts. The department also offers courses within the teacher-training programme and is a pioneer in ocean literacy in Europe as one of institutes co-founding the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA). The department has expertise in creating and disseminating pedagogical resources on marine and environmental education. The department works closely collaboration with the department of biological and environmental sciences having a strong focus on marine environmental issues.

The department has the expertise, connection and knowledge required to lead the dealing with the implementation of marine science in formal education (WP3).

The Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences research covers fundamental biology such as evolution, ecology, physiology and taxonomy, also in a marine context, as well as more applied research that include the effects of climate change, hazardous chemicals, acidification and introduced species. The Department is involved in marine outreach activities, such as ‘Virtue’ together with the Maritime museum in Gothenburg, Summer Science Camp, and ‘Inquiry-to-Insight’ project in partnership with Stanford University and also offers teacher’s training courses on these themes. This is explicitly done in order to raise awareness of the importance of the marine environment directly to younger generations, as to their educators. Apart from our Bachelor and Master programs in Biology and Environmental Sciences, we also provide university courses that pupils from a marine senior high-school can be admitted to as a part of their high-school curriculum. We have a core of teachers at the Department that further their pedagogic and didactic skill, not least when it comes to using new media. The Department’s long tradition of translating marine science at an academic level to a broader public both through formal education and outreach activities, we feel adds value to the present proposal and the project will add to further improvement of translating marine science to the Department and to the Faculty.

UGOT is the lead partner on the Mobilisation: Education & Lifelong Learning Work Package (WP3).

Key Personnel involved:

RogerSaljoDr. Roger Säljö. Doctor honoris causa, specializes in research on learning, interaction and human development in a sociocultural perspective, where he has published extensively. Much of this work is related to issues of how people learn to use cultural tools and how we acquire competences and skills that are foundational to learning in a socially and technologically complex society. In recent years, he has worked extensively with issues that concern how digital technologies transform human learning practices inside and outside formal schooling. In this field, he has been responsible for the national research program, LearnIT, funded by the Knowledgefoundation. The program, which ran between 1997 and 2009, included a research school (where about 25 students have passed their Ph. D.s), numerous research projects, international seminars and several other activities). He has also been engaged in interdisciplinary work with colleagues from a range of different disciplines including medicine and health, various natural sciences, linguistics, informatics and several others. Since 2006 he is Director of the Linnaeus Centre for Research on Learning, Interaction and Mediated Communication in Contemporary Society (LinCS), a national centre of excellence funded by the Swedish Research Council (2006- 2017). He is Director of a national graduate school in the educational sciences (2008-).

GeraldineGéraldine Fauville, has a double background in marine biology and in education sciences. She has been managing marine education projects in collaboration with Stanford University for the past seven years developing several types of digital learning resources for high school students focusing on climate change and ocean acidification issues (Inquiry-to-Insight, Virtual Marine Scientist and I2SEA). She has been a member of the University of Gothenburg Learning and Media Technology Studio (LETStudio) since 2010. In September 2013, she became a doctoral student at the Department of Education, Communication and Learning. The focus of her thesis originates from her background as marine biologist and her deep interest in the impact of increased carbon dioxide (CO2) atmospheric concentration on the marine environment. Her PhD project rooted in a sociocultural tradition intends to provide some basis to understand what digital tools imply for the development of ocean literacy among high-school students. She is a co-founder of the European Marine Science Educators Association ( aiming to empower formal and informal educators to teach about the marine environment but also to create a network of marine educator stakeholders willing to see a more ocean literate future for our society. She was the chair of the second EMSEA conference (Gothenburg, 1-3 October 2014).

Susan Gotensparre

Dr. Susan Gotensparre received a PhD in marine biology 2005 with research experience in cultured Atlantic salmon. From 2011, she is a research officer at the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences. She currently manages outreach projects, such as the FP7 project Sea for Society and Virtue, a school project. Virtue is a tool for enabling students to make experiments with aquatic environments. The students are given an insight into the concept of biological diversity and also the systematics of organisms and their interaction with different ecosystems. Susan has previously been a project manager for the FP7 EuroMarine consortium and project partner of the FP7 European Marine Science Applications Consortium (EMSAC). She has past experience as a news journalist, including popular science communication.

Asa MakitaloProf. Åsa Mäkitalo received her PhD in Education 2002, a four year postdoc in 2004 (visiting Cambridge in 2006), title as Assoc. Professor in 2005 and since 2011 she is Professor of Education. Mäkitalo is co-director of LinCS since 2006. From 2010 she is also Head of the University of Gothenburg LETStudio (, a strategic initiative for interdisciplinary research on issues of learning, communication and transformation of knowledge in a society characterized by technoscientific innovation and new forms of agency. Mäkitalo’s research is focussed on human interaction, technologies and learning. It concerns how the proliferation and use of technologies transform professional expertise, the organization of learning in educational settings, forms of participation and co-production of knowledge. Mäkitalo has served as expert for the European Commission assessing Erasmus Thematic Networks and Erasmus Mundus Programmes (2004), as chair and member of several evaluation panels for the Swedish Research Council (2011-2013). She is currently member of the program board for research and innovation in the educational sector for the Research Council of Norway, and a member of the Social Science Committee of Science Europe.

Dr. Ingela Dahllöf has a background in marine biogeochemistry, ecotoxicology and microbiology as well as marine management issues. ID has been involved in forming regulatory guidelines on a national (Danish) and international level for marine monitoring and served as expert for the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). Currently she heads the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences, but is also involved in a project on risk assessment of shipwrecks. In this project there’s a strong element of translating science both to the public, to authorities and to the industry.


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Contact Person: Dr. Jan Seys
Role: WP4 leader (Mobilisation: Sea Action - where society and science meet Work Package)

Established in 1999, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ, Belgium) is the central coordination and information platform for marine and coastal scientific research in Flanders. VLIZ is a focal point for marine and coastal-related research and serves as an international point of contact in this respect. VLIZ is a government funded but autonomous institute with the legal status of a non-profit organisation. The institute does not conduct research, but performs scientific support tasks for the more than 1000 marine scientists in Flanders. This includes oceanographic data management, logistic assistance, ICT support and web services, the management of a marine library, coordination and networking tasks, and the provision of a wide range of marine information to various target groups. Its strategic objectives are to promote coastal and marine scientific research, to increase its visibility to the public at large by means of popularisation and sensitization, and to provide scientific information on the ocean, the seas and the coasts to policy makers. VLIZ facilitates a national network of marine scientists and other stakeholders by offering a platform, by organising events (meetings, workshops, conferences) and by issuing publications. VLIZ manages an information desk that provides objective scientific information to people in Flanders and abroad. It also responds to current events and promotes marine scientific research through participation in public events (yearly 10 - 30) and exhibitions, through publications and websites, and by organising and coorganising seminars, workshops and symposia. VLIZ is strongly embedded internationally through the participation in numerous international formal networks and projects. In 2008 VLIZ introduced the concept of Ocean Literacy from the US into Europe and developed this approach together with other partners. In October 2012, VLIZ took the lead in organising the First Conference on Ocean Literacy in Europe (Bruges):

 Key Personnel Involved:

Jan MeesProf. dr. Jan Mees is the general director of the Flanders Marine Institute in Ostend since its establishment in 1999. He is trained as a marine biologist (MSc Zoology, MSc Environmental Sanitation, PhD Biology) at Ghent University, where he is part-time professor and has been teaching in data analysis, statistics, coastal ecosystems and fisheries. He is the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific publications, most of which in international journals with peer-review, and the author or co-author of 50+ reports. He is the editor of a suite of VLIZ publications, including the monthly electronic newsletter VLIZINE, public outreach newsletters, and several issues of VLIZ Special Publications and occasional publications. Jan Mees is chair of the European Marine Board, and member of several European and global oceanography and marine biodiversity networks (e.g. POGO, MARS, EurOcean).

JanSeysDr. Jan Seys is the head of the Communication department of VLIZ. He is a marine biologist by training, having worked in marine and estuarine research in Belgium & the Netherlands (10 years) and as a managing director (2 years) of a bilateral Kenya-Belgium cooperation in marine sciences. He has educational experience as a teacher, tourist guide and developer of learning platforms and produced more than 200 publications on marine and estuarine science & outreach. Since 2006 he is the chair of the European Marine Board Communications Panel, and member of the News & Information group of the Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO). In these functions, he developed a wide-ranging expertise in communicating scientific information to policy-makers, researchers, schools and the public at large. Under his coordination VLIZ is producing various publications, developing outreach activities and (co)organizing 10-30 local, national and international events on an annual basis.

Nacy FockedeyDr. Nancy Fockedey is senior scientific assistant of the Communication division of VLIZ. She is trained as marine biologist with research experiences in Europe and in the tropics (Ecuador) on the ecology and population dynamics of estuarine and beach fauna. At VLIZ she is operational at the info desk (providing marine information to multiple stakeholders) and the editor of the monthly electronic newsletter VLIZINE, the magazine De Grote Rede, the institutional website and annual report. She is the co-author or lector of several ad-hoc publications for the public at large - often about seafood (e.g. commercial book on the brown shrimp, several seafood cook books, a seafood species information guide for professional users, etc.). She was the initiator and co-organiser of several Ocean Literacy projects like "Marine Art", where marine scientists and art students jointly worked towards a marine art exhibition, the intergenerational oral history project "Peeling shrimp and oral history", etc.

Karen RappeKaren Rappé is a senior scientific assistant of the Communication division of VLIZ. She has an academic background in biology (Ghent University) where she worked as a researcher for Belgian science programs that focused on the impact of pollution on the coastal ecosystem. Karen joined VLIZ in 2010 and gained experience in science communication through participation in plural EU FP7 projects (CLAMER, CSA Marine Biotech, MERMAID, Sea for Society), more specific in the organisation of conferences, outreach actions and the creation of a broad range of communication outputs (e.g. websites, social media, annual report, profiling material, newsletters, multimedia, etc.). She has a special interest in science communication where it deals with the Flemish research vessel Simon Stevin, the Marine Station Ostend and oceanographic sampling equipment in general.

Evy CopejansEvy Copejans is a senior scientific assistant at the Communication division of VLIZ in Ostend, Belgium where she is responsible for ocean education since 2006. After graduating as a geography teacher, she was rewarded with the prize for best thesis `The North Sea, Mare Incognitum´, stating that the ocean was hardly mentioned in the geography curriculum and advising policy makers how to revise the curriculum. In her job she primarily creates a variety of marine science projects, lesson materials, teacher workshops and excursions. She is co-author of several public outreach articles and publications, including the first textbook in Dutch on marine science for teachers. Evy Copejans is also a board member of the Flemish Geography Teachers (VLA) and cofounder of the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA), a sister organization of the National Marine Educator Association (NMEA) in the United States. EMSEA is the platform for ocean education and enhancing Ocean Literacy in Europe.

Laur VMLaure Van Medegael is a scientific assistant of the Communication division of VLIZ. She is trained as a biologist (MSc Evolution, MSc functional biology) at Ghent University. After graduating in 2014, she gained experience in organizing events and communication at a start-up event hall (concerts, comedy, exhibits, etc.). Laure joined VLIZ in April 2015 to work on the Sea Change project and to help organize and coordinate outreach events like World Ocean Day.


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Contact Person: Dr Niall McDonough and Dr Veronica French
Role: WP1 leader (Sea Change fundamentals – Baseline Review)
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The European Marine Board provides a pan-European platform for its member organizations to develop common priorities, to advance marine research, and to bridge the gap between science and policy in order to meet future marine science challenges and opportunities.

The aims of EMB are to ‘facilitate enhanced cooperation between European organizations involved in marine science towards the development of a common vision on the research priorities and strategies for marine science in Europe. The Board provides the essential components for transferring knowledge from the scientific community to decision makers, promoting Europe’s leadership in marine research and technology. Adopting a strategic role, the European Marine Board serves its member organizations by providing a unique forum within which marine research policy advice to national agencies and to the European Commission is developed, with the objective of promoting the establishment of the European marine Research Area. In summary, the main list of EMB competencies that match the tasks in the proposal are the following:

• Marine science strategy
• Science foresight
• Science-policy interface
• Marine/Maritime policy
• Marine science communication & ocean literacy
• Coordination of European marine research partners
• Access to European marine science network – Research Performing Organisations, Research Funding Organisations and stakeholders

Our profile and competencies mean that EMB is well-placed to provide an introduction to and review of the concept of ocean literacy as well as to review the current status of ocean literacy in the three ‘pillars’ of the project, i.e., educate, engage, and governance. The reviews will serve to support the three mobilisation work packages. The listed competencies of EMB also allow for EMB to contribute to and support other work packages in the proposal where needed.

Key Personnel Involved:

Niall McDonoughDr. Niall McDonough is Head of the European Marine Board and a member of the senior management team at the European Science Foundation. The Marine Board is Europe’s foremost marine science policy think-tank, delivering strategy and foresight to advance European research focused on seas and oceans. Niall originally trained as a marine biologist, with research interests in aquaculture, fisheries and marine resource management. He has previously held management roles with the Environmental Change Institute at NUI Galway, and the Centre for Marine Resources and Mariculture at Queen’s University Belfast, attracting significant research funding to both centres and coordinating a number of national and international research projects. While with Queen’s he provided scientific advice to the Northern Ireland Government and chaired the Northern Ireland Review of Inshore Fisheries in 2005-2006. From 2007 to 2009 he worked with the Irish Marine Institute’s International Co-operation Programme, developing Ireland’s international collaborative research efforts in marine science and technology.


Veronica FrenchDr. Veronica French joined the European Marine Board in 2014. Prior to working at the European Marine Board, Veronica carried out a PhD as a joint student of Charles Darwin University (Australia), the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and Plant and Food Research New Zealand, investigating concentrations of microcontaminants (eg. pharmaceuticals and personal care products, hormones and pesticides) in a tropical estuarine environment and impacts on the tropical marine snail Telesopium telescopium. Veronica has worked on a range of marine science projects including Healthy Marine Harvests - a study assessing the health of shellfish for consumption, and water quality monitoring with respect to coastal development. Previously, Veronica graduated from University College Dublin (Ireland) with an MSc in World Heritage Management after completing a thesis on the natural and cultural heritage values of a tropical river system and from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) with a BSc in Zoology.


Nan Chin ChuDr. Nan-Chin Chu is a Science Officer at the European Marine Board since 2012. She is responsible for a range of science policy activities, including topics such as climate change and maritime cultural heritage. She also participates in the coordination of strategic research agendas for the regional seas. She studied geology (BSc, National Taiwan University) and isotope geochemistry (PhD, University of Southampton/ National Oceanography Centre, UK). Her previous research subjects cover analytical chemistry (ion chromatography and mass spectrometry), palaeo-oceanography, marine geology (ferromanganese crusts, cold-seep carbonates and vent chimneys), biogeochemistry (diagenesis of bones and hydrothermal shrimps) and archaeology (dairy consumption of prehistoric humans). She was previously awarded a World University Network scholarship (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA), Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (University of Oxford, UK) and an EU Marie Curie Fellowship (IFREMER, France).



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Contact Person: Andrea Troncoso
Role: Project Partner

Ecsite links science centres, science museums, natural history museums, zoos, aquaria, universities and research organizations in Europe. All Ecsite members are committed to public engagement in science through accessible, interactive exhibits and programmes.

As a network, Ecsite promotes understanding of science, technology engineering and maths by facilitating cooperation among its members. In this spirit, we strengthen citizens’ engagement and interaction with science. We are the European focal point for institutions who wish to take action in the field of science communication. For over 25 years, Ecsite has been the European hub of science communication activities. A trusted partner of the European Commission, it has implemented a wide range of European projects, including consultation processes in science centres and museums to give feedback on European policy. Ecsite’s broad experience in international cooperation has included a wide variety of stakeholders, from industry, to research, to policymakers, to civil society. The network’s events, including the renowned Ecsite Annual Conference, bring together thousands of professionals every year.

Ecsite has over 400 member institutions across over 50 countries, covering all major European cities. These organisations welcome over 40 million visitors every year. As the European hub, Ecsite has the capacity to mobilise these members through specific activities and multiply the impact of European collaborations.

In order to mobilise Europe’s science communication community, Ecsite has broad experience in specific types of activity. Examples include coordinating stakeholder hubs across Europe, developing and implementing innovative resources for public engagement and running citizen and stakeholder consultations.

Ecsite has the access to the societal stakeholders and public at large involved in ocean literacy, through science centres, science and maritime museums, zoos and aquaria. Ecsite has experience in relevant EU collaborations which addressed ocean literacy such as Sea for Society. Ecsite’s members act as hubs for relevant stakeholders in their countries, engaging citizens, researchers, policymakers and other societal stakeholders in a mutual learning process. The network also has a range of Thematic Groups on key topics in the field of public engagement in science. This is a way to engage European experts from across the field in reflection and mobilization. Ecsite communicates regularly to the network through the quarterly magazine Spokes, website and monthly e-news which reach several thousand contacts.

Key Personnel Involved:

CatherineCatherine Franche is Executive Director of Ecsite. Before she joined Ecsite in 2006, she was working for the Office de Coopération et d’Information Muséographiques (OCIM) as a training coordinator and special projects manager. From 1992 to 1994, Catherine was Professional Development Coordinator and then Executive Director of the Société des Musées Québécois. Catherine has an MBA in Management of Cultural Organisations from École des Hautes Études Commerciales in Montreal. She studied Physics at the Université du Québec, Canada.


AndrAndrea Troncoso is a new Ecsite Project Manager. She holds an MA in International Organizations and Human Development from the IUED-HEI in Genéve. Before Ecsite, Andrea work as a consultant developing educational and art projects in Chile and Germany. She has experience at science communication and engagement working at the National Science Commission, CONICYT, in Chile. At Ecsite, Andrea is involve in the management of Sea Change project and RRI Tools.


JulieJulie Becker is Communications Manager at Ecsite. She has a Masters in Museum Studies from Leicester University, has worked at the Natural History Museum London, UK, as an exhibition developer, at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren as a museologist and communication project manager for an exhibition design agency in Brussels, Belgium.



AnneAnne Urger is Ecsite Office Manager since February 2012. After a degree in History at UCL (Louvain- La-Neuve), Belgium, she worked as administrative and financial manager of a Brussels corporate communication graphics agency for three years. She then co-founded her own communication agency called Designlab which was active for just under 15 years mainly in the cultural field (brand and graphic identities, printed publicity campaigns and books, signage for public buildings and exhibitions, etc.).



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Contact Person: Karl Donert
Role: Project Partner

EUROGEO is a European scientific society, which networks geographers from all walks of life. The Association is a not-for-profit organisation, with participatory status in the Council of Europe, which aims to:

• research, develop, support and promote policies designed to advance the status of Geography
• establish and promote cross-border cooperation
• promote education and training in Geography from a European perspective
• represent nationally and internationally the views of its members

To achieve this goal, the activities of the Association include:
• organising events and activities
• producing publications
• undertaking research
• supporting geographers in their jobs and careers
• supporting the teaching of geography
• identifying and promoting good practise
• cooperating with the European Commission, Council of Europe and other relevant organisations;
• lobbying at European and where relevant national level providing a forum for the discussion of matters of common interest to geographers
• giving advice on geography
• making recommendations to decision makers

EUROGEO is a membership organisation, with members located in almost all European countries and internationally. The association has experience and considerable expertise in international project development, project management, research, dissemination, evaluation and reporting.

Key Personnel Involved:

Karl DonertKarl Donert is President of EUROGEO, a leading voice in geographical education in Europe. Karl was coordinator of the HERODOT Project on Bologna and teaching Geography in higher education. In 2005, he was awarded a National Teaching Fellowship, the highest teaching honour in the UK. He has been a member of the Education group at the Council of Europe and is involved in innovative programmes and projects there. He is a consultant to many leading geographical and educational organisations. He has expertise in the coordination and management of international projects.


Luc ZwartjesLuc Zwartjes has been a teacher of geography since 1986. From 1999 until 2011 he was part-time inservice teacher-trainer, specialized in the technical and educational use of ICT in the geography curriculum, with emphasis on e-learning, geographical information (GI), GIS and digital photo & video. From 2011 on he works half-time as a researcher and pre-service teacher trainer at the geography department Ghent University where he is continuing to work in specialist areas including the use of statistical information in teacher education and training. In the content of his courses citizen science has become an important source of activity and his work related to pedagogical uses of data and information. He is also Chairman of the Flemish Geography Teachers Association (VLA), a member of the iGeo Task Force, responsible for organizing the International geo Olympiad (for the IGU – International Geographical Union). In 2008 he was awarded a Fellowship by the University of Louvain.



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