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The World Research and Innovation Congress (WRIC) – Oceans will take place on 15-16 October 2014 at the Oceanarium in Lisbon

The event will bring together the global scientific marine community, funding agencies, policy makers, NGOs and other stakeholders, providing a dynamic forum to discuss the key issues facing oceans research today. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the latest issues and developments in marine research and innovation projects, as well as form partnerships, network and hear about funding opportunities.

A unique cross-disciplinary line-up of speakers including research practitioners, policy makers and funding agencies will encourage discussions on issues facing marine researchers of all specialisms.


Already confirmed to speak at the event are:

• Professor Manuel Pinto de Abreu - Secretary of State for the Sea for the Portuguese Government, Portugal

• Dr Wendy Watson-Wright - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission UNESCO

• Dr Trevor Platt - Executive Director Partnerships for Observation of the Global Oceans

• Professor Henrique Cabral - Director of the Oceanography Center, Faculty of Science of the University of Lisbon

• Rear Admiral António Manuel Fernandes da Silva Ribeiro - Director General Instituto Hidrografico, Portugal

• Dr Catarina Grilo - Fundacao Gulbenkian Oceans Initiative, Portugal

• Mr Vilhjalmur Jens Arnason - Project Manager, Iceland Ocean Cluster

• Professor Alex Rogers - Commissioner for GLOBE International

• Professor Dr Hans-Otto Portner - Alfred Wegener Institute, Germany

• Mr Mark J Spalding - President The Ocean Foundation, USA

• Dr Yulia Matskevich - Research Development Manager (EU and International) with Brunel University, UK (Horizon 2020 expert)

• Professor Joaquín Tintoré - Professor Physical Oceanography at IMEDEA (CSIC-UIB) and Director of SOCIB



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