Programme

 Oceans of Opportunities, Rivers of Ideas

The abstract book can be found here.

All sessions were recorded. Recordings can be found here.

All presentations can be found below.

Interviews with VLIR-UOS alumni at the event can be found here.
 

WEDNESDAY 5 December: Colonial Palace, Paleizenlaan 1, 3080 Tervuren

Opening of the OORI event

13:30-14:00

Registration

14:00-14:30

Welcome by  Ann Vanreusel & Nico Koedam

14:30-16:00

16:00-18:00

Network Reception: Colonial Palace


THURSDAY 6 December:  Universiteit Gent (UGent), Aula, Voldersstraat 9, 9000 Gent

8:30-9:00

Registration | Welcome coffee/tea

9:00-9:15

Introduction to the morning session (Chairperson Magda Vincx, UGent, Belgium)

Welcome by the Director of Internationalisation Guido Van Huylenbroeck, UGent, Belgium

9:15-10:45

Keynote presentations (15' per presentation): "Ecosystem resources and management"

10:45-11:15

Coffee break

11:15-11:45

Pitch presentations (7' per presentation): "Ecosystem resources and management"

11:45-12:30

Interactive session: Policy makers and scientists do (not) listen to each other, do(n't) they?"  (moderators Diana Di Nitto, Jean Hugé & Nico Koedam)

12:30-13:30

Lunch break

13:30-14:30

Introduction to the afternoon session (Chairperson Cosmas Munga, TUM, Kenya)

Keynote presentations (15' per presentation): "Education, leadership and communication"

  • Dialogue on some critical leadership concepts and how they matter in aquatic sciences and in life in general, Ibrahima Thiam (Wetlands International Africa, Senegal)
  • Research-education coupling in changing perspectives of aquatic study in Vietnam, Hien Thanh Nguyen (University of Science and Technology of Hanoi, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, Vietnam)
  • Opportunities and challenges for marine scientists in the dredging world, Thibaud Mascart (DEME, Belgium)
  • Change the world by changing yourself, Shanna Vanblaere (UGent, Belgium)

15:00-15:30

Coffee break

15:30-16:00

Pitch presentations (7' per presentation): "Education, leadership and communication"

16:00-17:00

Panel discussion: “How to frame –marine- conservation: a story of doom or a story of hope?” (moderators  Ann Vanreusel & Diana Di Nitto): Sarah Vanden Eede, Thibaud Mascart, Jacqueline Uku, Ibrahima ThiamMohamed Omar Said Mohamed


FRIDAY 7 December: Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB), U-residence, Generaal Jacqueslaan 272, 1050 Elsene

8:15-9:00

Registration | Welcome coffee/tea

9:00-10:30

Introduction to the morning session (Chairperson Judith Okello, KMFRI, Kenya)

Keynote presentations (15' per presentation): "Conservation and monitoring"

10:30-11:00

Coffee break

11:00-11:30

Pitch presentations (7' per presentation): "Conservation and monitoring"

11:30-12:30

World Café: “What is the role of scientists in raising public awareness, and what are mechanisms to achieve it?  (moderators Diana Di Nitto & Jean Hugé)

12:30-13:30

Lunch break

13:30-15:00

Introduction to the afternoon session (Chairperson Eliana Alfaro-Cordova, Pro Delphinus, Peru)

Keynote presentations (15' per presentation): "Social-Ecological Systems"

15:00-15:30

Coffee break

15:30-16:00

Pitch presentations (7' per presentation): "Social-Ecological Systems"


SATURDAY 8 December: VUB, U-residence,Generaal Jacqueslaan 272, 1050 Elsene

9:15-10:00

Registration | Welcome coffee/tea

10:00-11:30

Introduction to the morning session (Chairperson Mohamed Omar Said Mohamed, KWS, Kenya)

Keynote presentations (15' per presentation): "From science to policy"

11:30-12:00

Pitch presentations (7' per presentation): "From science to policy"

12:00-13:00

Lunch break

13:00-14:00

Keynote presentations (15' per presentation): "Ecosystems and their services" (chairperson Farid Dahdouh-Guebas, VUB-ULB, Belgium)

14:00-14:30

Pitch presentations (7' per presentation): "Ecosystems and their services"

14:30-15:00

Coffee break

15:00-16:00

Panel discussion: Caught in the net – marine & lacustrine scientists: drivers of change” (moderator Farid Dahdouh-Guebas): Nico Koedam, Judith Okello, Cosmas Munga, Satyanarayana Behara, Karolien Van Puyvelde

16:00-17:00

Wrap up session


SUNDAY 9 December:

10:00-13:00

Visit of BIGH Farm - a sustainable aquaponic urban farm in Anderlecht, Brussels