This project will bring together experts from a wide variety of backgrounds including the marine sector, public health and medicine, law, economics and policy, to create a SOPHIE Expert Group.
The scientific discipline of Oceans and Human Health aims to understand the complex links between oceans and humans, and the threats and opportunities they pose to each other.
In order to understand these connections we must bring people from different fields together, combining the multidisciplinary knowledge and perspectives from both researchers and professionals alike.
The Expert Group will meet at two workshops in April 2018 and January 2019 to help develop a vision for the future of Oceans and Human Health research in Europe. During the course of the workshops they will:
- Explore the current research and policy
- Look at the risks and benefits from interactions between society and the ocean
- Identify gaps in our collective knowledge and understanding
- Highlight opportunities for collaboration and interdisciplinary work
- Consider policy changes to further Oceans and Human Health research
- Suggest areas where training may be required
- Identify possible funding options for future research
The outcomes from these sessions will inform the development of a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for Oceans and Human Health research in Europe.
Aimed at funders, policy makers and the research community, the SRA will provide a roadmap for the future growth of European Oceans and Human Health research and will be launched at an International Conference on Oceans and Human Health in March 2020.
- 30 May 2018
SOPHIE members gathered in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland in April, to take part in the first of two expert workshops.
Creating a space for researchers and professionals to meet, interact and build working partnerships.
This project will create awareness of Oceans and Human Health issues in the tourism industry.