Activities

Strategic Research Agenda

Listening to: Marine experts / Medical experts / Policy makers / Public / Stakeholders

The Strategic Research Agenda will compile evidence from the entire SOPHIE research program and make recommendations for the future of Oceans and Human Health science in Europe.

A growing body of evidence suggests both the health of the marine environment and that of humans is inextricably linked. Yet so far, we’ve lacked a consistent and coordinated approach to bring together the relevant research communities to develop these findings further and use them to inform policies.

The Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) will attempt to address this, laying out a clear direction for future research and marking an important milestone in cementing oceans and human health research in Europe.

By bringing together findings from each of SOPHIE’s research activities, as well as input from a dedicated SOPHIE multidisciplinary Expert Group, the SRA will identify priorities for the short, medium, and long term, and align these with government policies.

For example, the Community Platform and Stakeholder discussions projects will help us decide which groups should be involved and how best to reach them, and it will use findings from the systematic mapping project to assess the current research landscape, highlighting what is known and identifying where the main gaps in understanding exist.

The SRA will present a series of themes which should be the focus of future research and make recommendations about how to implement, coordinate and communicate oceans and human health research across Europe.

The strategic research agenda is SOPHIE’s final output and will be created with the input of all partners.

It will be compiled as findings emerge from each of the project’s work streams and be officially launched at the SOPHIE conference in March 2020.

Project partners involved

Deltares

Deltares

European Marine Board

European Marine Board

National Institute for Public Health and the Environment

National Institute for Public Health and the Environment

National University of Ireland, Galway

National University of Ireland, Galway

Seascape

Seascape

SUBMON

SUBMON

Travelecoology

Travelecoology

University of Exeter

University of Exeter

Paula Kellett

Paula Kellett

Science Officer

Sheila JJ Heymans

Sheila JJ Heymans

Ecosystem Modeller

Lora E Fleming

Lora E Fleming

Professor of Oceans and Human Health

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