Citizen science program launched!

Posted on the 15 April 2019 by Julia Vera

A new Citizen Science Program launches today, run in collaboration with WILDSEA Europe and the Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe project.

The program is an opportunity to understand how marine ecotourism operators contribute to both healthy coastal living and ocean literacy.

Volunteering members of the WILDSEA Europe network will take part in two innovative citizen science initiatives, and gear up for the peak season with information on the connections between Oceans & Human Health.

Participating marine ecotourism operators will be encouraged to trigger engaging conversations with their customers, and will be recognized for championing actions in support of marine research and conservation.

Training sessions will be held in different European locations to empower those operators who wish to join the program. Participants will dig deeper into the emerging discipline of Oceans and Human health and acquire skills and tools to support on-going research on such connections. Training sessions will be held in:

  • Thessaloniki (Greece) – April 19th, 2019
  • Catalonia (Spain) – April 29th & 30th, 2019
  • Balearic Islands (Spain) – May 6th – May 9th, 2019
  • Sligo (Ireland) – May 26th, 2019
  • Cork (Ireland) – May 27th – May 31st, 2019
  • Basque Country (Spain) – June 4th, 2019
  • Lefkada (Greece) – June 11th – June 14th, 2019
The citizen science leaflet featuring a sketch of a woman snorkelling

The citizen science poster.

Registration is now open for these sessions. The program will be tailored to each location, but a general outline is available here.

SOPHIE’s Citizen Science Program also seeks to raise awareness among the general public about the connections between human and ocean health, including marine ecosystems, habitats and species.

Videos and fact sheets have been developed to support this and are available at

If you’d like to learn more about this initiative, contact us at or and we will reach out to you with additional information.

Related content


Citizen Science Program

This project has created awareness of Oceans and Human Health issues in the tourism industry.

  • News
  • 8 April 2019

Expert workshop #2

SOPHIE expert group members recently gathered for their second workshop aiming to set the scope for a Strategic Research Agenda.

  • News
  • 15 June 2018

Take part and help us find case studies!

We’re looking for fresh approaches to creating healthier oceans and people - and need your help!

  • Blog
  • 30 May 2018

Expert workshop #1

SOPHIE members gathered in Dun Laoghaire, Ireland in April, to take part in the first of two expert workshops.