Introduce the ocean literacy at SETAC Rome



During the next European SETAC Conference, which will be held in Rome, from 13th to 17th May, a special session, entitled “Towards a shared understanding of science and risk communication in the context of the inevitability of chemicals and the hazard they may represent”, has been organized by Annegaaike Leopold (Calidris Environment), Thomas-Benjamin Seiler (RWTH Aachen) and Charmaine Ajao (ECHA).

As past year SETAC Environmental Education awardee, they invited Angel Borja (AZTI) to participate in the session, with a presentation on “Ocean Literacy: changing attitudes and behaviour of society in the face of the problems of the oceans”. In this contribution, the H2020 project ResponSEAble , will be presented, trying to raise awareness around six key-stories (fishing, eutrophication, renewable energies, coastal tourism, microplastics, and ballast waters), within the four European regional seas. Under the DAPSIWRM framework (Drivers, Activities, Pressures, State, Impact, Wellbeing, Responses, Measures) Angel will explain the products developed to change attitudes and behaviour of different actors related to each story, but also to the society at large, from children to adults, trying to test the changes in those attitudes.
The products include videos, cartoons, serious games, interactive tools, specialized courses, etc. Our aim is that if scientists and society have a shared understanding of science and risk communication regarding the problems of the oceans, these can be solved through the individual and collective changes in our attitudes towards the oceans in our daily lives.

ResponSEAble Seminar: Eutrophication beyond 2020


Responseable seminarResponSEAble will hold a seminar “Eutrophication beyond 2020: Rewriting the old fairy tale – new pathways to a happy ending” on 4th June 2018 in Tallinn, Estonia aiming at adding ocean literacy to the forthcoming update of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea (EUSBSR).

We want to put on the table of the seminar what is NOT common knowledge and break people’s preconceived views, to set a different picture on eutrophication to nourish the debate.

We want to invite key actors key that produce Baltic Sea literacy and for a review of their processes, policies and campaigns with new eyes and a new system.

The seminar is accompanying the 9th Annual Forum of the EUSBSR taking place in Tallinn, 4-5 June 2018.

#MyOceanLove- Instagram video competition


Dreaming of summer? Everyone loves sun, sand and sea. Maybe you’re active and enjoy snorkelling, swimming or sailing. Or maybe you just like to relax and sunbathe on the beach. Whether we’re on it, in it or by it, we want to enjoy the sea, the coast, nature and wildlife without it being spoiled by pollution, waste and over development.

So can we enjoy the sea without harming the environment? Can we also protect nature and the coastal wildlife? What can we do to protect the Mediterranean and make tourism more sustainable?

Competition is still OPEN!

A video series on ResponSEAble Key Stories

A video series on ResponSEAble Key stories was published, more videos are coming soon !

ResponSEAble North Sea workshops

As a “real-world” project, ResponSEAble includes a regional process based on series of regional workshops, held in the different sea regions in Europe: the Black, Mediterranean, Baltic and the Atlantic Arc.

ResponSEAble regional workshops will:

  • Explore the diversity of ocean literacy strategies and actions contributing to ocean literacy at the regional sea level;
  • Investigate the conditions for success of awareness raising and education campaigns;
  • Identify means and strategies to assess efficiency of knowledge dissemination.
  • Produce recommendations for the development of ocean literacy and awareness raising strategies

These workshops will be held in a format of 1-1,5 day presentations and discussions in English language and are open to people in charge of education, awareness raising and other means to develop Ocean Literacy in research and education institutions, NGOs, industry bodies, international organizations and management or policy-making bodies.  Please follow the links for additional information, registration, agenda for each workshop.

Regional workshop in the North Sea

Olso-workshopThis workshop will take place on 12 September 2017 in Oslo Science Park in Oslo.

For more information and registration please contact Anna Birgitta Ledang


The ResponSEAble MOOC Starting on June 6


video-1ere-2-webWhat are the issues affecting our oceans? How can we change behavior? What is ocean literacy, and what could be its role in promoting this change?
Enrolling in the ResponSEAble Mooc you will be able to explore answers to these and other questions, guided by a multidisciplinary team which includes marine biologists, ecologists, economists, social scientists, communication experts and ocean literacy experts.
Registration is now open: join our course, and become ResponSEAble with us starting NOW!

Annual Partner Meeting in Jurmala


Another year has passed in the life of our project and we have travelled in our journey from Athens to the Baltic Sea Coast. The agenda of the General Assembly includes sessions on synthesis of what has been developed in the first part of the project: what knowledge do we need (DAPSIR), to whom it has to be targeted (value chains) and communicated by which channels?

In Jurmala meeting these results will be discussed and progressively translated into the new innovative tools that will be developed in the second part of the project using living lab approach.

The Jurmala Dialogue – Building Ocean Literacy


Building Ocean Literacy – The ResponSEAble way

Connecting people to the ocean

Jurmala, Latvia

April 5 – 6, 2017

The Jurmala Dialogue is an interactive workshop that will bring together people with knowledge about the oceans from a number of spheres to help us answer the three basic questions – and fill knowledge gaps.

We’re looking for contributions from those who

  1. Work actively with those stakeholders that are depending on the sea and marine ecosystems for their living
  2. Have an economic interest in maintaining healthy marine ecosystems through technology development, innovation, supply to industry, etc.
  3. Implement policies, strategies and projects to protect marine ecosystems or promote sustainable practices to reduce pollution, protect marine species, halt the destruction of marine habitats, etc.
  4. Develop education and other literacy activities to raise awareness about the importance of our oceans to society and promote sustainable practices to ensure healthy marine ecosystems
  5. Broadcast about the ocean at any media channel or utilise and visualise knowledge on the ocean for communication and professional, even artistic expression.

Why the Jurmala Dialogue is important

We want your feedback on our approach to knowledge, actors in the value chain and perception of the knowledge. We also need you to share your experience and knowledge on ocean literacy. This mutual experience exchange will contribute to EU debates on how to make literacy more effective so it supports positive changes in behaviour and contributes to sustainable production and consumption of goods, services and knowledge that benefit the ocean.

During the workshop you will have access to the experience and views of professionals, stakeholders and policy makers from the marine, socio-economic, literacy and communication communities. Based on your knowledge and experience, you can help identify ways to expand Europeans’ understanding of why the oceans are important.

What will be discussed

  1. 1-the current state of our seas and identify activities putting pressure on, and/or benefiting from, marine ecosystems;
  2. 2-the organization of “value chains” of consumer, retailer or industrial activities that put pressure on marine ecosystems – and the opportunities that might exist within them to do things differently;
  3. 3-building ocean literacy through communications, awareness raising and other initiatives about the oceans for different audiences; and
  4. 4-looking at “blue growth”, what it means and how it might be managed sustainably.

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