BILAT USA 4.0: “Transatlantic Research Cooperation to Treasure & Protect the Atlantic Ocean - D.C.

Event information
Venue:Washington DC


On 6th June 2018, a celebratory event entitled “Transatlantic Research Cooperation to Treasure and Protect the Atlantic Ocean” will be held in the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars-Washington D.C. Celebrating 20 years of the EU-US Science and Technology Agreement and 5 years of EU-US marine research cooperation, this event brings together European and US representatives of industry, science and policy to identify the best ways for science to help us treasure and protect the Atlantic Ocean, to keep it healthy and productive and to understand and tackle the issue of plastics in the ocean.

Under the Science and Technology Cooperation Agreement, the EU and the US support cooperation in many key areas of science and technology.

Marine and Arctic research are among the priority fields of this transatlantic cooperation. To this end, the European Union, the United States and Canada signed the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation in 2013 with the aim of aligning the transatlantic ocean science and observation efforts of the three partners. The goals are to better understand the Atlantic Ocean and to promote the sustainable management of its resources. Specific elements of Horizon 2020, the EU's Framework Programme for Research and Innovation have been designed to advance the Galway Statement implementation. To date, the EU has invested €140 million of Horizon 2020 funding towards the implementation of the Galway Statement.


This event will include the opportunity of visiting the Ocean Plastics Lab which will be in Washington DC from June 4-17 thanks to a joint effort of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, the European Commission, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and the German Marine Research Consortium in collaboration with the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, National Marine Sanctuaries Foundation and other partners. The Lab is a travelling exhibition showcasing the contribution of science to understanding and combating the problem of plastics in the ocean. This exhibition is just one of the many successful examples of how, by joining forces and working together in partnership, we can illustrate that plastics in the ocean are a huge challenge, and science and society together can provide solutions.

Our mission now is to build on 20 years of EU-US science and technology cooperation to use and protect the Atlantic Ocean – our shared resource for the well-being of future generations.

Join us in this discussion and become a partner with us in The Atlantic Journey!

► Participation in this event is free, but registration is essential: REGISTER HERE.

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This project is a joint endeavour of the European Commission, EU Delegation, NOAA, KDM, BILAT and others.

ImageThis project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 692468.