Perspectives for enhancing co-ordination and support of Europe´s Ocean Obse...

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International Center for Culture and Higher Education for Scientific Research of CNR


Via Ceselle, Anacapri


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With the establishment of the European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) as a coordinating framework for better alignment and integration of Europe´s ocean observing capacity, and the results from its recent stakeholder consultation, it is appropriate to reflect on the role Eurocean Members, complementary initiatives such as those of the European Research Vessel Operators (ERVO) and other public and private stakeholders can play in developing and supporting an EOOS action plan.

In order to reach its goals, EOOS requires the support of all relevant actors including those with experience in the strategic development and implementation of trans-regional and trans-national access to large infrastructure and in the integration of marine environmental parameters from several programme and projects. For example there are open questions concerning the use of Research Vessels for data acquisition, but also as fundamental tools to support the installation, verification and maintenance of fixed observational system; the assembling of ocean variables from coastal/deep sea to underpin environmental assessments and the geographical scope of the EOOS action plan.

The objectives of this half day event, organised by Eurocean and its Member the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), is to share information on recent developments and future plans for ocean observations in Europe and to discuss existing regional and European-wide ocean observation and supporting initiatives. The discussion will address the principal EOOS key drivers (research, technology, societal and environmental) to gain a better understanding on the status and gaps in the European observing capacity at different geographical scales.

Moreover, it is an occasion to learn from the experience of participants in relation to existing efforts in the coordination and streamlining of usage of marine research infrastructure and marine data collection. Finally the workshop will aim to clarify potential roles for EurOcean, its members and related initiatives in relation to EOOS.

Speakers have been invited from the European Commission, EuroGOOS, the European Marine Board (EMB), the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and from among the membership of Eurocean.



Chair: Giuseppe Magnifico, CNR

14:30 – 14:50 | Welcome and Scene Setting

by Slawomir Sagan (President of Eurocean and IOPAN, Poland) and Ned Dwyer (Executive-Director of EurOcean)

14:50 – 15:10 | Ocean Observations and European Infrastructure

by Agnès Robin (Research Infrastructures Unit, European Commission, DG Research & Innovation; remote presentation)

15:10 – 15:30 |

European Marine Board role in EOOS and ensuring an end-to-end ecosystem-based approach to observations

by Ferdinando Boero (co-chair of European Marine Board)

15:30 – 15:50 | Coffee Break

15:50 – 16:10 | The role of EuroGOOS in co-ordinating Europe´s Ocean Observations

by Glenn Nolan (Secretary General of EuroGOOS)

16:10 - 16:30 | EMSO-ERIC: The organization of a new multidisciplinary networking infrastructure

by Juanjo Dañobeitia (Director General of EMSO-ERIC and CSIC, Spain)

16:30 – 16:50 | The Role and Contribution of a Research Institution

by Fabio Trincardi (Director, Department of Earth System Science and Environmental Technologies, CNR, Italy)

16:50 – 17:10 | Supporting the coordination of Europe´s Ocean Observing System

by Ned Dwyer (Executive-Director of Eurocean)

17:10 – 17:50 | Roundtable and Discussion with a focus on how EurOcean its members and partners can support and enhance Europe´s Ocean Observing Systems

facilitated by Per Nieuwejaar (Director of Research Vessel Department of IMR, Norway)

17:50 - 18:00 | Wrap-up and Close of Conference

by Slawomir Sagan (President of EurOcean and IOPAN, Poland)


Arrival in Capri

Capri is located in the Gulf of Naples in Southern Italy, around 30 kilometres from the nearest city, Naples. There are two options to get to Naples: one is to fly directly to Naples International Airport or into one of the two Rome Airports.

Getting to Naples from Rome:

  • From Rome Fiumicino Leonardo da Vinci International Airport, take the Leonardo Express shuttle train for the Roma Termini central train station, and from here transfer to a train for Naples .

  • From Rome Ciampino Airport, once you arrive at Rome Ciampino, take the bus to the Roma Termini train station and then the train for Naples.

In Naples, there are two piers Terminals from which ferries to Capri depart:

  • Molo Beverello (Terminal Aliscafi), located in front of Maschio Angioino in Piazza Municipio;

  • Calata di Massa (Terminal Traghetti ), located further east (to the left, facing the sea).

High speed ferries (50 minutes) depart from Molo Beverello, instead ferries (60 minutes) and slow ferries (90 minutes) from Calata di Massa. Ferries and slow ferries are more economical and slower than high speed ferries and are the only vessels which can embark motor vehicles.

Getting to the Molo Beverello Port from the Naples International Airport:

  • Bus - As soon as you leave the terminal, you’ll find the stop for the Alibus, which goes to the center of Naples, Piazza Municipio, a three-minute walk to the Molo Beverello pier. You can purchase ticket directly from the driver.

  • Taxi - the taxi stand is located at the exit of the terminal. Request the fixed fare for the port.

Getting to the Molo Beverello Port from the Naples Central Train Station:

  • Taxi - the taxi stand is located at the exit of the station.Take a taxi - Request the fixed fare for the port.

  • Metro (Linea M1) - The stop is “Municipio” (near Maschio Angioino), one of the new Art Stations of Naples Metro. You can purchase ticket in the station.

Once you’ve arrived on Capri, the first thing, we suggest you to do, is dropping off your bags with one of the porter services on the pier.

If your hotel is in Capri, we recommend having the luggage porter service transport your bags directly to your room.

To reach the Piazzetta (center of life on the island), you can take the funicular or one of Capri’s open-top taxis.

If your hotel is located in Anacapri, you should take the a taxi with your bags. Otherwise, above the funicular ticket window, you’ll find the stop for bus routes to Anacapri, which run often.

Another solution is to take the funicular and then the Capri-Anacapri bus.

Most of the hotels on Capri and Anacapri offer free or economic shuttle services between the port and the hotel: inquire directly with your hotel.

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International Center for Culture and Higher Education for Scientific Research of CNR


Via Ceselle, Anacapri


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