Ocean Talks 2019

The 2nd edition of the Ocean Talks will take place on June 7 at the ‘Museu do Mar’ in Cascais. These talks, which unites a group of speakers from the environmental and marine life areas, intend to spark discussion around the opportunities of the Portuguese Sea and the creation of value around the Oceans theme.

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Biodiversity Protection, Sea Economy and Technology are topics that will be addressed throughout the morning through interventions by important speakers. The panel is constituted by Joana Balsemão, from Cascais City Council; Rui Rosa, from the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon; Patrícia Furtado de Mendonça, responsible for the Aqua Mater project; Nuno Lourenço, from CEiiA, and Wench Gronbrekk, from the UN Sustainable Ocean Business Action Platform. 

The Sea that brings us together

In parallel with the Ocean Talks, and after a visit to World Press Photo 2019, the exhibition "The Sea That Brings Us Together", a photographic voyage on the seas that unite Portugal, Spain, Brazil, Mozambique and São Tome and Principe, will be inaugurated in the same day, 7th june, in Museu do Mar, Cascais.



Joana Balsemão

Câmara Municipal de Cascais

Master in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford, Joana Balsemão was technical advisor at the Permanent Representation of Portugal to the European Union, responsible for negotiating legislative proposals related to environmental, climate and energy policy.
Among other positions, she was a researcher at Instituto Superior Técnico, in the field of climate change education, adviser to the Ministry of the Environment, in charge of international dossiers, coordinator of Agenda 21 program at Cascais City Hall. She is currently a member of the Municipal Council of Cascais, in the areas of Environment and Citizenship and Participation.

Rui Rosa

Senior Research Fellow - Senior Research Fellow

MARE - Marine and Environmental Sciences Center
Rui Rosa graduated in Marine Biology by Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon (FCUL), in 1999 and completed a PhD degree in Biology by the same institution in 2005 (host institution: IPIMAR – “Instituto Português de Investigação das Pescas e do Mar”). Subsequently, Rosa carried out his post-doctoral activities on Climate Change research at Univ. Rhode Island (USA), funded by FCT, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian and US National Science Foundation. While still at young age, Rosa received the two most important national scientific awards in the field of Marine Biology (Sea Museum and IMAR-Luiz Saldanha Awards). 
Rosa has authored 175 papers in international peer reviewed journals and has an H-index of 26 (Scopus) or 31 (Google Scholar). Besides the 187 other types of publications, it is important to note that several of those studies were published in top-ranked journals such as Nature Geoscience, PNAS, Proc. Royal Soc. London, Global Ecology and Biogeography, Global Change Biology, and Biology Letters, among others, as well as highlighted in renowned media – e.g. BBC News (three times), Discovery Channel, National Geographic (two times), The New York Times, The Times – and in European Commission Alerts. Rosa has also authored 3 books, 9 book chapters, and was the main editor of 2 books that included the participation of 66 international experts.
Rosa has 153 oral and 75 poster communications in national and international meetings and has been engaged in internationally-renowned evaluation programs, including those of US National Science Foundation, NERC (UK), ANR (FR), National Geographic, and US MIT Sea-Grants. 
Besides lecturing undergraduate and graduate students in the host institution (FCUL) for 8 years now, and abroad (e.g. USA, Angola), his educational commitment is also linked to the coordination of an on-going joint program with the Cascais County to engage local elementary/high school students in the “Challenges of the Ocean of Tomorrow”. 

Patrícia Furtado de Mendonça

Acqua Mater Project

Patrícia Mendonça is the Founder of Acqua Mater, an international organization whose goal is to reconnect us to the origins of life and to revitalize our relationship with the waters through artistic, pedagogic an social-environmental projects. Patricia is also an entrepreneur, a speaker, a writer, a translator, a subaquatic performer and a freediver. Since 2000, she has been developing an extensive research related to the Memories of the Water. For more than 20 years, she has been working in the artistic and the academic fields, as well as for NGOs, government entities and private companies. At the multinational power company Enel, she had coordinated Leadership Development Programs for the Human Resources Department and Cultural Projects sponsored by the Sustainability Board. Patricia has also lectured to graduate and postgraduate students at different universities, running courses of “Performing Arts” and “Art & Nature”. She holds a Master’s degree in Performing Arts from the University of Rio de Janeiro and a Bachelor’s degree in “Drama, Arts and Music Studies” from the School of Arts, Humanities and Social Heritage of the University of Bologna, Italy. 

Nuno Vilhena Lourenço

Aqua Mater Project

Business Development Manager at CEIIA, Nuno Lourenço was a Member of the Board of Directors of IPMA, I.P. PhD in Marine Sciences at the University of Algarve and geophysical consultant at Partex E & P. He worked on the mission structure for the Continental Shelf Extension where he led the Research and Development Office. He is an assistant professor at the University of Algarve that participated in 24 scientific campaigns in the deep sea; was responsible for the acquisition of ROV LUSO and Navio Mar Portugal. He is the author and co-author of several scientific publications and participated in consulting actions within the scope of UNCITRAL. He has been a specialist in several national and international working groups on issues of the Mediterranean and Altiplano basins, in areas such as seabed mapping, R & D strategies, fisheries resource management, among others. He was a delegate to the ICES Board and a member of the Managing Board of the Joint Programming Initiative - Oceans. He is currently a national delegate to the Programming Committee of Societal Challenge 2 of the H2020 program.

Wenche Gronbrekk

UN Sustainable Ocean Business Platform 

Keynote Speaker

Wenche Gronbrekk is leading Cermaq's sustainability and risk work and is currently seconded to the UN Global Compact as a senior advisor to build its Action Platform for Sustainable Ocean Business. Her professional focus is on sustainable development in the seafood and maritime industries, emphasizing the role of business. Before joining Cermaq, she worked as a management consultant in PwC and DNV GL. She has an MA in Economics and International Relations from SAIS Johns Hopkins University.

INNOVATHON – Ocean Edition

INNOVATHON is a technology marathon, conceived by CEiiA and the United Nations Global Compact, around challenges associated with the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, from which new products and services are developed for the sustainability of the planet.
INNOVATHON Ocean Edition is focused on the sustainability of the oceans, with challenges that are intended to give rise to new ideas that inspire the development of technically and operationally viable solutions to ensure quality of life, productivity and improved sustainability in the oceans.

Due to the urgency of the theme, this marathon begins with a sprint, where mixed teams of 120 students explore concepts and ideas during a 24 hour non-stop, guided by mentors from around the world, and local communities. 

The areas of the challenges will focus on maritime transport, ocean litter, offshore renewable energy, maritime safety, biodiversity, ocean data collection and processing, fisheries, among others.
This initiative will have worldwide coverage, that is, several countries will develop this technological marathon and the first teams from each country will come to the final challenge that will be held in 2020, during the UN conference on the oceans in Portugal. 

The selection of the Portuguese teams will take place on the 7th and 8th of June, on the beach of Carcavelos (Cascais), through INNOVATHON Ocean Edition

This initiative is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of the Sea and Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education. Promoted also by the Cascais City Council and Nova SBE Universities and ISTEC - Institute of Advanced Technologies, it is in line with the Sustainable Development Objective  number 14, included in the Agenda 2020 settled by the United Nations.