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Philipp Pattberg elected as Management Committee Member in COST Action Ocean Governance for Sustainability

Philipp Pattberg elected as Management Committee Member in COST Action Ocean Governance for Sustainability – Challenges, Options and the Role of Science Kick-off meeting and 1st Management Committee meeting On Wednesday 28 September, the ‘kick-off’ meeting and the 1st Management Committee meeting of the COST Action ‘Ocean Governance for Sustainability – Challenges, Options and the Role of Science’ initiative took place in Brussels, Belgium.

Philipp Pattberg elected as Management Committee Member in COST ActionOcean Governance for Sustainability – Challenges, Options and the Role of Science

 Kick-off meeting and 1st Management Committee meeting

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On Wednesday 28 September, the ‘kick-off’ meeting and the 1st Management Committee meeting of the COST Action ‘Ocean Governance for Sustainability – Challenges, Options and the Role of Science’ initiative took place in Brussels, Belgium.

This event marked the starting point of a four-year project funded by the European Union. This project addresses the integration and role of science in ocean governance, in particular the challenges threatening the sustainability and governability of our oceans and coasts.  This action recognizes the varied dimensions of European strategies to achieve sustainability, yet the high degree of fragmentation and lack of a cross-scale approach to policy shortcomings.

The COST Action on ‘Ocean Governance for Sustainability – Challenges, Options and the Role of Science’ comprises a unique, transdisciplinary network of 58 proposers with regional and international outreach beyond European borders. Through establishing an integrative vision, utilizing a series of approaches that inform research and future policy directions, the network aims to cross-cut sustainability-driven issues related to the fragmented governance framework of oceans, seas and coastlines within regional waters, and the open ocean in areas beyond national jurisdiction.

This network differs from thematic predecessors in two distinct ways. First, it attends to the multiple flows and connectivities between varied marine systems together with land- and sea-based interfaces that are biologically, culturally, politically and socio-economically entwined. Second, it renders equal importance to strengthening regional and interdisciplinary dialogue, producing scientific output crosscutting the natural and social sciences.

The network creates a distinct multi-scale and cross-sector platform for partnering institutions across academia, bridging policymaking and civil society, presenting inclusive spaces for transdisciplinary dialogue, capacity development and the advancement of practical toolkits. The overall focus of the network will be to attend to science – policy gaps inherent within integrated ocean and coastal governance

In order to implement the COST Action initiatives, six synergistic-driven working groups and four ‘key roles’ have been created, around these main thematic areas:

Thematic Areas as Working Groups:

  1. Land-Sea Interactions
  2. Area-Based Management
  3.  Seabed Resource Management
  4. Nutrition Security and Food Systems
  5. Ocean, Climate Change, and Acidification
  6. Fisheries Governance

Other key roles integrated within the Action agenda:

  • Policy and Science Stakeholder Relations
  • Gender / Parenthood Sensitive Practice
  • Early Career Scientists
  • Short-term Scientific Mentoring Coordinators


Additionally, we are happy to announce that as part of the official agenda of the event, the election of the Chair of the Action took place. After voting, the Management Committee Members conferred that distinction to Prof. Dr Anna-Katharina Hornidge, Head of the ‘Development and Knowledge Sociology Working Group’ at the Leibniz Center for Tropical Ecology (ZMT) in Bremen.

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