Marina Week 2021 – Perspectives from Brazil and the Nordic countries

Join Marina Week! This event was designed to promote the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Ocean Sustainability (2021-2030), but due to the pandemic it was postponed to May 2022. However, this year we will have the Virtual Marina Week with...

Join Marina Week! This event was designed to promote the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Ocean Sustainability (2021-2030), but due to the pandemic it was postponed to May 2022. However, this year we will have the Virtual Marina Week with support from Sweden and Norway.

The conference is organized by the UNESCO Chair for Ocean Sustainability at the University of São Paulo and Scientific American Brazil with the support and sponsorship of the Nordic Dialogues.

Ocean in the World – a look from the Nordic countries

On September 27, the first event will be held to learn about the vision and actions of the Nordic countries, especially Sweden and Norway on the Global Ocean. The lecture will be attended by Professor Dr. Alexander Turra (mediator) – Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair for Ocean Sustainability; Miguel Bahiense (Brazil) – from the private sector (plastics industry), Karen Silverwood-Cope (Brazil) – Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation MCTI), Unni Kløvstad (Norway) – Head of the section for oceans in the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Helen Ågre (Sweden) – Ocean envoy in the Sweden Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The event will be broadcasted by the Chair’s Youtube channel at 7pm (Brazilian time). Marina´s Week 2022: Marina Week – A Semana do Mar em São Paulo

Marta Vannucci Award for Women in Ocean Science

With the aim of promoting gender equality in science and valuing the work of Brazilian female researchers, UNESCO Chair for Ocean Sustainability, linked to the Oceanographic Institute (IOUSP) and the Institute for Advanced Studies (IEAUSP) of the University of São Paulo, and the League of Women for the Ocean have joined together to launch the “Marta Vannucci Award for Women in Ocean Science”. The award is a tribute to pioneering scientist Marta Vannucci, the first woman to join the Brazilian Academy of Sciences as an associate member, and director of the Oceanographic Institute at the University of Sao Paulo (IOUSP).

The event will be opened by Alexander Turra (mediator) – Coordinator of the UNESCO Chair for Ocean Sustainability – who will explain the motivation for the creation of the prize. Then Leandra Gonçalves – League of Women for the Ocean – will speak about the importance of women in ocean science. Elisabete Braga – IOUSP – will present the IOUSP and Guilherme Ary Plonski – IEAUSP – will explain why to fund such an award. Sissel Rogne – Director of the Norwegian Institute of Marine Research – will talk about the importance of Women in Science, and Deborah Mendes will tell who Marta Vannucci was. The most anticipated moment of the event will be the announcement of the winners by the Swedish Ambassador – Johanna Brismar-Skoog. Two women will be awarded in the categories Inspiration Scientist and Young Scientist.

After the awards ceremony there will be a dialogue on “Women in science, how to make room?” between Paulina Chamorro (Women’s Ocean League), Leandra Gonçalves (Women’s Ocean League), Camila Negrão Signori (IOUSP), Catarina Lourenzo (Dive into Science Project – bringing girls close to science) and the winners.

Declaration of Commitment for the Ocean

Finally, on October 1st the Marina Week 2021 will close with the Declaration of Commitment for the Ocean by the participants. The declaration will have the participation of all the participants as well as the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MCTI), UNESCO, UNEP and the Inter-American Institute for Global Change Research (IAI).

Nordic Dialogue

The Nordic Dialogues are a project between Sweden, Norway, Denmark, and Finland to stimulate debate in Brazil on themes in which these countries are internationally renowned. One theme is chosen per year. Sustainability is the theme for 2020/21 in its environmental as well as economic and social aspects. The cycle of debates began in 2018 with the topic of gender equality. In 2019, the project’s programming discussed transparency. Learn more at the ND Instagram!

Learn more on OSI Brasilia’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/SwedenOSI_Bra

Ana Carolina Bussacos & Jacob Paulsen