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Are you a Coder? Communicator? Data enthusiast? Or Entrepreneur?

EMODnet is organising its second Open Sea Lab (OSLII) from 4-6 September in Ghent, Belgium. Open Sea Lab is a hackathon (but much more), where teams compete to create novel applications using marine open data, within one of three challenge areas: Marine Environmental Management and Protection; Sustainable Blue Economy; and Ocean Literacy and a Blue Society.


Save the Date to sail into the new phase of the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Voyage!

There have been many achievements by policymakers, many EU-funded projects, and stakeholders from Atlantic coastal countries and beyond, since the signing of the Galway Statement (2013) and the Belém Statement (2017). Join the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum to celebrate these, at a meeting taking place in the Charlemagne Building, Brussels, 6 – 7 February 2020. 


We are delighted to have secured the beautiful Playfair Library at the University of Edinburgh's centrally located Old College for our 5th and final General Assembly. We have also secured a number of rooms in a hotel just 5 minutes walk from the venue. Registration information will be circulated in due course, but we look forward to welcoming you from Sunday evening 8th March to Wednesday evening 11th March 2020.  This final meeting will include writing workshops and some typically Scottish activities as well - save the date!



ATLAS partner Prof David Johnson from Seascape Consultants Ltd has just returned from the Deep Sea Conference 2019, which took place at the headquarters of the Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in Rome.

We recently said farewell to Emma Paterson (Dynamic Earth) who enthused us all with the science communication materials she showcased last month at the ATLAS General Assembly.  Please take a look at the education tab on our website to see the wealth of materials which are freely available. Some examples are here: educational portfolio. Here are some farewell words from Emma, together with a welcome and introduction to Natalie Walls.

Murray Roberts at the ATLAS General Assembly

Following our 4th General Assembly in Mallorca last month, presentations are now available online at Zenodo. You can find the talks for each day below. Where there is no link, I've not yet received permission to make the presentation open access.

Frontiers Research Topic - Managing Deep-sea Ecosystems at Ocean Basin Scale

We are pleased to announce new deadlines for the Frontiers Research Topic:  31 May 2019 for abstracts, and 20 September 2019 for full manuscripts. 

You can find more information here:

Side event from the first Intergovernmental Conference on BBNJ

ATLAS is pleased to be part of a side event taking place during the second session of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on BBNJ which takes place from 25 March to 5 April. This conference will discuss an international legally binding instrument under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity of areas beyond national jurisdiction (BBNJ).

The side event will take place on 26 March from 1.15 pm to 2.30 pm, and is being co-organised by the International Coastal and Ocean Organisation (Secretariat of the Global Ocean Forum, GOF), the Permanent Mission of Monaco to the United Nations, the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the UN, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO, the Ocean Policy Research Institute of the Sasakawa Peace Foundation, Japan, and ATLAS.

The purpose of the side event is to be of assistance to States in the BBNJ process in crafting an effective and well supported system of BBNJ capacity development and technology transfer, bringing together global, regional and national levels of governance.

For more information, please see the event flyer.

We are delighted to be hosting an ATLAS event during Ocean Business 2019 which takes place in Southampton from 9-11 April.

We will be carrying out questionnaires during Ocean Business in order to better understand industry perspectives. Results from these will help to shape the way we incorporate industry needs in scientific research and policy, to support the sustainable growth of the Blue Economy. The questionnaire can be found here.

We are pleased to announce that registration for the 4th ATLAS General Assembly is now open for partners and advisory board members! 

As in previous years, this will be held at the Blau Colonia Sant Jordi resort and spa in Mallorca, starting Sunday 31st  March and finishing on Thursday evening, 4th April. The cost for the full conference will be €647 (including accommodation Thursday night).

Please register to attend at this link  no later than Sunday 10th March.

This year, the hotel is asking for accommodation to be booked online here using the promotional code ATLAS2019 by end of Sunday 10 March. Please note that although the hotel's booking page shows rates for half board, all meals and coffee breaks are included as usual. 

The 2018 MASTS Annual Science Meeting was held at the Technology and Innovation Centre, University of Strathclyde from 31 October - 2 November. ATLAS Coordinator Murray Roberts and ATLAS Case Study Leader Lea-Anne Henry were present, together with Georgios Kazanidis, who presented work on the distribution and structure of deep-sea sponge communities in the Faroe-Shetland Channel (FSC).

ATLAS partner David Johnson with the group attending the OSPAR Intersessional Correspondence Group on Marine Protected Areas in Marstrand, Sweden.

The OSPAR Intersessional Correspondence Group on Marine Protected Areas took place in Marstrand, Sweden from 30 October to 1 November.

Visitors to the ATLAS stand at the European Researchers' Night, Vigo, 2018 © IEO

ATLAS was represented during the European Researchers' Night in Vigo, Spain on 28th September 2018, in the multidisciplinary cultural centre Galician House of Culture.

Speakers at the ATLAS side event at IGC BBNJ © David Johnson

An ATLAS side event, co-sponsored by the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI), featured on day 1 of the 1st Session of the Intergovernmental Conference (IGC) on an International Legally Binding Instrument (ILBI) Under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) on the Conservation and Sustainable Use of Marine Biological Diversity of Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ), that took place from 4 to 17 September 2018, at UN Headquarters in New York.

Georgios Kazanidis presenting the work of the ATLAS project towards assessing Good Environmental Status in the deep-sea ecosystems of the North Atlantic

As part of knowledge exchange among EU projects, ATLAS was kindly invited to participate in the workshop organized by the IDEM project (Implementation of the MSFD to the DEep Mediterranean Sea*) held at the Valletta Campus of the University of Malta from 5-7 September, 2018.

Cristina on research vessel Sarmiento de Gamboa (Credit: MEDWAVES cruise)

Read about the work our young scientists are doing on ATLAS! This article focuses on 3 of our PhD students - Cristina, Yaiza and Berta - working with 3 different ATLAS partners. 

EC Blue Growth Infographic (Credit: European Union 2014)

ATLAS is designed with an explicit connection to ‘Blue Growth’, but what exactly is Blue Growth? The third ATLAS General Assembly explored various contending definitions and concluded that ATLAS should not be constrained by any single definition, but rather respond to a collection of nuanced definitions that frame its research agenda. Here, David Johnson, leader of WP6, describes what Blue Growth really means and how ATLAS fits in.