The 2nd International Ocean Research Conference (IORC) is an opportunity for the scientific community to come together to plan the coming decade of international collaboration in marine science and technology, with a view to improving ocean governance. The inaugural IORC was held in June 2005, when the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC-UNESCO) with The Oceanography Society (TOS), brought attendees together to discuss expected developments in marine sciences in the decade that followed.
Now, almost ten years later, Barcelona (Spain) will host the 2nd IROC on 17-21 November 2014. The same institutions will review progress made in ocean science in the last twenty years, and plan ahead in light of important policy developments such as The Future We Want (UNCSD Rio+20) and Future Earth.
The Conference will provide an overview on the latest trends and achievements in ocean sciences and technologies applied to oceanography and will explore future needs, developments as well as management and governance. The target audience is intended primarily for oceanographers, researchers, engineers, academics, conservation organizations and decision makers that have coastal and marine related responsibilities. The conference will welcome young career scientists.
The three key topics of this conference are the pillars for the development of ocean science. It will provide an opportunity for attendees to communicate progress in their fields, discuss practical applications of new technological developments, share experiences, identify synergies and create a new research agenda for a coordinated response to future ocean challenges. The wide range of side events and other entertainment, as well as the atmosphere of Barcelona will form a superb backdrop to the networking opportunities and discussion taking place at the conference itself.