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Bridging the divide between our oceans & society: Why should we care?

9 June, 2023 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm EDT

Panel Summary & Aims

The oceans are a mystery, as foreign to us as outer space but crucially intertwined with all life on Earth, playing a pivotal role in climate regulation and food production. Yet there has long been a divide between humans and the world beneath the sea surface — a chasm that is not merely physical, but emotional and psychological as well. This perceived distance between our existence and the oceans has made urgent policy decisions — such as the protection of ocean ecosystems and the regulation of fishing practices — less attainable, especially when the consequences are often unknown to the public.

How can members of the scientific community, along with policymakers and media professionals committed to exploring and understanding the importance of our oceans, help to bridge that gap in perception? To make the ocean deep as tangible as our gardens and forests?

Join us as we discuss these and other questions related to better caring for our marine environments.

This session is free and open to all. In-person and online tickets available.

Meet the Panellists

James Honeyborne

Executive Producer for Blue Planet II and Big Blue Live; Wildlife film-maker; Founder and Creative Director of Freeborne Media.

Dr Selina Stead

Marine biologist and tropical scientist; UK Government’s Chief Scientific Advisor for the Marine Management Organisation; Professor of Environmental Science, University of Leeds.

Dr Katrina Davis

Conservation Biologist; Associate Professor in Conservation Biology, University of Oxford; Marine Conservation Ecology & Management Group PI.

Claire Moodie

Sea-E-O of Plastic Free North Devon; Regional Coordinator for Surfers Against Sewage; Community Engagement Coordinator for the Biosphere Foundation.

Session Chair

Dr David Marshall

Professor of Physical Oceanography, Department of Physics, University of Oxford.


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Trinity College, Oxford
Trinity College, Broad St, Oxford OX1 3BH
Oxford, United Kingdom
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