One Planet One Ocean

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, the same institutions are convening the 2nd IORC to 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.

2nd International Ocean Research Conference
Barcelona, 17-21 November 2014

Key Dates

17-21 November 2014
Sunday 16 November 2014
Poster Sessions:
Monday 17 November & Wednesday 19 November 2014
• Early Registration Fee
(before 15 April 2014): 150 €
• Regular Fee
(15 April onwards): 175 €
• Grants for early career scientists
Social Events:
• Welcome Reception:
Sunday 16 November 2014
• Blue Cocktail Evening:
Wednesday 19 November 2014
Abstract submission deadline:
30 June 2014
Stipend application deadline:
30 June 2014


The Conference will focus on how ocean sciences have progressed in the last 20 years and will discuss the coming decade of international collaboration in marine sciences and technology. The conference will be comprised of keynote lectures, panels, oral presentations and poster sessions. The oral presentations will be structured in three topics:

1. Building Scientific Knowledge. Marine research and observations for climate, ecosystem functioning and security

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  2. Applying knowledge for societal benefit: Achieving ecosystem management and sustainability

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  3. Improving governance and building capacities

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Target audience

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.

Why you should attend

Advancements in ocean science are occurring with unprecedented speed due to opportunities presented by 21st century technology, and it is essential that the scientific community, policy makers and NGO representatives discuss these advancements. This conference has an interdisciplinary focus, encompassing oceanographic, social science and economic perspectives on ocean research. 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.

Scientific scope

The conference will provide excellent opportunities to gain insight into the latest oceanographic research through theme sessions, which are outlined above. Keynote speakers will further expand upon the main themes. The IORC will demonstrate the breadth and global impact of ocean research and its fascinating contributions in terms of new knowledge on pressing issues, including climate change, ocean governance and capacity building. Please check the conference website for more details.

Conference language

The conference will be conducted in English. Translation to French, Spanish and Catalan will only be provided during the opening ceremony.