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Singapore’s Special Topics and Panel Sessions


The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) represents a global commitment to reverse the decline in ocean health and to ensure the ocean’s conservation and the ocean's sustainable use for future generations. Achieving the ambitious goals of the UN Ocean Decade necessitates a paradigm shift in how we approach ocean science and engineering, conservation, and sustainable development. This calls for a unique interdisciplinary collaboration that bridges the gap between marine biology, engineering, robotics, and psychology. The panel discussion, "UN Ocean Decade: Shifting Mindsets, Overcoming Barriers" aims to explore the synergies between these fields to foster a holistic approach to ocean sustainability.

"UN Ocean Decade: Shifting Mindsets, Overcoming Barriers" is more than just a panel discussion; it is a call to action for all stakeholders in the ocean community to embrace interdisciplinary collaboration and to prioritize sustainability in their work. Join us in this critical dialogue as we work together to secure a sustainable future for our oceans.


Our main objective is to identify and discuss the barriers that impede progress toward the UN Ocean Decade goals and to explore strategies for fostering a shift in mindset among professionals working in ocean-related fields. We aim to highlight the importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in overcoming these barriers and to inspire a collective effort towards integrating sustainability into the core priorities of ocean work.

Moderator (will be updated soon)

Speakers (will be updated soon)

Duration: 90min

Date: 16 Apr 2024

Time: 1530 to 1700hrs

The vision of the Ocean Decade is ‘the science we need for the ocean we want’ and it seeks to stimulate ocean science and knowledge generation to reverse the decline of the state of the ocean system. Measure, Monitor and Model the ocean data are fundamental to understand the science of our oceans and ocean management. However, the vastness, harsh environment, and accessibility issues to remote areas makes it challenging for observing the oceans widely.  Alternatively, the availability of limited platforms and technologies restricts our ability to collect large enough data through sustained and long-term monitoring. Low-cost autonomous platforms and persistent measurement technologies are now shaping the future of the ocean observing systems.

The proposed focus session will address and showcase some of the technologies and platforms that have either been tested and deployed or being developed to increase sustained ocean observing capacity globally. The panelists will address how these emerging ocean observing approaches can contribute on the surface, in water and on the seabed measurements and how it can serve different industry sectors.

Time: 90min

Methodology: Moderator sets the stage for the Focus Session by narrating the objectives of the discussion and expected outcome. She/he introduces the speakers either all of them in one introduction or individually prior to each speaker’s presentation. Each speaker presents their relevant topic for 5 to 6m. Moderator opens up the discussion for the attendee comments or questions. Moderator finally thanks the panellists and attendees.

Moderator: Venugopalan Pallayil


  1. Justin Manley, President Marine Technology Society
  2. Yi Chao, Founder & CEO, Seatrec
  3. Julie Angus, CEO & Co-Founder, Open Ocean robotics
  4. Carlos Barrera Rodriguez, VIMAS Head, Oceanic Platform of the Canary Islands – PLOCAN
  5. Allan Adams, Physicist and PI, Future Ocean Lab, MIT
  6. Kendra McDonald, Chief Executive Officer Canada’s Ocean Supercluster
  7. Dr. Jani Tanzil


In line with the spirit of the UN Ocean Decade to bring together actors from diverse geographic regions to unite for a better understanding of the Ocean, this session will bring together marine scientists, policy makers and ocean engineers based in South-East Asia (SEA) to join hands to discuss what would be appropriate research collaboration platforms that can spur better collaboration in the region.

The SEA region not only has critical climatic and ecological importance but is also home to millions of people who heavily depend on marine resources for their daily subsistence. Surrounded by the seas, numerous island nations, predominantly developing countries with more than 600 million people depend on the ocean for their livelihoods. However, this region is currently considered under-observed, and more dialogue between the diverse actors in this region is needed to improve observation.

This session will involve discussions from actors from different locations across South-East Asia, sharing their thoughts on what the practical difficulties in each of these locations are with respect to marine science research, and what research and/or funding platform could be used to unite these researchers into a SEA network. The discussions will include better mechanisms for funding, collecting better ocean data, doing quality-checking and improvement, and sharing/disseminating the data for better understanding of the region. This session is expected to seed an Ocean Decade Action in coming months for further strengthening the link.

Moderator: Dr Jani Tanzil, Facility Director, St. John’s Island National Marine Laboratory


  1.  Dr. Mohd Rizal Arshad
  2. Dr. Moritz Mueller
  3.  Dr. Marina C.G Frederik
  4.  Dr. Meghan Cronin

Duration: 90min

Time: 1400 to 1530hrs

Date: 17th Apr 2024