Call for abstracts International Ocean Data Conference – II

IODE, 20.10.2022

We are pleased to launch the call for abstracts for the “International Ocean Data Conference – II”, to be held at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France between 20-21 March 2023 (as a hybrid event).

The previous International Ocean Data Conference held in Poland 2022 concluded with new commitments and recommendations on achieving a “global ocean digital ecosystem” in the context of and as a contribution to the UN Ocean Decade.

The IODC-II will focus on the implementation of those commitments and recommendations, and report on the problems faced, solutions found, lessons learned and challenges identified.

We invite abstracts for oral presentations to be submitted before 15 November 2022 (see guidelines below) for the following sessions:


In this session we invite presentations that illustrate concrete implementations of the FAIR and CARE Principles across communities. These may include efforts to optimize, standardize, and/or harmonize digital assets (e.g. data, information products, software) or methods and practices in line with the FAIR and CARE principles. What were the challenges encountered and which solutions were applied?


In this session we invite presentations illustrating efforts to improve digital literacy and engage diverse communities, including citizen scientists, local and indigenous people, scientists, and other ocean professionals and stakeholders. Presentations should highlight how such engagement is leading to capacity development in areas such as data collection, standardization, sharing, archiving, and transformation into actionable, user-oriented data and information products following the CARE principles. Case studies illustrating challenges and solutions from low income or least developed states, and communities with low digitization are especially encouraged.


The ocean digital ecosystem, envisioned at IODC-I, will be fully machine actionable, meaning that when data or metadata are updated by one participating system, other independent and distributed systems will be able to react rapidly, automatically, and appropriately. This is the first step towards a global, deeply interoperable, integration on demand data space for the ocean.

In this session we invite presentations that illustrate efforts to network independently governed digital systems and render them interoperable. Such efforts are central to creating a sustainable and scalable digital ecosystem. We also welcome concrete examples of how such systems interact or plan to interact with applications such as digital twins, cloud compute resources, and modelling solutions. Case studies are sought to demonstrate how the provenance of data is communicated to and used both within and across networked and interoperating systems.


In this session we invite presentations that illustrate efforts to create integrated and interdisciplinary ocean data systems that address specific societal needs.These include multi-hazard warning systems within Earth System Observation, Research, and Prediction programmes, not only aiming at ocean health, but also the 7 societal outcomes of the UN Ocean Decade. Contributions in this session should demonstrate concrete links to societal actors which rely on this data to make decisions and plans.

Guidelines for the submission of an abstract

Abstracts should be clear, concise, written, and presented in English. Presenters are requested to carefully proofread their abstract. For abstracts that are accepted authors will be asked to prepare a prerecorded video (not only for remote presentations, but also for those that will be present on site). Authors of abstracts that could not be accommodated (due to time limitations) will be requested to prepare information material to be published on a shared public platform. All the presentations and information material will be available via the conference website at

Speakers delivering presentations will be expected to be present during the session including the Q&A part either virtually or in person.

All abstracts should be submitted electronically HERE, before 15 November 2022 (23:59 CEST).

The following information will be requested in the submission:

Preferred session where the paper will be presented
Title of the presentation
Name, email and affiliation of contact person
Name, email and affiliation of speaker
Name, email and affiliation of co-authors
Abstract: maximum of 300 words, excluding title and author info. The abstract text should not include any illustrations, graphics, photos, tables, references
Indicate if you intend to participate on-site or online
Only the preferred session, title and abstract will be shared with the Scientific Committee to ensure a fully objective selection process.

Upon reception of your submission, the system will send you (submitter) a copy of the submission. After the deadline for submissions, the Scientific Committee will review all submissions and the Conference Secretariat will inform all submitters of the decision by the Scientific Committee before the end of December 2022 or early January 2023 at the latest.

If you encounter any problems while filling out the form, please contact us by email at

The accepted pre-recorded videos or information material will need to be sent to the Conference Secretariat (in the agreed format which will be communicated) NOT LATER THAN 1 March 2023.