The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (hereafter the Ocean Decade) challenges nations to identify the ‘science we need for the ocean we want’. It seeks to strengthen international collaboration to build a shared framework, across the science-policy interface, for the sustainable management of global oceans for the benefit of humanity.
The Royal Society workshop was split into four sessions. Session 1 brought together speakers from international organisations and UK Government departments to introduce national and international perspectives on the Ocean Decade. Session 2 then invited researchers to outline pressing science issues in line with Ocean Decade requirements. This foundation was used by participants in sessions 3 and 4 to collaboratively prioritise and further develop the research themes and approaches needed to meet the objectives of the Ocean Decade.
Session 1: International context and policy needs for evidence
Session 2: Identifying research questions
Sessions 3 and 4: Prioritizing and Developing Research Questions