Upcoming Events

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Several international meetings are currently being postponed or switched to a virtual format due to COVID-19. We will update this page on a periodic basis as new information is available. Details for the following upcoming events will be announced:

For a listing of ocean webinars open to the public, you may be interested to browse this database, which is updated in real time.

    September 2021
  • OCEANS 2021

    September 20, 2021 to September 23, 2021, San Diego, CA and virtual
    Global thought leaders and innovators in the areas of marine technology, engineering, science, research, and education will gather together to learn and experience cutting-edge technologies in the field of marine science, hear from industry experts and engineers regarding the latest research and innovations, discuss current environmental issues and policies affecting the field, and collaboratively work together to move the fields of marine technology and engineering forward.
  • United Nations 2021 Food Systems Summit

    September 23, 2021 Virtual
    In 2021, UN Secretary-General António Guterres will convene a Food Systems Summit as part of the Decade of Action to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030. The Summit will launch bold new actions to deliver progress on all 17 SDGs, each of which relies to some degree on healthier, more sustainable and equitable food systems. The Summit will awaken the world to the fact that we all must work together to transform the way the world produces, consumes and thinks about food. It is a summit for everyone everywhere – a people’s summit. It is also a solutions summit that will require everyone to take action to transform the world’s food systems. Guided by five Action Tracks, the Summit will bring together key players from the worlds of science, business, policy, healthcare and academia, as well as farmers, indigenous people, youth organizations, consumer groups, environmental activists, and other key stakeholders. Before, during and after the Summit, these actors will come together to bring about tangible, positive changes to the world’s food systems.
  • October 2021
  • International Wetlands Hybrid Conference

    October 10, 2021 to October 15, 2021, Christchurch, New Zealand
    The theme for the 11th IWC is "traditional knowledge and innovative science in wetland research and management." Our idea is to create a programme that will enable the sharing of stories from the five continents and island countries around wetland traditional knowledge and uses. This will help the integration of traditional knowledge in western science and highlight further the importance of the world wetlands for local populations.
  • Fifteenth meeting of the COP to the CBD (virtual)

    October 11, 2021 to October 15, 2021, Virtual
    The Conference of the Parties is the governing body of the Convention, and advances implementation of the Convention through the decisions it takes at its periodic meetings. To date the Conference of the Parties has held 14 ordinary meetings, and one extraordinary meeting (the latter, to adopt the Biosafety Protocol, was held in two parts). From 1994 to 1996, the Conference of the Parties held its ordinary meetings annually. Since then these meetings have been held somewhat less frequently and, following a change in the rules of procedure in 2000, will now be held every two years. A second in-person meeting will be help April 25-May 8, 2022, in Kunming, China.
  • November 2021
  • UNFCCC COP26

    November 1, 2021 to November 12, 2021, Glasgow, UK
    For the first time, the UK will host the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) at the Scottish Event Campus (SEC) in Glasgow on 1 – 12 November 2021. The climate talks will be the biggest international summit the UK has ever hosted; bringing together over 30,000 delegates including heads of state, climate experts and campaigners to agree coordinated action to tackle climate change.
  • First International Ocean Data Conference

    November 15, 2021 to November 19, 2021, [Tentative], Sopot, Poland
    The First International Ocean Data Conference will address the following draft list of topics: 1. The Global Ocean Data Ecosystem: status and way forward 2. Data system networking and interoperability technology and methodology: status report 3. Identifying data and information user needs at the national level 4. Joining multi-sectoral data: experiences and required action 5. Best practices in data and information management 6. Global data sharing : changes in data sharing policies 7. The IOC Ocean InfoHub: experiences and next steps 8. The future of global databases: what’s next for WOD, OBIS,… 9. Data products and services: new developments 10. The small island dilemma: collecting, managing, sharing and using data with minimum resources 11. Including indigenous and citizen science data into the global data ecosystem 12. IODE 60th anniversary
  • December 2021
  • World Ocean Summit Asia-Pacific

    December 6, 2021 to December 10, 2021, Virtual
    The regionally-focused World Ocean Summit Asia-Pacific agenda will provide the platform for nuanced conversation and tailored discussion to catalyse the blue economy in the Asia-Pacific. The summit will convene 100 speakers and 2000 participants virtually over five days. Dedicated tracks on shipping, marine renewable energy, plastics, aquaculture and fishing will provide insight focused on the Asia-Pacific. Plenary sessions will centre on pressing concerns for the ocean and cities, and seek solutions for climate change mitigation and the dangerous decline of biodiversity in the region.
  • March 2022
  • World Ocean Summit

    March 1, 2022 to March 3, 2022, Lisbon, Portugal
    This global event will bring together the broadest cross-section of the ocean community, from businesses to scientists, government, investors, and civil society. No other event rivals its challenging content and diverse and senior audience, or its influence and impact on the acceleration of progress towards a sustainable ocean economy. It aims to change how business is done in the ocean, shaping and advancing the way in which governments, businesses, and conservation organisations work together to fashion the “blue economy”.
  • April 2022
  • Fifteenth meeting of the COP to the CBD (in-person)

    April 25, 2022 to May 8, 2021, Kunming, China
    The Conference of the Parties is the governing body of the Convention, and advances implementation of the Convention through the decisions it takes at its periodic meetings. To date the Conference of the Parties has held 14 ordinary meetings, and one extraordinary meeting (the latter, to adopt the Biosafety Protocol, was held in two parts). From 1994 to 1996, the Conference of the Parties held its ordinary meetings annually. Since then these meetings have been held somewhat less frequently and, following a change in the rules of procedure in 2000, will now be held every two years. This in-person meeting follows a virtual meeting held October 11-15, 2021.
  • June 2022
  • IMPAC 5

    June 23, 2022 to June 30, 2022, Vancouver, Canada
    IMPAC is an international forum to discuss marine protected areas (MPAs) that assists in the establishment and management of MPA networks by informing, involving, and influencing stakeholders. The congress happens every four years and brings together marine conservationists, managers, practitioners and scientists from across the world to share their experiences and knowledge of marine conservation and marine protected area establishment.