Presentation on Malta’s ocean literacy initiatives at EMSEA 2018 conference
Alan Deidun, a resident academic at the University of Malta’s Department of Geosciences and director of the International Ocean Institute (IOI) Malta Training Centre, recently delivered a keynote speech at the 2018 European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA) ocean literacy conference organised by Newcastle University. Last year’s EMSEA conference had been organised by Prof. Deidun at the University of Malta.
In his presentation Prof. Deidun focused on the applications of marine citizen science, making reference to the two citizen science campaigns he coordinates – Spot the Jellyfish and Spot the Alien Fish – both funded by the IOI. He also briefed conference participants about ongoing efforts at the UN to strike a deal about the Biodiversity in Areas Beyond National Jurisdiction (BBNJ), about ocean literacy initiatives undertaken in Malta in recent years, including the opening of the Panacea marine environmental education centre in Dwejra, Gozo in 2013, as well as about the upcoming Decade for Ocean Sciences (2021-2031) designated by Unesco.
EMSEA promotes the seven principles of ocean literacy and the conference was attended by ocean literacy practitioners from all over Europe and North America, including scientists, teachers, aquarium and natural history museum workers as well as by a number of environmental journalists.