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Celebrate Ocean Day

To celebrate World Oceans’ Day, join us to learn and discuss the challenges to the health of our oceans and marine resources and what can be done to protect them. This event will consist of presentations from ocean and Pacific experts interspersed with short videos outlining the actions that various countries are taking to protect the oceans, followed by audience Q&A. Drinks and light refreshments will be available after the event.

Date and time

Tue., 8 June 2021 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm AEST


  • Coral reefs and climate change - Dr Jennie Mallela, Research School of Biology, Australian National University

  • The Fate of Pacific Islands: Facing Sea Level Rise and Climate Change with Resilience - Prof Elisabeth Holland, Director of the Pacific Centre for Environment and Sustainable Development, University of the South Pacific

  • Polar POD: a 3-year circumnavigation to explore biodiversity and oceanography of the Southern Ocean - Prof David Antoine, Head of the Remote Sensing and Satellite Research Group, Curtin University

3 minute videos:

  • Olivier Poivre d’Avor, Ambassador for the Oceans and the Poles, France

  • Representative of the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany

  • Orazio Guanciale, Special Envoy for Pacific Islands and coordinator for Antarctica, Italy

  • UK speaker TBC

Moderator: Prof Andy Hogg, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University

This event is hosted by the Embassies of France, Italy, and Germany respectively, the UK High Commission and the ANU Institute for Climate, Energy & Disaster Solutions.


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