Call for abstracts

We are pleased to announce the “International Ocean Data Conference 2022 – The Data We Need for the Ocean We Want”, to be held in Sopot, Poland between 14-16 February 2022 as a hybrid event.

Since 1961, the IOC’s International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) programme has promoted and facilitated the exchange of oceanographic data and information between participating Member States, to meet the needs of users for data and information products. While this has resulted in the establishment of nearly 70 National Oceanographic Data Centres (NODCs) and Associate Data Units (ADUs) as well as global databases like the World Ocean Database (WOD) and Ocean Biodiversity Information System (OBIS) we have still not achieved a “global commons” for oceanographic data and information where users can easily find and retrieve the data and information they need. 

The United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) will provide a ‘once in a lifetime’ opportunity to create a new foundation, across the science-policy interface, to strengthen the management of our oceans and coasts for the benefit of humanity. However, we are still facing serious global disparities in infrastructure and professional capacities in ocean research. To create more comprehensive systems for monitoring changes in environmental processes and their impacts on ecosystems and society, even deeper integration of multidisciplinary observation systems and improved models is required.

The ambition of the Ocean Decade in relation to data, information and knowledge management includes significant enhancement of infrastructure, common approaches that enable interoperable, transparent and accessible data sharing and stewardship, and enhanced collaboration between data providers, aggregators and users. Implementing a ‘digital ocean ecosystem’ to support the Ocean Decade will be a dynamic and continuous process, incorporating and evolving established approaches and technologies as well as those that are only just emerging.

IODE will contribute to the decade, inter alia, by developing the Ocean Data and Information System (ODIS). This “digital ecosystem” will catalyse cooperation between data generators, repositories, and users from diverse stakeholder groups, including governments, UN entities, scientists, planners and decision-makers, as well as industry and the public. The digital ecosystem and its component parts will support users in finding, accessing, understanding, and using raw and processed data, information and knowledge products that meet their specific needs.

The main objectives of the Conference will be (i) to consider regional and global strategies and policy needed to achieve the digital ecosystem; (ii) to discuss existing and required technological developments and their implementation; and (iii) to identify future directions in ocean data and information management.  The mentioned objectives will furthermore be considered within the multi-sectoral vision of the Ocean Decade. 

The expected outcome will be a Conference Declaration that will provide a number of actionable recommendations to the global ocean data and information, observational and management community aimed at realizing the implementation of the ocean data and information “global commons” by 20XX.

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 full papers or poster presentations (in PDF format). Authors of oral presentations that could not be accommodated (due to time limitations) may be requested to prepare a poster instead. 

Posters and oral presentations will be delivered at the Conference either virtually or in person, and will also be published on the conference website.

A wide range of topics are welcomed to be presented during the following Sessions:

  • SESSION 1: GLOBAL STRATEGIES AND POLICY
  • SESSION 2: IMPLEMENTING THE DIGITAL COMMONS
  • SESSION 3: LOOKING FORWARD

Suggested topics for each of the Sessions are listed on https://oceandataconference.org/programme/
We note that for Session 4 (Delivering the Ocean Decade Vision) no abstracts are invited. 

All abstracts should be submitted electronically via HERE, until the deadline of Friday 29 October 2021 (23:59 CEST).

The following information will be requested in the submission:

  1. SESSION where the paper will be presented (see above): 1, 2 or 3
  2. TOPIC(s) covered (identify the session topic(s) that best cover the subject of your paper): example: 1.5.2
  3. TYPE OF SUBMISSION: a,b,c, d or e (see below) 
    1. Paper for on-site presentation (in Sopot, Poland)
    2. Paper for live (real-time) online presentation (from your location)
    3. Paper for recorded (delayed mode) online presentation (from your location)
    4. Poster for on-site presentation (in Sopot, Poland) with person on-site 
    5. Poster or e-Poster without person on-site
  4. TITLE of the submission
  5. NAME AND EMAIL OF SUBMITTER (name and email)
  6. AUTHOR(S) (full name(s) and email(s))
  7. AUTHOR(S) AFFILIATION (institution(s) name, city, and country) 
  8. ABSTRACT (maximum of 300 words). Abstract should include Introduction and Objective, Materials and Methods, Relevance to data exchange, Results, and Conclusions. Do not include list of authors, illustrations, graphics, photos, tables and references.

 Abstract text should not include any illustrations, graphics, photos, tables, references

Upon reception of your submission, the Secretariat will send you (submitter) an acknowledgement of receipt of the submission. After the deadline for submissions (29 October 2021) the Scientific Committee will review all submissions and the Secretariat will inform all submitters of the decision by the Scientific Committee regarding the submitted paper/poster. 
If you are having problems to fill out the form, do not hesitate to contact us : conference@iode.org

The accepted full papers or posters will need to be sent to the Secretariat (in the agreed format which will be communicated) NOT LATER THAN 1 DECEMBER 2021.