The first Global Ocean Science Education (GOSE) Workshop in June 2015 brought together ocean scientists and education professionals from 15 nations. Panels discussed ocean science education across the K-12 pipeline, undergraduate and graduate education, and public education. Working groups discussed the future of global ocean science education, opportunities and steps for building international collaborations, and establishing a global network of networks.
During the 2015 workshop, consensus was reached on three major topical priorities for current international collaborative ocean science education efforts:
- The Ocean and Human Health, including Coastal Resiliency
- The Ocean’s Role in Climate Change and the Effect of Climate Change on Ocean Systems
- Biodiversity, including Food Security & Fisheries
Priorities were identified for ocean science topics to be integrated into education initiatives: • Climate Change and Weather
- Loss of Biodiversity
- Dexoygenation of Coastal Waters
- Microplastics/Pollution • Ocean Stressors
Process priorities were identified for the global ocean science education community: • communication and teaching training for scientists and graduate students
- education and resources for decision makers
- reform of undergraduate ocean science education
- support for ongoing global ocean literacy efforts • increasing diversity in ocean science
- establishment of a network of networks
It was clear after the first workshop that for a truly global ocean science education network to be effective, other stakeholders needed to be part of the conversation. A conscious effort was made in planning the 2016 workshop to include policy makers and business/industry leaders in addition to scientists and education professionals.
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