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The Ocean Literate Society - Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Collaboration

Sustainability and environment
Education and learning

Young people around the world are leading initiatives to tackle large-scale challenges first-hand, with apparent positive impacts. Few people have missed the communicative power and impact of international movements such as Fridays For Future, initiated and driven by children and youth. In all parts of the world, young people are taking the lead in demanding change from those in power while using their own voices and tools to act for a better world and healthier ocean. Side event at Ocean Conference i Lisbon.

27 Jun 2022
15:30 - 18:00
FIL - Lisbon Exhibition and Congress Centre, Auditorium I, R. do Bojador, 1998-010 Lisboa, Portugal

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Marine Education Centre in Malmö, Centre for Sea and Society, University of Gothenburg, EarthEcho International, High Seas Alliance, Global Youth Biodiversity Network, Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment

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The Ocean Literate Society - Youth Engagement and Intergenerational Collaboration

About the seminar

The generation that will be most impacted by the decisions and actions taken today will during this event take the stage, representing their own and future generations interests. The aim is to showcase a variety of international youth driven organisations and initiatives, as well as outreach projects driven by academia, NGOs and the private sector, all aiming for knowledge transfer across generations while building an ocean literate society and empowered youth. 

During the first section of the event (0-60 min) there will be a mix of short presentations and a short follow up discussion. The latter part of the event (60-90 min) will be in the form of a “mini fair” where visitors get the opportunity to interact with representatives from youth organisations and projects working with youth engagement and ocean literacy.

The mini-fair will include interactive elements with the possibility to make artwork, taste sustainable seafood, make new connections and bring home souvenirs. 

15:30-16:20 Pitches

The High Seas Youth Ambassador Program brings together and unites youth activists, change-makers and leaders from across the world who want to help protect and conserve the high seas.

Presenters: Jihyun Lee and Gayathra Bandara.

The Marine Education Center in Sweden communicates Ocean Literacy through experiences, welcoming school classes, the public and other groups throughout the year.

Presenter: Michael Palmgren.

EarthEcho International is building a global youth movement to protect and restore our ocean planet.

Presenter: Brigitta Gunawan

Blue Food in schools - Build your own aquaponics. Experiential learning project with the main objective to investigate how we can feed the earth's population in a sustainable and inclusive way. Driven by Swemarc, the University of Gothenburg.

Presenters: Karl-Johan Skogh and Chiara Fasoli.

Klimatjuristerna, ”The Climate lawyers” is an organisation of Swedish law students that offer free legal advice to environmental organizations.

Presenter: Ida Edling

Ocean Blues - from anxiety to action, a communication project linking non-academic young adults to the scientific community. Driven by The Centre for Sea and Society, the University of Gothenburg.

Presenter: Bethanie Carney Almroth

The Plastic Experiment - Citizen Science Project here pupils take part in science, collecting and mapping how much plastic rubbish there is in different types of nature in Sweden. Driven by The University of Gothenburg among others.

Presenter: Bethanie Carney Almroth

The Global Youth Biodiversity Network (GYBN) is an international network of youth organizations and individuals from all over the world whose common goal is to prevent the loss of biodiversity.

Presenters: ShruthiKottillil and Sudha Kottillil

Sailing4Science increases data and knowledge gathering, and achieve healthy and clean ocean awareness by empowering students and young scientists.

Presenter: Martin Hassellöv

The Swedish National Ocean Literacy Network enabling exchange of knowledge and experience between different actors. Driven by the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment.

Presenter: Kajsa Tönnesson

16:20-18:00 Mini-fair

Interact with representatives from youth organizations and projects working with youth engagement and ocean literacy. Be creative and do your own algae salt or create a demonstration poster and make new connections.


  • Marine Education Centre in Malmö

  • Centre for Sea and Society, University of Gothenburg

  • EarthEcho International

  • High Seas Alliance

  • Global Youth Biodiversity Network

  • Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment