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Ocean and health citizen science program launched!

Team up with science, team up with SOPHIE
by WILDSEA Europe | 15/04/2019 | 09:00

A new Citizen Science Program launches today, run in collaboration with WILDSEA Europe and the Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe project.

The Program is an opportunity to understand how marine ecotourism operators contribute to both healthy coastal living and ocean literacy.

Volunteering members of the WILDSEA Europe network will take part in two innovative, citizen science initiatives and gear up for the peak season with information on the connections between Oceans & Human Health.

Participating marine ecotourism operators will be encouraged to trigger engaging conversations with their customers, and will be recognized for championing actions in support of marine research and conservation.

Training sessions will be held in different European locations to empower those operators who wish to join the program. Participants will dig deeper into the emerging discipline of Oceans and Human health and acquire skills and tools to support on-going research on such connections. Training sessions will be held in:

  • Thessaloniki (Greece) - April 19th, 2019
  • Catalonia (Spain) – April 29th & 30th, 2019
  • Balearic Islands (Spain) – May 6th – May 9th, 2019
  • Sligo (Ireland) – May 26th, 2019
  • Cork (Ireland) – May 27th – May 31st, 2019
  • Basque Country (Spain) – June 4th, 2019
  • Lefkada (Greece) - June 11th – June 14th, 2019

Registration is now open for these sessions here. The program will be tailored to each location, but a general outline is available here.

SOPHIE’s Citizen Science Program also seeks to raise awareness amongst the general public on the connections that exist between our health and the ocean’s, including its marine ecosystems, habitats and species. Different types of materials (videos, factsheets, etc.) have been developed and are now available at

If you’d like to learn more about this initiative, drop us a line and we will reach out to you with additional information.

Financed by the EU's Horizon 2020 program, the Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe project (SOPHIE for short) is a pan-European research project helping to build new capacity for the emerging scientific discipline of Oceans and Human Health. More information is available at


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