Nansen Tutu Center 10-year Anniversary Symposium: “Ocean, weather and climate: Science to the Service of Society”

The celebration of the Nansen-Tutu Centre for Marine Environmental Research 10-year anniversary brought together around 80 researchers, Post Docs, PhD and MSc students for a 3-days symposium at the University of Cape Town conference center in Protea Breakwater Lodge, South Africa from 10-12 March 2020. Attendants came from Namibia, Mozambique, Madagascar, South Africa, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Norway, Netherlands and USA. The event would have counted even more participants from Australia, Argentina and Europe had it not been for the corona virus. University of Cape Town, the Nansen Center in Bergen, Nansen Scientific Society, University of Bergen, Institute of Marine Research, Research Council of Norway and the World Climate Research Program CLIVAR project (Climate and Ocean: Variability, Predictability and Change) are acknowledged for their financial support. 

The participants of the Nansen-Tutu 10th anniversary symposium “Ocean, Weather and Climate: Science to the Service of Society” in Cape Town.The participants of the Nansen-Tutu 10th anniversary symposium “Ocean, Weather and Climate: Science to the Service of Society” in Cape Town.The anniversary symposium Ocean, Weather and Climate: Science to the Service of Society offered a varied program with a mixture of invited keynote talks,  thematic presentations and panel discussions. In addition, time was set aside for dedicated poster sessions. The level of the presentations was very impressive and in particular the early career scientists from the African continent demonstrated high scientific quality of their work in ocean, atmosphere and climate related disciplines with significant importance to societies in southern Africa. 

The event also included a signatory ceremony marking the launch of the 4th 3-year phase of the Nansen-Tutu Center Joint Venture Agreement from 2020 to 2022. During this phase the Center will continueto develop operational oceanography capacity targeting the South Atlantic Ocean, the Indian Ocean and the Southern Ocean. The focus will be on ocean state, air-sea interaction, marine environment, resources, ecosystem and climate variability from days to decades in support of scientific and societal needs including fisheries, coastal management, maritime security, recreation and tourism. In so doing, education through the establishment of joint post-graduate degrees and exchange of young researchers and students from different cultures and countries will be stimulated through the Nansen-Tutu Scholarship Program. In this regards a take-home message from the Anniversary Symposium recommended that the Nansen-Tutu Center should play a coordinating role to initiate a training workshop for early career scientists targeting the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development goals.

A comprehensive 10-year anniversary symposium scientific proceedings will be issued in the fall of 2020.