29. November 2015


Research network presents itself at the climate negotiations in Paris

At two booths in the public and the UN area, BIOACID members inform about their work and answer questions about the problem of ocean acidification and other topics of marine sciences.

When representatives from hundreds of countries meet at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) in Paris to achieve an agreement that replaces the Kyoto protocol – also scientists from the German research network on ocean acidification BIOACID (Biological Impacts of Ocean Acidification) are present.

In cooperation with Plymouth Marine Lab, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, the French Cluster of Excellence Labex MER, the University of Brest and the University Pierre et Marie Curie Paris, BIOACID presents itself at two information stands: In the “Ocean of Opportunity” exhibition in the public “Climate Generations” area ( A16), young BIOACID scientists report about their work and motivation. At the “Hot, Sour and Breathless” stand in the UN area, BIOACID members explain the problem of ocean acidification and other issues of marine research to decision makers.

Using the hastag #OceanCOP21, the partners offer up-to-date information about what is happening on both booths and at the negotiations on their social media channels and collect questions and comments. BIOACID reports at https://twitter.com/@BIOACID_project and www.facebook.com/BIOACID.project

Selection of ocean (acidification)-related events at COP21:

3 December, 14:30 – 16
EU Pavilion in the Blue zone
Side event: The changing ocean and its impact on society
Speakers: Carol Turley, (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK Ocean Acidification research program), Paul Pearson (Cardiff University and UK Ocean Acidification research program), Hans-Otto Pörtner (Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, BIOACID, IPCC), Jean-Pierre Gattuso (CNRS-UPMC, Oceans 2015 Initiative), Vladimir Ryabinin (Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO), Phillip Williamson (UK Ocean Acidification Research Programme and Natural Environment Research Council), Alex Magnan (IDDRI)

3 December, 14:45 – 16:15
Climate Generations Area in the Blue Zone, Room 5
Mobilization of civil society on ocean acidification
Speakers: Alice Lapijover (Lemonsea), Dr. Felix Mark (Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, BIOACID) and others

3 December, 16:00 – 18:00
German Pavillon in the Blue Zone
Side event: Science-based climate policy: from research to decision making (talks and discussion)
by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research Germany
Speakers: Gregor Laumann (DLR PT, Germany), Karl Eugen Huthmacher (Federal Ministry of Education and Research Germany), Prof. Hans-Otto Poertner (Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research, IPCC AR 6, Co-Chair WG II, BIOACID), Grit Martinez (Ecologic, KLIMZUG), Christoph Bals (Germanwatch), Prof. Ottmar Edenhofer (PIK)

4 December, 10:30 – 18:45
Rio Conventions Pavilion in the Red Zone
Oceans Day at COP 21
further information at
https://globaloceanforumdotcom.files.wordpress.com/2015/11/oceans-day-pre-final-program1.pdf and

7 December, 11.45 – 13.15
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Pavilion in the Blue Zone
Ocean acidification and other climate stressors (or impacts) on the ocean – where we are heading, and what we need to stop it.
Speakers: Dr. Jean-Pierre Gattuso (CNRS, UPMC and IDDRI), Alexandre Magnan (IDDRI), Dr. Carol Turley (PML), Dr. Kirsten Isensee (UNESCO-IOC), Jay J. Manning (Cascadia Law Group)