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News article31 March 2020Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

A Strategic Research Agenda for Oceans and Human Health in Europe

The Horizon 2020 project SOPHIE just released a Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) for the short and medium term that outlines the link between Ocean Health and Human Health (OHH), the research needed to answer fundamental questions in the field and the framework for creating the required OHH research capacity in Europe.

The SRA focuses on three main target action areas:

  • Sustainable seafood and healthy people;
  • Blue spaces, tourism and well-being;
  • Marine biodiversity, biotechnology and medicine.

Several important cross-cutting themes arise from these target action areas, including climate and global change, pollution, ocean literacy and citizen science, equity and equality, sustainability, innovation and employment.

The SRA outlines key research questions that need to be answered within an indicative structured timeline, and highlights the needs (in terms of research to inform policy, capacity and training, and for the public) that should be considered. It also provides overarching recommendations for research needs that apply to all areas of OHH, and identifies the measures of success in achieving the required capacity.



Publication date
31 March 2020
Directorate-General for Research and Innovation