Preliminary Agenda

“All hands on deck! Sailing towards a greener horizon!”

5 – 6 November 2024
BluePoint Brussels, Belgium

Day 1: 5 November 2024

12.00 – 17.00 hrs

12.00 – 13.00 Coming aboard & first ration

Registration & Lunch

13.00 – 13.30 Lifting the anchor: Welcome remarks

Introductory video (3min) and welcome remarks by several officials

13.30 – 13.45 30 Months at Sea – An overview of the Plastic Pirates

A citizen science initiative spreading across Europe: What are its achievements; what has been learned?

The Plastic Pirates – Go Europe! team shares insights of the main activities, results, and learnings of the initiative. Short pitches provide background to the following sessions and set the scene for the summit.

13.45 – 14.30 Young Pirates on Deck: Sharing first-hand insights

What were the experiences of young adults in the Plastic Pirates citizen science initiative across Europe? What can we learn from their feedback? Was there an impact?

Young adults from across Europe share their first-hand experiences, insights, and their lessons learned from taking part in the Plastic Pirates – Go Europe citizen science initiative. Based on their presentation, the panel will be discussing the importance, pathways, and impact of citizen engagement via citizen science.

14.30 – 15:30 Lowering the anchor: Coffee Break and Poster session

Young Europeans present their national Plastic Pirates projects in the foyer through posters. Other citizen science projects present their activities with posters.

15.30 – 16.00 Pirating for Plastics: The Scientific Treasure

What are the scientific findings of the Plastic Pirates – Go Europe! citizen initiative on plastic pollution in European rivers and oceans? Are there plastic pollution hotspots? What can we learn from the results?

Plastic Pirates – Go Europe! showcases the role of Citizen Science in advancing scientific knowledge. The team presents consolidated data and findings on macro- and micro-plastic litter in Europe. Subsequently, an expert panel evaluates the significance of these findings in relation to scientific excellence and the objectives of the EU Mission Restore Our Ocean and Waters as well as the potential for future research.

16.00 – 16.45 Plastic Pirates setting a new course? The future of the citizen science initiative

What comes next for the Plastic Pirates initiative? How to further upscale the initiative? What should be done to secure its achievements and further advance the approach?

The Plastic Pirates – Go Europe! citizen science initiative is certainly a success story. But has the story already been fully told? The Plastic Pirates could become a permanent part of citizen science being done in Europe. They could work more closely with the Blue Economy sector or even expand to all of Europe and beyond.

16.45 – 17.00 Sailing into harbour: Closing remarks

Day 2: 6 November 2024

09.00 – 13.45 hrs

09.30 – 10.00 Coming aboard
10.00 – 10.30 Lifting anchor: Welcome remarks
10.30 – 12.00 Workshops – parallel sessions
  • Workshop 1: What is needed to become a blue citizen?

    Workshop participants bring their expertise in blue citizenship, the goals of the EU Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters, and citizen engagement to discuss how to involve citizens, especially young adults, in protection of our waters. (in collaboration with EU4Ocean Coalition, Prep4Blue (KDM), Erasmus+, and ERA Forum)

  • Workshop 2: Riverine data on (plastic) pollution – How to streamline data collection and management?

    The Plastic Pirates – Go Europe! delve deeper into data collection in citizen science and share their experiences in streamlining these processes. Workshop participants contribute their insights and collaboratively discuss recommendations for the future.

  • Workshop 3: How to upscale, maintain, and coordinate Citizen Science in the Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters’ objectives?

    Workshop participants including those involved in participative projects under Mission Ocean share their experiences with citizen science. Together the group outlines recommendations for Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters.

  • Workshop 4: Inclusive Approaches to Citizen Science – How to build trust in Science through Participation?

    Citizen Science thrives on the voluntary engagement of individuals. This workshop explores strategies to effectively involve diverse groups, including youth typically less engaged in such activities. Participants will delve into co-creation methods for Citizen Science projects aimed at fostering deeper understanding, appreciation, and trust in science.

12.00 – 13.00 Second ration (Lunch)
12.30 – 13.30 Presentation of workshop results
13.30 – 13.45 Sailing into the Sunset