CLAMER conference *

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Click on the picture above to see the movie of the conference!

Living with a warming ocean:
European Research and Public Perception of Climate Change Impacts in the Marine Environment

15 September 2011


14 September 2011


Videos of the presentations of the CLAMER conference are now available.
Take a closer look at the Programme and click on the title of the presentation of your choice.

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Where to park?


Visa and letter of invitation requests


Contact info

* "organised as a contactforum of the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts"


PRE-EVENT –première of ‘Living with a warming ocean’
14 September 2011 (19:20)

The CLAMER documentary film, ‘Living with a warming ocean’ will be premiered at the conference pre-event. Filmed in seven European countries, the 57’ documentary focuses on public attitudes towards science communication regarding climate change in Europe, its impact on our marine waters and its wider socio-economic consequences. Click here for the streamer.

15 September 2011 (09:00-17:00)

This one day conference will present key findings of the CLAMER project, including:

  • Results of the pan-European public poll, conducted to investigate public views and understanding about climate change and the marine environment
  • Main messages from a state-of-the-art overview of EU research results on marine climate change, which summarizes all existing scientific outputs

Leading experts in climate change science and related mitigation and adaptation strategies will be given the floor, among them Prof. Dr. Rajendra Kumar Pachauri, Chairman of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). The conference will be chaired by Quentin Cooper, presenter of ‘The Material World’ on BBC Radio 4, the UK's most-listened-to science programme.
A detailed programme will be available soon.


Wednesday, 14 September 2011


Welcome and introduction to CLAMER, presentation of the CLAMER book
Prof. Dr. Carlo Heip
(Project coordinator, NIOZ)

Iceland - A land of fire, ice and climate change
Dr. Katja Philippart
(Project coordinator, NIOZ)

Première of the CLAMER documentary “Living with a warming ocean”, introduced by
Mr. Jean-Yves Collet
(Documentary producer, COM ON PLANET)


Thursday, 15 September 2011

Registration and welcome coffee

Welcome and introduction to CLAMER
Dr. Katja Philippart
(Project coordinator, NIOZ) & Mr. Quentin Cooper (Chair, science journalist BBC Radio)

Overview of European research on climate and marine environment
Ms. Manuela Soares
(Director Environment, DG Research & Innovation)

Climate change impacts on marine ecosystems in Europe
Prof. Dr. Carlo Heip
(Project coordinator, NIOZ)

IPCC, climate change research and the marine environment
Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri
(Chair IPCC - video message)
Prof. Dr. Jean-Pascal van Ypersele
(Professor at the UCL & vice-chair IPCC)

Coffee/tea break

The outcomes of the first pan-European poll on public perception and awareness of climate change impacts on the marine environment
Mr. Paul Buckley

Exploring public understanding of, and responses to, marine climate change
Ms. Geraldine Terry & Dr. Jason Chilvers

'Testing the water' - Raising awareness of our changing seas
Prof. Dr. Jan Mees
(VLIZ) & winner of video message contest

Morning session wrap up
Quentin Cooper (science journalist BBC Radio)

12:40 - 13:00
Media availability session


Science for society: linking marine and climate change research with policy
Dr. Sybille van den Hove


All aboard: getting climate change research to chime with the wider public
Mr. Quentin Cooper (science journalist BBC Radio)



1) Climate change impacts and European marine policies

2) Understanding public understanding: the implications of CLAMER public perception findings for marine scientists and policy makers

3) Organisation of the European marine climate research community and agendas in the future

Coffee/tea break

Plenary discussion on workshop output
Quentin Cooper (science journalist BBC Radio)




During the afternoon session it will be possible to join discussions on the following themes:

  • Climate Change Impacts and European Marine Policies (Group 1)
  • Science & Public Awareness: How Can the Outputs of Marine Climate Change Research be Better Communicated & Valorised to the Public? (Group 2)
  • Organisation of the European Marine Climate Research Community and
    Agendas in the Future (Group 3)


Participation is free of charge, but registration for the pre-event and/or the conference and discussion groups is imperative.
Since limited space is available, early registration is highly recommended.


kvabRoyal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts
Academy Palace
Hertogsstraat 1
B-1000 Brussels
Tel +32 2 550 23 23
Fax +32 2 550 23 25

The Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts is an independent learned society for the practice and promotion of science and arts in Flanders. The Academy organises an array of scientific and cultural activities. Also it encourages the collaboration between the Flemish universities, it delegates representatives to international organisations and discussion meetings (contactfora), it attracts foreign scholars to develop research activities, it advises on matters of social importance on behalf of the government, industry, educational establishments and research centres and finally the Academy awards prizes to talented and promising researchers and artists.



  • From the airport: train to Brussels Central Station

  • By train: Brussels Central Station. It’s only a 10 minutes’ walk. It’s also possible to take the metro.

  • By metro (MIVB): Metro station Troon
    From Central Station: line 1 or 5 to Kunst-Wet, then line 2 or 6.
    From North Station: metro Rogier, line 2 or 6 direction Koning Boudewijn or Simonis (Leopold II).
    From South Station: line 2 or 6 direction Simonis (Elisabeth)

  • By car: follow the inner lane of the inner ring road, past the Wetstraat (=Regentlaan), take the rightmost lane, and either enter the Academy Palace here, or turn around the domain of the Academy Palace to enter it at the side of the Royal Palace.


There are ample parking possibilities on the palace square (parking meter); the car parks in the Albertina and rue de la Loi (paid parking). Click here for an overview of the parking lots near the academy.


Participants are supposed to book their own accommodation. Brussels is very crowded and early booking is highly recommended. Click This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,4.364984&geocode=&q=hotels&f=l&hl=en&sll=50.842084,4.364984&sspn=0.00125,0.002401&ie=UTF8&hq=hotels&hnear=&ll=50.842316,4.361959&spn=0.019322,0.038409&z=15" target="_blank">here to locate hotels in the vicinity of the venue.


If you need to apply for a visa, please apply early. Click here to read visa information for temporary visitors of Belgium. Participants requiring a letter of invitation in order to attend the conference should contact the conference secretariat via This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include the following information:

- your full name as it appears on your passport

- complete mailing address as it appears on your passport

- job title/position and employer

- telephone number and/or fax number

- e-mail address

Please note that this procedure aims to assist participants who need to obtain a visa or permission to attend the conference and is not an official invitation covering fees or other expenses. A letter of invitation does not imply any financial support from the conference.


The organisation cannot be responsible for healthcare, dental and ambulance services during the conference. The organisation strongly recommends that participants take out comprehensive medical and travel insurance, which should cover the possibility of flight cancellation due to strikes and other causes. Therefore, the organisers accept no responsibility of any nature whatsoever for personal injury, death, loss or damage to property or participants however caused or arising. The participants should make their own arrangements with respect to personal insurance, along with travel insurance.


Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)
CLAMER 2011 Conference Secretariat
InnovOcean site
Wandelaarkaai 7
8400 Oostende, Belium
Tel. +32-(0)59-34 21 30
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