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Nithiyaa Nilamani (Malaysia), 4th International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World, 3-6 may 2016, Hobart, Australia

"My sincere thanks to the OA-ICC for making it possible for me to present my research at the 4th International Symposium on the Ocean in a High-CO2 World. During the symposium, there were exchange of many experiences, suggestions and opinions with experts that would be very beneficial for the advancement of OA study to the newbie countries like Malaysia. It also gave me an opportunity to make new friends, renew old acquaintances and discuss potential collaboration.


Abed El Rahman HASSOUN (Lebanon), 3rd GOA-ON Science Workshop, 8-10 May 2016, Hobart, Australia

"OA-ICC [...] provided for me the opportunity to present my research work to the international ocean research community, to meet experts and colleagues from all over the world and discuss with them about my results, share ideas and build a strong network with peers for future scientific collaborations."



BACKGROUND AND RATIONALE

During the past few years several multinational and national research projects on ocean acidification have emerged, significantly advancing knowledge in this area. The establishment of an international coordination platform was suggested by the SOLAS-IMBER Ocean Acidification Working Group (SIOA WG) and the international Ocean Acidification Reference User Group (iOA-RUG). In response to this recommendation and concerns expressed by Member States, the IAEA announced at the Rio+20 UN Conference on Sustainable Development the launch of the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC), operated by its Environment Laboratories in Monaco starting from July 2012.


OPERATION AND ROLE

The project works to communicate, promote and facilitate a series of over-arching activities in science, capacity building and communication intended to serve the scientific community, policy makers, the general public, media and other stakeholders. The OA-ICC is supported by several IAEA Member States through the IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI). It is guided by an Advisory Board consisting of key scientific institutions, UN organizations and leading scientists in the field. The project is initially planned to last 3 years.