Virtual Early Career Ocean
Professionals (V.ECOP) Days
April 9-11, 2024

Call for Contributions
Virtual Early Career Ocean
Professionals (V.ECOP) Days
April 9-11, 2024

Call for Contributions
Virtual Early Career Ocean
Professionals (V.ECOP) Days
April 9-11, 2024

Call for Contributions
Virtual Early Career Ocean
Professionals (V.ECOP) Days
April 9-11, 2024

Call for Contributions
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This event has taken place. Please watch the live recording and visit our V.ECOP Day StoryMap below.

The Virtual Early Career Ocean Professional (V.ECOP) Days are a unique livestream event series showcasing testimonials of change in applying science and knowledge to ocean sustainability from the global community of ECOPs. It is hosted by and for early career ocean professionals as a contribution to the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

A very special thanks goes to Fisheries and Ocean Canada for having made this event series possible.

V.ECOP Days 2024

V.ECOP Days 2024 will bridge a global online community with the UN Ocean Decade Conference in Barcelona from April 9-11, 2024.

Contribute to the V.ECOP Days 2024 programme from anywhere in the world!

For all information about the programme, moderators, local activities in Barcelona, calls and registrations, please visit our V.ECOP Story Map via the embedded website below.

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Highlights from V.ECOP Day 2021

The Virtual Early Career Ocean Professional (V.ECOP) Day started on June 1, 2021, as a 24-hour livestream event following the sun around the world. It waas hosted by and for early career ocean professionals from around the world and from a variety of ocean disciplines to showcase their work, activities, and contributions to the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

The UN Ocean Decade is a once-in-a-generation opportunity and the first global campaign to catalyze transformative ocean science solutions for sustainable development. V.ECOP Day will follow immediately from the 1st International Conference of the UN Ocean Decade for Sustainable Development beginning at approximately 13:00 UTC on June 1, 2021.

V.ECOP Day was organized by the German Marine Research Consortium in cooperation with the Global ECOP Programme and is supported by Fisheries and Oceans Canada, the European Commission, IOC-UNESCO, the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research, and ESRI Deutschland  as an officially endorsed UN Ocean Decade Activity.

24 hours around the world

V.ECOP Day 2021 followed a path covering all areas of our blue planet as shown in the map diagram below. With almost 200 contributions from young scientists and experts from around the world, the program covered many issues concerning human-ocean relations.

In UTC, the Timeslots begin as follows: TS1: 14:00 | TS2: 18:00 | TS3: 22:00 | TS4: 02:00 | TS5: 06:00 | TS6: 10:00



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24 hour live event program

VECOP Entrance Hall

The V.ECOP Space

Open until June 30th for registered participants!

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Ocean cinema: view ocean and science videos and films
Exhibition hall: discover organizations and initiatives from around the world
Social and professional networking via themed chatrooms and much more ...
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V.ECOP Day Survey

Share your Story!

For all registered V.ECOP Day participants

V.ECOP Day 2021 is start of a Decade long community-building effort. Enter your story and join a global community of ECOPs contributing to the UN Ocean Decade! Still open to registered participants until June 30th.
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V.ECOP Day Story Map

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Time Slot 1

With over 80% of the ocean unexplored, the UN Ocean Decade is the time to dive into deep-sea discovery.


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The UN Ocean Decade is an opportunity to enhance cooperation and coordination across sectors, disciplines, and regions, and ensure sustainable management of the global ocean.


Time Slot 2

The ocean is like a puppeteer; her influence reaches the farthest corners of the Earth, pulling the strings of every being, unseen and unhindered.


Time Slot 2

Raising awareness about preserving the ocean would be the finest way to offset the riches and wonders it has given us.


Time Slot 3

The ocean is the origin of life on our planet, features wonderful biodiversity, and is the regulator for our climate.


Time Slot 3

The ocean matters because it is responsible for keeping life in balance. From its physical conditions to complex ecological processes, the ocean is involved in the changes of the weather, food resources, and provides us with many services. For these reasons we need to understand how it works and how to protect it for future generations.


Hānau ka moana (Hawaiian for “the ocean was born”). I am kanaka (native Hawaiian), a descendant of the occupied nation of Hawaii. The mele (songs) and moolelo (stories) of my ancestors inform me that just like you and I, the ocean was born.


Time Slot 4

I come from Fiji, and represent the Pacific Islands. We share an integral bond with the Ocean and rely on it like a child relies on their mother. The Ocean is what gives us our identity, heritage, wellbeing and opportunities. Today our Mother Ocean is facing a lot of challenges and it is our turn to change things for the better!


Time Slot 5

Ocean means connection and balance. What we really need to have a better life.


Time Slot 5

It is in her depths that I find my true self and bliss.


Time Slot 6

Ocean matters, as it might become a Blue Phoenix.


Time Slot 6

A dirty drop for humans is a million organisms for the ocean, and yet it is never limited for more drops.

Sponsors 2021

Thank you to our sponsors for helping us make this event series possible.


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