A wealth of activities for Oceaneye’s participation in the IUCN World Conservation Congress Marseille from 3 to 10 September 2021

Sailing trips, microplastics sampling and observation, presentation on stage, information stand, christening of the association’s sailboat by mentor Ifremer’s François Galgani, but also departure harbour of its four-week scientific expedition: Geneva association Oceaneye offers a wealth of outreach activities to raise awareness of marine microplastic pollution, in the framework of the IUCN World Conservation Congress Marseille. All activities are open to journalists, professional organisations, and the general public.

“Citizen science” sailing trips

From 4 to 8 September, Oceaneye offers to take part in a demonstration at sea of microplastics sampling and observation aboard the association’s sailboat equipped with scientific material. During the trip, participants will be able to see and understand the sampling process, how microplastics are analysed and how data is mapped. This activity shows what fieldwork is, what lies behind the figures and how results are get. The participants will see actual microplastics they will have collected themselves, in their own environment.

Departure every day at 8:00, 11:00, 14:00, 17:00 (subject to weather conditions). Duration: 2 hours. Meeting point: the Mucem. Registration is mandatory and can be completed online or at Parc Chanot (subject to availability). Visitors are welcome to visit the sailboat in between excursions.

Christening of the Oceaneye sailboat

On Saturday 4 September 18:00 at its moorings at the Mucem, the association’s new sailboat will joyfully be christened by mentor François Galgani, Ifremer worldwide famous oceanographer. Amongst its numerous activities, Oceaneye provides microplastics analysis, data, and mapping to the European Commission through Ifremer, the French National Institute for Ocean Science.

Pascal Hagmann, Oceaneye Founder and Managing Director: “Offering François Galgani to christen our sailboat and be her ‘godfather’ was obvious for Oceaneye. He triggered the founding of the association and was instrumental in it. He has been a fantastic driving force in our activities for ten years. This is a way of thanking him in our own way for his support in our early days and for everything he has achieved in fighting plastic pollution, especially for having this issue recognised by the European Commission through the Marine Strategy Framework Directive”.

François Galgani, Ifremer oceanographer: “It is a pleasure to partner with Oceaneye, one of the very first scientific and citizen initiatives studying marine plastic pollution in the Mediterranean Sea. The association has now become a major international stakeholder, reputed with European bodies and global initiatives such as the G20”.

Pascal Hagmann and François Galgani will be available for journalists who wish to interview them. The celebration is open to everyone.


Presentation at the IUCN Ocean & Islands Pavilion

On Tuesday 7 September, from 9:30 to 10:30 at the IUCN Ocean & Islands Pavilion (#O02, Ocean area in the Parc Chanot main hall), Oceaneye Founder and Managing Director Pascal Hagmann will introduce “A cost-effective approach to marine microplastic monitoring”. He will tackle the crucial importance of providing field data, how these are produced – notably thanks to citizen science, and used in political decision-making.

The presentation will run in English and will be webcast live from our social media pages. Online viewers are welcome to ask questions. In-person access to the Pavilion to ticket holders.


Oceaneye information stand

From 4 until 8 September, ticket holders are welcome to visit the Oceaneye stand to find out more about our activities, marine microplastic pollution, and discover (many) samples under a microscope. The stand (L17) is located in the Landscape area of the Parc Chanot main hall.

Kick-off of the autumn expedition

On Friday 10 September, Oceaneye sailboat “Daisy” will cast off for a four-week scientific expedition, in three stages of eight to ten days, and with stop-overs in Sardinia and Sicily. The expedition objective is to collect microplastic samples in the central Mediterranean Sea to populate our database and expand our plastic pollution map, but not only: it is also a real-life adventure.

Paying guests of all backgrounds are welcome aboard. There are a few spots left! Information (dates, stop-overs, price, programme, registration) is available in French at https://www.oceaneye.ch/oceaneye-repart-en-expedition-en-septembre-2021/.