IOLN Members meeting: Innovation and the Ocean.

Members meeting 29/11/2019


IOLN Members meeting: Innovation and the Ocean. Inspirational Talks, Members Flash Presentations, Networking Time, Mini-Workshops
About this Event
Join us for the next IOLN Members meeting on the 29th of November in Dublin Zoo.

This meeting, which will be held in the Learning and Discovery Centre in the Zoo will include....
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About this Event

Join us for the next IOLN Members meeting on the 29th of November in Dublin Zoo.

This meeting, which will be held in the Learning and Discovery Centre in the Zoo will include:

– Inspirational Talks on Innovation and the Ocean

– Members Flash Presentations (5 Slides/ 5 Minutes Max)

– Networking Time

-Mini Workshops


10.00 Welcome and Tea/ Coffee   Discover and Learning Centre Dublin Zoo
10.30 Declan Clarke Zoan BioMed Declan Clarke is co-founder of the Hatchery of Ideas, who have launched some truly innovative companies.
In 2016 Declan set up Zoan BioMed, specialising in medical-grade coral material for bone healing and repair.
Zoan’s sustainably reared coral self-assemble mineral rich and integrally strong structures, and do so to a natural blueprint. This blueprint mirrors that of human bone making the coral ideal as a bone grafting material.

The biomemitic capabilities of the technology platform, to bio-engineer a self-assembly process, are truly exciting.
Zoan BioMed was awarded Emerging MedTech Company of the Year, 2017 by the Irish MedTech Association and chosen as a Best Emerging New Businesses in the SFA Business Awards 2018.  
11.00 Members Flash Presentations (5 mins per speaker)     Margaret Rae- Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance   John Joyce – Spindrift Press   Dave Wall – National Biodiversity Data Centre
11.30 Eimear Manning Atlantic Youth Ambassador Eimear Manning is one of Ireland’s first All Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors who was selected by the National Youth Council of Ireland, in association with the Marine Institute this year, through the EU Horizon 2020 AORA Support Action. Eimear is one of 23 Youth Ambassadors who were selected from countries that are connected to the Atlantic Ocean  who will take part in a programme put together by AORA – Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.   Eimear completed a Masters in Marine Sustainability in 2015, and uses her expertise gained during this research to travel to Miami, Florida each summer to catch, tag, collect data from, and release sharks and stingrays for on-going projects in the University of Miami and the Coastal Carolina University.   In Ireland and is currently working in environmental education, presenting workshops nationwide to schools, businesses, corporations, and communities on marine sustainability, plastic pollution and water consumption.   #MyAtlanticStory #GoAtlanticBlue  
12.00 Members Flash Presentations   Members slots available (5 slides/  5 mins max per speaker)
12.20 Annette Wilson ATLAS Project AquaTT Project Officer The ATLAS project creates a dynamic new partnership between multinational industries, SMEs, governments and academia to assess the Atlantic’s deep-sea ecosystems and Marine Genetic Resources to create the integrated and adaptive planning products needed for sustainable Blue Growth.   A Horizon2020 project, ATLAS not only uses trans-Atlantic oceanographic arrays to understand and predict future change in living marine resources, but enhances their capacity with new sensors to make measurements directly relevant to ecosystem function.   Annette Wilson is a project officer from AquaTT, who are the leader of Work Package 9 ‘Dissemination, Knowledge Transfer and Outreach’. The concept behind WP9 is that effective external communication, dissemination and optimal knowledge transfer of ATLAS must lead to the widest exploitation of its research outputs: these should include contributing to the Atlantic Action Plan initiatives on Ocean Literacy and further support development of the European Research Area and the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.
12.50 GROUP PHOTO before lunch  
1.00 Lunch  
2.00 Parallel Sessions – Micro- Workshops  
2.00-2.40 CREW Engagement Skills     Adam Senior- Managing Director of CREW Training.   Adam began his career as a curator’s assistant at Gunnersbury Park Museum. Realising the potential to reach schools and the local community he developed a vibrant income generating education service for the museum.   Then, branching out on his own Adam created CREW Schools (outreach programme) and CREW training which now provides training and development solutions to help museums, zoos and service businesses to engage their customers/visitors more effectively.   CREW now work with a wide range of clients to develop effective engagement/communication solutions and training programmes at every point of customer/ visitor contact.   Adam will deliver a introduction to CREW training engagement techniqques and skills, that could be used by IOLN members when engaging with other stakeholders and the public.   #makingafifferencetogether   European Maritime Day Workshop  
The European Maritime Day (EMD) Conference and Expo is the annual two-day event during which Europe’s maritime community meet to network, discuss and forge joint action on maritime affairs and sustainable blue economy.    It will take place in Cork this year between the 14th and 15th of May.   Stakeholders’ workshops are at the core of the conference. Each workshop lasts 1.5 hours and for 2020, the EMD panel are planning to host 20 high-quality workshops (four slots with 5 workshops running in parallel).    Workshop organisers design and manage their own workshop.    The IOLN plan to submit an application for ocean literacy, maritime skills and people workshop by the deadline on the 3rd of December.   Join us at the workshop to review the draft application and feed into making this IOLN application to make it as inclusive of all members as possible.   #WeAreIslanders  
2.40-3.20 European Maritime Day Workshop   CREW Engagement Skills  
3.30 Closing Session – select a date and venue for the next IOLN members meeting  
4.00 Zoo Closes  
4.30 Networking at Ashling Hotel  if Members are interested.  

If you are not an IOLN member but would like to attend please contact us on

Please let us know if you have any special access or dietary requirements for the day by emailing

Written by IOLN admins

The Irish Ocean Literacy Network (IOLN) aims to bring together relevant institutes, agencies, researchers, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), non-governmental organisations (NGOs), individuals and educators who are working towards the vision of “achieving an ocean literate society across the island of Ireland”.

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