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27 November 2020 Press release

1st Colloquium on "Human Health and the Ocean in a Changing World," 2-3 December 2020


The first International Symposium on "HUMAN HEALTH AND THE OCEAN IN A CHANGING WORLD," organised jointly by Boston College, Monaco Scientific Centre and the Prince Albert II Foundation, on the subject of the links between human health and the oceans, will be held on 2 and 3 December in Monaco.

Following its postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and given the current global health situation, this first event, held under the High Patronage of H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince, will take place on two afternoons, physically at "One Monte-Carlo" and by video conference.

The interactions between the ocean and human health are numerous, complex and yet largely unknown to the general public, interested parties and the scientific community, but the future of tomorrow's oceans will largely determine the health and well-being of all.

The programme will be based on three sessions, covering the following topics :

  • The risks that the oceans can pose to human health, particularly those caused by climate change (the warming of seawater, extreme weather events, etc.).
  • The benefits that the oceans can bring, especially with regard to food, molecules of pharmacological interest extracted from the seabed, and the positive effects on health and well-being produced by contact with marine places, known as "blue health."
  • The entire day of 3 December will be devoted to a major theme - the effects of ocean pollution on human health.

Twelve brief presentations (physical or virtual) by renowned international speakers will alternate with 12 short papers selected by the Symposium's Scientific Committee from the 95 scientific papers submitted by researchers in the various fields addressed.

The event will begin on 2 December at 2 p.m. and will end on 3 December at 6 p.m. with the Final Report and "Monaco's Declaration."

You can find out more about the Scientific Committee, the list of Speakers and the Conference Programme on the Symposium's web site:  http://www.oceanhealthmonaco.org/

Press contact, accreditation and interview requests:  Thierry Apparu (thierry@tapcommunication.com)

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