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An Ocean of Opportunities - The Professor Mario Ruivo Prize
by Eurocean Foundation (Non-governmental organization (NGO))
This Prize intends to raise public awareness of the importance of the Ocean and Ocean related services to Humankind. The prize is entitled "Professor Mario Ruivo Prize" as a tribute to the first President (2002 -2008) of EurOcean, and former Secretary of IOC (1980-1989) and as recognition of his work as a pioneer on the sciences of the sea and marine research at national, European, and international level.

The Prize asks young people to confront the challenges facing us and to envisage new and innovative solutions that will support sustainable use of the Ocean for many generations to come. Such solutions might involve looking for new ways to break down negative preconceptions with respect to the ocean, new ways of engaging citizens to care and take action with respect to climate change, a new technological invention that could revolutionize the way we interact with our ocean environment. The challenge is really to dream, and to dream big This can be achieved by designing a novel research project, implementing a community scheme, investigating a topical subject through the popular media, etc. that supports the Blue Society Principles (see www.bluesociety.org) and is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals. The prize strongly supports the implementation of SDG 14 and responds to the call to action in particular in relation to raising awareness of the natural and cultural significance of the ocean and the promotion of ocean literacy and a culture of conservation, restoration and sustainable use of our ocean.

Eurocean will conceive, define and oversee implementation of the competition and, through its Members will also team with a number of strategic partners to launch each edition which will focus on a specific theme, and once opened teams of young people can apply to participate. A jury, selected from Eurocean Members, will evaluate the entries and a winner will be selected. The competition builds on two previous additions which were held in 2012 and 2016.
Progress reports
By 2020, sustainably manage and protect marine and coastal ecosystems to avoid significant adverse impacts, including by strengthening their resilience, and take action for their restoration in order to achieve healthy and productive oceans
Type of commitment
  • Integrated Coastal Management
  • Other (please specify): ocean literacy
Increase scientific knowledge, develop research capacity and transfer marine technology, taking into account the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission Criteria and Guidelines on the Transfer of Marine Technology, in order to improve ocean health and to enhance the contribution of marine biodiversity to the development of developing countries, in particular small island developing States and least developed countries
Type of commitment
  • Training and professional development
  • Other (please specify): ocean literacy
Professor Mario Ruivo prize awarded
Professor Mario Ruivo prize awarded
Financing (in USD)
10,000 USD
Staff / Technical expertise
Co-ordination and implementation by EurOcean staff
Basic information
Time-frame: 01/2018 - 12/2022
Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ - Scientific Community), Belgium; French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer - Scientific Community), France ; Nausica National Sea Centre (Nausica- NGO), France; Irish Marine Institute (Scientific Community), Ireland; National Research Council (CNR - Government), Italy; Institute of Marine Research (IMR- Scientific Community), Norway; Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IOPAN - Scientific Community), Poland; Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) , Portugal; Azores Regional Fund for Science and Technology (FRCT - Governement), Portugal; National Institute for Research and Development of Marine Geology and Geoecology (GeoEcoMar - Scientific Community), Romania; Spanish Institute of Oceanography (IEO - Scientific Community), Spain ; SUBMARINER Network, (Partnership) Germany.
Ocean Basins
  • Global
Beneficiary countries
Other beneficaries
Contact information
Ned Dwyer, Executive-Director, ned.dwyer@eurocean.org, +351 21 392 4486
Lisbon, Portugal
Other SDGs
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