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Common FP7 marine project workshop


 Our respective FP7 projects seek and are required to be informed by user's requirements. Understanding requirements of users can be a difficult task as potential users have been asked to respond to many questionnaires on their needs or to participate in a number of workshops. OSS2015 see some benefits in mutualising our efforts with other FP7 projects to obtain a better evidence base on users' needs. This workshop is an opportunity to explore the complementarities between our needs and the synergies in taking forward our respective work programme.

A way to explore what user's needs may be to start with identifying issues faced by the sectors of activity dependent on the ocean (e.g. fisheries) or affected by features of the coastal see (e.g. public health) and take stock of the existing evidence – and draw insights on their needs. Then we can try to ascertain how our various work programmes may address the issues of these sectors of activity in part or in full and in the immediate or in a long future. We propose to adopt this approach in this workshop with Frontier Economics, who in the OSS2015 is working on evaluating the socio-economic impacts of our project.


Goals of the workshop

The workshop seeks to

  1. Establish the current understanding of what users require in terms of biogeochemical products;
  2. Establish what available evidence on such needs is;
  3. Establish how best to gather additional evidence/info on users' requirements
  4. Establish the contribution that each project is aiming to make to the development of products/ services/ applications that will respond to the identified/ prospective user needs
  5. Explore the scope for working together looking forward

The goal of this workshop is to bring together a number of (FP7) projects working on biological and chemical aspects of the ocean to investigate where complementarities exist and synergies may take place in terms of products being generated and service offering. Socioeconomic benefits of these services will also be explored. Moreover, key national and European user agencies are invited to attend to provide their experiences and needs with regard to ocean biogeochemical products and services.


Benefits for participants

  • Understand the range of activities in the area of ocean biogeochemistry
  • Explore where complementarities exist between projects
  • Provide an opportunity for synergies between projects
  • Understand and share understanding of user needs at a national and international level (institutional, industrial, educational and more) 

Expected Outcomes

  • An improved understanding of the goals of respective projects
  • Clearly identified opportunities for synergies or collaboration
  • Identified potential socio-economic benefits of the services
  • Public- and private sector user needs: inter-project knowledge exchange.









10:00 - 10:15

·         Welcome and introduction to the day

·         Objectives of the workshop


ARGANS (S. Bullard and K. Barker)

10:15 - 11:45

Topic 1: Overview of FP7 projects


Presentations by  each FP7 project (15 mn each each: ~10 mn on the project, ~5 min on the users)

·         Core focus of your project

o   Context

o   Scope of activities: planning and achievements already reached

o   Which products and services?

·         Who are the sectors of activity and the potential users

ACRI-ST (A. Mangin)

11:45 - 12:30

Topic 2: Roundtable discussion focused on users’ needs and requirements

·         How users consider their involvement in (these) FP7 projects

·         How did they express their need? (if they did…)

·         What is their level of satisfaction, in terms of : products that meet their expectations, quality of services proposed (if any), do they feel heard?

·         What needs to be improved?

·         AOB

DOMMRS (J. Maguire)

12:30 - 13:30



13:30 - 14:00

Presentation of the approach followed by OSS2015 in terms of socio-economic study

FRONTIER (I. Carslake)

14:00 - 15:30

Topic 3: How FP7 projects plan to deliver in terms of user’s needs


Presentations by  each FP7 project (5 mn each each):

·         How the users’ needs have been collected?

·         What type of iterations do you have with the users?

·         What are the user’s needs already identified? (if publicly available)

·         How do the projects plan to deliver in terms of user’s needs?

·         What are the known gaps? How far are you from a product/ application for intermediate or downstream users?

14:45 – 15:30 Roundtable discussion

·         What are the production steps necessary to develop your applications?

·         How each FP7 project can contribute to these various steps?


Irish Marine Institute (G. Nolan)

15:30 - 16:00

Topic 4: Complementarities and synergies



·         How the FP7 projects can complement each other to fill the gaps?

·         Where can FP7 mutualise their efforts in relation to users needs and product gaps?

ACRI-ST and UCC (A. Mangin and N. Dwyer)

16:00 - 16:30

Conclusions and way forward

ARGANS (S. Bullard and K. Barker)




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