As part of the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance twenty-three Youth Ambassadors from countries connected to the Atlantic Ocean participated in a Summer School at the Marine Institute, Galway from Friday 23rd to Tuesday 27th August 2019.
The All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador Programme was developed under the framework of the Galway and Belém Statements on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation to promote All-Atlantic research and innovation cooperation. The inaugural Summer School was designed to equip Youth Ambassadors with the knowledge and skills to become actors for change for the Atlantic Ocean.
Youth Ambassadors from Ireland, Iceland, Canada, United States of America, Germany, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, United Kingdom, South Africa, Brazil Argentina and Cabo Verde took part in the programme developed by the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA).
MOSES researcher Dr Stephen Hynes met with the Youth Ambassadors on Saturday 24th August and gave a talk on valuing the ocean economy and discussed with the delegates the work being undertaken by the MOSES project on best practices to ensure sustainable growth for marine industries. After completing the Summer School, the Youth Ambassadors were assigned a project partner and tasked with developing campaigns and actions to address the sustainability challenges faced by the Atlantic Ocean. They will pitch their achievements at the All Atlantic Forum in 2020.