Bring your ocean data questions to the Ocean Data Sharing Helpdesk!

Will you be attending the 2024 Ocean Decade Conference? Do you encounter any data-sharing-related challenge? Visit us at Booth number 10 to learn more and support this Ocean Data Sharing initiative! If you are not available to visit the booth, you may also utilise our “Ask a Question” form both before and during the event, (or anytime!). One of our experts will follow up with you!


On 10-12 April 2024, the global Ocean community will convene in Barcelona, Spain, to commemorate three years since the start of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). Under the theme ‘Delivering the Science We Need for the Ocean We Want’, the 2024 Ocean Decade Conference will unite the Ocean Decade community and partners to celebrate achievements and chart the course towards 2030 and beyond.

Embracing the principles of solutions-oriented, transformative ocean science, the Ocean Decade Conference aims to foster inclusive and equitable co-design and co-delivery processes. Attendees will have the opportunity to showcase innovative science solutions and engage in dialogue across the science-policy-society interface. From government officials to leaders in maritime sectors, philanthropy, academia, private sector, NGOs and more, this global forum will catalyse new partnerships and collaborations.

A key outcome of the Conference will be the publication of white papers addressing the 10 Ocean Decade Challenges, identifying future priorities to address pressing global issues such as climate change, food security, biodiversity conservation, and sustainable ocean economy.

Ocean Data Sharing DCO and Helpdesk

The Ocean Data Sharing DCO, will be participating in the conference, in its role to support the implementation of the Decade’s Data and Information Strategy towards establishing a global digital ecosystem, and contributing to achieving Challenge 8: ‘Create a digital representation of the Ocean’.  

In addition to taking part in the main session on ‘Science and Solutions for a Safe and Predicted Ocean’, which will cover Decade Challenges 6, 7 and 8 – Observations, Data, and Forecasting/ Early Warning Systems, an Ocean Data Sharing Helpdesk will be set up throughout the three-day official conference at the Barcelona International Convention Centre. Led by the IOC-UNESCO, IODE, and the Ocean Data Sharing DCO, in collaboration with OBISODISOTGA, Seabed 2030, and the Data Coordination Group (DCG) and Data Strategy Implementation Group (DSIG), this helpdesk aims to offer guidance and assistance on data-sharing needs and challenges. Interactive demos delivered at the Booth across the three days of the conference will showcase existing programmes and initiatives relevant to ocean data and information, providing opportunities to meet some of the ocean (data) experts. The demo schedule will soon be available on our website. Stay tuned for the latest updates regarding the Data Sharing Helpdesk!

We look forward to meeting you in Barcelona!