Upcoming Events

This page lists the events that the Hub is (co)organising or taking part in.

2024 Ocean Decade Conference (Barcelona)


The satellite event ‘Presenting the Transdisciplinary Toolbox for Transformative Ocean Governance’ will take place on 9 April 6 – 7.30pm (Barcelona time) at the World Trade Center in Barcelona. The event is followed by an informal networking gathering with the participants. The Decade Conference will be the first occasion that the Hub presents its Transdisciplinary Toolbox for Transformative Ocean Governance, which the Hub is developing in its capacity as the Decade Implementing Partner. The three-tiered event will consist of: a panel on ocean knowledge integration; a live performance of the multi-award winning production Indlela Yokuphila by the Empatheatre collective, and a conversation on the Hub’s art-based ocean research. A dialogue forum lead by the Hub and the Marine Social Sciences Network (University of Cardiff) will conclude the event.

From the Hub, Elisa Morgera (University of Strathclyde, UK), Nina Rivers (Nelson Mandela University, South Africa/Strathclyde University, UK),  Bolanle Erinosho (University of Derby, UK/University of Cape Coast, Ghana), early-career researcher Elsemi Olwage (University of Namibia, Namibia), Dylan McGarry (Rhodes University, South Africa), Mpume Mthombeni (Empatheatre, South Africa), early-career researcher Lysa Wini (University of Strathclyde, UK) and early-career researcher Milica Prokic (University of Strathclyde, UK) will be delivering this event’s program.

The session will cover the themes of empathy, fluidity of knowledge, inclusivity of local traditional ways of knowing the ocean, the divine science of the coastal peoples, as well as transdisciplinary research as Indigenous wisdom. We will discuss the rigour needed for iterative co-research, and the importance of the call-and-response approach in ethically and respectfully co-researching with local people.


The Hub researchers from the University of Plymouth will hold a satellite event dedicated to the Challenger 150 program– an ongoing deep sea research program. They will also participate in several other events, including a keynote talk. More details, including the venues and the times, can be found here.



April 10,8.00 -8.45am (Barcelona time) CCIB– Convention Centre (Plaça de Willy Brandt, 11-14, 08019 Barcelona).

The poster presentation will be delivered by Hub’s early-career researcher Nina Rivers, whose work focuses on knowledge integration across the Hub. The posters will be exhibited throughout the duration of the Conference (10 to 12 April 2024) and Nina Rivers and the Hub team will be present to answer questions and exchange ideas.


With the Ocean Literacy Dialogues, the Hub will co-create additional ways for the conference attendees to engage with the ocean: A Social Sculpture focusing on empathy – an interactive session which will take place April 8, 2-2.30pm (Barcelona time), World Trade Center, Barcelona, Main Room.

Hub researcher and co-founder of the Empatheatre collective, Dylan McGarry, will deliver an interactive session “Empathy in the time of Ecological Apartheid: a collaborative imaginative social sculpture”.  The Ocean Literacy Innovation workshop is focused around the question of What do we need to innovate for? What is the obstacle/constraint that brought you to your need for innovation and what possibilities has your innovation proposal created?


8 April,4-5.30pm (Barcelona time), World Trade Center, Barcelona, Main Room.

As part of the workshops a documentary film ‘Mapping for Justice’ produced by the Hub, based on research by the Hub Deputy Director Philile Mbatha in collaboration with the local communities from the Kosi Bay area in South Africa, showcases the Hub’s transdisciplinary practices that brought about changes in ocean governance and decision making. Hub Director Elisa Morgera will introduce the film and facilitate the Q&A with the audience.


9 April,2-3.30pm (Barcelona time), World Trade Center, Barcelona, Main Room.

As part of the Innovating Ocean Literacy Workshop, Dylan McGarry will present a project (co-authored with Anna James) ‘Adjusting the weave of Ocean Literacy to Ocean Fluency in South Africa’.

All the events are open and free for anyone to attend (note that you don’t need to be registered for the Conference to attend the Satellite events). We would be thrilled if you got in touch beforehand to let us know why you are interested in our events, by emailing milica.prokic@strathclyde.ac.uk

More info about the the Hub’s Ocean Decade events here.

Other events:

Experts’ Workshop on Clarifying Norms in Conservation and Human Rights

Hub researcher Maria Ntona (University of Strathclyde, UK) has been invited to attend an Experts’ Workshop on Clarifying Norms in Conservation and Human Rights, scheduled to take place on 9 and 10 April 2024 at New York University in New York City. This meeting is organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) with the support of New York University (NYU).

The objective of the workshop is to discuss and facilitate clarification of the human rights standards applicable to conservation, with a particular focus on the role of Indigenous and civil society organizations. The workshop will gather approximately 35 participants with a wide range of experience and expertise in Indigenous rights, human rights, as well as conservation.

The workshop will also serve as a platform to provide feedback on draft human rights principles, which will be shared with participants prior to the workshop. We will also share a concept note, agenda, and a list of participants in due course.

Workshop: “Children’s rights and the right to a healthy environment – intersections and opportunities” (Oñati)

Hub Director Elisa Morgera and researcher Alana Malinde S. N. Lancaster will contribute to an invitation-only workshop on “Children’s rights and the right to a healthy environment – intersections and opportunities” (11-12 April 2024) at the Oñati International Institute for the Sociology of Law, Spain. The workshop is coordinated by Aoife Daly (University College Cork, UK) and Dina Lupin (University of Southampton, UK), with whom the Hub has already collaborated under the Global Network for Human Rights and the Environment. More information here.

Oral intervention at the Inter-American Court hearing on the request for an advisory
opinion on climate emergency and human rights

Hub researcher, Alana Lancaster (University of the West Indies, Barbados) will deliver an oral intervention on 25th April 2024 at a hearing at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus in Barbados, which has been convened by the Inter-American Court of Human Rights on the request for an advisory opinion on climate emergency and human rights submitted to it by the Republic of Colombia and the Republic of Chile. To coincide with the court hearing, Alana Lancaster will also speak at a webinar organised by the University of the West Indies titled, “Ocean Apart or Charting New Courses? Climate Change Litigation at the International & Regional Level: Perspectives & Prospects for Caribbean Large Ocean States” to be held on 24 April 2024, 18:00 AST. More information about the event will be shared as soon as it is available.

Strathclyde’s Engage week event: From the coast to the ocean depths: Co-developing innovative solutions for sustainable development

Tuesday, 7 May 2024, 11:15 am – 12:45 pm. Registration from 10:45 am. More info here.

This event brings together researchers from law, social sciences, and engineering to share knowledge acquired through research and engagement activities in the context of environmental sustainability, other sustainable development goals (gender, education, health), and ocean-climate nexus.

The speakers will share their innovative and collaborative inter- and transdisciplinary research experiences and best practices from collaborations with non-academic partners in the Global South as well as within the UK. The speakers cover areas such as:

  • human rights-based and arts-based participatory research approaches;
  • gender, environmental and social  justice and blue economy;
  • fair research partnerships for transformative environmental governance;
  • public and environmental health, coastal hazards, protection and resilience;
  • global health, inter-disciplinary research, and ethics in global health.


  • Professor Elisa Morgera (University of Strathclyde)
  • Early-career researcher Aphiwe Moshani (University of Cape Town / University of Strathclyde)
  • Professor Tracey Morse (University of Strathclyde)
  • Dr Bahareh Kamranzad (University of Strathclyde)
  • Early-career researcher Elsemi Olwage (University of Namibia)
  • Professor Jeremy Lauer (University of Strathclyde)

This is an in person event and will be held in the Technology and Innovation Centre, 99 George St, Glasgow.

WWF “Science for Nature” concluding webinar (30 May 2024)

Hub Deputy Director, Philile Mbatha, has been invited to speak at the webinar “Towards a More Inclusive Conservation Science” at 7:00 AM PT/10:00 AM ET. The event is the last webinar of the WWF-US 2024 “Kathryn Fuller Science for Nature Seminar Series: Beyond Inclusive Conservation.” More information about the seminar series is available from here. Register here.

World Biodiversity Forum 2024

The 3rd World Biodiversity Forum 2024 will be held in Davos, Switzerland, from 16-20 June 2024, under the theme is “From Science to Action.” Hub researcher, Lynne Shannon (University of Cape Town, South Africa) is on the Scientific Steering Committee of the Forum and will present on “Transforming ocean decision-making through intuitive interspecies communication” and a poster on “Modelling marine climate-fishery-conservation scenarios in southern Africa.” Hub Director Elisa Morgera will deliver a presentation titled “The Transformative Potential of the Human Right to A Healthy Environment” and it is scheduled to take place on Monday, 17 June 2024 at 09:30 in room Sanada I. Hub researchers Stuart Jeffrey and early-career researcher Lisa McDonald (Glasgow School of Art, UK) together with Elisa Morgera will also present “Undercurrents: Community Art, Indigenous Cultural Heritage and Ocean Governance” on Tuesday, 18 June 2024 at 09:30 in room Sanada I. Please see the full information on the workshop and panel debates at the link provided (here). More information here.

‘Child/Youth-Friendly Climate Justice: Progress and Opportunities’ Conference (Cork)

Hub Director Elisa Morgera will deliver a presentation titled “Children’s climate justice is also about biodiversity, the ocean and the human right to science” at a “Child/youth-friendly climate justice: Progress and Opportunities” conference (30 September-1 October 2024) at University College Cork, Ireland, organized by Prof Aoife Daly.