Moderators + Rapporteurs

The title of the SSC meeting is ‘Creative Science for a Sustainable Ocean’. Each day of the meeting is focused under a different theme:

  • Day 1 – Monday 3 April – Towards a Stronger Global Program
  • Day 2 – Tuesday 4 April – IMBeR’s Legacy and Science Strategy
  • Day 3 – Wednesday 5 April – Future: Post 2025 IMBeR and Ocean Sustainability

While each day and the sessions within each day are somewhat self-contained, they also feed into future sessions and future days. The agenda is designed so that the outputs, actions, and decisions listed in a specific session will include information generated from previous sessions and days. In addition, Alice Newton’s presentation ‘From IMBeR’s Legacy to its Future’ in the mini-symposium on Day 3 will be informed by the discussions and presentations in Days 1 and 2. The Moderators and Rapporteurs have important roles to make sure we achieve these objectives.


Moderators will introduce presenters, breakout groups, and other elements of their sessions, direct questions, and guide the discussions to address the outputs, actions, and decisions listed.


The goal of the rapporteur is NOT to take all of the notes from each session – this will be done by IPO staff. The goal of the rapporteurs is to take only the key information that will be useful for the outputs, decisions, and actions listed within their session and also for those listed in future sessions, as well as key information for Alice Newton’s ‘From IMBeR’s Legacy to its Future’ presentation. It is therefore important to be familiar with what all of these are, and not just those for the specific session for which a rapporteur is tasked.

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Outputs, Actions, Decisions

The presentations, discussions, etc, are designed to address certain outputs:
Output 1: (a) A strategy including new topic, goals or unresolved ocean science questions to produce synthesis (and/or other products) of each Grand Challenge and also connecting Grand Challenges, and (b) A plan how to organise this
Output 1 Action 1: To build a new database or information, write a common publication, or make some other product.
Output 2 Step 1: Short report about topics which can be approached in synergy between the different regional programmes, some ideas of how to achieve this in the short term (within the next two years), some ideas for the long term (IMBeR post-2025).
Output 2 Step 2: List of ideas of new products and/or publications cutting across Regional Programmes and working Groups, and creation of a small group to lead this and undertake
Output 2 Action 2: Organise and formulate a working strategy to lead to the production of a new product or a cross-cutting publication (define goals, key topics, ocean region or global, framework, steps, deadline)

Output 3: Background: ‘Ten Facts about Land Systems for Sustainability’ (PNAS articleBrochure | Website) was produced by the Global Land Program (a sister Future Earth GRN to IMBeR). The goal is for IMBeR to generate an ocean equivalent following the ’10 Land Facts’ process. Output 3 will start this process.

Output 3 Step 1: A draft describing the main topics and the strategy to write a scientific publication addressing the 10 facts (or more?) about ocean sustainability
Output 3 Step 2: Define the product (booklet or other) and define the strategy, including financial support to both produce and broadcast to a wide audience, who will need to understand the global ocean and be broadcast in different languages and understandable for different cultures
Output 3 Decision 1: Creation of a group, financially supported by IMBeR – SCOR to work on the ‘Ten (10) Facts about Ocean Systems for Sustainability’
Output 3 Action 3: The ’10 Facts’ group start meeting and preparing the publication and booklet strategy (add to the agenda)
Output 4: Background: The goal here will be to work together on the proposal of a group working on a common theme or Question to be explored in a cross-cutting way between the different components and regions explored in IMBeR. This discussion should lead to a concrete proposal for the synthesis of publication, report, pooling of data or any other proposal in the direction of allowing to contribute to the legacy of IMBeR.
Output 4 Step 1: A draft of a pre-proposal to be submitted as a new WG to SCOR
Output 4 Step 2: Report of the plenary brainstorming about the new cross-cutting IMBeR WG Group
Output 4 Action 4: First step of the new working group and the deadline, financially supported by IMBeR?
Output 5: Science Strategy Team: how to reinvigorate this Group – schedule for near future (2023-2025) and IMBeR 3.0 (beyond the current IMBeR 2025).
Output 5 Step 1: Objectives for a Science Strategy Team
Output 5 Step 2: Implementation of a Science Strategy Team
Output 5 Decision 2: Creation of the new-Science Strategy Team for the Future
Output 5 Action 5: Create Terms of Reference for the Science Strategy Team
Output 6: Identify key marine science and biosphere research topics for the future
Output 7 Step 1: Text proposing a strategy to gather input from the broader ocean science community (going beyond current IMBeR email contacts) to call for reflection around scientific themes to be prioritized after IMBeR 2025
Output 7 Decision 3: Launch the call to the broad community for reflection for a post IMBeR 2025.
Output 7 Step 2: Feedback, goal, title, and themes for main session to the Open Science Conference Future Oceans 3s