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Ocean science is under great pressure to be both scientifically excellent, and relevant to industry, and relevant to the future of the planet. Does evaluation help or hinder ocean science to tackle climate change?



This part of the project includes a first collection of key documents, complemented by reflections on ocean science and science policy in popular science magazines and major newspapers. We will organise a 3-day conceptual workshop, and a two-day conference with key representatives of marine institutes in Europe.

Aurelia Jellyfish


We will develop an historical epistemology of ocean science by way of network analysis of the networks of actors and institutions which were involved in the development of the field in the past three decades as well as a historiography of the field, thereby connecting epistemic and organisational trends.

Paint Abstract Blue


We will describe how policy discourses and practices are shaped in EU and national policy contexts with respect to the role of ocean science in and for society, by studying the science policy - ocean science interface.



This part of the project is divided in two phases. First, we will study the institutional architecture of the marine institutions of 6 EU countries by means of document analysis and a mapping of the institutional field and history. Second, we will undertake participant observation at marine institutions in three different national contexts.

Plastic Bag in Ocean


In the final part of the project, we review and synthesize the finding. The aim is to gain new conceptual insight into the dynamics that occur when academic knowledge creation becomes (even more) subject to multiple –sometimes competing - valuation registers.

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