Sea Change

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (H2020-BG-2014-1) under grant agreement No. 652644.

Project Summary

Sea Change is an EU Horizon 2020-funded project focused on Ocean Literacy, defined as understanding the ocean’s influence on you and your influence on the ocean. 

The European Marine Board (EMB) – hosted and administered by Science Connect (ESF) - holds a place on the Sea Change steering group and leads one of nine project work packages.

The goal of the project is to raise European citizens’ awareness of the links between ocean and human health and to empower us, as Ocean Literate citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean and seas, healthy communities, and ultimately a healthy planet. 

Using the concept of Ocean Literacy, Sea Change will create a deeper understanding among European citizens of how their health depends on the health of our seas and ocean. 

Building on the latest social research around citizen and stakeholder attitudes, perceptions and values, the Sea Change partnership will design and implement mobilisation activities focused on education, community, governance actors and directly targeted at citizens. 

These actions will subsequently be assessed for their effectiveness which, in turn, will allow the project to improve its techniques.

Project Consortium

Coordinated by the Marine Biological Association, UK, the project consortium comprises 17 European and international organizations and includes an international advisory group of North American and European experts, ensuring strong transatlantic cooperation throughout the project. 

Sea Change Consortium


Role of ESF - EMB

The European Marine Board (EMB) is a member of the Sea Change steering group. The EMB leads one of nine project work packages, with a focus on reviewing aspects of Ocean Literacy and providing dynamic communication materials to be used throughout the project. The EMB is also strongly involved in a governance work package. 

Timeline & Funding

Sea Change operates with European Commission support under Horizon 2020 (Blue Growth-13-2014 - Ocean literacy – Engaging with society – Social Innovation) (Project # 652644) It is a three-year project (March 2015-2018) with a total budget of €3.5M.

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