【Event Information】International Symposium of Ocean Education

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Purpose of the Symposium

In the wake of the current global climate change and biodiversity crisis, there is a growing awareness that we need to take our global environment seriously.

Protecting the ocean/marine environment is one major global environmental issue we are facing, as humanity is inextricably linked to the ocean. Ocean education is necessary in order to make our society and economy more environmentally friendly, more sustainable, and more in harmony with nature.

It is imperative that we educate ourselves, become more aware, and take action to protect the health of the planet and ensure the well-being of all people within its natural limits. The International Symposium on Ocean Education aims to bring together countries’ commitments to address climate change and other sustainability challenges through ocean education.

The symposium will provide an opportunity for communication among a wide range of participants, including teachers, researchers, and citizens who are interested in ocean education and who are working with students from Japan and overseas, transcending regional and national boundaries. We hope that this symposium will create a place for learning to think about the future of the ocean.

We sincerely look forward to your participation.



【Theme】 “The Role of Ocean Education for Sustainable Earth”

【Date & Time】15:00-19:00(JST), Sunday, December 5, 2021

Sponsored by Center for Ocean Literacy and Education (COLE), Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo, The Nippon Foundation
Supported by Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology,
Japanese National Commission for UNESCO,

【Venue】 Online (Zoom)

【Language】 English (Translation to Japanese)

【Registration Fee】Free

【Special website】https://www2.issjp.com/isoe2021/



Japanese National Commission for UNESCO (JNCU)
Mr. Yasushi Taguchi (Secretary General of JNCU)


・“An Idea of Ocean Education in Japan: Conviviality of Humans and Nature”
          Prof. Satoshi Tanaka(Center for Ocean Literacy and Education (COLE), Graduate School of  Education,       
                                                                                                                                    The University of Tokyo)

・“Contributions of Ocean Education to UN Decade of Ocean Science”
            Prof. Yutaka Michida(International Coastal Research Center, Atmosphere and Ocean Research Institute,                                                                                                                                           The University of Tokyo)

(3)International Showcase of Ocean Education

Hawaii, USA(Pacific Ocean)
“Ocean Education in Hawai‘i: A Case Study of an Intertidal Monitoring Citizen Science Project”
                         Dr. Joanna Philippoff (University of Hawaii at Manoa)

France (Atlantic Ocean)
“Education and Oceans: building up knowledge and the capacity to act in society”
                  Mr. Lionel Poiraudeau (Former UNESCO Associated School coordinator)

Indonesia (Indian Ocean)
“Living Harmony with the Ocean, Lessons learned after Indian Ocean Tsunami in Aceh province Indonesia”
                              Dr. Muzailin Affan (Syiah Kuala University)

Australia(South Pacific)
“Australian Marine Education: Wide range of activities across formal, non-formal and informal education sectors, achievements, and challenges”
                                   Dr. Fumiko Noguchi(Unitied Nation University -IAS)

South Korea(East Asia)
“Toward More Ocean Literate Society in Korea”
                  Ms. Shin, Chun Hee (Korea Research Council of Maritime Education)

“The Challenges and Opportunities of Local Ocean Education”
                       Mr. Go Kobayashi(Marine Environment Office, Ministry of the Environment)

“An Attempt to Disseminate Ocean Education in Japan -Ocean Education Pioneer School Program–”
                                   Dr. Hide Skaguchi (OPRI of Sasakawa Peace Foundation)

(4)Panel Discussion

”What shall we do for Sustainable Earth through Ocean Education beyond National Boundaries”

・Panelists: Speakers of Showcase of each country
・Coordinater: Prof. Hajime Kayane(Center for Ocean Literacy and Education (COLE))

(5)Closing Remarks

Mr. Takehiro Umemura(The Nippon Foundation)



Please register in advance.


23:59(JST), Friday, December 3, 2021


Center for Ocean Literacy and Education (COLE),Graduate School of Education, The University of Tokyo
E-mail: taka02@p.u-tokyo.ac.jp