The Sea Change project aims to establish a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by empowering them, as Ocean Literate citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean and seas, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet.

Key objectives of Sea Change are to:

  • Compile an in-depth review of the links between Seas and Ocean and Human health based on latest research knowledge outputs
  • Build upon the latest social research on citizen and stakeholder attitudes, perceptions and values to help design and implement successful mobilisation activities focused on education, community, governance actors and directly targeted at citizens
  • Build upon significant work to date, adopting best practice and embedding Ocean Literacy across established strategic initiatives and networks in order to help maximise impact and ensure sustainability
  • Ensure that efforts to sustain an Ocean Literate society in Europe continue beyond the life of Sea Change through codes of good practice, public campaigns and other ongoing community activities
  • Ensure that all activities of Sea Change are carefully monitored and evaluated to ensure maximum sustainability, effectiveness and efficiency
  • Ensure Knowledge exchange with transatlantic partners to bring about a global approach to protecting the planet’s shared seas and ocean.

The objectives will be achieved by a closely interlinked programme. Sea Change includes a mobilisation phase engaging with citizens, formal education and policy actors. Crucially, the legacy of Sea Change, including continuing knowledge sharing with North America, are embedded within the project.



From A B Cs to A B Seas

Experienced educators, tutors, professors and researchers from the Sea Change project have developed a novel Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) with the aim to create a deeper understanding amongst European citizens of how our health depends on the health of our seas and ocean, and to create a community of teachers and educators interested in the ocean. The course will be launched on 7 November 2016 on the European Multiple MOOC Aggregator (EMMA). The course will provide support and advice for teachers and educators to incorporate the Ocean Literacy into educational programmes, sharing activities and lesson plans developed by experts in the field of Marine Education. Click here for the course flyer ….


Take Action – Make a Sea Change

Even by making a small change in your everyday life, you can achieve big results in helping to protect the ocean. The Sea Change campaign provides tips and useful resources on what you can do to make a difference. This campaign is based on the latest scientific evidence with input from scientists and educators from a range of disciplines.
Make a sea change today and pledge to protect the ocean at the following link:



You can help to spread the word about the ocean’s life-giving vitality by sharing Sea Change’s video, which highlights the ocean’s contribution to the oxygen we breathe:

Our Ocean Our Oxygen from Sea Change Project on Vimeo.

Funded by

EU Flag SMThis 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 Partners

The Sea Change consortium consists of 17 partners from nine different countries, coordinated by the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. This consortium, which comprises nine public research organisations, one SME, five non profit organisations and two higher education institutions, brings together selected experts to collectively provide the knowledge, competence, skills and facilities needed for ensuring a good project development, the achievement of project objectives and the successful delivery of project results.

The full list of partners as well as the members of the international advisory group are listed on the Sea Change website.

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