Black Sea Young Ambassador Programme
Black Sea Young Ambassadors are young early career ocean professionals who come from different backgrounds in marine and maritime research, industry, policy, civil society, and either in educational programmes or in the early stages of their carrier. 17 young ambassadors from 7 Black Sea riparian countries come together with a common vision for productive, healthy, resilient, sustainable, and better-valued Black Sea under the umbrella of Horizon 2020 funded Black Sea CONNECT Coordination and Support Action. Since September 2020, they conduct activities to raise awareness of this unique sea in line with the Black Sea Blue Growth Initiative.
Black Sea Young Ambassadors started their journey by defining national and regional needs and priorities under the umbrella of the Black Sea Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (Black Sea SRIA) with participating in Black Sea SRIA Consultation Meetings in September 2020. Afterward, they have conducted meetings to share their opinions about using and develop tools with blue innovations to make our planet green, our oceans blue for all organisms, and our future to bright, sustainable colors. In the Black Sea Day dedicated event, on 30 October 2020, the Black Sea Young Ambassadors Programme was officially launched by the European Commissioner Mariya Gabriel. In the event, Commissioner Gabriel shared new plans towards increasing support of youth, education, and science. In the event, they had a chance to share their plan for making the Black Sea more visible. They made an emphasis on the missing links in the Black Sea and how to re-connect and create those links for Black Sea.
After the launch of the programme, with the aim of revealing the unknowns of the Black Sea and re-connect missing links between scientists and society; they have been conducting their activities on two fundamental themes: (1) Ocean Engaged Citizens and the Black Sea Identity (2) Multiple Stressors in the Black Sea and Blue Synergy.
In light of these two core concepts, the Young Ambassadors both play an important role in advocating for Blue Growth in the Black Sea and promote the goals of the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda. Black Sea Young Ambassadors give voice to the Black Sea in different channels and events to re-connect missing links and make the best use of the facilities of the new media tools, producing educational videos, social media campaigns, and many more.
Black Sea Young Ambassador Activities
Black Sea Young Ambassadors joined the Virtual Early Career Ocean Professional Day which was a 24 hours live event around the world on June 1-2, for ECOPs to discuss their role and oceans related contributions to the UN Ocean Decade.Our very own Young Ambassadors joined the Ocean and Society session in the VECOP DAY 2021 […]
On 5th of May 2021, as a part of European Maritime Day, one of the Black Sea CONNECT partners GeoEcoMar organized an activity to enrich the children’s knowledge on the unique features of the Black Sea, biodiversity, the negative impact of marine litter, and overfishing. Selma Menabit, The Black Sea Young Ambassador from Romania, was one […]
Black Sea Young Ambassadors are now on social media to raise awareness of the uniqueness of the Black Sea and its challenges and advocate for healthy oceans and seas worldwide.17 Black Sea Young Ambassadors, each from 7 different Black Sea countries, have shared their stories of being connected to the Black Sea, expressed their academic […]
Black Tea Time Talks are monthly meetings with the Black Sea Young Ambassadors, in which one inspirational speech will be taking part to get in accordance with the research that has been conducted in the Black Sea, science communication, and more.The first meeting took place on the 12th of March for which the METU Coordination […]