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
Based on the rounds of training they received, Black Sea Young Ambassadors conducted bottom-up outreach activities in their local communities. Romania: Selma Menabit of Geoecomar organized an campaign including two events; Black Sea Journey Event 1: “Youth Power – Towards a healthy Black Sea”, Event 2: “Discovering together the beauties of the Black Sea”. She […]
Photo Contest: “Visual Storytelling of The Black Sea: Different Shores, Different Reflections, and One Sea” Winners’ Announcement!
Visual Storytelling of The Black Sea: Different Shores, Different Reflections and One Black Sea is a virtual photo contest organized as a part of the Black Sea Young Ambassador awareness-raising campaigns developed under the umbrella of Horizon 2020-funded Black Sea CONNECT Coordination and Support Action. The competition received photographs from a great number of professional and […]
Visual Storytelling of The Black Sea: Different Shores, Different Reflections and One Black Sea is a virtual photo contest organized as a part of the Black Sea Young Ambassador awareness-raising campaigns developed under the umbrella of Horizon 2020-funded Black Sea CONNECT Coordination and Support Action. We kindly invite all professional and non-professional photographers, of all […]
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Awareness-raising Campaign Development Workshop for Black Sea Young Ambassadors was held online on February 1, 2022.In the workshop arranged in cooperation with The European Science Communication Institute (ESCI) and Minerva Communications, the primary goal was to nourish Black Sea Young Ambassadors with necessary theoretical and practical gains to develop campaigns and drive change in their […]