Sea Change

Sea Change addresses the challenge of raising European citizens’ awareness of the intrinsic links between the ocean and human health.

Europe cannot achieve sustainable exploitation of marine resources and maintain a healthy ocean unless its citizens understand the full extent of the medical, economic, social, political and environmental importance of the sea to Europe and how our behaviour can have an impact on marine ecosystems. By developing “Ocean Literacy” (an understanding of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean) in Europe, Sea Change aims to foster responsible behaviour of citizens towards the seas and ocean and their resources.


The project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 652644.


  • Ocean literacy
  • education
  • public awareness
  • sea heath
  • networks
  • teachers
  • Dissemination

List of project partners

Marine Biological Association of the UK

Centre for Environmental Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS)


National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG)

University of Gothenburg (UGOT)

Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)

European Marine Board (EMB)

European Association of Geographers (EUROGEO)

Technical University of Denmark (DTU-AQUA)

Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental (CIIMAR )


World Ocean Network

Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)

SUBMON / Marine Environmental Platform



Practical guide or toolkit

By encouraging a better understanding of the inextricable connection between us and the ocean, the Sea Change project aims to create ocean-literate citizens that feel empowered to adopt environmentally conscious behaviours and protect the precious resources the ocean provides for us all.

Education & learning, Topics in science
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Practical guide or toolkit, Website

Improving the understanding of environmental issues, participation in decision-making processes and bringing about behavioral changes in relation to our relationship with the Ocean – those are the underlying objectives of a new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) which launches on November 7th.

Education & learning, Topics in science
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