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Sea Change

Sea Change addressed 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. Sea Change aimed to foster responsible behaviour of citizens towards the seas and ocean and their resources, by developing “Ocean Literacy” (an understanding of the ocean’s influence on us and our influence on the ocean) in Europe. 


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




Sea Change project challenged six science centres and aquaria to experiment with delivering ocean knowledge by working in a co-creative approach with audiences which have great environmental knowledge that is often under-explored and under-used - senior citizens and water sports enthusiasts. The inter-generational and inter-disciplinary events delivered as a result, as well as lessons learned using innovative social and behavioural methodologies for co-creation are captured in a handy, highly visual report.

Education & learning
Practical guide or toolkit
Sea Change - Increasing Ocean Literacy - Facts about the Sea

Learning materials and a wealth of resources and activities highlighting the inter-connectedness that exists between human health and well-being and the health of the seas and ocean

Education & learning, Topics in science
marine science, sea change, ocean health, #ouroceanourhealth
Material for workshops and exhibitions
The “500 years of Ocean change” infographic on display at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, 3 June 2017. Photo courtesy of the National Oceanography Centre.

Suitable for printing in large formats on foldable materials, this visual tool can serve as a centrepiece at your event or exhibition about the ocean, helping audiences visualise 500 years of ocean change

Education & learning
sea change, ocean, Magellan, infographic
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
#seachange, #oceanliteracy, #sea, #ocean, #environment, #scienceeducation
Book or article
Cover page, Harmful Algal Bloom by Robin Raine

Via multi-touch and interactive features and an exciting story about Harmful Algal Blooms, this eBook introduces the important concept of phytoplankton, the start of marine food chains. Download your free copy here.

Education & learning, Topics in science
marine science, ebook, sea change
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
ocean, Ocean literacy, environmental, behavioral change, sea change