Building the biodiversity component of the Digital Twin of the Ocean

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DTO-BioFlow Horizon Europe Project kicked-off


DTO-BioFlow project kicked off on September 27th in Ostend, Belgium. The meeting was hosted at the InnovOcean Campus and organised by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), project's coordinator, host and technical manager of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) portal. 


The Consortium consists of over thirty participants from fourteen European countries, including research, infrastructures (such as EMBRC and LifeWatch), networks (MBON), organisations (ICES), global aggregators and platforms (OBIS), and others. We bring together biological monitoring infrastructures and experts, data managers, and DTO developers to ensure that we have the expertise necessary to implement and sustain the actions required to realise the project's ambitions, both during and after the project's lifetime, thereby supporting science-based, marine biodiversity-relevant policy development and implementation and allowing the Mission to meet its 2030 objectives.


These two days of the meeting have been both intense and highly productive. Our agenda included a comprehensive exploration of the policy, scientific and technical context, shedding light on the intricacies that underpin our project's framework. We provided a detailed introduction to our project's objectives and the landscape in which it operates, ensuring a shared understanding among all stakeholders. 

Each member of our consortium meticulously outlined their work plans, fostering clarity and cohesion within the team. Furthermore, we engaged in critical discussions regarding governance, coordination, and ethics, emphasizing the importance of responsible and principled practices in our endeavour.


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