The Blue Economy Research Institute – University of Seychelles (BERI Unisey) in collaboration with the Ocean Knowledge Action Network IPO, the WIO Early Career Scientist (ECS) Network, and the Indian Ocean Commission is hosting a Special (hybrid) session in the afternoon of the 14 th October at the WIOMSA Symposium. It is a special session for early career scientists, researchers, and professionals with the objective to highlight the role of knowledge sharing through storytelling to facilitate the co-design of ocean science for sustainable development in the WIO. It focuses on working with early-career ocean scientists and professionals (ECS) to increase participation and to provide a platform for an open dialogue on how Early Career Scientists can share knowledge gained through research and contribute to the sustainable development and conservation of the WIO. Everybody has a story to tell and we are delighted to share 4 Early Career researchers’ stories in inspiring youth to share their stories in the conservation and future ocean sustainability.
ARMS Restore-Fisheries Research Team
By Aina Le Don, (Madagascar)
This video showcases a story describing the experience of the LMI (ARMS Restore) young research team members as they implement data collection procedures with local communities. The team uses high-tech methods including GPS data collection, fish catch tracking, and DNA barcoding. The GPS devices are carried by indigenous fishermen in their traditional pirogues so that the research team can determine the most frequented areas. Then the catches are identified and weighed. Some samples are then used for DNA barcoding and for assessing the sexual maturity of the fish. The objectives are to determine where the most frequented areas are, where fish juveniles are the most affected, and where fishes are most likely to be diverse and in abundance. That will better inform decision-making and educate local communities who may or may not see it as benefiting them.
The beauty of marine sciences: Young people in marine science and career aspirations
By Ceiça Chioze, (Mozambique)
As a young woman developing a career in marine sciences, for 8 years, in the Western Indian Ocean region, she believes that young marine scientists, even in non-scientific fields, play an important role in the conservation of the marine ecosystems. Her storytelling aims to aspire young people in marine sciences, and that we can all work together to advance marine Sciences in our nations and in the Western Indian Ocean region.
‘Sauti Baharini’ loosely translates to ‘voices from the ocean.’
By Randall Mabwa, (Kenya)
My story is a mash-up of science communications documentaries that I have produced and co-produced as stories to raise awareness on various topics in fisheries management, marine conservation and the need to communicate scientific and research findings to policymakers. The mashup aims to encourage scientists (both early career and established) to adopt storytelling to communicate their work so that we avail information to a broader audience and contribute to awareness and, consequently, change in society.
Conservation at heart
By Annie Vidot, (Seychelles)
A short video about my journey as an early career with the aim of empowering early careers to pursue a career in ocean science.