Francisco Seixas da Costa, Ambassador, Chairman of the Lisbon Club

Maja Markovčić Kostelac, Executive-Director of the European Maritime Safety Agency, EMSA

Messing up with the Biosphere: plastics invading food chains




What is the real dimension of the ongoing invasion of food chains by plastics in the Ocean? Is this perceived and treated as a global threat? Is the resilience of the problem due to ineffective, uneconomic ways to deal with it or to a lack of public concern?

Tiago Pitta e Cunha, CEO of the Oceano Azul Foundation, Lisbon

Bernhard Friess, Director in the directorate “Maritime Policy and Blue Economy", European Commission, Brussels

Atsushi Sunami, President, Sasakawa Peace Foundation (SPF) and Head, Ocean Policy Research Institute of SPF, Tokyo

Eugénia Barroca, Lusophone and Europe Representative of the Sustainable Ocean Alliance (SOA), Ocean Hub Portugal leader, Funchal

Moderated by Teresa Firmino, journalist, Science Editor, Público newspaper

Extending continental shelves



How do strategic, security issues imply with the extension of continental shelves? What are the major obstacles involved in its implementation? Is diplomacy and the Law of the Seas being effective to help solve maritime border disputes?

Fernando de Melo Gomes,Admiral, Coordinator of the Monitoring Group of the Extension of the Portuguese Continental Shelf, Lisbon

Duarte Bué Alves, Deputy Permanent Representative of Portugal to the OECD, Paris

Tetsuo Kotani,Senior Fellow, Japan Institute of International Affairs, Professor of Global Studies, Meikai University, Urayasu

Larry Mayer,Director, School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, The Center for Coastal and Ocean Mapping, University of New Hampshire

Moderated by Luísa Meireles, journalist, Editor in Chief of LUSA, Portuguese news agency

Melting of the Arctic: between a climate disaster and a brand-new sea-lane for containers



What are the geopolitical implications of the foressen melting of the Arctic? How may high seas be affected by this climate disaster? Can a similar event occur in the Antarctic? What kind of geoeconomics implications arise from the progressive expansion of a major new sea-lane for containers throughout the Russian coast to Europe and North America?

Carlos Ventura Soares, Rear Admiral, National Hydrographer of Portugal, Lisbon

Jorge D’Almeida, Managing Partner of SACONSULT, Lisbon

Kristina M. Gjerde, Senior High Seas Advisor, International Union for Conservation of Nature Global Marine and Polar Programme, Cambridge 

Karen Sack, CEO of Ocean Unite, Washington

Moderated by António Pereira Neves, journalist of Science, LUSA, Portuguese news agency

The Ocean, strategic priority of Portugal at the UN



Francisco Duarte Lopes, Ambassador, Permanent Representative of Portugal to the United Nations, New York 

On (un)safe waters



How piracy, trafficking and military threats affect peace, the wellbeing of people and freedom of navigation? What are the major threatened areas? Are the multilateral approaches to deal with the safety of the Ocean being effective and coherent? 

João Gomes Cravinho, Portuguese Minister of Defense

Leendert Bal, Head of Department, Safety, Security & Surveillance, EMSA

Kaitlin Meredith, Programme Coordinator, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime Global Maritime Crime Programme

Timothy Walker, Maritime Project Leader and Senior Researcher at the Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria

Moderated by Ricardo Alexandre, journalist, Deputy Director, International news editor of TSF Radio


A Blue Economy beyond fish and minerals



Is the path of transition from marine resources economy to blue economy enough to spare our seas and the planet? Might and will the Ocean be a major source of biotech, renewable, clean energy solutions?

Ricardo Serrão Santos, Portuguese Minister of the Sea

Naoko Ishii, Director, Center for Global Commons, Professor, Institute for Future Initiatives, University of Tokyo

António Costa Silva, CEO of Partex Oil & Gas, Lisbon

Marina Porto, Sustainability Consultant at Sofies, SOA co-chair of the Youth Policy Advisory Council, London

Moderated by Rosália Amorim, journalist, director of Diário de Notícias newspaper

Ocean's Research Priorities



Which areas to prioritise? How to fund research?

Manuel Heitor, Portuguese Minister of Science, Technology and Hight Education

Moderated by Teresa Firmino, journalist, Science Editor, Público newspaper



The Ocean we need for the future we want



Millennials from different geographies debate on the panels’ issues of their choice, as well as on public, multilateral policies and societal, personal behaviours. 

Samuel Collins, Project Manager, Oceano Azul Foundation, (North Atlantic), Lisbon

Daniel Cáceres, SOA Hispoanoamerica Representative (East Pacific), Lima

Nagisa Yoshioka, Research Fellow, The Ocean Policy Research Institute, (West Pacific), Tokyo

Aristyo Rizka Darmawan, Center for Sustainable Ocean Policy, University of Indonesia, (East Indian Ocean), Jakarta

Daniela Risaro, Argentina All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador, (South Atlantic), Buenos Aires

Ailars David, COO at Arena Recycling industry, SOA young ocean leader, Hub Tanzania (West Indian Ocean), Dar-Es-Salam

Moderated by José PedroFrazão, journalist and editor, Rádio Renascença

Closing Remarks



Peter Thomson, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for the Ocean

Moderated by Virgílio de Azevedo, science journalist, Expresso