Ocean Track “Just One Giant Summit” - Decolonizing Ocean Science

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The ocean connects all our continents, controls the climate, absorbs a big part of our greenhouse gasses, feeds billions of us, and transports 90% of our goods. It's where all life comes from, and our future depends on it. How can we decolonize ocean science and make it truly inclusive?


The ocean covers 70% of the planet's surface, it is incredibly large and diverse. How can we decolonize ocean science and make it truly inclusive?

Doing ocean science and "going out there" can be perilous, and require durable and expensive equipment, therefore "modern ocean science" has been dominated by nations that could afford such investments, namely the "global north". The urgency of many "global south" nations to protect their waters' resources from overexploitation, and the rapid development of more affordable sensing technologies are opening new possibilities to avoid "data colonization" by allowing coastal communities to produce and own their own environmental and biological data to name a few. In this track, we would like to explore how community science, citizen science, and open science can make ocean science more inclusive, and more likely to enable a culturally diverse approach to sustainable fisheries management and creating protected ecosystems. We would like to feature projects from different geographies and cultures and create a bridge between the industry, academia, and ocean communities.


  • 14:00-14:15: CEO Vriko Yu, Archi Reef (Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates)
  • 14:15: 14:30: Dr Paolo Diviacco (Italy), madcrow project
  • 14:30-14:45: CEO Sidhant Gupta, Clearbot & Open Ocean Camera (Hong Kong, India)
  • 14:45-15:00: Cedric Courson, Astrolabe Expeditions (France)
  • 15:00-15:15: Cesar Jung-Harada, Scoutbots, CNAM Paris (France-Japan, Hong Kong)
  • 15:15-16:00: Q&A and discussion
  • Continental French time UTC+2


More about the speakers

CEO Vriko Yu, archiREEF (Hong Kong, United Arab Emirates)


Vriko Yu is the co-founder and CEO of marine-tech startup archiREEF, and a PhD Candidate in Biological Sciences at the University of Hong Kong. Vriko Yu has been appointed as a member of the Country and Marine Parks Board of Hong Kong SAR. archiREEF aims to restore degraded marine ecosystems and mobilise blue carbon to achieve carbon neutrality. The team designed the world’s first artificial reef structure 3D-printed in terracotta. Their 3D-printed reef tiles are said to be four times more effective in keeping corals alive than other options while being friendly to ocean life. More: https://archireef.co/

Dr Paolo Diviacco (Italy)


Researcher at the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics of Italy. PhD from Università Degli Studi di Trieste in Geophysics. After 15 years of Seismic data Processing and software development in this field, I started being interested in the actual process of collaboration among researchers. My goal is to develop a methodology that could be translated in an IT system that could support scientists while collaborating. This is intended to foster also the collaborative attitude among research institutions in the field of Geophysics. https://www.ogs.it/it

CEO Sidhant Gupta, Clearbot & Open Ocean Camera (Hong Kong, India)


CEO of Clearbot, Open Ocean Camera. Co-Founder, CTO of Open Fintech, The Vayu Project, TEDx Speaker and Guinness World-record holder. Sidhant studied Computer Software Engineering at the Univeristy of Hong Kong, and his quest is to leverage technology to solve problems and overcome challenges for humanity. Clearbot is a swarm of trash collecting robots that use AI-Vision to detect and collect trash from water bodies. These robots are fully autonomous, solar-powered and work as a team to remove trash. In comparison to any current solution, Clearbot is 15x cheaper, has 5x more reach and removes 2x more trash daily (24x7x365). More: https://clearbot.dev/

Cedric Courson, Astrolabe Expeditions (France)


Cedric Courson is the CEO & Founder of Astrolabe Expéditions, doing community science with leisure sailors. He used to work as a instrumental Technician at IFREMER, and for Astronomical education at Planete Sciences. Cedric is currently a PhD Candidate at the Learning Planet Institute (Paris) focusing on entrepreneurship and ocean participatory science. https://www.astrolabe-expeditions.org/

Cesar Jung-Harada (France-Japan, Hong Kong)


Cesar Jung-Harada is the CEO of Scoutbots, MakerBay, and a Senior Lecturer and Principal Investigator at the University of Hong Kong. Cesar's recent project includes the "Ocean Imagineer", a floating solar to hydrogen platform that also acts as an oyster farm. Cesar's "CoralBot" is a surface semi-autonomous robot that maps coral reefs and classifies them with AI. Cesar is a Ph.D. in Design candidate at the CNAM in Paris, under the supervision of Prof Pierre Levy and Gilles Garel. https://cesarharada.com/

Curated by Cedric Courson & Cesar Jung-Harada

Moderator: Cesar Jung-Harada (Hong Kong, France, Japan) http://cesarharada.com/

Special thanks to Gilles Mirambeau (France, Spain)  https://planktonplanet.org/

  • This Track is part of Just One Giant Summit: the first community science and innovation conference. For more details on the Summit, including date, schedule, location, etc., return to the main event page here.


Cesar Slides

20220701 JOGS Open Ocean Science.pdf3297.8KB

Further Discussion with JOGL

  1. What would be the first focus?
  2. Who would be the key partners?
  3. What resources can we mobilise?
  4. Once we have the seeds of the community in the fertile JOGL ground, we mix and see what we can grow.