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An online Policy Lates panel discussion exploring the importance of ocean biodiversity

This event will take place from 18:30 GMT, finishing at 20:00.

In recent times people have experienced a shift in how they perceive the natural world and their dependence on it. Oceans cover 70% of the earth's surface, yet they continue to be the least explored and most endangered, with only 7% of the world's ocean under protection. Ocean biodiversity is a vital part of the global system we depend upon, and if we are to continue to benefit from marine resources, we need to explore new ways of preserving them.

This event will explore the different benefits humans derive from marine organisms and ecosystems, and why biodiversity is important for many aspects of life outside of the ocean. Our panel of expert speakers will discuss specific examples of the value of marine biodiversity to people, including the interactions between the marine environment and the global climate. We will also explore the social and policy challenges of developing international conservation targets for the world's oceans.


  • Professor Melanie Austen FRSB, professor of ocean and society, University of Plymouth - panel chair
  • Professor Carole Llewellyn, professor in applied aquatic bioscience, University of Swansea
  • Steven Lutz, senior programme officer of blue carbon lead, GRID-Arendal
  • Professor Elisa Morgera, professor of global environmental law, University of Strathclyde

Policy Lates format

All are welcome to attend this online edition of our Policy Lates series, which provides an opportunity for relaxed discussion with an interested and informed audience. This online event will begin with an introduction from the chair, followed by short talks from our panellists, with time for audience questions and panel discussion.


This event is free to attend and open to all. Advance booking is essential through the link at the top of the page, and the meeting joining link will be circulated with registered attendees in advance.

Social media

If you would like to share your experience of this event on social media, feel free to tag us @RoyalSocBio on Twitter and Instagram, and use the hashtag #RSBPolicyLates


This online event will be recorded, and screenshots may be taken. If you have any queries about this, please contact us at ahead of the event. This event will be in a webinar format, and you will be unable to turn on your camera and microphone for the duration of the meeting. Audience questions will be through from the Zoom Q&A function.


For all enquiries, please contact Harriet McAra or on 020 3925 3445.