Save the date! Webinar "How is our health linked to the ocean?" 8 June (14:00 - 15:00 CEST)


Join us on World Oceans Day to find out how human health is linked to the ocean, and how the ocean depends on us. Register now here and discover more!

This free webinar, coordinated by the SOPHIE project, the SEArica Intergroup, the European Marine Board and the BlueHealth project will explore the field of Oceans and Human Health, with experts from across Europe providing background on why this emerging and exciting discipline is important for all of us.

Humans have interacted with the Ocean since ancient times. We have used it as a means of transportation, recreation, a source of food and raw materials, and more recently to generate renewable energy.

Whilst the ocean can benefit human health and boost wellbeing via activities like recreation and relaxation, it can also pose risks to human health – through factors such as flooding and pollution.

This complicated mix of threats and opportunities interact in ways we don’t fully understand. Exploring these relationships is the basis for an emerging scientific discipline called “Oceans and Human Health”.

During the webinar, we will share our personal experiences of this emerging field and give you an opportunity to ask questions.


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What is an Intergroup?

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup is one of the 27 Intergroups that were approved on 11 December 2019 by the Conference of Presidents for the 9th legislature of the European Parliament. Intergroups can be formed by MEPs from any political group and any parliamentary committee with a view to holding informal exchanges of views on particular issues and promoting contact between MEPs and civil society.

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup brings together more than 100 MEPs from 7 different political groups and 23 Member States.

Intergroups are not Parliament bodies and therefore may not express Parliament's opinion.

Intergroups are subject to internal rules adopted by the Conference of Presidents on 16 December 1999 (last updated on 11 September 2014), which set out the conditions under which intergroups may be established at the beginning of each parliamentary term and their operating rules.