Public & community engagement: art, documentaries and beyond

April 5, 2022

Improved public understanding of the ocean (ocean literacy) is key when addressing the ocean's stressors, such as plastic pollution. Growing human populations, urbanization, and socioeconomic disparity (plus COVID-19) diminish opportunities for people to engage with ocean environments.  This session will initiate a dialogue on how to design effective public and community engagement projects to improve societal connections to (and concerns about) the ocean. We will dive into lessons learnt from collaborations between artists and scientists, science communicators and grassroot businesses and communities. 

Each region will have two sessions, denoted here in local time for that region.

10:00 AM   |

Moderated panel discussion

2:00 PM    |

Interactive discussion with participants

GMT + 8 
(Malaysia Standard Time)

Art-science collaborations: to convert littered plastic into art to educate and engage communities

Session moderator:

Norlaila Mohd Zanuri (Malaysia)

GMT + 2
(South African Standard Time)


for effective multi-stakeholder ocean plastic science communication 

Session moderator:

Refilwe Mofokeng (South Africa)

GMT - 7
(Pacific Daylight Time)

Local-scale collaborations:

meaningful engagement of local businesses, communities and youth to tackle marine plastic pollution

Session moderator:

Kevin Lunzalu (California/Kenya)


GMT + 8 
(Malaysia Standard Time)

Dr. Leela Rajamani

Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies

Mr. Japson Wong Vun Hueng

JF Production for Kota Kinabalu

Mrs. Noor Rizan Binti Mohd Yusoff

Teluk Bahang Community

Assoc. Prof. Jacey-Lynn Minoi

University Malaysia Sarawak

GMT + 2
(South African Standard Time)

Mr. Douw Steyn

Plastics SA

Dr. Henri-Count Evans

University of Eswatini

Mr. Thor Sandberg Eriksen

South African Institution for Aquatic Biodiversity

Dr. Trishan Naidoo

University of Kwa-Zulu Natal

GMT - 7
(Pacific Daylight Time)

Ms. Katie O'Hara

Loggerhead Marinelife Center

Ms. Esther Maina

Kenyan Youth Biodiversity Network

Ms. Rachel Kippen

Santa Cruz County Office of Education