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Podcast: Brazil & EU ocean research cooperation

Shortly before the start of the UN Decade of Ocean Science in 2021, a former student and teacher of InsSciDE’s WSDS sat down to share their thoughts on ocean science diplomacy on the ENRICH Innovation Station Podcast.

In the session, Andrei Polejack and Sam Robinson focus on how (ocean) science diplomacy can promote international cooperation in research and innovation between Brazil and the EU.

Listen now! The podcast is available on Spotify, Youtube and at the bottom of this page.

Sam Robinson traces the beginnings of Euro/Brazilian ocean science diplomacy back to shortly after the end of WWII, when Brazil first got serious about deep sea ocean science. In an introductory anecdote, he recalls the Brazilian Oceanographic Institute’s mission to acquire their first deep sea research vessel in 1966 from Norway, a superpower in ocean science. Upon arrival to pick up the vessel, a realization occurred that the ship would be bare of any scientific instruments. As a result, Norwegian scientists loaded the ship with their own instruments and joined the Brazilian scientists and Navy in the journey back, demonstrating how to use their new gear along the way.

Andrei Polejack shares an overview of developments in international cooperation for ocean research today, highlighting significant events in the history of the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance and the explicit role of science diplomacy in their efforts. The pair also touches on the environmental and social consequences of gaps in regulations and laws on the vast ocean(s) and how Global North/South science cooperation can be strengthened through networks of science attachés and by leveraging frameworks such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Horizon Europe and EU Green Deal.

Listen to the full podcast below!

The podcast is an initiative of ENRICH in Brazil and the National Council of State Research Support Foundations (Confap) and consists of regular discussions between Europeans and Brazilians to illuminate mutual priorities and challenges of Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I).

Published 26 January 2021

Podcast: Ocean Science Diplomacy that promotes International Cooperation in Research & Innovation
A product of ENRICH Innovation Station Podcast, hosted by ENRICH in Brazil and the National Council of State Research Support Foundations (Confap)


  • Andrei Polejack | Former General Coordinator for Oceans, Antarctica and Geosciences at the Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovations (and WSDS alumnus)
  • Sam Robinson | InsSciDE Environment, University of Cambridge, formerly University of Manchester

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