A unique interdisciplinary and multisensory experience onboard Kronprins Haakon

From May 11 to May 23, 2022, ECO_CARE, endorsed by the UN Decade of Ocean Sciences for Sustainable Development.

During the expedition on board the research vessel Kronprins Haakon (KPH) to the Barents Sea and the Arctic Ocean, scientists and educators from different disciplines and backgrounds will develop learning tools to experience the ocean using all our senses (touch, sight, smell, hearing and taste). Schools and scientists from Norway, Italy, France, Tajikistan and Kirgizstan, Portugal, Brazil, Tanzania and Botswana will work together to explore the marvels of the oceans. During the expedition, teachers from some of the partner countries will be onboard and we will connect with all the schools.

In particular, the ECO_CARE team will contribute to connecting the project activities and involving the indigenous Chiquitano People from Mato Grosso (Brazil). School pupils, researchers from Unirio, Brazil (led by Giulia Parola) and educators of five classes in different Chiquitano aldeias (villages) will be engaged in a multisensory experience learning about the Arctic, the ocean, deep sea, and marine biology. Researchers from ECO_CARE will also team-up with a secondary school from a Tanzanian village, Matimira, in the Ruvuma Region, led by Agnes Haule, legal advisor and educator, and learn about the laws of nature, the connectivity between rivers, lands and seas, and the importance to care for the Planet and each other.

Margherita Paola Poto will coordinate schools and research activities and lead a workshop onboard KPH on Co-creation of knowledge through illustrated storytelling, sharing the experience of the ECO_CARE learning toolkit (Read about it here!). The participation of the ECO_CARE team is funded by the Faculty of Law, UiT The Arctic University of Norway (Strategiske Midler 2022), DIKU-UTFORSK 2021-2024, and AKMA 2019-2023.

AKMA2-OceanSenses wants to inspire the next generations and ECO_CARE is very proud to be part of this wonderful learning adventure at sea!

To follow the expedition: https://akma-project.com/story-map