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Marine Microbiome Roadmap

Marine Microbiome

We are on the threshold of a new and exciting era of discovery in the oceans that will shape the development of human endeavours for decades to come.

For further information open the roadmap.


Three Thematic Pillars

... all supported with underlaying cross-cutting elements

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Environment and Climate

The marine microbiome will be at the heart of understanding ocean ecosystems and the sustainability of the services they provide to society


Food Value Chain

The marine microbiome will be key to securing and facilitating sustainable production of food from our oceans



The marine microbiome will propel biodiscovery, providing new sources of value to society


Cross-Cutting Challenges

Addressing cross-cutting challenges will unlock the potential for a microbiome-based blue economy, leading to high quality food products, biological discoveries, and healthy marine ecosystems


The World Microbiome Day was celebrated on 27 June 2021

On World Microbiome Day we celebrate all things microbial, all around the world. We introduce international microbiome researchers to the public to raise awareness of the vibrant and diverse world of microbes and invite the public and industry professionals to share their thoughts and activities with the microbiome community.





Marine Microbiome
Side Event

The event was held on 2nd of June. 

Below is the agenda and the panel members that participated in the sessions. 

104 participants joined the Event - statistics here

Summary on pledges - here

The Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation

A shared vision of an Atlantic Ocean that is Healthy and Productive

"This cooperation may result in mutual benefits including ecosystem assessments and forecasts and deeper understanding of vulnerabilities and risk, including those relating to the global climate system and climate change impacts. It can also help to generate new tools to increase resilience, conserve rich biodiversity, amage and determine social, environmental and economic priorities". (May 24, 2013)

Everything about microscopic life is terribly upsetting.
How can things so small be so important?

Isaac Asimov


Upcoming Events

  • The Journey to developing the AORA Marine Microbiome Roadmap
    The Journey to developing the AORA Marine Microbiome Roadmap
    24. sep., 14:00 – UTC – 15:00
    In this session we will be summarising how we brought the roadmap into reality and what´s next in our community
  • An Ocean of Values
    An Ocean of Values
    20. sep., UTC – 08:00 – 24. sep., UTC – 19:00
    The 5th Community Workshop of the IOC-UNESCO Ocean Best Practices System

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A Journey to developing the
AORA Marine Microbiome Roadmap (and beyond)

An informal session on Friday 24 September at 14:00 UTC. Join us here: