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Battelle and the Collaborative Institute For Oceans, Climate and Security at UMASS Boston Announce the First Global Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security

Posted on Jun 15, 2011


BOSTON, MA., 15 June, 2011– Battelle and the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security (CIOCS) at University of Massachusetts Boston announced today that they have teamed to host the first-ever Global Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security (GCOCS) in May, 2012.

The three day conference, expected to be a bi-annual signature event for CIOCS, will convene May 21-23, 2012 in Boston with the primary goal of addressing the impact of climate change on our ocean systems and the consequent impact on human security and national security.

The announcement comes after the University’s Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security (CIOCS) and Battelle, the world’s largest independent research and development organization, formed an exploratory alliance in June, 2010.

The conference aims to bring people from across disciplines to take part in a vital and ongoing dialogue addressing the potential impact of changing climate to national security and the vital role oceans play. Direct threats may include ocean acidification and warming, melting polar ice caps and rising sea levels.

Goals of the Global Conference on Oceans, Climate and Security include: 

  • Raising the awareness level of the threat of climate change to our oceans and the consequent threat to our human and national security
  • Identifying and prioritizing the knowledge gaps in science and technology which inhibit understanding, response and adaptation to future threats
  • Generating comprehensive human security policy and governance recommendations reflecting the climate, ocean and security continuum  

Attendees from around the world will explore complex, cross-sector topics through hands-on and interactive events such as multi-disciplinary plenary and World Café sessions to fully address the interconnectedness of climate change, our oceans and the state of our security.

About Battelle

As the world’s largest independent research and development organization, Battelle provides innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing needs through its four global businesses:  Laboratory Management; National Security; Health and Life Sciences; and Energy, Environment and Material Sciences. It advances scientific discovery and application by conducting $6.2 billion in global R&D annually through contract research, laboratory management and technology commercialization. 

Headquartered in Columbus, Ohio, Battelle oversees 22,000 employees in more than 130 locations worldwide, including eight national laboratories for which Battelle has a significant management role on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, and the United Kingdom.

Battelle also is one of the nation’s leading charitable trusts focusing on societal and economic impact and actively supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.

About the Collaborative Institute for Oceans, Climate and Security at UMass Boston:

With a growing reputation for innovative research addressing complex urban issues, the University of Massachusetts Boston, metropolitan Boston’s only public university, offers its diverse student population both an intimate learning environment and the rich experience of a great American city. The Collaborative Institute, a public-private “think tank” founded at UMass Boston aims to work with key influencers and decision makers to strengthen the understanding of the human and national security implications of changing oceans and climates, and  inform policy decisions through the application of sound scientific research and technology, demonstrated through place-based pilot projects. It accomplishes these goals by designing and participating in strategic convenings and communications, by researching and developing technologies to inform place-based pilots, and by educating stakeholders on the complex interdependencies of oceans, climate, and human security.

Media Contacts

For more information contact Katy Delaney at (614) 424-7208 or, or T.R. Massey at (614) 424-5544 or

To learn more about the Collaborative Institute, visit or contact Crystal Bozek at (617) 287-5383.

Media Contacts

Katy Delaney
Director, Media Relations
Office: 1.614.424.7208

T.R. Massey

Senior Media Specialist
Office: 1.614.424.5544