SOPHIE project

SUBMON®'s Environmental education and capacity building projects


Humans have interacted with the Ocean since ancient times, getting many benefits from it. But whilst the Ocean can benefit human health in many different ways, it can also pose risks to human health – through factors such as flooding and pollution.

This complicated mix of threats and opportunities interact in ways we don’t fully understand. Exploring these relationships is the basis for an emerging scientific discipline called “Oceans and Human Health”.

Funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 program, the Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe project (SOPHIE) will bring marine and environmental scientists together with medical and social scientists, public health and other experts to tackle these complicated issues in a unique forum.


One of the main goals of this project, in which we actively participate, is to nurture a network of people and organizations interested in the links between Oceans and human health, and exploring how marine tourism and citizen science can contribute to this area of research.

Within this project, various actions have been created to promote awareness of Oceans and Human Health issues and to develop a “research road map” for Europe. Citizen science, policy reviews, stakeholders discussions, workshops, mapping evidence, strategic research agenda and the identification of future environmental, social and economic trends and predicting their impact on water and healthcare some of the activities developed in the SOPHIE project.

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