World Oceans Day Celebration 2023

World Oceans Day reminds everyone of the major role the oceans have in everyday life. They are the lungs of our planet and a major source of food and medicine and a critical part of the biosphere. The purpose of the Day is to inform the public of the impact of human actions on the ocean, develop a worldwide movement of citizens for the ocean, and mobilize and unite the world’s population on a project for the sustainable management of the world's oceans.

In connection with

Planet Ocean: Tides Are Changing 


June 08, 2023, 7.30 pm


Changing Sea and its implications


Prof. (Dr.) S. Bijoy Nandan

Prof. (Dr.) S. Bijoy Nandan

Senior Professor, Dept. of Marine Biology, Microbiology and Biochemistry & 

Dean, Faculty of Marine Sciences, Cochin University of Science and Technology

 About the speaker

Dr. S. Bijoy Nandan is the Dean, Faculty of Marine Sciences, and Senior Professor at the Dept. of Marine Biology, Microbiology & Biochemistry and Syndicate Member of Cochin University of Science and Technology (CUSAT). He has 29 years of academic administrative experience. His research interests include marine biology, community ecology, climate science, marine pollution & ecotoxicology and polar biology. He is the recipient of the UGC-BSR Mid-Career Award (2021), U.S. Fulbright Fellowship (2013-2014), UNESCO Fellowship (2008), Recognition award of ZSI (2008) and Jawaharlal Nehru Award (ICAR) for outstanding doctoral thesis in India (1993). He has completed 24 R&D projects and has implemented 11 projects funded by national and international agencies. He has several international and national collaborations with reputed institutions for academic growth and enhancement. He has 152 full length papers, 64 books/book chapters, 136 proceedings and 29 PhDs to his credit. A new species of deep-sea wood boring mollusc Xylophaga nandani and a new species of crab Aniptumnus bijoyi are named in his honour.


June 10, 2023, 7.30 pm


Between the invisible and the inevitable: Living with climate change in India’s only coral atolls


Dr. Rohan Arthur

Dr. Rohan Arthur


Oceans and Coasts

Nature Conservation Foundation (NCF) 

 About the speaker

Dr. Rohan Arthur is a researcher and conservationist. His research interests concern the implications of climate change for marine ecosystems, the rational management of marine systems and fisheries in India, and the interface between policy, traditional practices, and ecosystem management. He has worked in several reef systems around India, and along the Kenyan coast. His concerns are in furthering the fledgling tradition of good field ecological research in marine environments in India, and in helping fill some of the significant gaps in the very basic knowledge we require to manage them. A long-held fascination for their aesthetic irresponsibility, together with generous helpings of inertia and serendipity, has drawn him to marine ecosystems and their conservation. Dr. Rohan obtained his Master's degree in Wildlife Science from the Wildlife Institute of India in 1995. For his master's dissertation, he worked on coral community composition and its response to human disturbance in the intertidal reefs of the Gulf of Kutch in Northwest India. He is one of NCF's founder-trustees and directs its reef program. He continues to be interested in reef community dynamics and disturbance, and his doctoral research at James Cook University (Australia) focused on the consequences of temperature-induced mass-mortality of coral on the reef systems of the Lakshadweep atoll reefs, Western India.


Starts at 

7.30 pm

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