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EMB @ 100:
Marking the Centenary

                  Credit: Deutsche Post

2018 was the 100th anniversary of the birth of Elisabeth Mann Borgese (1918-2002). Although she would definitely not have wanted to be deified(!), her vision, legacy and international cadre of Ocean Mafia continue to have an important influence on the world's ocean and deserve to be marked and celebrated. And while she would probably have been pleased just to be toasted with a commemorative glass of her beloved scotch or remembered over some Niederegger marzipan, IOI-Canada put together an extensive volume of essays in her honour, as well as a display on her life and work, and a special three-part Ocean Lecture Series.

The COMMEMORATIVE VOLUME OF ESSAYS was published by Brill Nijhoff, and thanks to several generous donors is now freely available through OPEN ACCESS via their website. The Future of Ocean Governance and Capacity Development - Essays in Honour of Elisabeth Mann Borgese (1918-2002) features contributions from over 80 specialists and practitioners in the field of ocean governance. It is based on themes and issues covered in IOI-Canada's interdisciplinary training programme, which was set up by EMB in 1981 and has been held every year since then.  For publication information and to download your copy, check the Brill web page for the book.

In celebration of this volume, a Public Panel Discussion and Book Launch took place on 1st November at Dalhousie University. Moderated by CBC journalist Paul Withers, the panel consisted of: Tony Charles, Environmental Science Department, Saint Mary’s University; Lucia Fanning, Marine Affairs Program, Dalhousie University; David VanderZwaag, Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University; Wendy Watson-Wright, Ocean Frontier Institute; and Boris Worm, Biology Department, Dalhousie University.   Watch a video recording of the event here.

A four-panel EMB DISPLAY was also produced by IOI-Canada for the centernary year, and first exhibited on World Oceans Day 2018 as part of the Elisabeth Mann Borgese Ocean Lecture. It was available for viewing again at the subsequent lectures in the series and will be put up again at future events, as appropriate.

                                                                                       Credit: Grant Murray Design

Finally, the special EMB CENTENARY LECTURE SERIES was organised at Dalhousie University with three separate events:
  • 8th June: Peace and Equity in Ocean Governance - Possibility or Pipe Dream? with Vice-Admiral (ret'd) Glenn V. Davidson, former Ambassador of Canada to Syria and Afghanistan, Dr Susanna Fuller, High Seas Alliance and Senior Research Fellow, IOI-Canada, Hugh Williamson, Adjunct Professor, Marine Affairs Program, Dalhousie University and Senior Research Fellow, IOI-Canada, and Moderator: Dr Wendy Watson Wright, Chief Executive Officer, Ocean Frontier Institute.
  • 21st September: Peaceful Oceans?  The Role of International Dispute Settlement in Ocean Governance. with Dr Nele Matz-Luck, Professor of Law and Director, Walther Schuking Institute for International Law, Christian-Albrechts-University of Kiel, Germany. See the lecture abstract.
  • 4th October: Governing Ocean Plastics: Between Action and Anarchy with Dr Jan-Stefan Fritz, University of Bremen, Germany and German Marine Research  consortium, Belgium, in collaboration with the ESS Lecture Series.  For a video recording of this lecture, go to: https://vimeo.com/294370005.
IOI-Canada acknowledges the collaboration of the High Seas Alliance, WWF-Canada, OFI and the College of Sustainability on individual lectures in this series.

For more information, e-mail ioi@dal.ca. For details of other EMB centenary activities in the IOI network, check out the Commemorative Activities section of IOI HQ's website.

[O]ur generation can take some pride in having contributed,
no matter how fumblingly and bunglingly,
to the making of the new order for the seas and oceans,
to the opening of new ways of thinking about world order,
and to the hammering-out of a platform from which in the future,
a great many new initiatives can be launched.

Elisabeth Mann Borgese, 1987


Last updated: 26th September 2022