The secrets of the ocean are revealed in Barcelona

Barcelona's inhabitants and visitors to the city are invited to uncover the secrets of the oceans, thanks to an exciting programme of activities open to the public during the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference, taking place in Catalan capital next week, from Monday 17th to 21st November.

Three oceanographic research ships will be on show at Barcelona's Moll de la Fusta, equipped with laboratories, sophisticated research instruments as well as other material on display. They will be open to the public from Monday to Friday from 10:00 to 13:00 and from 16:00 to 19:00. The boats on show are the Ramón Margalef and the Francisco P. Navarro from the Spanish Institute of Oceanography, and the catamaran SOCIB, from the Balearic Islands Coastal Observation System.

During the same opening hours, visitors will also be able to visit two of the IMOCA 60 yachts, the boats the boats used for the Barcelona World Race; the Fundació Navegació Oceànica Barcelona training yacht and One Planet, One Ocean & Pharmaton, the “scientific yacht” in this round the world regatta, which sets off from the city of Barcelona on the 31st of December 2014.

The Museu Marítim de Barcelona (Maritime Museum) will also host the first edition of the Barcelona Underwater Festival, including various activities related to the subaquatic world, such as the biggest ever exhibition of underwater cameras, entitled: “The challenge of photographing underwater” and an exhibition of underwater photographs “The iconographic Montphoto archives” as well as film and video screenings from the Marseille Underwater Film Festival.

At the Blau Museum also, there will be a round table headed up by ocean sailor Cali Sanmartí and researcher Josep Maria Gili.