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Co-designed by international experts, alongside traditional taxonomy methods, our method deploys the revolutionary potential of cyber-taxonomy. By employing cutting-edge technologies including DNA sequencing, high-resolution digital imaging, and machine learning, we’re working to fulfill our ambitious global target to discover 100,000 new ocean species over the next decade.

And we’re partnering with innovators who are developing technologies that enable us to explore deep waters and conduct cutting edge science.

The digitisation of specimen data and the creation of a system for data distribution will help to support more equitable access to biodiversity knowledge, galvanising efforts worldwide.

We have strength in numbers, so a vital part of our mission is to support a community of experts in the science of species discovery from around the world through the Ocean Census Science Network.

Find out more about the science behind Ocean Census.

Ocean Census Awards

Ocean Census Taxonomy & Science Event Awards


These Awards are set up to provide financial support to taxonomists, biodiversity and citizen scientists involved in marine species discovery to accelerate the pace of discovery.

Taxonomy awards are available from £2,000 to £10,000 to cover areas ranging from travel expenses to projects involving education, or citizen science activities. Awards are contributed by The Nippon Foundation and administered by the Ocean Census.



Small awards to members of the Ocean Census Science Network to attend, represent and promote the Ocean Census at science events.

The Ocean Census have a total of $5,000 split across awards from $500 to $1000 to support travel, logistics, accommodation, subsistence, printing (materials).

Find out more about the Awards

Get Involved

Register your discovery

Cooperation with scientists and institutes around the world is a vital part of our mission.

We’re grateful to the Ocean Genome Legacy Center at Northeastern University for being the first to submit their species discovery towards our target of 100,000 new species within the next ten years.

Together, we’re helping to raise awareness of the knowledge gap in marine science and increasing capacity around the world.

If you would like to submit a new discovery towards the global target, and speak to our media team about publicising your find, get in touch.

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Ocean Census Science Network

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While millions of people watch wildlife documentaries like BBC’s Blue Planet, which shine a light on the diversity of life in our ocean, most won’t see the meticulous hard work that goes into taxonomy — the process of examining and naming samples to uncover new species.

Globally, thousands of taxonomists, biologists, data scientists, technicians and curators are working in a diverse number of roles to uncover the secrets of ocean life.

In order to accelerate the pace of discovery significantly, we’re building the Ocean Census Science Network, a global community passionate about driving forward our mission, helping to coordinate opportunities, resources and collaborate.

Individuals and institutes are welcome to join us today. Submit your details to subscribe to our newsletter and tell us about any projects you are currently working on.

Why join?

Here's what we offer:

  • Support

    Assistance with taxonomic identification to kick start or complete your project.

  • Funding

    Support for species discovery, including field expeditions and lab analyses of both new and existing collections.

  • Networking

    Get involved in Ocean Census Virtual Taxonomy Networks to leverage collective expertise for groundbreaking discoveries.

  • Media

    Access to media support to help raise awareness of your discoveries through international media and social networks.

  • Events

    Opportunities to network, share updates, and collaborate at Ocean Census events and science conferences.

  • Newsletter

    Receive regular news, opportunities and latest discoveries straight to your inbox.

  • Expeditions

    Be the first to hear about opportunities to jump onboard an upcoming expedition where there is a good fit with your area of expertise.

Science Network Newsletter

The Ocean Census Science Network Newsletter

Our newsletter is your gateway to the most exciting developments in science, from groundbreaking research to innovative technologies reshaping our world.

By subscribing to the Science Network Newsletter, you’ll gain exclusive access to updates on upcoming scientific events and conferences.

Whether you’re a professional in the field or a student, our newsletter offers valuable perspectives and knowledge to fuel your curiosity. Join a community of like-minded individuals who share your passion for science and innovation.

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Technology Spotlight

Shoreside taxonomy in Tenerife

Accelerating discovery with open cell

The Ocean Census journey is supported by Open Cell and their future-facing work to make state-of-the-art facilities more accessible.

The 21-day Macaronesia Tenerife Submersible and Diver Expedition has been facilitated by their innovative, mobile laboratory system, enabling researchers to start the taxonomic process within moments of specimens reaching the shore.

The integration of advanced facilities and skills is critical to the Ocean Census mission.

Out-of-the-box thinking and processes that can streamline species identification and data gathering, and enhance the efficiency of research that is often conducted in remote and often challenging marine environments, is essential.

Read more about our partnership with Open Cell.

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