MSP Platform Conferences & Workshops

The MSP Platform organises several gatherings each year  as part of our mission to support the exchange of knowledge and experiences on MSP throughout Europe. These include conferences focused on a particular MSP-relevant theme, which are organised on behalf of the European Commission. We also hold workshops upon request to bring together smaller groups of experts to hold in-depth discussions on specific topics and develop solutions to emerging MSP challenges. Do you have a particular issue that you would like to discuss with experts and MSP planners? Please contact us at for assistance.

On this page you will find information about our upcoming conferences & workshops, as well as archived materials from past events. Additional events organised by diverse institutions can be found on our All Events page

Upcoming Conferences & Workshops

Maritime Spatial Planning Conference on Blue Growth: How to pla for a Sustainable Blue Economy?

11 - 12 October 2017, Brussels

This conference, organised by the EU MSP Platform on behalf of the European Commission, will take place on 11-12 October in Brussels, Belgium. The conference is aimed at both MSP practitioners, authorities as well as industry representatives and will be attended by Mr. Karmenu Vella, Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. This conference aims to provide a forum for discussion and exchange, offering concrete examples and guidelines on how to apply MSP as a tool to support sustainable maritime economic development (‘Blue Growth’).

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Past conferences & workshops

Socio-economic Expert Roundtable

3 July 2017, Berlin

The idea of the round table was to exchange information about on-going research and to gather a better understanding of socio-economics for MSP. Currently research on socio-economic aspects of MSP is still in its infancy and involved researchers may be interested in methodologies and approaches used in other projects. The round table sought to foster a better understanding of these methods and additionally inspire concrete research questions.

So far socio-economic aspects of MSP cover mainly the value of sectors and the mapping of economic information. What is missing is a better understanding of the dynamics and drivers for business development and how these processes can be taken into account during real planning. Experts involved in several MSP projects came together to present their approaches and disucss with MSP authorities and planners from the Baltic Sea Region how project results can address planning needs.

Outputs from the roundtable are forthcoming. For more information, please contact Susanne Altvater. 

MSP Conference - Addressing Land-Sea Interactions

15 - 16 June 2017, Malta

The two-day MSP Conference – Addressing Land-Sea Interactions took place in St. Julian’s, Malta on 15 and 16 June 2017 and was a great success. National experts and MSP practitioners exchanged experiences and knowledge during three interactive sessions focusing on key LSI issues in specific countries / contexts, strengths and weaknesses of sub-national approaches to LSI and the LSI issues faced by participants. A total of 15 presentations were given during the panel sessions ‘Introduction to LSI’, ‘Sub-national approaches to LSI’, ‘National and sea-basin approaches to LSI’ and ‘Sectoral approaches to LSI and specific tools’. 

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