Regions have been at the forefront of Blue Growth across the Baltic Sea Region. Whether it is for shipping, blue bio-technology, coastal tourism or aquaculture, regions have developed innovative approaches to enhance Blue Growth. This conference will build upon the results of several transnational projects that all aim to foster blue growth – from regions and for regions in the BSR. This conference is the forum for the Blue Growth cooperation of tomorrow.» view details
Following the successful Blue Invest event of May 2018 in Brussels, and within the context of their work on blue investment, the European Commission (DG MARE) is hosting the “Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019” event. It will take place on 24 January 2019 in Malta and will gather approximately 300 participants interested in the blue economy of the Mediterranean Sea basin. Following a similar approach to that of the May 2018 Blue Invest event, promoting investment in an innovative blue economy, the aim is to mobilise private sector investment capital and lending. The blue economy has significant potential for sustainable growth and job creation, particularly around the Mediterranean Sea basin. Investment capital, both public and private, can play a significant role in developing this economic potential. Through this event, the Commission wants to increase the engagement of the financial community with the blue economy, and to stimulate investment interest in marine and maritime sectors. In addition, the event will indirectly support the implementation of cooperation initiatives amongst Mediterranean countries in the context of the UfM Blue Economy Forum, the WestMED Initiative, and the EUSAIR.
New deadline for applications: 2 December 2018, 23.59 Brussels time» view details
The ability of society and industry to address global challenges and meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the COP21 objectives will determine the world of tomorrow and the life of future generations. Waterborne transport, logistics and the blue economy are key for Europe to achieve the environmental, transport, energy, societal agendas.
In order to implement the EU’s ambitious vision towards 2030 and beyond the Waterborne community in Europe is committed to make significant investments in research, development and innovation (RDI) as well as in education and training in the entire supply chain. The Waterborne Technology Platform, bringing together all waterborne stakeholders: shipbuilders, shipowners (both maritime and inland navigation), maritime equipment manufacturers, ports, logistics, service providers, classification societies, universities or research institutes. (www.waterborne.eu) has developed a Strategic Research Agenda, which establishes the goals and priorities on research to achieve a smart, sustainable, safe and clean waterborne Europe.
The objective of this event will be presenting the content of the Strategic Research Agenda and discussing with policy makers and other stakeholders about the needs and importance of the Waterborne community regarding research and development.» view details
In 2019, the EuroMarine General Assembly (GA) meeting will take place in Cádiz, Spain, on 30 January (all day) and 31 January 2019 (morning). It will be hosted and co-organised by the University of Cádiz (UCA).
It will be preceded on 28 and 29 Jan. by EuroMarine working group meetings and/or other side events yet to be confirmed. It will be followed by a (closed) EuroMarine Steering Committee meeting, on Thu. 31 Jan. PM.
Two salient items on the agenda:
- a specific EuroMarine working group is preparing an analysis of all scientific activities funded by EuroMarine in its first four years of existence and will report on it during the GA meeting;
- the GA will discuss and make decisions regarding the operational launch of the EuroMarine not-for-profit Legal Entity (which will serve as a support structure for the EuroMarine Consortium); this legal entity could indeed be recently created as an association under French law; its creation was announced in the French Official Journal of 1 Sept. 2018; it should be ready during Fall 2018 to manage EuroMarine 2019 budget and seek additional funding sources.
The blue economy is changing rapidly. Traditional activities such as transport, fishing and shipbuilding still employ over 5 million people but the fastest growth is in activities and value chains that did not exist ten years ago – renewable energy, biotechnology, biorefinery etc.
Coming from small businesses, accelerators and research spin-offs, these ventures create new jobs, boost local economies and drive the transition to high-value added activities, while helping to meet EU goals such as emissions reduction, circular economy, energy transition or food security.
Many firms and start-ups active in such high potential but risky activities have received EU financial support for their research, including from the EU's Horizon 2020 programme. Nevertheless, they often find it difficult to obtain sufficient private investment funding to move towards commercialisation or to scale up their business operations.
The session will provide an overview on investment gaps and opportunities in the blue economy and financial sources available, with a particular focus on financial instruments. It will also present a new DG MARE initiative (‘BlueInvest platform’) to facilitate access to investment readiness support and investment to blue growth SMEs and start-ups.» view details
EuroMarineBoard is organising the 2nd Brown Bag Lunch - an informally facilitated science and policy discussion on 'Ecosystem-based management and the role of MSP' on 6 February.
The goal for this BBL is to discussthe state of the art in Marine Spatial Planning (MSP). The event will start with Vanessa Stelzenmüller (Thünen Institute, Bremerhaven) giving a talk on "Ecosystem-based management and the role of MSP", followed by an informal discussion between the participants.
You can attend this informative event for free, but you will need to register in advance through this link: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/emb-brown-bag-lunch-ecosystem-based-manag...» view details
The National Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, affiliated to the Egyptian Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, is organising its annual international conference from 12-14 February 2019. This conference is an important step to put a spotlight on the way in which marine and coastal ecosystem sustainability issues interact with social and economic pressures to reach integrated solutions. The conference will provide a unique forum to assess the impact of the current growth of industrial, commercial and touristic activities on oceans and coasts. In addition to risk analysis, hazards mitigation, ranging from specific assessment of risk to mitigation associated with both natural and anthropogenic hazards on coast to ocean. The conference deliverables will offer the basis for future strategies in the region. The program themes are structured in support of the sustainable development of coast and ocean; and community consciousness of the value of sustainable development. Conference themes include coastal policy and legislation, marina data maangement, marine economy and marketing of marine science.
The deadline for submitting abstracts is 15 December 2018.» view details
Intensified activities in coastal and marine waters require integrated planning and decision-making as well as enhanced efforts to achieve sustainability. By fostering integrated management practices to protect and restore marine and coastal ecosystems, strengthen resilience and promote a healthy and productive ocean, international marine/maritime spatial planning (MSP) proves to be an important means to achieve global ocean governance goals and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Over the course of three years, the MSPglobal initiative will contribute to improving cross-border and transboundary cooperation where it already exists and promoting MSP processes in areas where it is yet to be put in place, with the objective to triple the area of territorial waters benefiting from MSP effectively implemented by 2030.
More specifically, it aims to:
- Develop guidance on international cross-border planning;
- Perform a pilot regional project in the West Mediterranean (Algeria, France, Italy, Malta, Morocco, Spain and Tunisia – other WestMED countries can also participate in training activities);
- Perform a pilot regional project in the Southeast Pacific with a specific cross-border exercise at the historical Bay of Guayaquil (Ecuador/Peru) and training activities benefiting Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Panama and Peru.
MSPglobal will provide the context for active and effective participation of policy-makers, scientists, citizens and other stakeholders to improve governance at multiple levels and achieve an ecosystem-based approach in support of the blue economy. It is designed to support the implementation of the Joint Roadmap to accelerate marine/maritime spatial planning processes worldwide, adopted by the European Commission's Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG-MARE) and the IOC-UNESCO as part of the conclusions of the 2nd International Conference on MSP, jointly organized in Paris in March 2017.
MSPglobal is co-financed by the European Commission's European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.» view details
The MSP conference “Connecting Seas” from two INTERREG sister projects “NorthSEE” and “Baltic LINes” will take place on the 13th – 14th February 2019 in Hamburg, Germany. The conference programme will cover topics related on the North Sea and Baltic Sea Region’s experience of dealing with Maritime Spatial Planning, with a focus on shipping, energy and environment. The conference will bring together more than 200 participants from the MSP community representing different ministries and authorities, stakeholders from the shipping, energy and environment sector, transnational organisations and initiatives, NGOs as well as research institutes from both regions. This will be a unique opportunity to meet representatives, experts and stakeholders from two sea basins, exchange knowledge and discover the future trends in MSP.
Get involved to understand the MSP processes in the North Sea and Baltic Sea regions -register on www.connectingseas.eu until 16 January!
Discounted rooms are available in different hotels in walking distance to the venue. You can find the different hotel options under http://www.connectingseas.eu/venue/ - use the keyword: “Connectingseas”.
The purpose of the workshop is to examine the findings of the literature review and questionnaire, with a specific focus on three key topics:
- Challenges and barriers impacting growth of marine social sciences in the UK,
- The future priorities for marine social science research and practice,
- Opportunities for collaboration and development of marine social sciences research and practice in the UK.
The Final Conference “The opportunities of meshed offshore grids in the Baltic Sea region: Results and perspectives on the Baltic InteGrid“ of the Baltic InteGrid project will take place on 26-27 February in Berlin (Germany). It will mark the final milestone and provide a forum for the presentation of the final results and outputs of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region project, which has received a flagship status for the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.
The programme will be announced soon and registration will be openend. In the meantime, Save the Date!» view details
Don't miss this last chance to be part of the only H2020 project fully dedicated to implement Responsible Research and Innovation on marine matters.
The conference will take place on 12th and 13th arch at the fabulous Nausicaa Sea Centre equipped with the largest aquarium in Europe. More updates on the programme, call for papers and registration in the coming months.» view details
The OceanVisions2019 - Climate Summit "Successes in resilience, adaptation, mitigation, and sustainability" is co-organized by researchers at Georgia Tech, Stanford University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Smithsonian Institution in coordination with the IOC-UNESCO, the Ocean Conservancy and Georgia Aquarium. The goal is to highlight ocean-based science and engineering successes in the areas of resilience, adaptation, mitigation and sustainability and promote scalable solutions across human, climate and ecological dimensions.» view details
The EGU General Assembly will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. The deadline for abstract submission is 10 January 2019, 13:00 CET or, for those applying for EGU Roland Schlich travel support, 1 December 2018, 13:00 CET.
A dedicated session on 'Coastal Zone Geomorphologic Interactions - Natural versus Human-induced Driving Factors' will be organised and will focus on topics such as land-sea interactions and maritime spatial planning.» view details
The 3rd Biobased Economy Conference will be organized as a Barcamp/Unconference/Open Space with the motto: ''No spectators, only participants.'' The content will be user-generated. Participants pitch topics and those that are considered interesting by the audience will be presented in a conference session.
More information to follow soon.
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The focus of the European Maritime Day 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal, will be on blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment to transform traditional maritime sectors and boost emerging technologies and value chains. A specific focus will be put on research and innovation for a plastic-free ocean. The Call for Stakeholder workshops has also been launched and you can apply for the organisation of a workshop by submitting your online application before 30/11/2018.
The EMD is the annual EU meeting point on maritime affairs and blue growth. It targets maritime professionals, entrepreneurs and ocean leaders from Academia, NGOs, businesses, governments and public institutions. Stakeholders will find the EMD a great opportunity to touch base with strategic partners, to make new contacts, get visibility for projects, activities and achievements, gain new insights into the evolving EU policy and funding landscape and provide input into European Maritime Policy formulation. Through a dedicated matchmaking application, participants will be able to ask for matchmaking slots with other participants and post their profiles online.
EMD 2019 will also be celebrated across Europe, through ‘EMD in my Country’ events and activities, big and small, that in 2019 will focus, in particular, on mobilising citizens and young people around the theme of responsible and sustainable use of the oceans. The EMD portal lets you find which events are happening around Europe and in your neighborhood.
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In the face of a rapidly evolving technological landscape, embracing a digitally enabled supply chain, adapting operating models to the ongoing digital revolution, adopting advanced & integrated digital solutions across the sector, and driving transformation before the industry is disrupted have been brought to the forefront of industry discussion. The need for collaboration across the industry for the promotion of knowledge sharing, advancing innovation, reducing costs and maximising capabilities is also becoming of central importance to industry development. The Future of the North Sea Digital Transformation Summit will address such challenges by uniting the North Sea supply chain, supporting cross-sector collaboration, driving transformation, aligning incentives throughout the supply chain and securing the future of the industry.» view details
The next (2019) edition of the EurOCEAN conference will take place on 11-12 June 2019, in Paris (France), hosted by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (7 place Fontenoy - 75007 Paris, France) and managed by the European Marine Board.
To keep track of the most recent information on this event visit the conference series' website (www.euroceanconferences.eu) or the Marine Board website (www.marineboard.eu), or follow the Marine Board on Twitter (@EMarineBoard).» view details
Future Oceans2 is the second IMBeR Open Science Conference and will provide an opportunity to join world leading researchers to present advances in science from all disciplines that contribute towards –
ocean sustainability for the benefit of society: understanding, challenges, and solutions
In addition to delivering an update of the pertinent science, Future Oceans2 will foster productive inter-and trans-disciplinary discussions and provide a forum to strategically map future research directions. Within this context, Future Oceans2 is based around three interlinked themes –
- Theme 1. Understanding and quantifying the state and variability of marine ecosystems;
- Theme 2. Improving scenarios, predictions and projections of future ocean-human systems at multiple scales; and
- Theme 3. Improving and achieving sustainable ocean governance.
Future Oceans2 will be an exciting mix of talks (keynote, research, and contributed -up to 10 concurrent sessions each day), posters, workshops, focus groups, world cafés, and other innovative formats to engage delegates. The conference will be preceded by two days of workshops.» view details
MARE People and the Sea Conference X: Call for Papers and Panels:
The Centre for Maritime Research (MARE) is preparing its 10th international People and the Sea Conference that will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on June 25-28, 2019. This jubilee conference, which is preceded by a policy day (June 24, 2019) and flanked by other events, takes time as its theme. In full awareness of the major ongoing changes in the knowledge industry and how people interact with coasts and seas, we first delve into the past: what have we learned, and to what extent are we making the most of these learning opportunities? From whom should we be learning, and how do we engage in the learning process? To what extent are the insights of earlier generations of social scientists studying maritime affairs and coastal life still relevant to us? We then look forward and ask ourselves what social scientists can contribute to understanding and dealing with coastal and maritime challenges of the future. Topics range from the increasing intensity of storms and their implications for navigators and coastal inhabitants, to plastic pollution and conservation measures, the travails of travelers and the expansion of coastal cities, the fate of long-time inhabitants such as fishers and indigenous people, trends of coastal and ocean grabbing, the regulatory pursuits of planners, officials and scientists, and the ethics of technology. What perspectives and skills do we have to offer to science and the world; what are our strengths and where do our limitations lie?
Under the broad theme LEARNING FROM THE PAST, IMAGINING THE FUTURE, we investigate a myriad of matters in the context of six streams, each of which highlights a particular aspect of coastal and oceanic affairs.
1: Making a living from coasts and oceans:
From time immemorial, people around the globe have lived beside and upon the coasts and ocean, subsisting and earning their livelihoods. What are the ways in which they subsist and live? How do such livelihoods impact their culture, social organization, technology and innovations, management and governance structures, way of life, and worldviews? This stream will reflect upon how people in the past, now and in future live and interact with oceans and coasts. This stream is concerned with fishers, navigators, oil platform workers, tourism operators, wind farm mechanics and the whole range of other professions that engage with coasts and seas and with the communities that they belong to.
2: Framing, knowing and dreaming coasts and oceans:
How do we know the ocean and how has this changed over time? What are the knowledge-producing entities, routines and practices through which people study, reflect on and make sense of the ocean? What are the different types of knowledge that guide human interaction with the marine environment? How are they produced and communicated and why are some more influential than others in guiding people’s behaviour? This stream will reflect on how we frame, dream and know oceans and coasts. It thus focuses on marine epistemologies ranging from scientific to everyday forms of knowledge production.
3: Governing, steering and managing coasts and oceans:
The world-wide domestication of coasts and oceans has led to a flurry of managerial activity at various scale levels and in multiple venues. Politicians, planners, legislators, environmentalists, business (wo-)men and scientists consider options to initiate blue growth, save fisheries, reduce pollution and protect the environment, and create a proper and legitimate regulatory environment. ‘Stakeholders’ sit on the other side of the table, participating, protesting, negotiating and undergoing. This stream is about ocean and coastal governance in all its manifestations and human faces, paying special attention to how it has changed and might change yet again.
4: Navigating, touring and experiencing coasts and oceans:
Oceans and coasts play important roles for the transportation of goods and people and provide attractive landscapes and experiences for tourists and recreationists alike. How do we navigate the ocean, and how do present trends differ from the past? What can we expect in future? This stream will reflect on how we use oceans and coasts for transport purposes and tourism experiences, and how these activities have an impact on environments, economies and societies. It thus focuses on a range of maritime mobilities and assesses the sustainability challenges and opportunities of their development at different scale levels and from other angles.
5: Appropriating, contesting and criminalizing coasts and oceans:
Oceans and coasts are subject to ever-rising conflicts over the distribution of space and resources. What is the nature of the ensuing contestations? How are the games played, who are the winners and losers? Oil spills, pollution, ocean and coastal grabbing and man-made disasters suggest disparities between those causing harm and those vulnerable to the consequences. In addition, oceans are a welcome host for illicit activities: smuggling and trafficking of goods and people, brazen acts of piracy, and illegal resource extractions. Securitization is a common response. This stream reflects the rough and dirty side of life along coasts and oceans and related trends of grand and petty politics.
6: Innovating, technologizing and tracking uses of coasts and oceans:
This stream focuses on the changing role of innovations and technology in the transformation of oceans and coastal areas, highlighting the role of business. Discourses of blue economy and blue growth are facilitated by development in fields such as robotics, monitoring and surveillance systems, energy systems and communication technology. We are interested in studies that address how material innovations and technological progress shift the balance between humans and their marine and coastal environments, and the implications this has for people in different stations of life. Contributions that re-examine the position of the marine social sciences in the paradigm of blue growth are also very welcome.
Participants may propose panels, papers, but also posters and other visual materials, such as documentary films. Besides the more traditional conference formats we encourage proposals with innovative formats that stimulate interaction such as roundtables, workshops, brainstorming sessions and debates. As for paper-based panels, we encourage formats that invite deeper discussion, for example by including discussants or by peer reviewing each other’s papers. The conference organizers may prioritize proposals that take such matters into account.
Deadline for panel, paper proposals and other conference formats: January 31st, 2019.» view details
The 12th Baltic Sea Science Congress 2019 will gather the marine research community at Stockholm University for discussions on the last 10 years of Baltic Sea research and how it has adopted new interdisciplinary approaches and scientific disciplines. Policy aspects of the latest research will also be discussed.» view details
Euroscicon Ltd. offers invites participants to the “13th International Conference on Oceanography & Marine Biology” during September 26-27, 2019 at London, UK. It includes prompt Keynote presentations, Speaker presentations (Academic and Young research forum), Poster presentations and Exhibitions.» view details
We invite you to SAVE THE DATE for the 3rd Baltic MSP Forum that will take place on 20-21 November 2019 in Riga, Latvia. The Forum is serving also as the final conference of Pan Baltic Scope collaboration.
The Forum is built on the success of the 2nd Baltic MSP Forum and it has become a regular event providing a platform for discussions among those involved in the maritime spatial planning. The focus of this Forum will be on the results and findings of Pan Baltic Scope collaboration related to the development and advancement of the existing tools and methods as well as national case studies contributing to the final stage of the elaboration of the national maritime spatial plans in the Baltic Sea. At the same time the findings will greatly support the update of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan.
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Mark your calendars for the next SOS – the annual gathering of the global ocean business community dedicated to advancing private sector action on ocean sustainable development, organized by WOC – the global Blue Economy Business Organization. With the theme of “Investing in Ocean Futures: Finance and Innovation for the Blue Economy”, the SOS 2019 will be the first international ocean business conference dedicated to investment and innovation for sustainable development.» view details