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Aug 17

Marine Spatial Planning Workshop: Balancing social, economic, cultural and ecological objectives.

17.08.2020 - 19.08.2020

Marine Spatial Planning Workshop will be held online on 17-19 August 2020.

The workshop is the third capacity building activity organised by IMECaN, the Interdisciplinary Marine Early Career Network of IMBeR. This workshop on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) is designed for approximately 150 early career researchers and professionals and will include presentations and interactive group activities with an interdisciplinary group of scientists from across the globe.

The virtual workshop will run for 3 hours each day. Live talks and discussions will be recorded and made available to participants to encourage participation accross all time zones.

Day 1 : Marine Spatial Planning  

17 August 11am - 2pm UTC

Day 2: The missing layers: social, cultural, and ecological objectives

18 August 2pm - 5pm UTC

Day 3: The role of governance

19 August 7am - 10am UTC

For more information please visit the event page. You may also access the Registration Form here.

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Aug 24

The 6th International Marine Conservation Congress

24.08.2020 - 27.08.2020

Kiel, Germany

The International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) brings together conservation professionals and students with the purpose of developing new and powerful tools to further marine conservation science and policy.

The Call for Abstracts for contributed presentations (talks and posters) is now open. Deadline 24 February 2020.

During this event, Céline Jacob (Université du Québec) and Holly Niner (University of Plymouth) will hold a session on "Marine spatial planning for an environmentally sustainable and socially just blue economy". They will discuss the barriers and opportunities that MSP presents for the equitable and sustainable use of marine areas and marine conservation. 

For more information and submissions, see the event page (more information coming soon).

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Sep 02

The Mediterranean: scientific expertise for decision-makers

02.09.2020 - 04.09.2020

Marseille, France

Climate and environmental research to support sustainable development goals.

The conference will be organised on 2-4 September 2020 for the decision-makers of the Mediterranean countries. Inspired by the achievements of science-policy interfaces such as IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), the conference will present an opportunity to review existing scientific knowledge and issues that the Mediterranean environment has to face in the future decades.

The conference will cover a wide range of topics, among which are: an evolution of the Mediterranean climate in the 21st century and its impacts on the environment, extreme events (floods, heat waves, marine submersions etc.), water resources management and amplification of droughts, links between pollution and health, fluxes of contaminants from water, air and soil into living organisms, proliferation of invasive species on land and at sea, and biodiversity loss.

For more information and registration, see the event page.

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Sep 07


07.09.2020 - 10.09.2020

Øksnehallen, Copenhagen, Denmark

The ICES Annual Science Conference 2020 will take place in Copenhagen from 7 to 10 September 2020.

Among the theme sessions proposed, the following are related to MSP: “Co-existence of sustainable fisheries and offshore wind energy development – lessons learned​” and “Making transboundary ocean and coastal governance work – state of the art, problems, and enablers”.

Call for abstracts is open until 11 March 2020.

For more information on the theme sessions and submissions, please refer to the website

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Sep 14

Science-Policy-Society interactions in ecosystem-based marine resources management and planning.

14.09.2020 - 16.09.2020

BlueMed Coordination and Support Action and the Mediterranean Biodiversity Protection Community (MBPC) are jointly organising a course on “Science-Policy-Society interactions in ecosystem-based marine resources management and planning” from 1 to 4 March 2021 in Venice, Italy. 

The MBPC-BlueMed course will be preceded by a 2-hour introductory webinar to be held in September 2020 (between 14 and 16 September).

This four-day course targets mid-career marine scientists and professionals that seek to streamline marine conservation and marine science into planning and management of marine spaces and marine resources through the use of participatory mechanisms engaging with stakeholders, resource managers, conservationists and policy makers.

The course is one of the Promotional Actions identified in the BLUEMED Preliminary Implementation Plan, under “PRIORITY 6 - EFFECTIVE MARITIME SPATIAL PLANNING IN THE MEDITERRANEAN”.

You will find more information, the programme and the link to send applications here.

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Sep 14
Mediterranean Coast Week:

Mediterranean Coast and Macro-regional Strategies Week 2020.

14.09.2020 - 25.09.2020

Slovenian coast

The Fifth Mediterranean Coast Week will be held on 14-25 September 2020 on the Slovenian coast.

It will represent one of the key events of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR).  During this week, a number of intereting events and activities will be organised in cooperation with international, regional and national institutions. 

More information is available on the event page

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Sep 17

CoastGIS 2020

17.09.2020 - 19.09.2020

Raseborg, Finland


CoastGIS 2020 in Raseborg (on the South Coast of Finland), hosted by Novia University of Applied Sciences, will be the 14th consecutive symposium for an international exchange of knowledge, ideas and experience on how spatial data and information technologies assist marine and coastal zone managers (and other stakeholders) to better understand and manage coastal space and resources.

This year’s theme "Sustainable Coastal Planning in a Changing World" refers to the challenges faced worldwide in light of sustainable development and emphasis will be on cooperation in spatial planning between countries. The symposium aims to address recent challenges in managing our coastlines effectively and sustainably.

Abstract submission and early bird registration are open until 31 May 2020.

For more information, see the event page.

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Sep 22

EMODnet: Showcasing a decade of achievements connecting marine data to knowledge.


EMODnet will organise a virtual event "Showcasing a decade of achievements connecting marine data to knowledge" on 22 September 2020 from 14:00 to 17:00 CEST. This webinar will be an opportunity to take stock of key EMODnet achievements over the past decade with showcases and testimonials from data providers, users and partners.

For more information and registration please see the event page

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Sep 25
Regional event:

Mediterranean Coast Day 2020


Valletta, Malta

The Mediterranean Coast Day 2020 will be held in Valletta, Malta on 25 September 2020.

More information coming soon.

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Oct 01

The effects of climate change in marine spatial planning: pathways and solutions.


The Webinar on The effects of climate change in marine spatial planning: pathways and solutions, will be held on Thursday, 1 October 2020 at 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC.

Presented by: Catarina Frazão Santos from the University of Lisbon and NOVA-SBE. 

As marine spatial planning (MSP) operates in a changing ocean, properly addressing and integrating climate effects is vital. However, few marine spatial plans properly or explicitly consider climate change. This is a complex topic, full of intricacies, dimensions, and challenges (scientific, socioeconomic, and political), and multiple solutions will be needed. We highlight ways forward, based on real examples around the globe, on how climate change can be integrated into MSP. Links with global ocean governance goals and sustainable development will be explored.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (EBM Tools Network, The Skimmer, OpenChannels, MPA News,

Please register for webinar here.


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Oct 05

Malta Maritime Summit 2020

05.10.2020 - 09.10.2020

Valleta, Malta

The third edition of the Malta Maritime Summit will be held during the Malta Maritime Week on 5-9 October, 2020. The event themed “The Voice of the Industry” will host prominent and influential maritime stakeholders who will be debating maritime concerns and challenges facing the various sectors particularly autonomous and crewless shipping, pollution and maritime environment and above all a “Where do we go from Here” session.

For more information and registration, see the website

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Nov 30

CommOCEAN 2020

30.11.2020 - 02.12.2020

Sopot, Poland

The 4th International Marine Science Communication Conference programme combines hands-on exercises in current science communication skills for disseminating ocean research and technology, with plenty of expertise-sharing, social interaction and fascinating marine science along the way.

Online abstract submissions will open in early May and the full programme will be released in September.

For more information and registration, see the project event page .

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Jan 07

IUCN World Conservation Congress.

07.01.2021 - 15.01.2021

Marseille, France

The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020, originally scheduled for June 2020, has been postponed due to the situation related to the COVID-19, and will be held on 7-15 Januray 2021 in Marseille, France.

For more information, please see the event page

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Jun 08

Seanergy 2021.

08.06.2021 - 11.06.2021

Nantes, Saint-Nazaire, France

Seanergy, an international leading event on offshore wind and marine renewable energy, originally scheduled for June 2020, will be held on 8-11 June 2021. 

For more information, please see the event page

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