Aug 22

Baltic Blue Biotechnology Alliance

22.08.2018 - 24.08.2018

Greifswald, Germany

Marine or „blue“ biotechnology is a young field of modern biotechnology, based, upon well established traditions of basic science at universities of the Northern European shores. With the rise of the blue biotech business sector, biological ressources from marine habitats become more and more interesting. Due to their ability to adapt to harsh ocean environments, marine organisms are a promising source for new medical drugs, new enzymes for food and feed production and provide alternative ways of producing chemicals. Newest results in basic and applied science and successful results of economic implementation will be showcased.

The conference is part of the project „Baltic Blue Biotech Alliance“, funded by EU INTERREG BSR. The initiative represents a step forward in the implementation of the BLUE GROWTH strategy of the European Union. Up to 120 scientists, entrepreneurs and stakeholders from the public and the private sector will attend. There is no registration fee for your participation.

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Aug 22

Regional Seas in Comparative Perspective: Security and Sustainability

22.08.2018 - 25.08.2018

Hamburg, Germany

The section is part of the European Consortium for Political Research General Conference. It sets out to bring oceans and regional seas closer to the center of the discipline by tackling the most recent developments in a systematic and comparative way. The goal is to increase general knowledge about politics in the marine realm. Panels aim at contracting research in both issue areas from two perspectives with two complementary dimensions: the first take on both sustainability and security in the oceans and regional seas from the perspective of levels of governance. The section aims to analyze both horizontal interaction on the regional level and interactions between the global level and the regional level. While the former zooms in on marine and maritime regionalization, the latter pays due regard to the global embeddedness and continuities of the oceans and regional seas. The second perspective on sustainability and security in the oceans and regional seas looks at politics’ different dimensions: the process and actor dimension on the one hand, the institutional and policy dimension on the other. 

Combining these perspectives and dimensions the Section plans for Panels on the following topics: Marine geopolitics of regional seas, marine environmental and security cooperation, global governance organization and maritime conflicts in the regional seas, non-state actors and multi-stakeholder partnerships in regional seas and multi-level marine sustainability governance, comparative institutional design and effectiveness of regional seas arrangements, and comparative implementation of the SDGs in the regional seas.

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Aug 28

Interreg Central Baltic Project applicant seminar


Tallinn, Estonia

As a part of the fourth call for project applications the Joint Secretariat organises a Project applicant seminar.
The project applicant seminar is targeted towards the partnerships that are in an advanced planning phase of their projects and will submit their application for the fourth call. The Project applicant seminar is a working seminar focused on preparing the project application. The seminar day is built on three main blocks: Programme/ project intervention logic, designing a work plan, and drafting a budget.

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Aug 29

OceansTrends 2018

29.08.2018 - 30.08.2018

World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden.

Based on a cooperation agreement between the World Maritime University (WMU) and the University of Nantes, the OceansTrends 2018 scientific seminar will be held at WMU in Malmö, Sweden from 29-30 August on the theme: Conservation and Sustainable Use of the Ocean - Supportive Technologies and Future Trends. The two-day seminar will include presentations and discussions on Marine Spatial Planning & Blue Growth, Safety Aspects of Exploitation Activities,  and issues surrounding Shipping in the Era of Digitalisation including a session on Autonomous Vessels.  The seminar is open to professionals and academics working in the field of sustainable ocean management, marine spatial planning and maritime technologies. Simultaneous interpretation into French and English will be available.

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Sep 03

"Progress in marine conservation: 25 years after Rio - reflections on past development and looking ahead"

03.09.2018 - 07.09.2018

OZEANEUM in Stralsund, Germany

Hosted by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN, section Marine Conservation, Isle of Vilm) in cooperation with the German Oceanographic Museum, the tri-annual ''Progress in Marine Conservation 2018'' Conference is organised in Stralsund, Germany from 3-7 September 2018. 

The focus of the conference will look into progress in marine conservation on a global dimension. In 2017 / 2018, there is the 25-th "anniversary" of the "Rio-Conference", the "EU Habitats Directive", the new "Helsinki-Convention", the "Oslo-Paris-Convention" and lastly (and certainly least) also of the establishment of the “Division on Marine Nature Conservation" of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation on the Isle of Vilm, Germany. We intend to look back over these past 25 years and reflect on milestones, achievements and progress in marine nature conservation globally as well as in regional seas. And we surely intend to explore the chances and perspectives for the further progress in the next years – which are the most important and pressing issues, where do we need more international action and cooperation, which are successful measures we have to proceed with and which problems need to be solved most urgently on global and/or regional scale.

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Sep 03

ECSA 57: Changing estuaries, coasts and shelf systems - Diverse threats and opportunities

03.09.2018 - 06.09.2018

Perth, Australia

The structure and functioning of our estuaries and seas are shifting due to diverse drivers from local to global scales. The resulting threats to these systems are often all too apparent, yet such changes can also present new opportunities. The challenge is to harness these opportunities through new ways of thinking, scientific developments, innovative technology and more effective integration of science and management.Deadline for abstract submission: 9 March 2018

Selection of topics (non-exclusive):

·     Land - ocean linkages

·     Sustainable natural resource exploitation

·     Marine Protected Areas

·     Aquaculture

·     Integrated management – cumulative risk assessment and tradeoffs

·     Case studies of eco-engineering and ecosystem restoration

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Sep 04

The slowing Gulf Stream: A science-policy breakfast discussion


Brussels, Belgium

Together with the EU-funded Blue-Action project in collaboration with the AtlantOS project the Searica Intergroup has taken the initiative to organise an event to discuss with scientist about the Atlantic Ocean circulation and its potential impacts. Blue-Action is mandated to better understand and explain the impact of a changing Arctic on the weather and climate of the Northern Hemisphere. AtlantOS is paving the way for a pan-Atlantic Ocean observing system, to collect the data we need to better understand and manage this ocean basin.

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Sep 05

Save the Baltic Sea for real


Brussels, Belgium

EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region enabling progress – but is it enough?

Hand in hand with the Informal Batlic Sea Group in the European Parliament, the EUSBSR and the Baltic Sea Commission of the CPMR, SEARICA will organise a discussion on how to save the Baltic Sea just after summer break.

Hazardous substances such as chemical contamination and plastics still pose big threats in the Baltic Sea Area. The EU-Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region has brought together stakeholders that have achieved progress in the last nine years. Is this progress sufficient? We want to update you on the ongoing activities and results from projects in the Baltic Sea Area and initiate a policy discussion and prepare policy recommendations for the future. Our aim is to develop a closer dialogue with relevant bodies and actors in Brussels, especially the European Parliament as the initiator of the first EU macro-regional strategy and convey relevant results and recommendations to the policy level.

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Sep 06

Society and the Sea

06.09.2018 - 07.09.2018

London, UK

The theme of the 2nd Society & the Sea conference is 'The values of the ocean and coasts for sustainable development'. The aim of the GMC is to engage multiple stakeholders in an exploration of the value of the ocean and how that can be recognised, communicated and harnessed to contribute to the health, wealth and wellbeing of society. This requires using perspectives and developing partnerships across academia and industry and engaging in creative conversation about the ocean, coasts and their values for sustainable development. A call for proposals on sessions, papers and posters is currently out. More information can be found here. The deadline is 16 February.

The GMC in partnership with National Maritime is convening an international conference that will bring together industry and academia to explore the value of the ocean, key challenges being faced and opportunities for future development of the blue economy. The conference is supported by the National Maritime Museum, Seafarers UK, Marine Conservation Society, Thames Estuary Partnership, Coastal and Marine Research Group (RGS), World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) and the Coastal Partnership Network. The conference will address the following themes but is not limited to them:

  • The Blue Economy: What is the potential from the ocean and the seas to develop the blue economy? Issues include: fisheries, tourism, Brexit, opportunities and innovation, coastal communities, participation, etc.
  • Maritime governance: What political and governance issues threaten the sustainable and equitable use of the ocean and seas, and what are the potential solutions? Issues include: power and politics, explorations of negotiations, conflicts, consensus building in maritime spaces, examples of maritime spatial planning, global / trans-national maritime issues, trade, etc.
  • Conservation and engagement: How can communities and society be meaningfully engaged and contribute to marine and coastal conservation and management? Issues might include community engagement in marine/coastal governance/management (including biodiversity, pollution, flooding, climate change, etc.); sustainable management approaches; use of local knowledge in governance; citizen science (e.g. fishers), community empowerment, etc.
  • Maritime environmental change: How is society experiencing and responding to a range of environmental changes associated with the ocean? Topics include global warming, ocean acidification, pollution, coastal erosion and sea level rise.
  • Maritime heritage and history: What is the role of history and heritage - both cultural and natural - for the relationship between society and the sea? Topics include heritage of fishing/coastal communities, tourism, museums & education.
  • Maritime perceptions and representations: How can people's perceptions, constructions and representations of the sea influence its use and management? Topics include people's relationships with the sea, personal/place identity, philosophies/constructions of the sea, representation in art and other media, etc.
  • Marine engineering: How is technology helping to harness new value from the ocean? How are cutting edge advances in ocean technology changing our engagement with the ocean? How is technology helping to deliver a more sustainable future for the ocean and coastal regions? 
  • Maritime human health and wellbeing:How can the seas and coasts be managed to create co-benefits for ecosystem and human health? Topics include the importance of marine and coastal ecosystem services, including cultural, to human health and wellbeing (both positive and negative, and both mental and physical health); aspects of biodiversity, climate change, resilience, etc.
  • Small-scale fisheries: How can the social and cultural value of fisheries be understood? Topics include exploring ways of valuing fisheries, sense of place, cultural ecosystem services, wellbeing, tourism, etc.

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Sep 10

From COP21 towards the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030)

10.09.2018 - 11.09.2018

Paris, France

The conference aims at synthesizing recent scientific progress on ocean and climate interplays; evaluating the latest ocean-climate trends within the context of increased ocean action; and reflecting on ways to move “from science to action”. Organized around four sessions, the event will bring together scientists from multiple disciplines, civil society, businesses, decision-makers and UN entities, to share their expertise on ocean and climate related issues.

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Sep 11

Registration open MSP for Islands Workshop 11 September on Gran Canaria


The Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission assisted by the European MSP Platform have organised a one day workshop which is scheduled to take place on the 11th of September 2018 at the University of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, ES. The workshop will provide participants with the opportunity to explore the development of MSP in the context of islands as well the challenge that exist and opportunities for sustainable blue growth. Participants will learn about the experience of MSP in islands, including representation from islands of different status within the EU, from island nations such as Malta, to islands with some autonomy from mainland governments, such as Åland, Finland.

The objectives of the Workshop are to:

  • Identify common challenges and opportunities in developing and implementing MSP and delivering Blue Growth in island contexts
  • Discuss the socio-economic and specific environmental pressures faced by island communities and the (potential) role of MSP and Blue Growth
  • Highlight good practices with MSP that could be applied to islands contexts

Participants will achieve this via presentations from relevant experts, panel discussions and facilitated interactive sessions.

The workshop targets MSP Authorities, Local Municipalities and Community Groups, Blue Growth Sector representatives and other interested parties.

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Sep 17

53rd European Marine Biology Symposium

17.09.2018 - 21.09.2018

Brussels, Belgium

The 53rd European Marine Biology Symposium will be organized in Ostend by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and Lifewatch Belgium between September 17th and 21st, 2018.

EMBS53 aims at linking the history, the present and the future of (European) marine biology. This edition will be special, as 2018 is a celebration year in Ostend: the first marine station ever worldwide was inaugurated exactly 175 years ago, in Ostend, by professor Pierre-Joseph Van Beneden. Since then, the world of marine biology has changed dramatically - both in Belgium and Europe - especially in relation to used technologies and techniques.

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Sep 18

Pilot Table North Sea 2030


The 'Pilot Table North Sea 2030' forms part of the Dutch North Sea Strategy 2030 and will organise its first Community of Practice 'Multi-use on the North Sea'. 

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Sep 18

Mediterranean Coast and Macro-regional Strategies Week 2018

18.09.2018 - 28.09.2018

Slovenian Coast

The traditional event aims to promote the three EU macro-regional strategies implemented in the Slovenian territory, namely the Danube, Adriatic-Ionian and Alpine strategy and is also open to the international public. The focus is on bringing together the experts, stakeholders and general public to discuss the natural resources and economic potential of the sea and coast, as well as to raise awareness about the risks to which the sea and coast are exposed to due to the natural phenomena and human actions. This year the organizers are promising interesting activities which will be accompained with other activities organized under european and global initiatives, such as World Tourism day, European Researcher's night and European Mobility Week.

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Sep 20

World Congress on Aquaculture

20.09.2018 - 21.09.2018

Lisbon, Portugal

World Aquaculture 2018 is a leading forum for academic faculty, practitioners, research experts in Aquaculture , President’s, Founders, CEO’s, business delegates, investors in aquaculture sectors, young researchers and talented student communities from universities and research labs providing an ideal environment to share the latest innovations in the Aquaculture research.

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Sep 24

ICES Annual Science Conference

24.09.2018 - 27.09.2018

Hamburg, Germany

Submit a theme session proposal for next year’s Annual Science Conference (ASC), taking place in the German city of Hamburg. ​​​Theme session proposals for the 2018 edition of ICES flagship event, taking place 24-27 September in Hamburg, are now being accepted. Those submitting proposals are encouraged to demonstrate that their objectives address the science priorities of ICES as addressed in the Strategic Plan – and/or​ the emerging science priorities identified by SCICOM​ at its 2017 meeting. Applicants are also advised to link their proposals to the topics which are the focus of the steering groups, strategic initia​​tives, and/or advice. 

Applicants are particularly encouraged to propose new formats ​for their sessions. Options for finding new ways of sharing your science and innovation could include panel discussions, brief introductory slots or keynotes (securing funds is up to conveners), or stakeholder participation.

Submissions can be made using the onlin​​​e form (login information below) and should be completed by the Friday 1 September 2017 deadline. A theme session e​​​​​​​​​xample​ is available to help structure your proposal. Unsuccessful proposals from 2016 will not be considered unless they are resubmitted using the online proposal form.

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Sep 25


25.09.2018 - 28.09.2018

Hamburg, Germany

Sep 25

Mediterranean Coast Day



As every year since 2007, PAP/RAC is preparing the Mediterranean Coast Day celebration. The aim of this campaign is to raise awareness on the value of the coastal area, as well as on all the pressures threatening our coast and sea. The specific topic of this year’s campaign is PAP/RAC’s 40th birthday, better to say, 40 years of collaboration of Mediterranean countries in securing healthy, productive, diverse, distinctive, attractive and resilient Mediterranean coastal area. In addition, this year’s celebration will be honoured by the presence of the Directors of all UNEP Regional Seas. Namely, UN Environment’s Regional Seas Programme, one of its most significant achievements, assembles 143 countries around their seas, working together to address the accelerating degradation of the world’s oceans and coastal areas through a “shared seas” approach. Mediterranean was the first among today’s 18 Regional Seas Programmes and we feel privileged to have all our colleagues from all over the world celebrating with us. As usual, we are preparing an official, working part of the campaign, as well as a whole string of educational activities, from workshops, round tables, photo exhibition, underwater cleaning, to a Mediterranean fair. A large number of activities will be implemented with the aim of presenting local institutions and organizations involved in coastal and marine protection and management, as well as influencing young and old with the care for our coast and sea. The ultimate goal of the Mediterranean Coast Day campaign is spreading the knowledge on the state of our coast and seas as well as spreading the passion and enthusiasm for future champions for the coast.

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Sep 27

CoastGIS 2018: Spatial Planning and Climate Change

27.09.2018 - 29.09.2018

Ísafjördur, Iceland

CoastGIS 2018 in Ísafjördur, Iceland - hosted by the University Centre of the Westfjords - will be the 13th consecutive symposium for an international exchange of knowledge, ideas and experience on how spatial data and information technologies aid marine and coastal zone managers and stakeholders in better understanding and managing coastal space and resources.

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Oct 02

EMSEA Conference 2018

02.10.2018 - 05.10.2018

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Join fellow marine educators at EMSEA’s 6th annual conference, hosted by Newcastle University. The conference provides delegates the opportunity to inspire and to be inspired by sharing innovative ocean literacy work with others. The conference is a good mixture of talks, interactive workshops, and field trips, social and networking events. 

The overarching theme of the 2018 conference is the North Sea.

The North East of England has a long proud maritime history, we aim to highlight this amazing history as well as showcase the many marine innovations the north east has created today.  

The Sub‐themes of the conference are 

  • Citizen Science
  • Marine Education and Ocean Literacy
  • Blue Careers
  • Transatlantic work 
  • Open Session

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Oct 04

Dutch North Sea Days

04.10.2018 - 05.10.2018

The North Sea Days are an annual two-day congress where scientists, policy makers and industry players meet and discuss all topics related to the research and use of the North Sea. It is organised by Wageningen Marine Research, Deltares, RWS, TNO and the NIOZ. This year it is organised by the NIOZ: the Dutch Institute for Maritime Research. This years' theme is 'Thinking about the North Sea'. The Dutch maritime research institutes, together with the Ministries of Education, Culture and Science, Infrastructure and Water, Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, as well as the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Defense, developed several research themes that will be discussed during the North Sea Days through presentations and workshops. 

The themes include:

North Sea Ecology

  • The natural relationship between geophysical, checmical and ecological structures and processes
  • Long term developments of the physical-chemical and biological factors - trends and methodology  
  • Effectiveness of spatial protection
  • Anthropogenic pressures - cumulative effects 
  • The effects of sea level rise

Sustainable maritime economic activities in the North Sea

  • Building with Nature
  • Nature Recovery
  • Sustainable Energy

Governance and Safety in the North Sea

  • Safety on the North Sea
  • Governance of the North Sea - a balance beteen legal, policy, stakeholder- and knowledge aspects

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Oct 09

Management tools and standards in support of Sustainable Development Goal 14 ''Life below water''

09.10.2018 - 12.10.2018

Reykjavik, Iceland

​​This will be the first symposium organized by ICES that will be held in collaboration with the UNECE regarding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The symposium creates an opportunity for managers, policy developers and researchers to review concepts and address scientific, policy and regulatory challenges of operationalizing the ecosystem-based management through the use of technical standards and risk management approaches​. Call for abstracts is now open. Send your submission by 25 April.

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Oct 10

AQUACROSS - Ecosystem Based Management for the Protection of Aquatic Biodiversity - Practice and Lessons Learnt

10.10.2018 - 11.10.2018

Brussels, Belgium

AQUACROSS seeks to advance the application of ecosystem-based management for aquatic ecosystems in an effort to support the timely achievement of the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy and other international conservation targets. In this regard, AQUACROSS has developed an assessment framework, which considers the full array of interactions, including human activities, within aquatic ecosystems, and tested it in 8 case studies across Europe.

The conference will bring together scientific experts, policy makers, and members of the business community to discuss cross-cutting topics related to the protection of aquatic ecosystems and opportunities for ecosystem-based management. Participants will have the opportunity to interact and discuss the added value of integrative policy and assessment frameworks for the protection of aquatic biodiversity with lessons learned from case studies, other research projects and ongoing policy initiatives.

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Oct 10

MUSES Final Conference


Brussels, Belgium

The project will engage a wide range of interested stakeholders from the business community, public administrations, research and academia. The aim is to present the EU wide Multi-Use Action Plan that addresses a variety of multi-use combinations including those driven by offshore renewable energy for example in combination with different types of aquaculture, but also those driven by tourism sector in combination with underwater cultural heritage or fisheries (pescatourism). 

This will be an opportunity to learn more about opportunities in case study areas and results from various pilot projects. The latest MUSES reports available for download on the project website include the Sea Basin Analysisfinal technical report, Stakeholder Profilesas well as the Multi Use Analysisreport that highlights main opportunities, barriers and good practices across all five EU sea basins. Results from the project multi-use Case Studies, provide more information about specific local contexts and assess how suitable these environments are for certain multi-use concepts. The conference is also expected to be a platform for relevant blue growth actors, to discuss the Action Plan and consider possible commitments to advance multi-use development in Europe. 

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Oct 15

Ecosystem Services Partnership Regional Conference

15.10.2018 - 19.10.2018

San Sebastian, Spain

ESP connects over 3000 ecosystem services scientists, policy makers and practitioners who work together in more than 40 Working Groups and a growing number of National Networks on all continents. ESP regularly organises World and Regional conferences and provides many Services to further enhance the application of ecosystem services for nature conservation, ecosystem restoration and sustainable management. The theme of the conference is 'Ecosystem services in a changing world: moving from theory to practice'. A dedicated session on "Operationalizing ecosystem services in support of ecosystem based marine spatial planning" will take place.  There is currently a Call for Abstracts open until 4 June.

Registration will be open from 16 April.

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Oct 22

15th Littoral Conference

22.10.2018 - 26.10.2018

Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

The conference will provide a platform for everybody interested in coastal research, conservation, management and education. The main themes that will be presented during the conference include:

• GREEN COASTS: Natural and resilient coasts
• CLEAN SEAS: Protection of the marine environment
• BLUE GROWTH: Sustainable development in the coastal & marine environment

Currently, a Call for Abstracts is open.

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Oct 23

5th annual conference of the European Atlantic Stakeholders Platform

23.10.2018 - 24.10.2018

Vigo, Spain

Dedicated plenary sessions and stakeholder workshops where discussions will focus on how to pursue a maritime career in the 21st century, how to obtain the necessary skills and how to embrace innovation without risking jobs;
A half-day business-to-business networking session, under the auspices of the Enterprise Europe Network, aiming to help maritime business operators and service suppliers innovate and grow internationally;
The 3rd Atlantic Project Award Ceremony aiming to honour outstanding achievement by projects in the geographical area covered by the Atlantic strategy and that are related to the implementation of the Atlantic Action Plan.

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Oct 25

ICOMIA World Marinas Conference 2018

25.10.2018 - 27.10.2018

Athens, Greece

The leading light in ensuring successful future developments of marina facilities around the globe, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations’ (ICOMIA) World Marinas Conference is the key initiative of the ICOMIA Marina Group’s Outreach and Support Programme. IWMC is aimed at marina owners, operators, developers, consultants, service providers, Government officials, equipment manufacturers, nautical tourism promoters, and port and harbour operators and draws hundreds of delegates and speakers from around the globe.

IWMC is presented by the ICOMIA Marinas Group (IMG), the committee born out of ICOMIA`s recognition that ensuring boat owners a safe and convenient place to berth, moor or launch their boat is vital to the future of the industry.

The IWMC series is highly informative and relevant to global market trends, whilst the extensive networking opportunities are invaluable for on-going business success and the vast array of exhibits offer insight into the very latest in marina product development and technology. More information on the programme for 2018, sponsorship opportunities and delegate registration will be announced in due course.

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Oct 29

Our Ocean Conference 2018

29.10.2018 - 30.10.2018

Bali, Indonesia

The Government of the Republic of Indonesia will host the 5th Our Ocean Conference in Bali on 29 and 30 October 2018. Since 2014, Our Ocean Conference has successfully generated commitments totaling around 18 billion dollars (USD) and 12.4 million square kilometers of marine protected areas. Our Ocean Conference 2018 will demonstrate significant progress on past commitments and inspire new commitments made for the continuation of a more concerted and integrated actions for protecting the oceans.

The main objective of Our Ocean Conference is to increase as well as enhance the collaboration and partnership between various ocean stakeholders, which is translated into concrete and actionable commitments. Participants are encouraged to announce their commitments during the conference, as it critically contributes towards global efforts to preserve the oceans' health. Discussions during the Conference will highlight integrated and actionable solutions, which remove barriers between sectors, disciplines, and financing streams to comprehensively address the ocean as an inter-connected system and economy.

Our Ocean Conference 2018 will continue to focus on marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate change-related impacts to the oceans. This year's Our Ocean Conference will also maintain the crosscutting themes of sustainable blue economy and maritime security, as introduced by the European Union in 2017.

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Nov 14

6th WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit

14.11.2018 - 16.11.2018

Hong Kong

The SOS brings together representatives from shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, seabed mining, tourism, renewable energy, ports, dredging, submarine cables, marine science, engineering and technology, the maritime legal, financial and insurance communities, and other sectors - as well as ocean stakeholders from the government, inter-governmental, academic and environment communities.

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Nov 14

Annual event Interreg Central Baltic

14.11.2018 - 15.11.2018

Turku, Finland

The Annual event is held in Turku, Finland between 14-15 November. The focus of the event is networking, results and information exchange from and between projects. More information will become available during the summer of 2018.

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Nov 21

EOOS Conference

21.11.2018 - 23.11.2018

Brussels, Belgium

The EOOS Conference will bring together and connect diverse ocean observing stakeholder communities, from science, public authorities, industry and wider society, to identify concrete joint actions towards an inclusive, better coordinated & sustained European ocean observing capacity. The Conference will build on the progress made at the EOOS Forum in March 2018 to launch an EOOS strategy and implementation plan, together with a Call to action.

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Dec 03

12th International Conference on Oceanography & Marine Biology

03.12.2018 - 04.12.2018

Rome, Italy

Dec 10

FishForum 2018

10.12.2018 - 14.12.2018

Rome, Italy (Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)

The Fish Forum on Fisheries Science in the Mediterranean and the Black sea is organised by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization. 

The Fish Forum will have an interdisciplinary focus, addressing the three interrelated themes listed below. Thematic sessions will highlight leading research in these areas based, among others, on contributions received through a call for abstracts. Keynote speakers will spotlight cross-cutting topics and thematic panels and transversal panels will offer opportunities for dynamic discussion on prominent issues. Side events are foreseen to complement the main thematic discussions and draw attention to innovative work, while poster sessions and stands will provide further opportunities to showcase relevant research.

To register as a participant and/or to submit an abstract for consideration, please visit complete the registration form with all relevant details, includingthe proposed abstract. Registration and the call for abstracts will open frommid-November 2017.


Submission of abstracts-15thMay 2018(notification of acceptance of abstracts by 30thJune 2018)(

Registration -30thSeptember 2018(

Key topics:


Improving knowledge on stock status
Innovative strategies to provide advice
The effectiveness of area-based management


Addressing climate change as a priority issue
Tackling pressing environmental challenges
The interaction between vulnerable species and human activities


Improving knowledge on the social and economic impact of fisheries
Mapping value chains
Marine technology promoting economic and environmental sustainability of fisheries

Main speakers:

Manuel Barange, Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Divisionof FAO (FIA)

Anne Christine Brusendorff, General Secretary, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)

Serge Garcia, Chair, Fisheries Experts Group of the IUCN Commission of Ecosystem Management (IUCN/CEM/FEG)

Lasse Gustavsson, Vice President and Executive Director, OCEANA

Masanori Miyahara, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency 

Ernesto Penas-Lado, European Commission, DG MARE

Who will attend?

The Fish Forum will be an opportunity to benefit from a wider range of expertise than typically reaches other regional conferences and will aim at removing barriers to sharing knowledge and information. It will provide an overview of the latest trends and achievements in ocean sciences and fishery technology and will explore future needs. The target audience is intended to be scientists, researchers, engineers, academics, practitioners, managers and decision makers that have fisheries and marine-related responsibilities. A call for abstracts will ensure that select renowned experts have the opportunity to disseminate their latest research findings and present them to the Fish Forum. The participation of early career scientists will also actively be promoted.


The Forum is organised with the financial support of the European Union

Technical partners



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Dec 12

SIMWESTMED / SUPREME closing conference

12.12.2018 - 13.12.2018

Venice, Italy

There will be a joint closing conference of the projects related to the implementation of EU MSP Directive in the Eastern and in the Western Mediterranean regions, SIMWESTMED and SUPREME, co-funded by DG MARE. More information is forthcoming.

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