May 22

4th International Conference on Decision Support System Technology

22.05.2018 - 25.05.2018

Heraklion, Greece


The ICDSST – PROMETHEE DAYS 2018 will focus on the role, the qualities, the models and methods offered by sustainable data-driven and evidence based Decision Support, mainly applied to Environment and Energy. On these sectors, diverse stakeholders at various governance levels seek to devise and implement sound and robust policies which mitigate environmental impacts while taking into account various parameters. Decision Support Systems can simulate different scenarios and offer solutions in modern managerial issues which are full of redundant and complex information. Such rapidly evolving situations, which engage a large number of individuals with different agendas in complicated decision making processes, require such tools for support. It is in this context that the key topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

  • Decision Support Modeling
  • Decision Support and Expert Systems in the Environment and Energy Sectors
  • Data Visualisation and Decision Making/Support
  • Environmental and Energy Data Visualisation
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Data Science, Big Data Analytics and Business Intelligence
  • Technical and Managerial Dashboards for Decision Support
  • Knowledge Acquisition, Management, Extraction and Visualisation
  • Collaborative Decision Making
  • Intelligent, Web-based, Spatial Decision Support Systems
  • Application Models and Systems: Agricultural, Environmental, Farming, Water Resources, Livestock, Fisheries, Warehouse, Sustainable Forest and Rangeland Management, Food Processing and Supply Chain Management
  • Simulation Models and Systems, Regional Planning, Logistics and Traceability
  • Case Studies involving any of the above issues

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May 24

Kick-off Event "International Forum for Maritime Spatial Planning"

24.05.2018 - 25.05.2018

Thon Hotel EU, Brussels, Belgium

The Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, jointly with IOC-UNESCO, are organising the kick-off event of the International Forum for MSP in Brussels, Belgium on 24 and 25 May, 2018. The event aims to start working on international guidelines on cross-border MSP. This is a direct follow up of the "Joint Roadmap to accelerate Maritime/Marine Spatial Planning processes worldwide" adopted during the 2nd International Conference on Maritime Spatial Planning, in March 2017 in Paris. The event will two interactive technical workshops, on cross-sector transboundary integration, and on stakeholder involvement. Plenary discussions are foreseen on the subject of EU as well as international cross-border perspectives. During the 1.5 days, a wide exchange of practices is envisaged, focussing on cross-border MSP, Ocean Governance, the international MSP guidelines, as well as EC objectives in funding projects, feedback from MSP projects, and MSP in the transboundary context of Large Marine Ecosystems.

Maritime Spatial planners from all across the world and experts directly involved in planning are welcome to participate and give their input.  The agenda includes a welcome speech by Mr. Joāo Aguiar Machado, the Director General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission as well as a closing speech by Mr. Vladimyr Ryabinin, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO.

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May 24

3rd EUSAIR Forum 'Our Region, our Future'

24.05.2018 - 25.05.2018

Catania, Italy

The 3rd EUSAIR Forum will focus on the Connectivitiy issues, especially on challenges and opportunities for Transport and Energy networks in the EUSAIR Region. Funding mechanisms for all four Strategy's Pillars – Blue Growth, Connecting the Region, Environmental Quality, and Sustainable Tourism – will be discussed, while considering the EUSAIR cross-cutting issues. The purpose of this year's event is to reinforce collaboration and partnerships among all stakeholders active in the Adriatic-Ionian Region. The event will present the progress and the achievements of the EUSAIR macro-regional strategy and will promote the strengthening of the network and partnerships within the Adriatic and Ionian Region.Registration is open until 18 May 2018.

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May 25

International Sandy Beaches Symposium

25.05.2018 - 29.05.2018

Heraklion, Greece

The ISBS 2018 will be hosted by the Institute for Marine Biology Biotechnology and Aquaculture, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, at Gournes Pediados, Heraklion. It is organized in collaboration with ICRE8 under the auspices of SDSN Greece. Contributions from all disciplines around the topic of sandy beaches are welcome, from biogeochemistry to animal behaviour, to biogeography and numerical modelling. To facilitate interdisciplinarity an sharing of perspectives, there will not be parallel sessions.

The ISBS2018 will be paired with the annual conference of the Euro Working Group on Decision Support Systems, which in 2018 will be on Environmental-based Decision Support Systems. Occasions of meeting between the two groups of researchers will be created.

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May 29

Blue Week

29.05.2018 - 30.05.2018

Rotterdam, Netherlands

BlueWeek is the first platform focusing exclusively on sustainable maritime innovation and providing a link between industry, authorities and research institutes and universities.

During BlueWeek you can visit seminars, pitch new initiatives or join through Joint Industry Projects.

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May 30

5th Experts' meeting towards SRIA for the Black Sea


Burgas, Bulgaria

The meeting series concerns the development of a Blue Growth Initiative for Research and Innovation in the Balack Sea. The next meeting will take place on the 30 May in Burgas to finalise the vision paper and plan the next steps towards the SRIA, i.e. structure of pillars, objectives, actions, engagement with the public authorities and overall choreography.

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May 31

European Maritime Day

31.05.2018 - 01.06.2018

Burgas, Bulgaria

The European Maritime Day (EMD) is the annual meeting point for Europe’s maritime community to network, discuss and forge joint action.

EMD 2018 will bring you:

  • Up to 18 stakeholder workshops
  • A political opening session with Ministers from Black Sea riparian states
  • A high-level debate on "Big Bang Black Sea"
  • A plenary session on EU funds for Blue Growth and sea-basin cooperation

Venue: Burgas Free University


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Jun 01

7th international symposium 'Monitoring of Mediterranean coastal areas: problems and measurement techniques MEASUREMENT TECHNIQUES", LIVORNO, ITALY


Livorno, Italy

The Institute of Biometeorology - National Research Council of Italy is organizing, in collaboration with other CNR Institutes and University Departments, the Seventh International Symposium: "Monitoring of Mediterranean Coastal Areas: problems and measurement techniques" (Livorno, Italy, June 2018).
The Symposium, which is aimed at Mediterranean researchers every two years, addresses issues related to Mediterranean coastal areas and searches for technical and instrumental solutions to problems related to: energy production in the coastal area, morphology and evolution of coastlines, flora and fauna of the littoral system, management and integrated coastal protection, coastline geography, human influence on
coastal landscape.

The Symposium is divided into the following sessions:

  • Flora and Fauna of the littoral system: dynamics and protection
  • Morphology and evolution of coastlines and seabeds
  • Coastal landscapes: past and present aspects of human influence
  • Measures for environment and energy production in the coastal zones
  • Coastline geography: territorial dynamics and integrated protection

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Jun 01

Opening Embassy of the North Sea


The Dutch government is developing an Embassy for the North Sea between March 1st and June 29th. The Embassy will be developing a vision regarding the relationship with the North Sea and is asking cittizens to submit motions on behalf of Things, Animals, Plants or Humans. The collective 'Plea for the North Sea' will be presented to Parliament on 29 June.

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Jun 04

4th International Symposium "The Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans"

04.06.2018 - 08.06.2018

Washington DC, U.S.A.

The 4th International Symposium will bring together experts from around the world to better understand climate impacts on ocean ecosystems – and how to respond. The Symposium will:

  • Highlight the latest information on how oceans are changing, what is at risk and how to respond;
  • Identify key knowledge gaps;
  • Promote collaborations; and
  • Stimulate the next generation of science and actions

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Jun 04

9th Annual Forum of the EU Baltic Sea Strategy Forum

04.06.2018 - 05.06.2018

Tallinn, Estonia

The 2018 Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region will focus mainly on EU cohesion policy after 2020 and the future of EU macro-regional strategies ("After 2020"). Other key topics: 'Environmental state of the Baltic Sea' and 'Digitalisation'. The main theme of the 9th Annual Forum will be the Baltic Sea region after 2020. The Forum will focus on how to improve the implementation of the EUSBSR in the framework of the future EU Cohesion Policy. It will also discuss the current state of the ecosystem in the Baltic Sea as well as how to advance the Region as a global digital hub. 800 stakeholders from all around the Baltic Sea region will gather to discuss the development and cooperation in the Baltic Sea region on a wide range of themes ranging from regional development, smart specialisation, sustainable blue growth, the environmental state of the Baltic Sea, digitalization, and transport connectivity to cooperation with neighbours. The Forum will include a workshop on the topic of “MSP- the end is where it begins: implementing MSP in a Pan-Baltic context”. All participants have to register via the online registration form. Online registration will be available up to 18 May 2018.

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Jun 06

"Your Ocean Your Future


Brussels, Belgium

EurOcean pays tribute to the legacy of its founder Prof. Mário Ruivo with an event in Brussels on 6 June 2018. Prof. Mário Ruivo made many key contributions to marine science and policy in Europe. Find out who he was from the people who knew him best and discover what he did for the Ocean. This includes Álvaro Garrido, a historian at the University of Coimbra, Maria Eduarda Gonçalves, his partner and a Professor at ISCTE - Lisbon University Institute), Telmo Carvalho (former EurOcean Executive-Director) and Ricardo Serrão Santos, MEP, among others. Furthermore the photo and video exhibition of the "I live by the Sea" International Youth Contest will be premiered at the event.

The event will comprise two segments:

  • A conference with key presentations and talks about Prof. Mário Ruivo and his legacy. This session will be twofold. First, we will look back and present a retrospective on the life and work of this extraordinary man. In a second part the goal is to inspire everyone to continue where he stopped.  
  • An exhibition including the best photos from the I Live by the Sea competition, the highlights from EurOcean's International Children´s Art Contest, photographs from Prof. Mário Ruivo inaugural 1957 bathyscaphe submarine exploration off the coast of Portugal, and more.    

The event's theme will be Ocean Literacy in a broad sense. It will acknowledge Prof. Mário Ruivo's contribution to our knowledge of the Ocean and approaches to improving its management. Mário was instrumental in ensuring that Lisbon hosted Expo 1998 – the central theme of which was The Oceans: A Heritage for the Future. Now twenty years later, we offer an occasion to reflect:

  • How successful have we been in understanding Prof. Mário Ruivo's heritage?
  • What new challenges is the ocean now facing?
  • How and for what are we managing the Ocean?

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Jun 06

SDB Day 2018, Satellite Derived Bathymetry Technology and User Forum

06.06.2018 - 07.06.2018

Seefeld, DE

In view of the increasing use of Satellite-Derived Bathymetry (SDB) worldwide, there is a growing need to jointly discuss standards, data integration, new requirements, new technologies, and the handling of uncertainties in the framework of applications and international initiatives. The first international Satellite-Derived Bathymetry Technology and User Forum brings together relevant global players of naval institutions, hydrographic offices, marine industry, surveyors and SDB experts. 

Registration and further details can be found at the conference homepage

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Jun 08

EMODnet Day


Trieste, Italy

After the success of the 2015 edition, the Italian members of the EMODnet family are proud to present the second Italian EMODnet Day, named “ Marine data for industry and the private sector towards sustainable development”.

The conference will be an occasion for cross-fertilisation between EMODnet members and users, and will see the participation of representatives from ministries, regional government bodies, public research institutes, as well as private companies. Use cases of EMODnet data will open a discussion on how marine open data can foster the development of several sectors in Italy’s blue economy, such as tourism, environment, aquaculture, etc.

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Jun 11

2nd Baltic Earth Conference - the Baltic Sea Region in Transition

11.06.2018 - 15.06.2018

Helsingor, Denmark

Baltic Earth strives to achieve an improved Earth System understanding of the Baltic Sea region as the basis for science-based management in the face of climatic, environmental and human impact in the region. Baltic Earth brings together a broad international research community around core scientific issues identified as fundamental to informing societal efforts to achieve sustainability in the region. Baltic Earth targets the atmosphere, land and marine environment of the Baltic Sea, its drainage basin and nearby areas with relevance for the Baltic Sea region.

The conference will cover all themes and topics of Baltic Earth, in particular highlighting the Baltic Earth Grand Challenges as defined by the Baltic Earth Science Plan.The grand topic of the conference „The Baltic Sea region in transition“ refers to transition processes in the Baltic Sea and its catchment basin, as well as in the regional climatic and socio-economic system. In addition to this, we invite contributions which are related to processes in the transition area between the Baltic the North Sea regions, e.g. oceanographic in- and outflow events and associated consequences for Baltic Sea biogeochemistry, ecology and human uses, specific conditions of the Belts and Sounds area including human pressures like eutrophication and shipping, regional sea level rise as well as similarities and differences in the BACC and NOSCCA climate change assessments.

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Jun 12

International Conference on Ocean Energy

12.06.2018 - 14.06.2018

Cherbourg, France

The International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE) is a global marine energy event focused on the industrial development of ocean energy. Held every two years, the goal of both conference and exhibition is to share recent experiences from research and demonstration efforts. It aims to accelerate development by stimulating collaboration networks between companies and research and development centers.

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Jun 12

International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE 2018)

12.06.2018 - 14.06.2018

Cherbourg, Normandy- France.

The 7th International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE), the prestigious International event focused on the industrial development of Ocean Energy and Supported by the Internationa Energy Agency (IEA) through ocean energy systems (OES), will take place from the 12 th until the 14 th of June 2018 in La Cité de la Mer in Cherbourg, Normandy (France). Held every two years since 2006, the purpose of the ICOE 2018 event is to accelerate development by stimulating collaboration between companies, researchers and development centres. It also targets engagement of operators with experience in related marine and power industry sectors.

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Jun 12

7th IEEE/OES Baltic Symposium Clean and Safe Baltic Sea and Energy Security for the Baltic countries

12.06.2018 - 15.06.2018

Klapeida, Lithuania

The program will include plenary talks by experienced lecturers, oral and poster presentations, round table discussions, and a field trip to the UNESCO Natural Heritage Site – Curonian Spit. Basic topics for the Symposium will be Energy Security and Independence, Hazard Planning and Mitigation, Handling of the Extensive Ammunition and Ordinance that have been disposed of in the Baltic Sea and Ecosystems and socio-economic impacts.

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Jun 14

International meeting on the role and importance of the Black Sea region


Varna / Albena

The International meeting will be dedicated to the priority role and importance of the Black Sea region in the context of the European Commission's White Paper. Its aim is to highlight the role and importance of the Black Sea region and to link the priorities of the Bulgarian and the forthcoming Austrian Council Presidency of the EU with regard to the policies for the Danube and the Black Sea regions.

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Jun 14

North Sea Region Conference


Østfold, Norway

Jun 19

Swedish marine spatial plan consultation meeting


World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden.

The Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management invites representatives from neighbouring countries to a consultation meeting on the marine spatial plan consultation proposals for Skagerrak and Kattegat, the Baltic Sea and the Gulf of Bothnia. Invitations have been sent to appointed contact persons. The international consultation will take place from 15 June to 15 September 2018. Consultations under the Espoo Convention will also take place during this consultation period. The purpose of the meeting is to inform and explain the proposals to facilitate written consultation opinions sent before the end of the consultation period. The meeting is primarily aimed at authorities responsible for marine/maritime spatial planning and transboundary environmental effects. It will be devoted to cross-border and transboundary issues in general and part of the meeting will address transboundary environmental effects of the consultation proposals. Meeting date: 19 June 2018, 10.00 - 15.30.

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Jun 20

Viscous Space North Sea Conference (Viscous18)

20.06.2018 - 22.06.2018

Berlage, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Urbanization processes coupled with shifting oceanic cycles have dramatically changed cities and landscapes in and around the North Sea over the centuries. However spatial pressure within the interpenetrating urban and ecological North Sea systems has reached unprecedented levels. How can the spatial disciplines address this condition?  

This conference opens up a new perspective on historical urban studies by advancing the spatial realm of the sea into the geographical and conceptual foreground. We argue that it is vitally important to examine this evolving space as a cultivated artefact in order to understand its past and therefore to imagine its (sustainable) future. Such an examination requires a combined cross-disciplinary effort to re-conceptualize the sea as the essential founding space of the region and an agent of urban development. 

Interactions within this space are both tangible and intangible, solid and liquid. Historical legacies of the sea are legible in the built environment, but also concealed at underwater and coastal heritage sites. Port cities have traditionally been the sites of land-sea exchange in both material and non-material ways. Unfamiliar, mobile or temporary urban formats not only inhabit offshore space, but are also delivered back to land, steering spatial development and frequently in juxtaposition to the historical urban fabric of the greater North Sea Region. 

The offshore perspective on the North Sea compliments ongoing research at the Centre for Global Heritage and Development and the Chair of History of Architecture and Urban Planning, in particular port cities, global petroleumscapes and ocean urbanization. The conference aims to develop new methods of addressing urbanized maritime areas through the following question:

How have historical processes of ocean urbanization reshaped our regional economic, social, cultural, and human environments both at sea and on land?

In particular regarding;

  • physical conditions; ecology, infrastructure and artifacts
  • legal and theoretical constructions
  • narratives, representations and projections
  • heritage debates

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Jun 20

Pan Baltic Scope – Opening conference


Best Western Malmö Arena Hotel, Sweden

Register now for the Pan Baltic Scope Opening Conference - Introducing lasting macro-regional tools for Baltic maritime spatial plans

Pan Baltic Scope is the international collaboration of planning authorities and regional organizations created to strengthen the knowledge and enhance the cross-border dimensions in MSP cooperation establishing durable tools for such partnership. The partners representing the national planning authorities will highlight the status and progress of MSP processes in each country opening the panel for discussion. Ecosystem-based approach, green infrastructure, land-sea interaction, cumulative effect assessment and socioeconomic analyses in MSP will be in the centre of practical discussions in the parallel workshops. We invite practitioners and researchers interested in MSP, as well as policy makers and stakeholders involved in marine and coastal activities to get acquainted with Pan Baltic Scope and its plans, as well as dive together into the vastness of the maritime spatial planning.

Target group: Planning Authorities, Sector Agencies and other MSP projects in Baltic Sea Region and elsewhere. Other MSP projects funded by the EMFF. DG Mare, DG Regio, EASME. The conference will take place back-to-back with the 19 June consultation on Swedish plan proposals.


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Jun 26

Beyond the coast 2018: JNCC's Conference on the future of the offshore

26.06.2018 - 27.06.2018

University of Hull, Hull, UK

2018 marks the 10-year anniversary of the first MPA designated in UK offshore waters. To mark this milestone, JNCC are launching ‘Beyond the Coast’, a conference specifically focussed on progressive marine conservation in the UK’s offshore marine environment.

This event will bring together a diverse range of practitioners, academics and others to discuss key overarching themes, such as how to deal with uncertainty, assessing the health of the marine environment beyond the coast and working together to achieve common goals. Q&A panels and breakout sessions will enable lively debate and interaction, with the aim of setting the ground for future collaborations and networking.

The objectives of Beyond the Coast 2018 are to:

  • Enable a review of the status of UK’s offshore marine environment in 2018, providing the opportunity for multi-disciplinary discussion around topical offshore issues;
  • Capture the challenges the future health of our offshore marine environment faces and explore potential solutions;
  • Facilitate new collaborations to build our collective knowledge base for effective environmental management beyond the coast.

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Jun 27

MUSES second stakeholder workshop ’Embracing opportunities – Ocean Multi-Use Action Plan development workshop’


Venice, Italy

The second MUSES (Multi-Use in European Seas) project workshop will take place on Wednesday 27th of June 2018, Venice, Italy. This EU wide workshop will gather actors from the maritime business community, planning, policy and regulatory agencies, financing bodies - including EU programmes - and research institutions, to discuss the draft Ocean Multi-Use Action Plan. The workshop also aims to provide a suitable environment where actors can meet and discuss potential synergies among sectors and collaborations for establishing Multi-Use. MUSES Stakeholder Profiles report and ten case studies are  publicly available, while the results from an EU-wide assessment of multi-use potential is also soon to be available on MUSES website. Report from the fist stakeholder workshop in Poole 2017 is available here.

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Jun 27

Maritime Energy Transition - Setting the Course towards Decarbonisation of Shipping


European Parliament Brussels

Since the Paris Agreement left out international shipping from any climate goals, the white elephant in room since 2015 has been: What is international shipping´s contribution in reaching the climate goals? The EU Parliament positioned itself shortly afterwards and asked the IMO to act. In April 2018 the IMO agreed to at least halve the greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The question at hand is now: How to reach the IMO goals?

For the shipping industry, 2050 is almost “tomorrow”, and to cut its emissions by 50% or even more is obviously impossible without significant changes regarding technologies, supply chains, fuels, etc.

Together with VDMA Engines and Systems, the Searica intergroup , will organise a conference on the "Maritime Energy Transition" to discuss the opportunities and challenges with MEPs and representatives from the European Commission, maritime industry, ports, NGOs and science.

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Jun 28

2018 Ocean Summit: The Future of the Oceans - Volvo Ocean Race Ocean Summit

28.06.2018 - 29.06.2018

The Hague, Netherlands

In June, the participants of the world’s toughest ocean race, the Volvo Ocean Race will sail towards the finish line in The Hague. With the magnificent background of the seaside Race Village, the final Ocean Summit will focus on: The Future of the Oceans.
Volvo Ocean Race and the Dutch Topsector Water & Maritime invite you to this unique event where sailors, scientists, government, NGO’s and the private sector will come together to get inspired, to connect and commit to improving the health of our oceans. Volvo Ocean Race and the Dutch Topsector Water & Maritime invite you on 28 & 29 June to be part of The Ocean Summit The Hague, work with inspired people and organisations that have started on workable solutions for Plastic Soup, Ocean Health and Zero Emission Shipping. Join our speakers as they stir delegates to re-think solutions to the problem of Climate Change, empowering them to explore alternative strategies, and realise Ocean Inspired Innovations and make use of Oceans Resources in a sustainable way. The breakout session of the Ocean Summit in The Hague will build dynamic bridges between visionairs, entrepeneurs, governement and private companies. Having highly diversified groups of deligates will create energy at the stage and offer the audience different insights. All sessions will start with an inspirational view on future options and close with a ‘what can we start working on tomorrow’ commitment.

Breakouts will be organised around the following themes:

  • Plastic Soup / Ocean Health
  • Ocean Resources
  • Ocean inspired innovation
  • Ocean Resources
  • Zero Emission Shipping

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Jul 02

4th International Symposium on Integrated Coastal Zone Management In a changing climate

02.07.2018 - 05.07.2018

Arendal, Norway

The 4th ICZM symposium will again be hosted by the Institute of Marine Research, Norway in Arendal, Norway, and held on July 2 – 5, 2018.  This multi-disciplinary international conference is intended to promote science and integration of knowledge for the sustainable management of coastal resources. It will provide a venue for scientists, engineers, managers and policy-makers to discuss recent advances and innovative ideas, to share experiences and to develop networks.

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Jul 05

Opening Conference SEANSE project


Brussels, Belgium

During the Opening Conference the project is explained in more detail and the partners will inform you what they will do in the project. There will time to discuss and ask questions. You are also kindly invited to consider how you or your organisation can contribute to this project, for instance by sharing information or data. Please indicate your interest to attend this conference by sending a mail to: by June 11th 2018.

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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 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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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 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 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 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 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 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 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


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 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 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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