Events Archive



May 24

Kick-off EMODnet Open Sea Lab Hackathon II


Brussels, Belgium

Are you a Coder? Communicator? Data enthusiast? Entrepreneur? Or Creative mind with drive to develop solutions? Join us at the second EMODnet Open Sea Lab hackathon to address blue society challenges! During a three-day open data bootcamp (4-5-6 September), in the vibrant and historical city of Ghent (Belgium), teams will compete and bring their expertise to develop novel marine and maritime applications using EMODnet, ICES and Copernicus Marine’s wealth of marine data and services.

The format and challenges of the Open Sea Lab II will be presented during a kick-off event on 24 May 2019 (14:00-17:00, Royal Museums Of Fine Arts, Brussels). This event will mark the official opening of the applications to participate in the hackathon 2019. All talks will be streamed live and made available online on the website afterwards. This is your chance to learn more about the hackathon and meet the organizers, some of the coaches and data providers!

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May 23

Building with Nature convention


Den Haag, the Netherlands

The Dutch organisation PPS Netwerk organises the Building with Nature convention on May 23rd, in cooperation with Hoogwaterbeschermingsprogramma and EcoShape. The language of this conference is Dutch.

The aim of this conference is to inform interested parties from outside the EcoShape network about the Building with Nature approach. In order to appeal to a broader audience, the chosen theme is ‘Green-Blue solutions for climate resilient and economically strong living environments’. Through lectures and workshops on the BwN approach and projects, participants learn how BwN works and how they can apply it to their own projects. Among the speakers are Wendy Olivier (Ministry of Economic Affairs), Fokko van der Goot (EcoShape), Bas Roels (World Wildlife Fund), Wim Lammers (Staatsbosbeheer) and Stephanie Janssen (Deltares). The conference also offers you a good opportunity to establish new contacts. Access to the conference is free of charge if you bring along a guest from another field or sector.

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May 21

Future of the North Sea Digital Transformation Summit

21.05.2019 - 22.05.2019

Edinburgh, Scotland

In the face of a rapidly evolving technological landscape, embracing a digitally enabled supply chain, adapting operating models to the ongoing digital revolution, adopting advanced & integrated digital solutions across the sector, and driving transformation before the industry is disrupted have been brought to the forefront of industry discussion. The need for collaboration across the industry for the promotion of knowledge sharing, advancing innovation, reducing costs and maximising capabilities is also becoming of central importance to industry development. The Future of the North Sea Digital Transformation Summit will address such challenges by uniting the North Sea supply chain, supporting cross-sector collaboration, driving transformation, aligning incentives throughout the supply chain and securing the future of the industry.

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May 22

SEANSE project knowledge sharing workshop 'MSP Challenges in the North Sea'


Antwerp, Belgium

Strategic Environmental Assessment North Seas Energy (SEANSE) is organising a workshop on 22 May in Antwerp, Belgium. Topics discussed will include:

Session 1: MSP implementation process in North Sea

Session 2: Land-sea interactions and smart grids in the North Sea

Session 3: Data sharing at marine basin for integrating an Ecosystem-Based Approach
in MSP

Registration is available here.

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May 22

World Ocean Council Underwater Sound sources - Webinar Series


Ocean industry representatives and others interested in underwater acoustics are invited to participate in a free, four-part webinar series on anthropogenic underwater sound sources organized and hosted by the Discovery of Sound in the Sea (DOSITS).

The first two webinars of this four-part series will take place in May 2019 and will focus on underwater sound associated with seismic sources, pile driving and wind turbines.

  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 12:00 pm ET Dr. Robert Gisiner: Seismic Sound Sources
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019, 12:00 pm ET Dr. James Miller and Dr. Kathleen Vigness-Raposa: Pile-driving, Dr. Jakob Tougaard: Wind Turbines

Subsequent webinars will take place in the 3rd quarter of 2019 and will focus on commercial shipping, sonar, and echosounders.

Each webinar will last approximately 60 minutes and provide an update on current research efforts along with a review of noise mitigation measures, followed by an extended period of facilitated discussion. All webinars will be recorded and archived on the DOSITS website (Decision Makers Webinars). A summary of questions asked, and their answers, will be posted online after each webinar.

Prior to each webinar, an outline of the presentation(s), with links to relevant background content on DOSITS, will be made available. Participants are encouraged to review these outlines, as well as archived webinars on the potential effects of underwater sound on marine animals, before each sound source webinar.

To register, visit enquiries, please contact Holly Morin at

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May 15

7th EUGEO Congress on the Geography of Europe

15.05.2019 - 18.05.2019

Galway, Ireland

This conference will offer participants the opportunity to reflect on and re-imagine futures within the geographical boundary of Europe. The overarching theme will be reflected throughout the conference programme and themed fieldtrips. We hope that this broad and inclusive theme attracts a wide variety of geographers with a range of physical, social, cultural, political and environmental research interests. A dedicated session will be organised on MSP:

Session Title: Marine Spatial Planning

Session Convenor: Liam Carr, NUI Galway


Ireland has begun developing its Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) framework, as guided by the MSP Directive 2014/89/EU. With a target date of implementing MSP by March 2021, relevant Irish authorities have been tasked with analysing and organising "human activities in marine areas to achieve ecological, economic and social objectives" through a framework that itself sits above a "hierarchy of plans and sectoral policies". As such, Ireland’s embryonic MSP efforts offer a uniquely opportune moment to broadly test and link theories and practices from across the discipline, establish critical space and nascent lines of enquiry at the land-sea interface, and engage productively to better appraise policy discussions now underway within agencies, between stakeholder communities, and across economic sectors. This session is seeking papers that will foster critical policy and practice discourses around the land-sea interface and MSP both in Ireland and abroad.

The session encourages papers from across Geography, especially those that examine:

• Case studies of MSP policies and practices at multiple scales;

• Ecosystem-based management and applications for MSP policy development;

• MSP within social-ecological systems theory;

• Local knowledge along the land-sea interface;

• Stakeholders and contested space for coastal and marine resources;

• Coastal and marine systems resilience in a changing world.

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May 16

European Maritime Day

16.05.2019 - 17.05.2019

Lisbon, Portugal

The focus of the European Maritime Day 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal, will be on blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment to transform traditional maritime sectors and boost emerging technologies and value chains. A specific focus will be put on research and innovation for a plastic-free ocean.

The EMD is the annual EU meeting point on maritime affairs and blue growth. It targets maritime professionals, entrepreneurs and ocean leaders from Academia, NGOs, businesses, governments and public institutions. Stakeholders will find the EMD a great opportunity to touch base with strategic partners, to make new contacts, get visibility for projects, activities and achievements, gain new insights into the evolving EU policy and funding landscape and provide input into European Maritime Policy formulation. Through a dedicated matchmaking application, participants will be able to ask for matchmaking slots with other participants and post their profiles online.

EMD 2019 will also be celebrated across Europe, through ‘EMD in my Country’ events and activities, big and small, that in 2019 will focus, in particular, on mobilising citizens and young people around the theme of responsible and sustainable use of the oceans. The EMD portal lets you find which events are happening around Europe and in your neighborhood.

Registration is open until 15 May 2019.

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May 15

EFARO Seminar on the Ecosystem Approach and Blue Economy


Brussels, Belgium

What is the Ecosystem Approach? How can we use this? And what does it mean in the context of the Blue Economy and Blue Growth?

After the very successful seminar last year on The CFP and what should the next CFP look like, EFARO would very much like to invite you to join them again, this year on a seminar on the Ecosystem Approach and the Blue Economy. We will have speakers from industry, NGO, science and the policy community. 

The seminar will be held on the 15th of May at the Museum of Natural Science in Brussels. Please use this link to register! 

More details on the programme will follow shortly. 

EFARO is the Organisation of the Directors of European Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Institutes,

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May 13

#OceanDecade: 1st Global Planning Meeting

13.05.2019 - 15.05.2019

Copenhagen, Denmark

The UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030 presents a once-in a life time opportunity to deliver scientific knowledge, foster technological innovation, and build capacity to achieve the 2030 Agenda and reverse the decline of ocean health. This will be a truly global effort based on inclusive partnerships flourishing in a global research and innovation ecosystem. To kick-start the Preparation Phase for the Decade, a Global Planning Meeting will be convened 13-15 May 2019, in Copenhaguen, Denmark, hosted by the National Museum of Denmark and convened by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) as coordinating body for the Decade. The event will provide a forum to gather approximately 200 thought-leaders/champions/key stakeholders. A mixture of plenary and break-out groups will facilitate international, interdisciplinary discussions across sectors (such as: ocean science and technology; ocean policy and sustainable development; business and industry; NGOs and civil society; donors and foundations) to identify concrete deliverables and partnerships to meet the Decade's six societal objectives:

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May 12

3rd International MSP Forum

12.05.2019 - 15.05.2019

Vigo, Spain

The 3rd International #MSPforum, jointly organised by EC DG MARE and UNESCO-IOC, will take place in Vigo, Spain. For more information please see


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May 14

WESTMED Workshop Palermo


Palermo, Italy

Save the Date for the WESTMED Stakeholder Workshop - Developing the Blue Economy in Palermo, Italy on 14 May 2019. More information:

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May 14

WestMed Hackathons


Palermo, Italy

The European Commission and the Co-Presidency of the Initiative for the sustainable development of the blue economy in the western Mediterranean are holding the project-support event WestMED Hackathons: Blue Economy contribution to the Summit of the Two Shores on Tuesday 14 May 2019 in Palermo, Italy. The event will allow stakeholders to exchange project ideas and promote concrete projects development in the maritime sector. Registration is mandatory and open until 1 May 2019.

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