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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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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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Jun 27

High Seas International Conference

27.06.2018 - 28.06.2018

Boulogne, France

Nausicaa, the National Sea Centre, is inviting interested individuals to the High Seas International Conference, to raise public awareness and mobilise civil society on the challenges of the High Seas. The conference is co-organised with l'Agence Française pour la Biodiversité (AFB), the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the Global Ocean Forum, The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), the World Ocean Network and the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

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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

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 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 26

Making fish farming sustainable - Innovative & eco-friendly solutions to tackle escapees, sea lice and other challenges


Room A5G1, European Parliament, Brussels

MEP Nils Torvalds will chair an event entitled “Making fish farming sustainable - Innovative & eco-friendly solutions to tackle escapees, sea lice and other challenges" organised by the European Parliament Forum on Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment, with the support of the European Anglers Alliance (EAA) and the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA).

The aim of the conference is to raise awareness regarding some negative impacts that conventional aquaculture systems have on the surrounding environment such as parasites infestations and the problem of escapees. Indeed, when farmed fish escapes in the wild, not only they contribute to the spreading of parasites in the natural environment, but they also interfere with the spawning process of the wild fish threatening the survival of wild fish stocks. The event will also highlight some positive examples of closed aquaculture systems as sustainable solutions to the EU's wish to increase aquaculture production by demonstrating that they are economically viable.

If you wish to register  or if you need an accreditation to access the European Parliament, please send an email to by the 19th of June. 

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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 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 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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