Events Archive



Jan 15

Coastal Futures Conference

15.01.2020 - 16.01.2020


The Costal Futures conferences have existed since 1994 and offer strong perspectives, reviews, future trends and networking thanks to a wide cross-section of coastal and marine practitioners on topical issues covering a wide range of sectors.

This two-day conference will deal with climate change, protection of the marine environment, fisheries, offshore wind and many other subjects, including Maritime Spatial Planning. The event will take place at the Royal Geographical Society in London.

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

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Jan 09

SEANSE project Final Conference

09.01.2020 - 10.01.2020

Rotterdam, the Netherlands

The partners in SEANSE (Strategic Environmental Assessment North Sea Energy) would like to invite you to participate in the final conference of this project which ends by the end of January 2020.

During this final conference attention will be paid to the results of the project on:

  • what North Sea countries do on Strategic Environmental Assessment at sea
  • planning criteria for off shore wind parks
  • assessment methodologies for accumulation of environmental impacts of these wind parks, applied for different scenarios for the North Sea
  • cross-border stakeholder involvement
  • data and knowledge sharing for cooperation between States in maritime spatial planning

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

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Dec 06

MarSP Final Conference


Teatro Micaelense, São Miguel, Azores.

This is the end of the project and MarSP (Macronesian Maritime Spatial Planning) wants to share their results with the public. Macaronesia’s current conditions and constraints will be presented, as well as the potential marine uses, MSP Roadmaps and implementation guidelines, MSP Platforms, tools for regional Cross-border cooperation and even a special focus on the MarSP Stakeholder Engagement Processes.

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

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Nov 26

WindEurope Offshore 2019: Our energy, our future

26.11.2019 - 28.11.2019


How offshore wind will help Europe go carbon neutral

Europe needs to expand its offshore fleet 10x to meet Europe’s climate objectives for 2050. We all know this. The question is: how do we get there?

This November, Europe’s flagship offshore wind event will gather 9,000 participants to drill down on the practical challenges of putting offshore at the core of our energy mix.

Information and registration here.

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Nov 20

Sustainable Ocean Summit - Investing in Ocean Futures: Finance and Innovation for the Blue Economy

20.11.2019 - 22.11.2019

Paris, France

Mark your calendars for the next SOS – the annual gathering of the global ocean business community dedicated to advancing private sector action on ocean sustainable development, organized by WOC – the global Blue Economy Business Organization. With the theme of “Investing in Ocean Futures: Finance and Innovation for the Blue Economy”, the SOS 2019 will be the first international ocean business conference dedicated to investment and innovation for sustainable development.

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Nov 19

Maritime Spatial Planning Forum “Global meets regional”

19.11.2019 - 21.11.2019

Riga, Latvia

How can we improve understanding of Marine/Maritime Spatial Planning worldwide?
We invite marine spatial planners, decision-makers, representatives of the private sector and civil society, researchers and other experts to save the date for the
Maritime Spatial Planning Forum: Global Meets Regional (MSPforum)!

By providing a space for sharing of experiences, analyses and best practices of different MSP processes worldwide, the MSPforum will empower stakeholders to identify solutions and commit to cross-sectoral actions to conserve our ocean and use its resources in a sustainable way.

It will serve as a joint event for the 4th International MSPforum, 3rd Baltic MSP Forum and final conference of the Pan Baltic Scope project. 

It is organized together by UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission, VASAB, Pan Baltic Scope and European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

Stay tuned for more details on how to register for the MSPforum!

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Nov 19

ETIP Ocean & OES-Environmental Webinar: Marine Spatial Planning and Ocean Energy Development


Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) can support the installation of ocean energy, for example by shortening the consenting processes. However, current plans often fail to include ocean energy sector or its future needs.

In this webinar, you will hear experts discussing MSP approaches and opportunities to the ocean energy sector, how some national maritime spatial plans are being implemented and what they can offer to a more effective ocean energy deployment.

Find all information and sign up here.

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Nov 13

SIMAtlantic: Opportunities and risks in Maritime Spatial Planning in the European Atlantic


Porto, Portugal

This workshop is part of the 6th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference (ASPC2019).

The Supporting Implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning in the Atlantic (SIMAtlantic) project aims to support the establishment and implementation of Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) in five European Atlantic countries. In order to promote and highlight the work planned as part of the project this interactive workshop will showcase the current status of MSP implementation in Atlantic countries together with the needs, challenges, opportunities and gaps and describe how the SIMAtlantic project will address these. An interactive session will provide attendees with the opportunity to put forward their experiences and ideas in relation to those challenges identified.

The workshop will begin with a brief introduction to the SIMAtlantic Project followed by a panel discussion with representatives from EU member states. The second part of the workshop will be interactive in nature with delegates discussing the opportunities and risks associated with the four key themes of the project: Governance, Cumulative Impacts and SEA, Data Use and Sharing, and Land-Sea interactions.


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Nov 08

Marine Spatial Challenge CPD Event 2019


Inverness, Scotland

Scotland is forward thinking and fast moving when it comes to Marine Spatial Planning, recognising the need for implementation as well has being home to many experts in environmental based management. With a growing interest in sustaining our planet and depictions of the crisis, influential scientists such as David Attenborough have been able to portray to the public just how integral the protection of our ecosystems is as well as sustainable development. It is easy to overlook how we might affect the ocean and how the ocean might affect us when we are not living near the sea. However, the oceans are integral for sustaining life on earth.

The MSP Challenge board game is a tool which has been used in several MSP stakeholder engagement activities in recent years. It is a table top strategy game where a fictitious sea basin is designed on the board and different maritime activities are represented by colourful acrylate tiles, with various symbols. Workshops can be developed based on the needs of a specific project and realities of a particular sea basin. The game is very easy to understand and has mostly been used as a low technology  approach to raise awareness about MSP.

This event will give planners the opportunity to engage in and be familiarised with the process of Marine Spatial Planning as well as learn about the different efforts, Acts/Bills, projects and progress happening all over Scotland. Discussing the 11 Marine Regions and what this means for planners will proved a platform for communication with experts and practitioners that will hopefully be sustained after the event.

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Nov 05

Copernicus Marine Service training workshop for the Baltic Sea Region

05.11.2019 - 06.11.2019

Gothenburg, Sweden

Mercator Ocean International, Noveltis and the Swedish Institute for the Marine Environment organize on November 5-6 2019 in Gothenburg , Sweden, a Regional Copernicus Marine Service Training Workshop dedicated to the Baltic Sea region.


Training workshops are designed to train existing Copernicus Marine Service users and also gain new users. The audience will learn about the use of the Copernicus Marine Service products and services and their possible applications, by gaining knowledge during plenary and practical training sessions. The audience will also be able to share its experience and express needs and requirements for new products to be included in the Copernicus Marine Service portfolio in the future.


  • introduce the Copernicus Marine Service and its catalogue of products
  • train the audience on the use of the Copernicus Marine Service products and services and their possible applications,
  • assess potential users’ experience/needs/priorities in terms of marine data and information with regards to the Copernicus Marine Service,
  • put in practice some of the existing examples and known solutions within marine hands-on technical sessions.

The training will take place at Quality Panorama Hotel – Eklandagatan 51-53, 412 61 Göteborg, Sweden

See details and register here.

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Oct 22

14th MEDCOAST Congress on Coastal and Marine Sciences, Engineering, Management & Conservation

22.10.2019 - 26.10.2019

Marmaris, Turkey

The fourteenth MEDCOAST congress in Marmaris (Turkey) takes place at a time when the European Commission is keenly involved in facilitating programs for Mediterranean and the Black Sea in the fields of Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP), Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and Blue Growth (Economy). The Marmaris congress will provide excellent opportunities for discussing national and regional efforts and capabilities in these and related fields as well as the future needs and directions. The meeting will also be a good occasion for networking and collaboration initiatives.

The congress takes place at a time when the European Commission is keenly involved in facilitating programs for the Mediterranean and the Black Sea in the fields of Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP), Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and Blue Growth (Economy) and this important event will be an excellent opportunity for discussing national and regional efforts and capacities, as well as for networking and collaboration. 

The deadline for abstract submission is 31 May 2019.

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Oct 23

Our Ocean Conference 2019

23.10.2019 - 24.10.2019

Oslo, Norway

The Our Ocean conferences focus on the key ocean issues of our time – marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate-related impacts on the ocean. More information about Our Ocean 2019 is forthcoming.

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