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Jul 16

The Journey Begins: The Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute (CMMI) Sets Sail


Larnaca, Cyprus

During the event, the plan for the establishment of the Cyprus Marine and Maritime Institute (CMMI) will be presented to officials and national and international Blue Economy stakeholders. Prof. Nicholas Makris, Director of the Center for Ocean Engineering and of the Laboratory for Undersea Remote Sensing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will be the keynote speaker. Prof. Damon Teagle, Director of the Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) will be an additional guest speaker. The event is organized by the Municipality of Larnaca under the auspices of the Shipping Deputy Minister,  Ms. Natasa Pilides. Ms. Pilides will be addressing the event as well.

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Jul 09

AESOP Annual Conference 'Planning for Transition'

09.07.2019 - 13.07.2019

Venice, Italy

Every year, usually in July, AESOP holds its Annual Congress, hosted by one of member universities. Congresses are a wide platform of exchange in the fields of research, education and practice in planning. They usually run around 20 thematic tracks and host outstanding invited speakers. Contemporary cities and territories face significant challenges – natural disasters due to climate change impacts, ecological crises, growing socio-economic unrest, global migration, political rifts including a rise of right wing factions, ambitious public works and mega-projects – all of which require new capacities in dealing with such individual and multiple groupings of such challenging and profound changes.

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Jul 03


03.07.2019 - 05.07.2019

Nantes, France

The second edition of the OCEANEXT conference will bring together key scientists and stakeholders from multi-disciplinary areas of research providing knowledge for Building the future of marine and coastal socio-ecosystems. The organisers are delighted to invite you to submit abstracts for an oral presentation or a poster at OCEANEXT, to be held in Nantes, France from 3rd – 5th July 2019 within the MER XXL, the first French exhibition on the sea.

A special session on MSP will be organised on 3 July: "Questioning and sharing innovation in higher education in marine spatial planning". This session has been designed in partnership with the SP-MSP project, Erasmus +, Grant n°2016-1-DE01-KA203-002909.

There will be 1 keynote speech (KN), followed by 5 regular talks (RT) and 1 flash presentation (FP):

  • KN (30 min): Planning for the Future with Games and Virtual Reality: the Maritime Spatial Planning Challenge (Pr. Igor Meyer, Breda University of Applied Sciences, the Netherlands)
  • RG (15 min): MSP Education Arena – Digital Platform to Support Higher Education in Marine Spatial Planning (Ripken, Koch, Warmelink, Klenke, Mayer)
  • RG (15 min): Simulation gaming for diverse MSP needs: the MSP Challenge board and digital games (Warmelink, Mayer, Abspoel, Keijser, Ripken, Fairgrieve)
  • FP (3-5 min): An Integrated Food Web Model for the Baltic Sea: Design Challenges and Model Behaviour in an Interactive Simulation Platform (Do Patrocinio Goncalves, Tomczak, Romagnoni, Puntila-Dodd, Steenbeek, Karvinen). A demo will be done (3-5 min).
  • RG (15 min): Harmonized Approaches in Teaching MSP Foundations across Europe – Lessons Learned from England and Germany (Ripken, Jay, Jones, Klenke)
  • RG (15 min): Fields of innovation from research in marine spatial planning (Schiele, Frederiksen , Oksanen, Kettunen, Sten Hansen)
  • RG (15 min): Crafting the science of local or how to get to transboundary integrated management (Henocque, Petit)

The language of this session is English.

More information about the conference here (in French).

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Jun 25

People & the Sea X: learning from the past, imagining the future

25.06.2019 - 28.06.2019

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

MARE People and the Sea Conference X: Call for Papers and Panels:

The Centre for Maritime Research (MARE) is preparing its 10th international People and the Sea Conference that will take place in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, on June 25-28, 2019. This jubilee conference, which is preceded by a policy day (June 24, 2019) and flanked by other events, takes time as its theme. In full awareness of the major ongoing changes in the knowledge industry and how people interact with coasts and seas, we first delve into the past: what have we learned, and to what extent are we making the most of these learning opportunities? From whom should we be learning, and how do we engage in the learning process? To what extent are the insights of earlier generations of social scientists studying maritime affairs and coastal life still relevant to us? We then look forward and ask ourselves what social scientists can contribute to understanding and dealing with coastal and maritime challenges of the future. Topics range from the increasing intensity of storms and their implications for navigators and coastal inhabitants, to plastic pollution and conservation measures, the travails of travelers and the expansion of coastal cities, the fate of long-time inhabitants such as fishers and indigenous people, trends of coastal and ocean grabbing, the regulatory pursuits of planners, officials and scientists, and the ethics of technology.  What perspectives and skills do we have to offer to science and the world; what are our strengths and where do our limitations lie?

Under the broad theme LEARNING FROM THE PAST, IMAGINING THE FUTURE, we investigate a myriad of matters in the context of six streams, each of which highlights a particular aspect of coastal and oceanic affairs.

Stream topics


1: Making a living from coasts and oceans:

From time immemorial, people around the globe have lived beside and upon the coasts and ocean, subsisting and earning their livelihoods. What are the ways in which they subsist and live?  How do such livelihoods impact their culture, social organization, technology and innovations, management and governance structures, way of life, and worldviews? This stream will reflect upon how people in the past, now and in future live and interact with oceans and coasts. This stream is concerned with fishers, navigators, oil platform workers, tourism operators, wind farm mechanics and the whole range of other professions that engage with coasts and seas and with the communities that they belong to.

2: Framing, knowing and dreaming coasts and oceans:

How do we know the ocean and how has this changed over time? What are the knowledge-producing entities, routines and practices through which people study, reflect on and make sense of the ocean? What are the different types of knowledge that guide human interaction with the marine environment? How are they produced and communicated and why are some more influential than others in guiding people’s behaviour? This stream will reflect on how we frame, dream and know oceans and coasts. It thus focuses on marine epistemologies ranging from scientific to everyday forms of knowledge production.

3: Governing, steering and managing coasts and oceans:

The world-wide domestication of coasts and oceans has led to a flurry of managerial activity at various scale levels and in multiple venues. Politicians, planners, legislators, environmentalists, business (wo-)men and scientists consider options to initiate blue growth, save fisheries, reduce pollution and protect the environment, and create a proper and legitimate regulatory environment. ‘Stakeholders’ sit on the other side of the table, participating, protesting, negotiating and undergoing. This stream is about ocean and coastal governance in all its manifestations and human faces, paying special attention to how it has changed and might change yet again.

4: Navigating, touring and experiencing coasts and oceans:

Oceans and coasts play important roles for the transportation of goods and people and provide attractive landscapes and experiences for tourists and recreationists alike. How do we navigate the ocean, and how do present trends differ from the past? What can we expect in future? This stream will reflect on how we use oceans and coasts for transport purposes and tourism experiences, and how these activities have an impact on environments, economies and societies. It thus focuses on a range of maritime mobilities and assesses the sustainability challenges and opportunities of their development at different scale levels and from other angles.

5: Appropriating, contesting and criminalizing coasts and oceans:

Oceans and coasts are subject to ever-rising conflicts over the distribution of space and resources. What is the nature of the ensuing contestations? How are the games played, who are the winners and losers? Oil spills, pollution, ocean and coastal grabbing and man-made disasters suggest disparities between those causing harm and those vulnerable to the consequences. In addition, oceans are a welcome host for illicit activities: smuggling and trafficking of goods and people, brazen acts of piracy, and illegal resource extractions. Securitization is a common response. This stream reflects the rough and dirty side of life along coasts and oceans and related trends of grand and petty politics.

6: Innovating, technologizing and tracking uses of coasts and oceans:

This stream focuses on the changing role of innovations and technology in the transformation of oceans and coastal areas, highlighting the role of business. Discourses of blue economy and blue growth are facilitated by development in fields such as robotics, monitoring and surveillance systems, energy systems and communication technology. We are interested in studies that address how material innovations and technological progress shift the balance between humans and their marine and coastal environments, and the implications this has for people in different stations of life. Contributions that re-examine the position of the marine social sciences in the paradigm of blue growth are also very welcome.

Conference contributions

Participants may propose panels, papers, but also posters and other visual materials, such as documentary films. Besides the more traditional conference formats we encourage proposals with innovative formats that stimulate interaction such as roundtables, workshops, brainstorming sessions and debates. As for paper-based panels, we encourage formats that invite deeper discussion, for example by including discussants or by peer reviewing each other’s papers. The conference organizers may prioritize proposals that take such matters into account.

Deadline for panel, paper proposals and other conference formats: January 31st, 2019.

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Jun 27

UNESCO Ocean Science Day


Paris, France

Ocean Science Day 2019 will bring together outspoken scientists, decision-makers, educators, and users of ocean science and technology on the margins of preparations for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030). Through state-of-the-art knowledge and inspired appeals, they will illustrate how ocean science is key for our planet’s sustainability, and how urgent it is to take action.
Joining government representatives from IOC’s 150 Member States, these actors will provide complementary views on ocean science, measure progress, and identify emerging challenges and issues. IOC is honored to invite you to contribute your perspectives to this Forum, helping society deliver as a whole a healthier global ocean.

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Jun 25

Blue Bioeconomy Forum Second Conference


Brussels, Belgium

At this conference the European roadmap for the blue bioeconomy will be presented and discussed. You can contribute to the roadmap, get informed on the most important challenges and suggested solutions (on policy, environment and regulation; finance and business development; value chain, markets and consumers; and science, technology and innovation) and get in contact with other professionals working in or interested in the blue bioeconomy.

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Jun 17

Future Oceans2 - 2nd IMBeR Ocean Science Conference

17.06.2019 - 21.06.2019

Brest, France

Future Oceans2 is the second IMBeR Open Science Conference and will provide an opportunity to join world leading researchers to present advances in science from all disciplines that contribute towards –

ocean sustainability for the benefit of society: understanding, challenges, and solutions

In addition to delivering an update of the pertinent science, Future Oceans2 will foster productive inter-and trans-disciplinary discussions and provide a forum to strategically map future research directions. Within this context, Future Oceans2 is based around three interlinked themes –

  • Theme 1. Understanding and quantifying the state and variability of marine ecosystems;
  • Theme 2. Improving scenarios, predictions and projections of future ocean-human systems at multiple scales; and
  • Theme 3. Improving and achieving sustainable ocean governance.

Future Oceans2 will be an exciting mix of talks (keynote, research, and contributed -up to 10 concurrent sessions each day), posters, workshops, focus groups, world cafés, and other innovative formats to engage delegates. The conference will be preceded by two days of workshops.

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Jun 19

A clean planet for all: the role of oceans


Brussels, Belgium

The Commission’s Clean Planet Communication of November 2018 set out eight scenarios that indicated how net greenhouse gas emissions could be reduced to zero, or nearly zero by 2050. All forecast an increase in electricity consumption, some by more than 100%, as sectors such as transport and home heating shift from fossil fuels. And all indicated that half of this would come from wind, with about half of this offshore. Furthermore, the conversion of land from food to biofuel will create incentives to invest in aquaculture production which, as well as saving land and freshwater, can produce protein with a lower carbon footprint than that grown or raised on land. This is not business as usual and will radically change Europe’s seas and oceans.

The sessions aims to generate a discussion as to how we go from here to there.

Representatives of the wind energy and electricity distribution industries will describe how they are tackling the challenges to expansion of offshore wind farms, an expert in life cycle analysis will show how algae could not only provide protein for food and feed but also contribute to the circular economy by removing nutrients and a representative of a national government will explain what needs to be done to find enough space for this expansion without unduly compromising other activities. This will be followed by a short presentation on EU efforts.

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Jun 17

Conference on "Spatial development of Polish sea areas"


Szczecin, Poland

The Association of Polish Town Planners in Szczecin and the West Pomeranian Chamber of Architects, in cooperation with the West Pomeranian University of Technology, are organising the conference on 17 June in the headquarters of the Maritime Office in Szczecin, Poland. The conference will see the presentation of the state of advancement of work on spatial development plans for internal sea waters located in the territorial area of the Director of the Maritime Office in Szczecin.

The tentative program of the conference includes three thematic blocks:

  1. Spatial development plans for Polish sea areas (examples of draft plans and  interrelations between planning decisions for sea waters and adjacent land areas of coastal communes),
  2. Basic line - the effects of its designation (aspects important for national agencies, local governments and investors)
  3. Underwater cultural heritage (examples of interesting finds, conditions for its protection).

The organizers invite, in particular: town planners, architects of local government representatives, as well as other people interested in the proposed issues. The conference is in Polish language. Please send your completed and signed form by June 3, 2019 to

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Jun 13

BLUEMED CSA High-Level Research Infrastructures Stakeholders Conference

13.06.2019 - 14.06.2019

Paris, France

The BLUEMED High-Level Research Infrastructures Stakeholders Conference will bring together the Mediterranean scientific community and high-level policy makers to enhance the dialogue on cooperation in the field of research infrastructures. This two-day event aims at further strengthening marine and research innovation in the Mediterranean through the proposal of concrete actions and it will pave the way towards the implementation of BLUEMED Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda priorities.

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Jun 12

10th Annual Forum of EUSBSR

12.06.2019 - 13.06.2019

Gdansk, Poland

Registration runs from 28 March 2019 until 15 May 2019.

Please use this link to register:

The main topic of this year's Forum is Circular and sharing economy as an answer to demographic changes and environmental challenges in the Baltic Sea Region.

The programme for the two-day event includes 19 seminars on a wide range of topics that support the thematic focus of the Forum. During the seminars, you will be able to see the potential for the development of the Circular Economy in the Baltic Sea Region in areas such as food, health, tourism, transport, cities, bioeconomy, industry, education, migrants, labour market and demography.

The Forum also offers the opportunity to participate in the Networking Village where participants can have a direct contact with those responsible for the work of EUSBSR.

Please follow the Forum's website and see you in Gdansk!

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Jun 11

EurOCEAN conference

11.06.2019 - 12.06.2019

Paris, France

The next (2019) edition of the EurOCEAN conference will take place on 11-12 June 2019, in Paris (France), hosted by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (7 place Fontenoy - 75007 Paris, France) and managed by the European Marine Board.

To keep track of the most recent information on this event visit the conference series' website ( or the Marine Board website (, or follow the Marine Board on Twitter (@EMarineBoard).

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