Mar 21

XX Anniversary International Environmental Forum Baltic Sea Day

21.03.2019 - 22.03.2019

St. Petersburg, Russia

On March 21-22, 2019, representatives of the Baltic countries will gather in Saint-Petersburg (Russia) for the 20th time to exchange experiences, discuss the achieved results and future plans, moreover ways of reaching the ambitious goals in conservation and protection of the Baltic Sea environment.

The Agenda of the Forum is under developing now and it's going to be focused on Sustainable development for the Baltic Sea – future outlook and updating of the Baltic Sea action plan and contribution to the UN SDGs 2030.

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Mar 22

Applied science conference on integrated ocean management


Kaliningrad, Russia

The conference is timed to celebrate the International Baltic Sea Day and will be held on 22 March 2019 in Kaliningrad, Russia. The conference is jointly organised by Kaliningrad State Technical University (as a part of the Baltic University Programme) and Barents-Baltic Nature and People (BBNP) Programme. The conference programme includes scientific discussion on integrated ocean governance and (MSP) as a tool and the interactive simulation MSP Business Game “If I am a Decision-Maker” ( "Raising awareness and skills development of marine spatial planning (MSP) among university students in the Russian regions of the Northern Sea Route"). The game has an educational character and its main goal is to raise public awareness about sustainable ocean management and to form maritime spatial planning skills. Representatives of regional authorities, municipalities, NGOs, academic institutions, representatives of business are invited to take part in the event. Participation is free of charge.

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Mar 26

2nd International MSP Forum

26.03.2019 - 29.03.2019

La Reunion, France

The 2nd International #MSPforum, jointly organised by EC DG MARE and UNESCO-IOC, will take place in La Reunion, FR. Please find a draft agenda below:


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Mar 27

18th Meeting of the joint HELCOM-VASAB Maritime Spatial Planning Working Group

27.03.2019 - 28.03.2019

Hamburg, Germany

Mar 27

Towards Policy Recommendations on Sustainable Tourism: shaping the results of the MED Community

27.03.2019 - 28.03.2019

Split, Croatia


Apr 01

OceanVisions2019 - Climate Summit Successes in resilience, adaptation, mitigation, and sustainability

01.04.2019 - 04.04.2019

Georgia, US

The OceanVisions2019 - Climate Summit "Successes in resilience, adaptation, mitigation, and sustainability" is co-organized by researchers at Georgia Tech, Stanford University, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, and the Smithsonian Institution in coordination with the IOC-UNESCO, the Ocean Conservancy and Georgia Aquarium. The goal is to highlight ocean-based science and engineering successes in the areas of resilience, adaptation, mitigation and sustainability and promote scalable solutions across human, climate and ecological dimensions.

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Apr 03

Valuing Marine Ecosystem Services - Taking into account the value of ecosystem benefits in the Blue Economy


Brussels, Belgium

There is a growing attention for the impact of the ocean economy in the European landscape. In order to plan for a sustainable Blue Growth, to manage ocean and coastal ecosystems, and to deal with the effects of climate change; ocean management and planning decisions need to better incorporate the value of marine ecosystem services and natural capital. The European Marine Board has published a Future Science Brief highlighting current thinking in ecosystem service valuation for the marine environment. The conference aims to discuss with representatives from the research community, policy makers, and ecosystem valuation practitioners about what is needed to assess the long-term sustainability of blue growth, support ecosystem based policy development and marine management decisions, and raise awareness of the importance of the marine environment to society and in the economy.

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Apr 03

Development of Sustainable Maritime Economy - opportunities and challenges for small and medium ports in the Baltic Sea Region

03.04.2019 - 04.04.2019

Jurmala, Latvia

The CBSS Latvian Presidency and DG MARE are organizing a conference on the role played by small and medium ports in the Baltic Sea Region to develop a sustainable maritime economy, in Jurmala from 3 to 4 April 2019. Registration before 25 March: 

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Apr 04

Maritime Future Scenarios Workshop


Helsinki, Finland

The Finnish Ministry of the Environment has launched the development of marine scenarios and their impact assessments for maritime spatial plans. In connection with the work, a workshop will be organized to discuss preliminary national scenarios for the future of the marine area. The scenarios look at changes in the marine environment and the needs and views of different actors in the marine area. The workshop will be held at the Ministry of Education and Culture. For more information on marine planning and scenario work:

Registration for the event and working groups by 29.3.2019 via the link below.

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Apr 07

European Geosciences Union General Assembly

07.04.2019 - 12.04.2019

Vienna, Austria

The EGU General Assembly will bring together geoscientists from all over the world to one meeting covering all disciplines of the Earth, planetary, and space sciences. The deadline for abstract submission is 10 January 2019, 13:00 CET or, for those applying for EGU Roland Schlich travel support, 1 December 2018, 13:00 CET.

A dedicated session on 'Coastal Zone Geomorphologic Interactions - Natural versus Human-induced Driving Factors' will be organised and will focus on topics such as land-sea interactions and maritime spatial planning.

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Apr 09

Maritime Achievements and Future Challenges Final SEARICA Conference


Brussels, Belgium

Today, oceans are high on the agenda. Throughout the last four years, the SEARICA intergroup has organised various events and initiatives to support maritime legislation, funding and networking. SEARICA Members succeeded in establishing a Clean Energy for EU Islands Initiative, a Pilot Project on ocean literacy and the post of a Special Envoy on Maritime Policy. They pushed for a Mission: Healthy Oceans in the upcoming Horizon Europe programme, a maritime dimension in the Invest EU programme and called for a greater emphasis on oceans in climate policy at the COP21. With the parliamentary term coming to an end, this final SEARICA conference aims at reflecting on past maritime achievements and looking at future challenges and its possible solutions.

Please note that you are kindly invited to the Ocean Social drink in the evening at 18:30 at Grand Central, Rue Belliard 190.

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Apr 10

Europe, let's cooperate! interregional cooperation forum


Brussels, Belgium

The event will bring together policymakers and practitioners from regions across Europe working on research and innovation, competitiveness of SMEs, low-carbon economy, and the environment and resource efficiency.

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Apr 10

International Forum on Marine Litter and Circular Economy

10.04.2019 - 12.04.2019

Seville, Spain

The Forum is conceived as a cross-sectoral and multi-stakeholder event to advance in the management of marine litter, gathering public authorities, research institutes, private sector and environmental organizations. Marine Litter is a man-made solid waste which, for various reasons, ends up abandoned in marine and coastal environments. It is considered as a proper global environmental challenge and one of the greatest threats to marine biodiversity by the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) and the Convention of Biological Diversity of United Nations. Connectivity through ocean currents makes this a transboundary problem which needs cooperation between countries.

The Forum will serve as a platform for projects in the Mediterranean and Atlantic area to hold meetings as part of their actions, thus contributing with content to the sessions and promoting synergies between different sectors, countries and regions.

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Apr 10

2nd joint event of Co-Evolve and Med Coasts for Blue Growth Water & Environment


Montpellier, France

In order to follow up on the collaboration that was initiated on the occasion of the first joint event in Barcelona on 30-31 October 2018, the two projects are organising a second joint event on 9-10 April 2019, in the premises of the Département de l’Hérault (Montpellier, France).

CO-EVOLVE is an ongoing three-year Interreg MED project focusing on the sustainable development of maritime and coastal tourism that was launched in November 2016 and brings together 12 partners, including public regional and local administrations, universities, research institutes, a foundation and one organisation gathering Mediterranean Regions.

MedCoast4BG is a Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) labelled project (since December 2017) that intends to extend CO-EVOLVE’s conceptual and methodological model to the Southern & Eastern Mediterranean countries it involves, considering common (at Mediterranean level) but also diverse (at local level) natural, physical and geographic characteristics. The project involves the whole partnership of CO-EVOLVE and several other key players from the Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPC).

The meetings on the 9-10 April in particular will involve participants from Italy, Greece, Spain, France, Croatia, Montenegro, Tunisia, Lebanon and Morocco. All the meetings will be open also to some representatives of the partnership and key pilot areas of other projects that presents a high potential for synergies, including the ENI CBC MED Co-Evolve4BG project (which started in February 2019).

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Apr 10

EU ATLAS Horizon 2020 Project: Science, Policy and Blue Growth: An Atlantic Assessment


Southampton, England

The EU ATLAS Horizon 2020 project ( warmly invites exhibitors and delegates to participate in the workshop ‘Science, Policy and Blue Growth: An Atlantic Assessment’ on Wednesday April 10th 2019 at Ocean Business 2019 in Southampton. The workshop is free and open to all, and we especially welcome representatives with interests in marine spatial planning (MSP), blue growth sectors, and policy and regulation. ATLAS is a four-year project with partners from multinational industries, small and medium enterprises (SMEs), governments and academia. Together, these partners are assessing Atlantic deep-sea ecosystems to create the integrated and adaptive planning products needed to support sustainable blue growth, marine conservation and resource use in the context of a changing climate. The workshop will showcase the initial results from the ‘Industry reactions to ATLAS recommendations’ study and provides the opportunity for exhibitors and delegates to join the discussion and share their perspectives. The workshop features a dedicated talk programme presenting key ATLAS scientific findings and their potential impacts for blue growth, detailed sector perspectives, and policy and regulatory insights. There will be a poster session providing more detail on ATLAS science, and ample opportunities for discussion and exchanging views over refreshments.

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Apr 11

3rd Biobased Economy Conference

11.04.2019 - 12.04.2019

Potsdam, Germany

The 3rd Biobased Economy Conference will be organized as a Barcamp/Unconference/Open Space with the motto: ''No spectators, only participants.'' The content will be user-generated. Participants pitch topics and those that are considered interesting by the audience will be presented in a conference session.

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Apr 16

InnoBlueGrowth Strengthening the Science-Policy-Interface in Blue Growth Conference

16.04.2019 - 17.04.2019

Marseilles, France

Plan Bleu is co-organizing with partners from the InnoBlueGrowth project an international conference entitled “Strengthening the Science-Policy-Interface in Blue Growth” in the Mediterranean region, which will be held on 16-17th of April 2019 in Marseilles, France.

The InnoBlueGrowth project – or “Horizontal Communication & Capitalization project for Innovation in Blue Growth at Mediterranean level” (Interreg MED), led by the National Interuniversity Consortium for Marine Sciences (CoNISMa) and counting on the experiences of the Association of Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME), the Intermediterranean Commission of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), Plan Bleu, the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), and the University of Montenegro, aims at ensuring the communication and capitalization activities of thematic projects dealing with Blue Growth issues in order to increase their impacts towards common identified targets. Its activities are focused on the increase of the transnational activity of innovative clusters and networks of key sectors of the Mediterranean area.

This capitalization and community-building event should highlight the main deliverables of Blue Growth projects in terms of knowledge transfer from research to industry and to policy-makers.”

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Apr 20

International Coastal Symposium

20.04.2019 - 23.04.2019

Seville, Spain

The symposium will be hosted by the Coastal Environments Research Group, Universidad Pablo de Olavide de Sevilla, under the auspices of the Coastal Education and Research Foundation (CERF) and the Journal of Coastal Research (JCR). The proceedings of the conference, published as peer-reviewed papers in the Journal of Coastal Research, represent an invaluable resource for coastal scientists, engineers and managers.

Please note that abstracts submission is already open until 2nd of April 2019.

For more information on how to submit an abstract, important dates and registration, visit the conference webpage:

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May 06

Ecosystem-based responses to Mediterranean biodiversity challenges

06.05.2019 - 07.05.2019

Rome, Italy

SAVE THE DATE - Panacea is organising an event on 6 and 7 May on "Ecosystem-based responses to Mediterranean biodiversity challenges" - a Biodiversity protection community building and capitalisation event.

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May 08

Copernicus meets Galileo | Conference and Matchmaking

08.05.2019 - 09.05.2019

Bochum, Germany

The conference is aimed at experts, users and customers from the fields of earth observation and navigation using the European satellite systems Copernicus and Galileo, GeoIT as well as from selected fields of application. The focus is on the development of integrated systems and cross-industry products and services. Presentations by internationally operating specialists as well as workshops and a matchmaking session allow for networking with companies and research institutions from all over Europe. The following areas are at the centre of thematic workshops:

  • Data Access Points and Cloud Computing
  • Autonomous vehicles, aviation and transport (land, water, air, rail)
  • Monitoring of ground movement and ground changes
  • From technology & Innovation to markets
  • Further fields of application

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May 08

Sustainable development at the Black Sea

08.05.2019 - 09.05.2019

Bucharest, Romania

The Ministry of Research and Innovation of Romania and the Romania National Institute of Marine Geology and Geoecology (GeoEcoMar) are organizing a high-level on "Sustainable development at the Black Sea". The conference is dedicated to the official launch of the future Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for the Black Sea, and the first discussions and plans for its practical implementation. The conference is part of the Official programme of the Romanian Presidency of the EU Council.

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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 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 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 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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Jun 04

BSH Annual Marine Environment Symposium

04.06.2019 - 05.06.2019

Hamburg, Germany

The German Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency will hold its annual marine environment symposium on 4 - 5 June 2019 in Hamburg, Germany.

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Jun 06

Our Ocean Wealth Summit

06.06.2019 - 07.06.2019

Cork, Ireland

This conference will enable participating countries to share experiences in addressing the multiple challenges facing the oceans. The Our Ocean Wealth Summit forms a key part of the Government’s integrated marine plan - Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth.

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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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Jun 12

10th Annual Forum of EUSBSR

12.06.2019 - 13.06.2019

Gdansk, Poland

It is time to SAVE THE DATE of the 10th Annual Forum of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region (EUSBSR)! The jubilee year's Annual Forum will take place in Gdansk, Poland on 12-13 June 2019 - put the dates on your calendar & stay tuned for more updates.

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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 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 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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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.

There will be a special session on MSP in this conference, organized by hte Erasmus+ SP-MSP project and by the MSP-RN: 

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Aug 19

Baltic Sea Science Congress 2019

19.08.2019 - 23.08.2019

Stockholm, Sweden

The 12th Baltic Sea Science Congress 2019 will gather the marine research community at Stockholm University for discussions on the last 10 years of Baltic Sea research and how it has adopted new interdisciplinary approaches and scientific disciplines. Policy aspects of the latest research will also be discussed.

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Aug 25

54th European Marine Biology Symposium

25.08.2019 - 29.08.2019

Dublin, Ireland

This year’s EMBS will take place in Dublin on August 25 to 29.  It will be hosted by University College Dublin, in the state-of-the-art O’Brien Centre for Science. The social programme will provide opportunities to sample the the city’s famous cultural life and explore the UNESCO Dublin Bay Biosphere.

2019 will be the International Year of the Salmon, a fish that has a special place in the mythology of Ireland.  Look out for salmon throughout the scientific and social programme. Find out more about the Symposium themes for 2019, the keynote speakers and the key dates. The call for abstracts is open until 3 April 2019.

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Aug 28

Royal Geographic Society - IBG Annual Conference

28.08.2019 - 30.08.2019

London, UK

The 2019 Annual International Conference will be held at the Society in London, from Wednesday 28 to Friday 30 August 2019, with pre-conference events on Tuesday 27 August 2019. The chair's theme is Geographies of trouble / geographies of hope, and has been selected by the chair of conference, Professor Hester Parr (University of Glasgow, UK), in conversation with the Society's Research Groups and the Research and Higher Education Committee. 

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Sep 09

ICES Annual Science Conference 2019

09.09.2019 - 12.09.2019

Gothenburg, Sweden

Sep 11

Research workshop of the MSPRN and AESOP Thematic Group on Transboundary Spaces, Policy Diffusion and Planning Cultures

11.09.2019 - 13.09.2019


A research workshop of the MSPRN and AESOP Thematic Group on Transboundary Spaces, Policy Diffusion and Planning Cultures will be organised by the University of Hamburg. The workshop will focus specifically on the challenges of spatial planning and governance at the land-sea interface. 

Workshop Title:  Spatial  Strategies at the Land-Sea Interface: Rethinking Maritime Spatial  Planning 
Under the EU Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) Directive, Member States are tasked with the preparation of maritime spatial plans by 2021. These plans are required to take account of land-sea interactions. Experience to date, however, indicates that MSP occupies a different institutional and policy space to land-based terrestrial spatial planning. At the same time as MSP is becoming established as a formal policy instrument applied in a coordinated manner across Europe, European spatial planning has reached an impasse, with a discernible shift away from ambitious spatial strategies over the last two decades. Furthermore, as policies and practices of integrated coastal zone management are displaced through a focus of attention on MSP, there is a risk of a ‘new coastal squeeze’ where the land and marine become institutionalised as distinct policy spaces.  This interdisciplinary workshop aims to explore and critically reflect on the capacity for MSP and spatial planning more broadly to address the challenges posed by the sustainable governance of the land-sea interface. In particular, we will focus on the spatial dimensions of MSP and spatial planning at the coast. Key topics for discussion and reflection include the capacity of MSP to work with relational connections across space and the potential to engage with place-based knowledges and multiple ways of knowing the sea. The workshop will include a mix of keynote presentations, interactive break-out sessions and a limited number of research papers solicited through an open call for papers (to be announced shortly).

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Sep 16

Coastal Zone 2019

16.09.2019 - 17.09.2019

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The International Conference on Coastal Ecosystem and Management is scheduled on September 16-17, 2019 at Amsterdam, Netherlands. Coastal Zone 2019 includes prompt keynote presentations, oral talks, poster presentations and exhibitions. This Coastal Zone 2019 aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Coastal ecosystem and ocean sciences. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of coastal zone management.

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Sep 24


24.09.2019 - 27.09.2019

Bremen, Germany

We want YOU and your session at YOUMARES 2019, on September 24 to 27 2019 in Bremen!

YOU as advanced (Master or PhD) student have a broad overview as well as a detailed understanding of your marine research subject? And YOUR field of investigation or interest should become a focus? Great!

YOU can chair a scientific session for a young, professional audience! This requires the handling of the presenters abstracts and the moderation of the session during the conference.

YOU will publish a peer-reviewed review article (plus the abstracts of your session) in the YOUMARES Conference Proceedings 2019, which will be published as open access book with Springer.*

YOU and one invited speaker for your session will be free of conference fees.

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Sep 26

13th International Conference on Oceanography & Marine Biology

26.09.2019 - 27.09.2019

London, UK

Euroscicon Ltd. offers invites participants to the “13th International Conference on Oceanography & Marine Biology” during September 26-27, 2019 at London, UK. It includes prompt Keynote presentations, Speaker presentations (Academic and Young research forum), Poster presentations and Exhibitions. 


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Sep 30

Partnership for Regional Ocean Governance

30.09.2019 - 02.10.2019

Berlin, Germany

The Partnerhsip for Regional Ocean Governance team is currently preparing the organisation of the PROG Marine Regions Forum in collaboration with renowned international experts from practice and science. The PROG Marine Regions Forum is a new format which will facilitate solution-oriented learning and exchange among different sectors and marine regions. The aim of the conference is to support the development of new governance approaches to address critical ocean sustainability challenges. The first conference will take place from 30 September to 2 October 2019 in Berlin, Germany.

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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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Nov 20

3rd Baltic MSP Forum

20.11.2019 - 21.11.2019

Riga, Latvia

We invite you to SAVE THE DATE for the 3rd Baltic MSP Forum that will take place on 20-21 November 2019 in Riga, Latvia. The Forum is serving also as the final conference of Pan Baltic Scope collaboration. 

The Forum is built on the success of the 2nd Baltic MSP Forum and it has become a regular event providing a platform for discussions among those involved in the maritime spatial planning. The focus of this Forum will be on the results and findings of Pan Baltic Scope collaboration related to the development and advancement of the existing tools and methods as well as national case studies contributing to the final stage of the elaboration of the national maritime spatial plans in the Baltic Sea. At the same time the findings will greatly support the update of the HELCOM Baltic Sea Action Plan. 

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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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