Feb 20

Scotland's International Marine Conference 2019

20.02.2019 - 21.02.2019

Glasgow, Scotland

Scotland's vision is for clean, healthy, safe, productive and diverse seas that are managed to meet the long term needs of nature and people.
This is only achievable through strong national action and international cooperation.
Scotland’s International Marine Conference 2019 will focus on current national and international actions to protect the marine environment. Through discussion we will aim to identify emerging threats to our seas and consider what new measures are required to protect the marine environment for future generations.

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Feb 26

Marine Social Science Research and Practice


Newtownabbey, UK

The purpose of the workshop is to examine the findings of the literature review and questionnaire, with a specific focus on three key topics:

  • Challenges and barriers impacting growth of marine social sciences in the UK,
  • The future priorities for marine social science research and practice,
  • Opportunities for collaboration and development of marine social sciences research and practice in the UK.

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Feb 26

Baltic InteGrid Final Conference

26.02.2019 - 27.02.2019

Berlin, Germany

The Final Conference “The opportunities of meshed offshore grids in the Baltic Sea region: Results and perspectives on the Baltic InteGrid“ of the Baltic InteGrid project will take place on 26-27 February in Berlin (Germany). It will mark the final milestone and provide a forum for the presentation of the final results and outputs of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region project, which has received a flagship status for the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region.

The programme will be announced soon and registration will be openend. In the meantime, Save the Date!

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Mar 06

The Economic Benefits of Marine Protected Areas


Brussels, Belgium

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup has the pleasure to invite you to our debate on the Economic benefits of MPAs on 6 March 2019 at the European Parliament in Brussels. This debate is organised in collaboration with the Directorate General for Fisheries and Maritime Affairs of the European Commission (DG MARE). This conference aims to discuss the challenges of how to enforce, fund, and govern an MPA and to really make it work for itself and for the community.

You can register via this link. You can find more information as well as the draft agenda of the conference via this link.

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Mar 12

MARINA final conference

12.03.2019 - 13.03.2019


Don't miss this last chance to be part of the only H2020 project fully dedicated to implement Responsible Research and Innovation on marine matters.

The conference will take place on 12th and 13th arch at the fabulous Nausicaa Sea Centre equipped with the largest aquarium in Europe. More updates on the programme, call for papers and registration in the coming months.

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Mar 12

Workshop on Strategic Knowledge agenda Common Environmental Assessment Framework

12.03.2019 - 13.03.2019

Edinburgh, Scotland

In 2016, North Seas Energy Ministers signed a Political Declaration on energy cooperation. One of the four working areas for collaboration is Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP). To assist with delivering MSP objectives, an environmental working group was asked to develop a common environmental assessment framework (CEAF). CEAF is an instrument for assessing cumulative impacts of offshore renewable energy, particularly wind energy in the North Sea. The instrument will help to develop a coherent wind energy plan for the mid- and long long-term that fits into the environmental requirements for conservation of protected wildlife populations. CEAF can be used in national strategic planning and licensing procedures, as well as in transboundary collaboration.

However, the assessing of cumulative effects is highly technical. It makes use of a number of different assessment approaches including models in order to quantify the impact. These incorporate assumptions that are often supported by limited data, ultimately leading to decision making that is not as informed as it would ideally be. Filling the knowledge gaps associated with the CEAF will lead to subsequent versions of the CEAF with improved levels of confidence associated with the new information.

To make a start with the identifying and prioritising of knowledge gaps related to the CEAF (with a perspective on future evidence needs of a CEAF with a broader scope as well) the CEAF environmental working group wants to invite you to participate in a workshop on the 12th and 13th of March in Edinburgh.

The goals of the workshop

In the past months countries participating in the environmental working group made available their national lists of evidence needs related to the impacts of offshore renewable energy. These lists are compiled into a long list (~100 gaps) which will be sent to the workshop participants 1 month before the workshop, to allow them to familiarize themselves with the content of the list.

·         The first goal of the workshop is to come to a significantly shorter list (<10) with high-priority knowledge gaps.

·         The second goal is to explore which of these knowledge gaps can be addressed in joint research and/or monitoring efforts. Which gaps are particularly suited if applying for EU funding programmes?

A more detailed agenda will be sent prior to the workshop and will be built around the above mentioned topics: prioritization, joint research possibilities and EU funding.

Workshop participants

The members of the environmental working group are asked to nominate participants that have a general overview over the (present and future) science needs concerning the ecological (and physical) impact of offshore wind and are also hard-wired into the programming of research and monitoring activities. In addition to this group of participants we invite stakeholders from industry and NGO’s from international umbrella organisations, including those that have attended the SEANSE stakeholder meeting last summer. We are aiming on a maximum of 15-20 participants. You can sign up for the workshop by sending an e-mail to



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Mar 14

MarSP 2nd Capacity Building Workshop – MSP INSPIRE DATA MODEL

14.03.2019 - 15.03.2019

Tenerife, Spain

Are you GIS user, an MSP Expert, marine data scientist?

MarSP project is hosting the 2nd Capacity Building Workshop on MSP INSPIRE data model. The second edition, organized by University Las Palmas de Gran Canaria & Instituto Español de Oceanografía (IEO). It will be held at the Centro Oceonografico de Tenerife, in the Canary Islands, Spain. 

Participants will have a chance to discuss, if necessary, propose modifications or/and endorse concept of MSP data model. The technical solution that includes data model with specifications in different formats needs to be tested, using the standard GIS software, applying developed tools for the MSP interoperability (as registries, harmonization process, Styled Layer Descriptor, etc.). To test technical solutions, it will be delivered “hands on” session, where participants will be leaded by presenters to test data model. It is expected that participants have already finalized plan, draft, or just part of the MSP for Azores, Madeira, or Canary Islands (or any other marine region will do) that can be used for the testing. The use case can be invented, but should include number of maritime activities, that are near reality.

Finally, during this workshop will be presented Azores, Madeira and Canary Islands MSP platforms, related architecture and innovative solutions for MSP process as “one stop shop” and use of specialized software for crowd sourcing (SeaSketch, Wiki-style mapping…).  

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Mar 18

MARINA-ResponSEAble Conference and Policy Workshop - Supporting Effective Ocean Governance - The role of Ocean Literacy and Responsible Research and Innovation

18.03.2019 - 20.03.2019

MARINA is teaming up with ResponSEAble to organise a joint marine policy event taking place in Brussels from 18 to 20 March, the week after the final MARINA Conference. Its programme will be divided in two blocks:

  • a public event on 18 and 19 March (venue in Brussels TBA) with multiple sessions on various marine themes including food from the sea, marine litter, maritime transport, sustainable coastal tourism, among others. Results will be used to elaborate a manifesto on the key principiples for the success of marine RRI and OL.
  • a policy-makers event (invitation only) on 20 March (European Parliament) with the support of the European Commission, UNESCO-IOC and the European Parliament. Will contribute to both projects’ legacy by addressing the role of OL and RRI in supporting effective Ocean Governance based on  tools, and ouputs of the two projects.

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Mar 19

Regional stakeholder seminar on blue economy - Towards a Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea


Istanbul, Turkey

Following the 2018 Burgas Ministerial Declaration towards a Common Maritime Agenda for the Black Sea, the Facility for Blue Growth is pleased to announce the Regional stakeholder seminar on blue economy. The seminar will take place on 19 March 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. The Seminar is organised with the support of the European Commission and the Black Sea Economic Cooperation, Permanent International Secretariat (BSEC PERMIS). Following a series of national roundtables in various Black Sea coastal countries, we would like to hear your views on areas of mutual interest and the actions needed to support the blue economy in the region.

The discussions will be organised around the following topics:

  • Research and innovation;
  • Maritime connectivity;
  • Fisheries and aquaculture;
  • Sustainability;
  • Coastal and maritime tourism;
  • Blue careers and skills;

The seminar will gather policy experts, scientists, entrepreneurs and regional organisations to debate on the challenges and opportunities for cooperation on marine and maritime affairs in the Black Sea. We will also seek to identify joint actions to support an innovative, resilient and sustainable blue economy in the region.

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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.

Registration: registration

Draft Programme:

9.30 – 10.00

Registration, welcome coffee

10.00 – 10.10

Official opening

Welcome speeches

− Kaliningrad State Technical University
− Baltic University Programme
− Barents-Baltic Nature and People Programme

10.00 – 10.40

Session 1. Theoretical aspects of comprehensive ocean governance. Global and Baltic Sea States experiences and examples.

10.40 – 11.20

Session 2. The experience with use of MSP tool in the Kaliningrad region andin the Baltic Sea States

11.20 – 12.00

Session 3. Educational approaches for dissemination of ocean governanceexperiences

12.00 – 13.00


13.00 – 17.00 

Interactive MSP game “If I am a Decision-Maker”

17.00 – 18.00

Summing up, award a certificates, closing the event

More information about the simulation game:

The goal of the game is to awaken, engage, and practice. The game includes an installation lecture + instruction + game.

Day 1 Introductory seminar on MSP issues + answers to questions + instruction on the game - 4 hours

Day 2 Game - 4 hours.

4 teams of 12 people with roles, 1 leading, 2 lecturers. For the game participants use methodical and handout materials. Number of participants: about 60 people

In the process of introductory lectures and the game itself, two main tasks are solved: it is shown that the ecosystem MSP is a tool for rational sea use planning and that actions can be performed only within the limits of established authority. This is an educational and engaging game. It is advisable to choose a virtual water area resembling (but not a real one), in order to keep the players relaxed. To increase the "attractiveness" of the game, there should be spatial problems identified in it, solutions to which can be found during the game time. Possible spatial conflicts are between individual sea users (shipping, fishermen, oil workers, cultural heritage, tourism, etc.) or between sea users and nature (nature reserves or simply vulnerable natural areas (water areas), small nations).

Representatives of the regional government, coastal municipalities, the Curonian Spit National Park, enterprises and companies associated with the sea will be invited to the conference-game. One team will be made of students, the second one will be composed of KSTU teachers.

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Mar 25

2nd International MSP Forum

25.03.2019 - 28.03.2019

La Reunion

Save the Date for the 2nd International #MSPforum jointly organised by EC DG MARE and UNESCO IOC! More information to follow soon.

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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 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 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 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 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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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.

More information and online registration coming soon.

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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 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 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 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 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 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 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

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 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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