Sep 18

Mediterranean Coast and Macro-regional Strategies Week 2018

18.09.2018 - 28.09.2018

Slovenian Coast

The traditional event aims to promote the three EU macro-regional strategies implemented in the Slovenian territory, namely the Danube, Adriatic-Ionian and Alpine strategy and is also open to the international public. The focus is on bringing together the experts, stakeholders and general public to discuss the natural resources and economic potential of the sea and coast, as well as to raise awareness about the risks to which the sea and coast are exposed to due to the natural phenomena and human actions. This year the organizers are promising interesting activities which will be accompained with other activities organized under european and global initiatives, such as World Tourism day, European Researcher's night and European Mobility Week.

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Sep 24

ICES Annual Science Conference

24.09.2018 - 27.09.2018

Hamburg, Germany

Submit a theme session proposal for next year’s Annual Science Conference (ASC), taking place in the German city of Hamburg. ​​​Theme session proposals for the 2018 edition of ICES flagship event, taking place 24-27 September in Hamburg, are now being accepted. Those submitting proposals are encouraged to demonstrate that their objectives address the science priorities of ICES as addressed in the Strategic Plan – and/or​ the emerging science priorities identified by SCICOM​ at its 2017 meeting. Applicants are also advised to link their proposals to the topics which are the focus of the steering groups, strategic initia​​tives, and/or advice. 

Applicants are particularly encouraged to propose new formats ​for their sessions. Options for finding new ways of sharing your science and innovation could include panel discussions, brief introductory slots or keynotes (securing funds is up to conveners), or stakeholder participation.

Submissions can be made using the onlin​​​e form (login information below) and should be completed by the Friday 1 September 2017 deadline. A theme session e​​​​​​​​​xample​ is available to help structure your proposal. Unsuccessful proposals from 2016 will not be considered unless they are resubmitted using the online proposal form.

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Sep 25


25.09.2018 - 28.09.2018

Hamburg, Germany

Sep 27

CoastGIS 2018: Spatial Planning and Climate Change

27.09.2018 - 29.09.2018

Ísafjördur, Iceland

CoastGIS 2018 in Ísafjördur, Iceland - hosted by the University Centre of the Westfjords - will be the 13th consecutive symposium for an international exchange of knowledge, ideas and experience on how spatial data and information technologies aid marine and coastal zone managers and stakeholders in better understanding and managing coastal space and resources.

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Oct 02

Interreg North West Europe Project Ideas Lab


Paris, France

This transnational event is aimed at prospective applicants and will give participants the floor to network, find new partners and develop project ideas. Representatives from approved projects will be there to share their experiences, and breakout sessions will allow you to learn more about our funding priorities.

For those with project ideas, there will be an opportunity to display your project idea on a poster that will be visible throughout the day. In a networking session in the afternoon, those with posters will present their idea at their own table and discuss their idea with other participants.This event will help prepare you to submit your application during our next open call (deadline 22 November). Featuring a project idea poster exhibition, thematic breakout sessions and project development tables, this event will be an opportunity to:

  •   Learn more about funding priorities
  •   Present your project idea and find new partners
  •   Develop your idea further
  •   See examples of successful projects

Participation is free, but registration is mandatory. The deadline for registrations is 18 September.

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Oct 02

Irish MSP Public Consultation Meeting


Waterford, Ireland

The event on October 2nd in WIT will be introduced by Minister Damien English and moderated by broadcaster Shane Coleman. The Department will give a brief presentation on the Baseline Report and this will be followed by an international perspective on marine planning. Finally, there will be a panel discussion featuring Michael Walsh, Waterford County Council; Marian Troy, SSE; Trudy McIntyre of the National Inshore Fisheries Forum, Susan Steele of the SFPA and a representative of Birdwatch ireland.

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Oct 02

EMSEA Conference 2018

02.10.2018 - 05.10.2018

Newcastle University, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Join fellow marine educators at EMSEA’s 6th annual conference, hosted by Newcastle University. The conference provides delegates the opportunity to inspire and to be inspired by sharing innovative ocean literacy work with others. The conference is a good mixture of talks, interactive workshops, and field trips, social and networking events. 

The overarching theme of the 2018 conference is the North Sea.

The North East of England has a long proud maritime history, we aim to highlight this amazing history as well as showcase the many marine innovations the north east has created today.  

The Sub‐themes of the conference are 

  • Citizen Science
  • Marine Education and Ocean Literacy
  • Blue Careers
  • Transatlantic work 
  • Open Session

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Oct 03

Interactive stakeholder meeting on energy developments in the North Sea

03.10.2018 - 04.10.2018

Aberdeen, Scotland

On the 3-4th of October 2018, the NorthSEE project will organise an interactive workshop in Aberdeen with stakeholders on energy developments in the North Sea Region. The findings of the energy work package (WP5) on energy targets, future industry trends and the grid connections/interconnectors, will be dealt with using several interactive methods, such as the MSP Challenge software, developed as part of the project. Furthermore, the event provides the oppertunity for sharing information between businesses, MSP planners as well as other stakeholders.

For more information and possible participation in the event please contact Andronikos Kafas ( More information will become available early September.

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Oct 04

Dutch North Sea Days

04.10.2018 - 05.10.2018

The North Sea Days are an annual two-day congress where scientists, policy makers and industry players meet and discuss all topics related to the research and use of the North Sea. It is organised by Wageningen Marine Research, Deltares, RWS, TNO and the NIOZ. This year it is organised by the NIOZ: the Dutch Institute for Maritime Research. This years' theme is 'Thinking about the North Sea'. The Dutch maritime research institutes, together with the Ministries of Education, Culture and Science, Infrastructure and Water, Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality, as well as the Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Ministry of Defense, developed several research themes that will be discussed during the North Sea Days through presentations and workshops. 

The themes include:

North Sea Ecology

  • The natural relationship between geophysical, checmical and ecological structures and processes
  • Long term developments of the physical-chemical and biological factors - trends and methodology  
  • Effectiveness of spatial protection
  • Anthropogenic pressures - cumulative effects 
  • The effects of sea level rise

Sustainable maritime economic activities in the North Sea

  • Building with Nature
  • Nature Recovery
  • Sustainable Energy

Governance and Safety in the North Sea

  • Safety on the North Sea
  • Governance of the North Sea - a balance beteen legal, policy, stakeholder- and knowledge aspects

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Oct 05

Irish MSP Public Consultation Meeting


Galway, Ireland

The event on October 5th in the Town Hall Theature will be introduced by Minister Seán Kyne and moderated by journalist Lorna Siggins. The Department will give a brief presentation on the Baseline Report and this will be followed by an international perspective on marine planning. Finally, there will be a panel discussion featuring Peter Heffernan from the Marine Institute, Catherine McManus from Marine Harvest Ireland, SSE Ireland's Marian Troy and Peter Hynes of Mayo County Council.

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Oct 08

15th Meeting of the EC Member States Expert Group on MSP

08.10.2018 - 09.10.2018

Brussels, Belgium

The 15th meeting of the Member States expert group on Maritime Spatial Planning will take place in Brussels, Belgium on 8 and 9 October.

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Oct 08

European Week of Regions and Cities

08.10.2018 - 11.10.2018

Brussels, Belgium

The European Week of Regions and Cities is an annual four-day event during which cities and regions showcase their capacity to create growth and jobs, implement European Union cohesion policy, and prove the importance of the local and regional level for good European governance.

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Oct 09

Management tools and standards in support of Sustainable Development Goal 14 ''Life below water''

09.10.2018 - 12.10.2018

Reykjavik, Iceland

​​This will be the first symposium organized by ICES that will be held in collaboration with the UNECE regarding the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The symposium creates an opportunity for managers, policy developers and researchers to review concepts and address scientific, policy and regulatory challenges of operationalizing the ecosystem-based management through the use of technical standards and risk management approaches​. Call for abstracts is now open. Send your submission by 25 April.

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Oct 10

AQUACROSS - Ecosystem Based Management for the Protection of Aquatic Biodiversity - Practice and Lessons Learnt

10.10.2018 - 11.10.2018

Brussels, Belgium

AQUACROSS seeks to advance the application of ecosystem-based management for aquatic ecosystems in an effort to support the timely achievement of the EU 2020 Biodiversity Strategy and other international conservation targets. In this regard, AQUACROSS has developed an assessment framework, which considers the full array of interactions, including human activities, within aquatic ecosystems, and tested it in 8 case studies across Europe.

The conference will bring together scientific experts, policy makers, and members of the business community to discuss cross-cutting topics related to the protection of aquatic ecosystems and opportunities for ecosystem-based management. Participants will have the opportunity to interact and discuss the added value of integrative policy and assessment frameworks for the protection of aquatic biodiversity with lessons learned from case studies, other research projects and ongoing policy initiatives.

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Oct 10

MUSES Final Conference


Brussels, Belgium

The project will engage a wide range of interested stakeholders from the business community, public administrations, research and academia. The aim is to present the EU wide Multi-Use Action Plan that addresses a variety of multi-use combinations including those driven by offshore renewable energy for example in combination with different types of aquaculture, but also those driven by tourism sector in combination with underwater cultural heritage or fisheries (pescatourism). 

This will be an opportunity to learn more about opportunities in case study areas and results from various pilot projects. The latest MUSES reports available for download on the project website include the Sea Basin Analysisfinal technical report, Stakeholder Profilesas well as the Multi Use Analysisreport that highlights main opportunities, barriers and good practices across all five EU sea basins. Results from the project multi-use Case Studies, provide more information about specific local contexts and assess how suitable these environments are for certain multi-use concepts. The conference is also expected to be a platform for relevant blue growth actors, to discuss the Action Plan and consider possible commitments to advance multi-use development in Europe. 

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Oct 12

Irish MSP Public Consultation Meeting


Sligo, Ireland

The event on October 12th in the Institute of Technology, Sligo will be introduced by Minister Damien English and moderated by broadcaster Shane Coleman. The Department will give a brief presentation on the Baseline Report and this will be followed by an international perspective on marine planning from Heather Ritchie, lecturer in Spatial Planning at Ulster University’s School of the Built Environment. Finally, there will be a panel discussion featuring adventure tour operator/sea kayaker/surfer Barry Mottershed; Berna Grist of the UCD School of Architecture, Planning & Environmental Policy; Francis O’Donnell of the IFPO and Coastwatch's Karin Dubsky.

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Oct 15

Ecosystem Services Partnership Regional Conference

15.10.2018 - 19.10.2018

San Sebastian, Spain

ESP connects over 3000 ecosystem services scientists, policy makers and practitioners who work together in more than 40 Working Groups and a growing number of National Networks on all continents. ESP regularly organises World and Regional conferences and provides many Services to further enhance the application of ecosystem services for nature conservation, ecosystem restoration and sustainable management. The theme of the conference is 'Ecosystem services in a changing world: moving from theory to practice'. A dedicated session on "Operationalizing ecosystem services in support of ecosystem based marine spatial planning" will take place.  There is currently a Call for Abstracts open until 4 June.

Registration will be open from 16 April.

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Oct 19

Irish MSP Public Consultation Meeting


Cork, Ireland

The event on October 19th in Cork University Hospital will be introduced by Minister Damien English. The Department will give a brief presentation on the Baseline Report and this will be followed by an international perspective on marine planning. Finally, there will be a moderated panel discussion featuring Susan Steele of the SFPA, Brendan Keating of Port of Cork, Anne Marie O’Hagan of the MaREI Centre, Sailing Ireland's Harry Hermon, Dara Lynott of the the Electricity Association of Ireland and marine journalist Tom MacSweeney.

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Oct 19

World Congress on Recent Advances in Aquaculture Research & Fisheries

19.10.2018 - 20.10.2018

Rome, Italy

The World Congress on Recent Advances in Aquaculture Research & Fisheries promises to be a large event that covers an enormous array of topics across the spectrum of aquaculture. This major event will consist of a total of 20 scientific sessions, all covering a wide array of subjects and topics from across the field. The theme of the conference is “Sustainable Aquaculture & Fishery”. The topics covered at the event range from Aquaculture, Maricultural and Coastal Studies, to topics as diverse as Industrial Aquaculture, Alloys in Aquaculture, and Recirculating Aquaculture Systems.

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Oct 22

15th Littoral Conference

22.10.2018 - 26.10.2018

Leeuwarden, The Netherlands

The conference will provide a platform for everybody interested in coastal research, conservation, management and education. The main themes that will be presented during the conference include:

• GREEN COASTS: Natural and resilient coasts
• CLEAN SEAS: Protection of the marine environment
• BLUE GROWTH: Sustainable development in the coastal & marine environment

Currently, a Call for Abstracts is open.

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Oct 23

5th annual conference of the European Atlantic Stakeholders Platform

23.10.2018 - 24.10.2018

Vigo, Spain

Dedicated plenary sessions and stakeholder workshops where discussions will focus on how to pursue a maritime career in the 21st century, how to obtain the necessary skills and how to embrace innovation without risking jobs;
A half-day business-to-business networking session, under the auspices of the Enterprise Europe Network, aiming to help maritime business operators and service suppliers innovate and grow internationally;
The 3rd Atlantic Project Award Ceremony aiming to honour outstanding achievement by projects in the geographical area covered by the Atlantic strategy and that are related to the implementation of the Atlantic Action Plan.

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Oct 23

Irish MSP Public Consultation Meeting


Dublin, Ireland

The event on October 23rd in St Laurence's DIT will be introduced by Minister Damien English and moderated by renowned Irish surfer Easkey Britton. The Department will give a brief presentation on the Baseline Report and this will be followed by an international perspective on marine planning by Lodewijk Abspoel from the Netherlands. Finally, there will be a panel discussion featuring DIT's Conor Norton, Sinead McCoy of Clean Coasts, a representative of Irish Lights, Irish Water Safety's John Leech and yachtsman Enda O Coineen.

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Oct 25

ICOMIA World Marinas Conference 2018

25.10.2018 - 27.10.2018

Athens, Greece

The leading light in ensuring successful future developments of marina facilities around the globe, the International Council of Marine Industry Associations’ (ICOMIA) World Marinas Conference is the key initiative of the ICOMIA Marina Group’s Outreach and Support Programme. IWMC is aimed at marina owners, operators, developers, consultants, service providers, Government officials, equipment manufacturers, nautical tourism promoters, and port and harbour operators and draws hundreds of delegates and speakers from around the globe.

IWMC is presented by the ICOMIA Marinas Group (IMG), the committee born out of ICOMIA`s recognition that ensuring boat owners a safe and convenient place to berth, moor or launch their boat is vital to the future of the industry.

The IWMC series is highly informative and relevant to global market trends, whilst the extensive networking opportunities are invaluable for on-going business success and the vast array of exhibits offer insight into the very latest in marina product development and technology. More information on the programme for 2018, sponsorship opportunities and delegate registration will be announced in due course.

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Oct 25

Marine Research and Knowledge in support of Policy Making and Society


Ponta Delgada, Portugal

The deep-sea is still a largely unknown area. Detailed studies of the deep-sea including the seabed are estimated to have been carried out for less than 10% of the world's ocean. Nevertheless we already know that it is a harbinger of a rich biodiversity including deep-sea corals and complex pelagic communities of jellyfish, cephalopods (e.g. squid) and fish species.

This half-day event, organized by EurOcean and its Member FRCT (Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia, is an opportunity to learn about some of the most recent technological developments that have helped improve our understanding of deep-sea biodiversity, ecosystems and geomorphology. Results from deep-sea exploration around the Azores will be presented. Furthermore there will be discussions on the specific knowledge needed to support decision making for the deep-sea and opportunities that could be leveraged in the upcoming Horizon Europe Framework Programme. Finally, practical approaches to implementing best practices in relation to marine knowledge transfer will be considered based on outcomes of recent projects.

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Oct 29

Our Ocean Conference 2018

29.10.2018 - 30.10.2018

Bali, Indonesia

The Government of the Republic of Indonesia will host the 5th Our Ocean Conference in Bali on 29 and 30 October 2018. Since 2014, Our Ocean Conference has successfully generated commitments totaling around 18 billion dollars (USD) and 12.4 million square kilometers of marine protected areas. Our Ocean Conference 2018 will demonstrate significant progress on past commitments and inspire new commitments made for the continuation of a more concerted and integrated actions for protecting the oceans.

The main objective of Our Ocean Conference is to increase as well as enhance the collaboration and partnership between various ocean stakeholders, which is translated into concrete and actionable commitments. Participants are encouraged to announce their commitments during the conference, as it critically contributes towards global efforts to preserve the oceans' health. Discussions during the Conference will highlight integrated and actionable solutions, which remove barriers between sectors, disciplines, and financing streams to comprehensively address the ocean as an inter-connected system and economy.

Our Ocean Conference 2018 will continue to focus on marine protected areas, sustainable fisheries, marine pollution, and climate change-related impacts to the oceans. This year's Our Ocean Conference will also maintain the crosscutting themes of sustainable blue economy and maritime security, as introduced by the European Union in 2017.

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Nov 01

TEAM4SEAS - “Connecting science, stakeholders and policy for successful MSP in Romania”

01.11.2018 - 30.11.2018

Constanta, Romania

This one-day workshop will be the first event organized within the TEAM4SEAS project and will present the Web-GIS platform in a step-by-step approach. The workshop is open to professionals and students working in the field of marine spatial planning, coastal zone management and land-sea interactions.

More information is forthcoming. Date in November 2018 is to be confirmed.

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Nov 01

BS STEMA Final Conference

01.11.2018 - 30.11.2018

Bucharest, Romania

The conference will engage a wide range of interested stakeholders from public administrations, research and academia and the business community. 

The results undertaken within the project ”Changes in storminess and coastal erosion induced by climate variability along the Black Sea coasts. Management and adaptation (BS STEMA)”(financed by the European Union and the research financial agencies from Romania, Russia and Turkey under the ERA.Net RUS Plus initiative) will be presented. More information about specific local contexts will be provided. The conference is also expected to be a platform for relevant land-sea interaction actors, to discuss and consider possible collaborations.

More information is forthcoming. Date in November 2018 is to be confirmed, hosted by University of Bucharest.

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Nov 06

ECOAST Project “New methodologies for an ecosystem approach to spatial and temporal management of fisheries and aquaculture”

06.11.2018 - 08.11.2018

Porto, Portugal

The two day workshop will be organized within the ECOAST project in Portugal to present the project’s results obtained including those obtained by Romania in the Black Sea in the spatial distribution of fisheries related the maritime activities and impact on environment using new methods: Displace, Grid, Invest, cumulative impact.

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Nov 06

Joint BONUS-HELCOM conference


Copenhagen, Denmark

The Conference reinforces and develops the synergies of HELCOM and BONUS in association with key strategic actors in northern European regional seas – OSPAR, ICES, JPI Oceans – in efforts related to environmental policy and sustainable development of the northern European regional seas.

This conference features and discusses:

  • New research and innovation results
  • Future research priorities and needs from the policy perspective 
  • Next steps towards the joint Baltic Sea and North Sea research and innovation programme

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Nov 06

Interact: Connecting border regions

06.11.2018 - 07.11.2018

Skanör, Sweden

Interact has set up several thematic networks supporting Interreg programmes in their capitalisation efforts. Two of these are the network on ‘Sustainable transport’ and the maritime ‘Knowledge of the seas network’. The one having a focus on sustainable transport (TO 7), the other one being of a horizontal nature – hence having linkages and potential for cross-fertilisation.

The objective of this joint meeting of two thematic networks facilitated by Interact is to tackle the issue of ‘connecting border regions’ both on land and in a maritime geography – and the interlinkages. The event will look at the topic from different perspectives. Firstly, the policy respectively strategic perspective defining where want to go. Secondly, the reality of concrete Interreg programmes and projects contributing to implement these policies and strategies. Lastly, showing visions and recent innovations as a kind of appetizer, stimulation for future work.

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Nov 07

MSP for Blue Growth Webinar - Developing Visions in MSP: an Introduction to the Handbook



This is the first webinar in a series presenting the 2018 study on MSP for Blue Growth. More information on the study and webinar series can be found here. 

Webinar: 7 November 2018, 16:00 CET

The purpose of the Visions Handbook is to assist planners in developing a maritime vision or a strategy, as well as assisting those who wish to prepare the terms of reference for facilitating a vision process. The handbook provides quick and easy access to relevant tools and methods, building on lessons learnt from vision development processes across Europe. It indicates a range of possibilities for working with visions, showcasing options and ideas, rather than being prescriptive.

The presentation will cover different tools and methods that can be used for developing a vision, different formats a vision making process could result in, and discuss usefulness of such processes and their outputs for MSP. The presentation will also answer some practical questions including: 
•    How to conduct background research for the vision development process, including analysis of the existing policy context and future trends in maritime sectors?
•    When is it useful to develop scenarios or forecasts and how can they be developed?
•    What are the benefits of involving stakeholders and what are some useful interactive methods that can be used in different stages of the process?
•    How to best communicate the vision as to foster ownership and commitment?
•    What additional literature sources and examples can aid future vision development process?

There will be an opportunity for questions at the end of the webinar. 

The Visions Handbook can be found here on the EU MSP Platform website:

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Nov 14

Annual event Interreg Central Baltic

14.11.2018 - 15.11.2018

Turku, Finland

The Annual event is held in Turku, Finland between 14-15 November. The focus of the event is networking, results and information exchange from and between projects. More information will become available during the summer of 2018.

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Nov 14

6th WOC Sustainable Ocean Summit

14.11.2018 - 16.11.2018

Hong Kong

The SOS brings together representatives from shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, seabed mining, tourism, renewable energy, ports, dredging, submarine cables, marine science, engineering and technology, the maritime legal, financial and insurance communities, and other sectors - as well as ocean stakeholders from the government, inter-governmental, academic and environment communities.

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Nov 21

EOOS Conference

21.11.2018 - 23.11.2018

Brussels, Belgium

The EOOS Conference will bring together and connect diverse ocean observing stakeholder communities, from science, public authorities, industry and wider society, to identify concrete joint actions towards an inclusive, better coordinated & sustained European ocean observing capacity. The Conference will build on the progress made at the EOOS Forum in March 2018 to launch an EOOS strategy and implementation plan, together with a Call to action.

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Nov 21

MSP for Blue Growth Webinar - Investigating Current and Future Spatial Demands of Key Maritime Sectors



This is the second webinar in a series presenting the 2018 study on MSP for Blue Growth. More information on the study and webinar series can be found here. 

Webinar: 21 November 2018 at 16:00 CET

The sector fiches deal mainly with the MSP dimension in the expected evolution of the analysed sectors, putting the focus on investigating current and future potential spatial demands of the sectors. At the same time, the fiches look at the interaction that exists among sectors, and offer a set of concrete recommendations to inform MSP processes. Finally, the fiches aim at being a solid first information source listing the most relevant actors, initiatives, and available literature in the sector in question.

The presentation will cover the following topics:
•    What are the present spatial needs of each sector?
•    Which anticipated future developments of each sector are relevant to MSP?
•    What recommendations can be made to support the sectors in MSP processes?

There will be an opportunity for questions at the end of the webinar. 

Sector fiches can be found on the EU MSP Platform website at:

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Dec 03

12th International Conference on Oceanography & Marine Biology

03.12.2018 - 04.12.2018

Rome, Italy

Dec 05

MSP for Blue Growth Webinar - Developing Indicators for MSP: an Introduction to the Handbook



This is the third and final webinar in a series presenting the 2018 study on MSP for Blue Growth. More information on the study and webinar series can be found here. 

Webinar: 5 December 2018 at 16:00 CET

The Indicators Handbook presents a step-by-step approach to developing MSP indicators. In particular, the Handbook aims to provide the maritime spatial planning community with suggestions on the use of spatial indicators that could support the consideration of Blue Growth in MSP processes. There are no one-size-fits-all solutions for MSP and related indicator development, which is why the Handbook offers a flexible approach with examples of possible indicators that need to be customised to the local contexts.

The presentation will cover the following topics: 
•    How to define SMART objectives?
•    Making the links between objectives and indicators
•    Identification of sources of information
•    How to define baselines?
•    How to define target values, while considering external factors and assumptions

There will be an opportunity for questions at the end of the webinar. 

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Dec 10

FishForum 2018

10.12.2018 - 14.12.2018

Rome, Italy (Headquarters of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations)

The Fish Forum on Fisheries Science in the Mediterranean and the Black sea is organised by the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization. 

The Fish Forum will have an interdisciplinary focus, addressing the three interrelated themes listed below. Thematic sessions will highlight leading research in these areas based, among others, on contributions received through a call for abstracts. Keynote speakers will spotlight cross-cutting topics and thematic panels and transversal panels will offer opportunities for dynamic discussion on prominent issues. Side events are foreseen to complement the main thematic discussions and draw attention to innovative work, while poster sessions and stands will provide further opportunities to showcase relevant research.

To register as a participant and/or to submit an abstract for consideration, please visit complete the registration form with all relevant details, includingthe proposed abstract. Registration and the call for abstracts will open frommid-November 2017.


Submission of abstracts-15thMay 2018(notification of acceptance of abstracts by 30thJune 2018)(

Registration -30thSeptember 2018(

Key topics:


Improving knowledge on stock status
Innovative strategies to provide advice
The effectiveness of area-based management


Addressing climate change as a priority issue
Tackling pressing environmental challenges
The interaction between vulnerable species and human activities


Improving knowledge on the social and economic impact of fisheries
Mapping value chains
Marine technology promoting economic and environmental sustainability of fisheries

Main speakers:

Manuel Barange, Director, Fisheries and Aquaculture Policy and Resources Divisionof FAO (FIA)

Anne Christine Brusendorff, General Secretary, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)

Serge Garcia, Chair, Fisheries Experts Group of the IUCN Commission of Ecosystem Management (IUCN/CEM/FEG)

Lasse Gustavsson, Vice President and Executive Director, OCEANA

Masanori Miyahara, Japan Fisheries Research and Education Agency 

Ernesto Penas-Lado, European Commission, DG MARE

Who will attend?

The Fish Forum will be an opportunity to benefit from a wider range of expertise than typically reaches other regional conferences and will aim at removing barriers to sharing knowledge and information. It will provide an overview of the latest trends and achievements in ocean sciences and fishery technology and will explore future needs. The target audience is intended to be scientists, researchers, engineers, academics, practitioners, managers and decision makers that have fisheries and marine-related responsibilities. A call for abstracts will ensure that select renowned experts have the opportunity to disseminate their latest research findings and present them to the Fish Forum. The participation of early career scientists will also actively be promoted.


The Forum is organised with the financial support of the European Union

Technical partners



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Dec 12

SIMWESTMED / SUPREME closing conference

12.12.2018 - 13.12.2018

Venice, Italy

There will be a joint closing conference of the projects related to the implementation of EU MSP Directive in the Eastern and in the Western Mediterranean regions, SIMWESTMED and SUPREME, co-funded by DG MARE. More information is forthcoming.

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