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Apr 20

International Coastal Symposium

20.04.2020 - 23.04.2020

Seville, Spain

POSTPONED UNTIL NEXT YEAR (More information coming soon)

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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Apr 23

Webinar MSP Challenge: Exploring the complexity of marine/maritime spatial planning in a multi-player simulation (game)


The Webinar "MSP Challenge: Exploring the complexity of marine/maritime spatial planning in a multi-player simulation (game)", will be held on Tuesday 23 April 2020. This webinar will provide a brief overview of MSP Challenge’s development over the years and a demonstration of the simulation platform.

Subscribe to the webinar through the following link

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Apr 27

MSPforum 5th edition

27.04.2020 - 30.04.2020

Athens, Greece

New dates soon!

The 5th edition of the MSPforum will take place in Athens (Greece) from 27 to 30 April 2020. 

Applications to attend the event are now open, follow the link for submission.

Deadline: 29 February 2020. 

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Apr 28

Webinar Gaps in Protection of Important Ocean Areas: A Spatial Meta-Analysis of Ten Global Mapping Initiatives


The Webinar "Gaps in Protection of Important Ocean Areas: A Spatial Meta-Analysis of Ten Global Mapping Initiatives", will be held on Tuesday 28 April 2020. This webinar will present study results as well as a new online version of the map available here.

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Apr 28

Conference MSP Nature 2020

28.04.2020 - 30.04.2020

Berlin, Germany


The Conference MSP NATURE 2020, on the integration of nature conservation into Marine Spatial Planning (MSP), will take place in Berlin, Germany. MSP Nature 2020 serves as a platform upon which to present and discuss different aspects of MSP applying an Ecosystem-Based-Approach (EBA). Particular emphasis will be given to marine nature conservation. The Conference aims to bring together a wide range of stakeholders, including public administrations, research and academia. This could be the occasion to share initiatives and start new collaborations.

For more information and registration, see the event website

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Apr 29

Webinar "Big Data in Marine Science" & launch of the European Marine Board Future Science Brief


The Webinar will focus on the launch of the EMB Future Science Brief ‘Big Data in Marine Science’. It will be held on Wednesday 29 April 2020 from 13h00-15h00 . 

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May 11

Save the date - EUBlueDeal Conference


Brussels, Belgium

The EUBlueDeal conference, focused on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, will take place on 11 May 2020 in Brussels. The conference will deal with:

  • State of our Ocean in Europe;
  • Tackling main pressures;
  • Working together on the governance of the seas.

More information coming soon!

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May 14

European Maritime Day

14.05.2020 - 15.05.2020

Cork, Ireland

POSTPONED (More information coming soon)

The European Maritime Day (EMD) Conference and Expo is the annual two-day event during which Europe’s maritime community meet to network, discuss and forge joint action on maritime affairs and sustainable blue economy. 

EMD Conference and Expo is the place where ‘Ocean Leaders Meet’. It provides an interactive experience to catch up on the current state of play on a broad range of issues concerning the blue economy and the marine environment and discuss ways of moving forward. It features a large number of excellent speakers, multiple breakout sessions and project pitch sessions organised by stakeholders and European Commission services as well as hundreds of B2B meetings. EMD targets professionals from businesses, governments, public institutions, NGOs and academia.

EMD 2020 is organised jointly by the European Commission, the City of Cork and Our Ocean Wealth Summit. It will be celebrated on 14 and 15 May 2020 in Cork City Hall together with Our Ocean Wealth’ (OOW), Ireland’s flagship annual event for the marine sector and will be held back-to-back with the ‘SeaFest’, Ireland’s largest free family-friendly maritime celebration.

If you want to get involved in shaping EMD 2020 by organising your own interactive workshop, follow this link before the 8 December. 

Further information.

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Jun 02

2020 UN Ocean Conference

02.06.2020 - 06.06.2020


The 2020 United Nations Conference is focused on the Implementation of Sustainable Development Goal 14: Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development. The overarching theme of the Conference is "Scaling up ocean action based on science and innovation for the implementation of Goal 14: stocktaking, partnerships and solutions".

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

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Jun 22

EU Sustainable Energy Week 2020 (EUSEW)

22.06.2020 - 26.06.2020

Brussels, Belgium

This weeklong event gathers stakeholders from the sustainable energy sector, and includes conferences, a networking village, and an awards competition.

The Policy Conference will take place between the 23 and 25 June 2020 during EU Sustainable Energy Week. This is the biggest European conference dedicated to renewables and efficient energy use in Europe.

Sessions organised by the European Commission and energy stakeholders focus on sustainable energy issues, and debate new policy developments, best practices, and sustainable energy ideas.

The Policy Conference takes place in three buildings in Brussels’ Schuman district: the European Commission’s Charlemagne and Berlaymont buildings, and the Residence Palace nearby. Registration for the conference will be launched in April 2020.

Next to the conference, the Networking Village will bring the EUSEW Community together to forge alliances and exchange ideas.

Moreover, the EUSEW Awards will celebrate outstanding projects and ideas in energy efficiency and renewables. Finalists will be chosen from a shortlist of the year’s most successful projects for clean, secure and efficient energy.

The award categories are the following:

  • ENGAGEMENT - Recognising activities with high social acceptance potential, that inspire and motivate citizens to change their energy usage habits;
  • INNOVATION - Recognising outstanding EU-funded activities that show an original and innovative way to the sustainable energy transition;
  • YOUTH - Recognising outstanding activities carried out by young people (below 30).

The Awards Ceremony will take place on 23 June 2020. 

For more information about the Policy Conference, Networking Village or EUSEW Awards, see the event website.

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Aug 24

The 6th International Marine Conservation Congress

24.08.2020 - 27.08.2020

Kiel, Germany

The International Marine Conservation Congress (IMCC) brings together conservation professionals and students with the purpose of developing new and powerful tools to further marine conservation science and policy.

The Call for Abstracts for contributed presentations (talks and posters) is now open. Deadline 24 February 2020.

During this event, Céline Jacob (Université du Québec) and Holly Niner (University of Plymouth) will hold a session on "Marine spatial planning for an environmentally sustainable and socially just blue economy". They will discuss the barriers and opportunities that MSP presents for the equitable and sustainable use of marine areas and marine conservation. 

For more information and submissions, see the event page (more information coming soon).

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Sep 02

The Mediterranean: scientific expertise for decision-makers

02.09.2020 - 04.09.2020

Marseille, France

Climate and environmental research to support sustainable development goals.

The conference will be organised on 2-4 September 2020 for the decision-makers of the Mediterranean countries. Inspired by the achievements of science-policy interfaces such as IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change), the conference will present an opportunity to review existing scientific knowledge and issues that the Mediterranean environment has to face in the future decades.

The conference will cover a wide range of topics, among which are: an evolution of the Mediterranean climate in the 21st century and its impacts on the environment, extreme events (floods, heat waves, marine submersions etc.), water resources management and amplification of droughts, links between pollution and health, fluxes of contaminants from water, air and soil into living organisms, proliferation of invasive species on land and at sea, and biodiversity loss.

For more information and registration, see the event page.

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Sep 07


07.09.2020 - 10.09.2020

Øksnehallen, Copenhagen, Denmark

The ICES Annual Science Conference 2020 will take place in Copenhagen from 7 to 10 September 2020.

Among the theme sessions proposed, the following are related to MSP: “Co-existence of sustainable fisheries and offshore wind energy development – lessons learned​” and “Making transboundary ocean and coastal governance work – state of the art, problems, and enablers”.

Call for abstracts is open until 11 March 2020.

For more information on the theme sessions and submissions, please refer to the website

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Sep 17

CoastGIS 2020

17.09.2020 - 19.09.2020

Raseborg, Finland


CoastGIS 2020 in Raseborg (on the South Coast of Finland), hosted by Novia University of Applied Sciences, will be the 14th consecutive symposium for an international exchange of knowledge, ideas and experience on how spatial data and information technologies assist marine and coastal zone managers (and other stakeholders) to better understand and manage coastal space and resources.

This year’s theme "Sustainable Coastal Planning in a Changing World" refers to the challenges faced worldwide in light of sustainable development and emphasis will be on cooperation in spatial planning between countries. The symposium aims to address recent challenges in managing our coastlines effectively and sustainably.

Abstract submission and early bird registration are open until 30 April 2020.

For more information, see the event page.

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Oct 05

Malta Maritime Summit 2020

05.10.2020 - 09.10.2020

Valleta, Malta

The third edition of the Malta Maritime Summit will be held during the Malta Maritime Week on 5-9 October, 2020. The event themed “The Voice of the Industry” will host prominent and influential maritime stakeholders who will be debating maritime concerns and challenges facing the various sectors particularly autonomous and crewless shipping, pollution and maritime environment and above all a “Where do we go from Here” session.

For more information and registration, see the website

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Nov 30

CommOCEAN 2020

30.11.2020 - 02.12.2020

Sopot, Poland

The 4th International Marine Science Communication Conference programme combines hands-on exercises in current science communication skills for disseminating ocean research and technology, with plenty of expertise-sharing, social interaction and fascinating marine science along the way.

Online abstract submissions will open in early May and the full programme will be released in September.

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

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