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Sep 28

Marine Spatial Planning Online Seminar.


Do you want to connect with a community of marine spatial planners and share your story and learn from others? Would you like to go beyond the theory and gain insight into on-the-ground examples and best practices? Blue Solutions, as part of the PANORAMA initiative, is hosting an online seminar to provide a platform where practitioners can share their stories and exchange knowledge!

The Marine Spatial Planning Online Seminar will take place on 28 September 2020 at 15.00-16.30 CET. It will be a perfect opportunity for you to connect with a community of marine spatial planners and professionals working on marine issues.

If you are interested in documenting and publishing your examples, connecting to like-minded peers and gain more outreach for your project, learning from experts in your field - join the seminar! A pool of experts and peers will listen to your methods, approaches, tools and techniques and enable the wider implementation of these solutions through the PANORAMA platform.

Please joing the online seminar here.

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Sep 30
Online meeting:



The Workshop LINKING ECONOMIC POTENTIAL AND MARINE ECOSYSTEM HEALTH FOR SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT THROUGH MARINE SPATIAL PLANNING will be held on 30 September 2020 at 14:00-16:30 CET. The event is organized by OECD, UNESCO-IOC, BLUEMED, and Stazione Zoologica (Italy).

The main topics include:

  • What is MSP, why promoting it and what is this webinar bringing to the community today?
  • Marine Spatial Planning in the age of COVID-19: General challenges, barriers and solutions for sustainable ocean management.
  • Sustainable blue economy as an opportunity for developing MSP: Mutual learning from practitioners.
  • The next five years: How to enhance knowledge-based MSP?

The workshop is open to all interested parties. It will be held in remote live streaming mode, a link will be available on the NSW web-page to connect through the Zoom live streaming platform. There will be an interactive session with the speakers at the end of the presentations.

Please register for the event here.


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Oct 01

The effects of climate change in marine spatial planning: pathways and solutions.


The Webinar on The effects of climate change in marine spatial planning: pathways and solutions, will be held on Thursday, 1 October 2020 at 1 pm US EDT/10 am US PDT/5 pm UTC.

Presented by: Catarina Frazão Santos from the University of Lisbon and NOVA-SBE. 

As marine spatial planning (MSP) operates in a changing ocean, properly addressing and integrating climate effects is vital. However, few marine spatial plans properly or explicitly consider climate change. This is a complex topic, full of intricacies, dimensions, and challenges (scientific, socioeconomic, and political), and multiple solutions will be needed. We highlight ways forward, based on real examples around the globe, on how climate change can be integrated into MSP. Links with global ocean governance goals and sustainable development will be explored.

Co-sponsors: OCTO (EBM Tools Network, The Skimmer, OpenChannels, MPA News,

Please register for webinar here.


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Oct 01
Online Seminar:

Webinar on Regional Seas Programmes and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework.


The United Nations Environment Programme, the European Commission and the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity will organize a webinar briefing on the Regional Seas Programmes and the post-2020 global biodiversity framework on 1 October 2020.

This webinar will be an opportunity to share information on relevant work under the Regional Seas Programmes that can support the development and implementation of the post-2020 global biodiversity framework. 

The webinar will be held on 1 October 2020 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (UTC-4). Please register by clicking on the link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information on how to join the session. Please see attached Annex for the webinar schedule. 

The webinar will be held in English and will be recorded and made available on the CBD website to accommodate those who will not be able to take part. 

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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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Oct 12
Online Seminar:

Sea Teach Week session on "Cooperation Models for Ocean Knowledge and Innovation".


The Virtual Session “Cooperation Models for Ocean knowledge and Innovation” will be held on October 12, 2020 9am-11am (CEST).

This virtual session investigates different ways of collaboration in France and in Europe, by relying on the following networks: EurOcean, Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique and Campus mondial de la mer.

Two round tables will address the key challenges for innovation networks:

  • How do these partnerships contribute to observation?
  • How to increase their contribution to the blue economy by developing new products and services based on observation data and knowledge diffusion?

The registration fee for the 2020 Sea Tech Week is 150€ per participant. After registration, you will be able to access the full programme of the event including all its virtual sessions, exhibition hall and the B2B meetings.

The registration is possible until October 8 2020, 4 pm - Paris Time.

To register in the 2020 Sea Tech Week please click here.

To visit the 2020 Sea Tech Week website please click here.

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Oct 15
Online Seminar:

Webinar on Wind Energy and Fisheries in the US: October 15, 16, & 30, 2020.

15.10.2020 - 30.10.2020

Please save the date for a three-day workshop to explore the Synthesis of the Science for Fisheries and Offshore Wind. The Responsible Offshore Development Alliance (RODA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) are convening this workshop to collectively share completed, ongoing, and planned research relevant to offshore wind and fisheries. The workshop will engage key experts, including fishermen, fishing industry representatives, agency representatives, wind energy developers, relevant fisheries managers, and expert scientists and academics to build and refine a regional fisheries and offshore science agenda, including through the Responsible Offshore Science Alliance (ROSA).

Workshop dates: October 15, 16, & 30, 2020.


• Physical oceanographic impacts

• Biological impacts

• Ecosystem impacts

• Fishing industry operational and economic impacts

• Effects to regional scientific surveys, scientific advice, and management

• Innovative sampling and monitoring techniques

• Evolving offshore wind technologies and future considerations

Please see here for more information. To register for the event, please follow the link.

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Nov 03

Blue Platform Workshop: Maritime Spatial Planning in Denmark.


The Blue Platform Workshop: Maritime Spatial Planning in Denmark will be held on 3 November 2020.

The workshop will be organised by Guldborgsund Municipality - a draft agenda wil be available shortly. 


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Nov 11
Online meeting:

2nd Baltic Sea Region Planning Forum.


2nd Planning Forum of the Baltic Sea Region’s planners will take place on 11 November 2020 online.

More information coming soon. Please see here for more details.

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Nov 12
Consultation meeting:

21st Joint HELCOM-VASAB MSP WG Online Meeting.

12.11.2020 - 13.11.2020

21st Joint HELCOM-VASAB MSP WG online meeting will be held on 12-13 November 2020.

More information coming soon. Please see here for more details.

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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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Jun 01

4th Baltic MSP Forum.

01.06.2021 - 02.06.2021

The 4th Baltic MSP Forum will be held on 1-2 June 2021 in Jūrmala, Latvia.

Final conference of the Capacity4MSP project and Land-Sea Act project. 

For more information please see here.

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Jan 07

IUCN World Conservation Congress.

07.01.2021 - 15.01.2021

Marseille, France

The IUCN World Conservation Congress 2020, originally scheduled for June 2020, has been postponed due to the situation related to the COVID-19, and will be held on 7-15 Januray 2021 in Marseille, France.

For more information, please see the event page

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Jun 08

Seanergy 2021.

08.06.2021 - 11.06.2021

Nantes, Saint-Nazaire, France

Seanergy, an international leading event on offshore wind and marine renewable energy, originally scheduled for June 2020, will be held on 8-11 June 2021. 

For more information, please see the event page

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