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Sep 14

Mediterranean Coast and Macro-regional Strategies Week 14-25 September 2020.

14.09.2020 - 25.09.2020

You are kindly invited to the Mediterranean Coast and Macro-regional Strategies Week that will take place online from 14 to 25 September 2020. 

The Week is one of the main events of the Slovenian presidency to the EUSAIR strategy. You can follow the events under the slogan "#SloPresidencyEUSAIR".

The aim of the week is not only to raise awareness of the importance of the sea, the coast and its hinterland, and of natural resources and economic potential they represent, but also to outline risks which the sea and the coast are exposed to due to the natural phenomena and human actions. 

Macro-regional strategies aim to make macro-regions, and thus the whole of Europe stronger, more resilient and more attractive to live in, everywhere and for all. This year, the following topics will be addressed: the macro-regional cooperation in tourism recovery, green infrastructure as a basis for European food production, macro-regional contribution to implementation of Green Deal and smart specialisation of the region.

The events that will be held online this year, provide an opportunity to bring together practitioners, experts and the general public from the Baltic, Danube, Adriatic-Ionian and Alpine macro-regions and to discuss most important challenges of today and tomorrow and other macro-regional challenges, as well as the cross macro-regional exchange.

In order to confirm your participation at organised events, please register here.


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Sep 22

European Research and Innovation Days: Bringing stakeholders together to shape future research and innovation policy.

22.09.2020 - 24.09.2020

European Research and Innovation Days is the European Commission’s annual event, bringing together policymakers, researchers, entrepreneurs and citizens to debate and shape the future of research and innovation in Europe and beyond.

In light of the coronavirus pandemic, the event will take place online on 22-24 September 2020.

It’s a unique chance to discuss how research and innovation will benefit the future of Europe just ahead of the 2021 launch of Horizon Europe - the next research and innovation programme - and a revitalised European Research Area.

Please register for the event here.

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Sep 23

Transboundary Consultation Meeting on Estonian MSP.


The Transboundary Consultation Meeting on Estonian MSP will be held on 23 September 2020 at 12:00-15:00 CET.

We kindly ask you to register by 21 September 2020 via the following link.

More information about the meeting and the practicalities of the meeting will be sent to the registered participants.

Information about the Estonian MSP is available here.

The organisation of the event is supported by the MSP Assistance Mechanism.

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Sep 25
Regional event:

Mediterranean Coast Day 2020


Valletta, Malta

The Mediterranean Coast Day 2020 will be held in Valletta, Malta on 25 September 2020.

More information coming soon.

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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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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 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 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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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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