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Jun 01

Virtual Ocean Dialogues.

01.06.2020 - 05.06.2020

The World Economic Forum and Friends of Ocean Action organise the Virtual Ocean Dialogue to convene leaders and communities from across the global ocean space. This global online conference will be held on 1-5 June 2020, focusing on three key themes:

  • Restoring Ocean Life;
  • Sustainable Bleu Economy; 
  • Beyond Ocean.

For more information and registration please see the event page.

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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 03

Citizen science: the new frontier to enhance the effectiveness of climate change adaptation strategies.


The third unit of webinars of the MPA-Engage on "Citizen science: the new frontier to enhance the effectiveness of climate change adaptation strategies" will be held on 3 June 2020 from 10:00 to 12:00.

  • 3 June: Webinar 9 - Climate change marine citizen science actions.

Please register for the webinar using the following link.


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Jun 03

Challenges, Risks and Barriers for the Large-Scale Commercial Roll-Out of Ocean Multi-Use.


The UNITED project organises the first webinar on "Challenges, Risks and Barriers for the Large-Scale Commercial Roll-Out of Ocean Multi-Use". The Webinar will be held on 3 June 2020 at 12:00-14:00.  

For more information and registration please see the event page.

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Jun 08

Virtual Ocean Literacy Summit.


On the occasion of World Oceans Day, 8th of June (from 11:00 to 14:00), UNESCO's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission will host the first Virtual Ocean Literacy Summit, in partnership with Ocean Wise, EuroGOOS and Experiential Atelier. 


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Jun 09
Final Seminar:

BONUS BASMATI Final Seminar.


Copenhagen, Denmark


The final seminar of the BONUS BASMATI project will be held on 9 June 2020. During the event, the project results and findings will be presented. The seminar will take place at the campus of the Aalborg University Copenhagen in Denmark.

Please see the event page for additional information. 

Due to the current COVID-19 situation the final seminar of BONUS BASMATI is postponed until autumn 2020.

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Jun 12

INSPIRE principles within Maritime Spatial Planning.


Due to the current situation associated with COVID-19, the INSPIRE Conference 2020 is postponed to 2021 and replaced by a series of online webinars. The "INSPIRE 2020 Conference: Bringing sustainability and digitalisation together" will be held between 3 June 2020 and 12 June 2020. As part of the webinar series, the workshop "INSPIRE Principles within Maritime Spatial Planning" will be held on 12 June at 14:00 CET.

For more information and registration please see the event page


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Jun 22
Conference & Networking Village:

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 14
Mediterranean Coast Week:

Mediterranean Coast and Macro-regional Strategies Week 2020.

14.09.2020 - 25.09.2020

Slovenian coast

The Fifth Mediterranean Coast Week will be held on 14-25 September 2020 on the Slovenian coast.

It will represent one of the key events of the EU Strategy for the Adriatic and Ionian Region (EUSAIR).  During this week, a number of intereting events and activities will be organised in cooperation with international, regional and national institutions. 

More information is available on the event page

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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 31 May 2020.

For more information, see the event page.

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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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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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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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