Currently in its 25th year and there will be emphasis on looking ahead to the opportunities and practical measures that will be needed to meet the challenges the future will pose. Already a number of high level speakers have been earmarked and Defra have been very supportive. Over 300 participants are expected to attend from over 140 organisations. The programme for CF18 will cover in over 35+ presentations covering a wide range of issues raised during the market research; these will include:
· The Government’s Vision for the marine environment
· The Defra 25 year plan: marine & coastal environmental implications Gemma Harper, Defra
· The opportunity of Brexit, if it is framed as a generational opportunity to mould things for the better and environmental legislation
· Brexit and our relationship with international conventions
· Coastal communities and changing realities: mergers, CFF funding, blue economy
· Coasts communities and adaptation to climate change – Professor Jim Hall, Oxford University & CCC
· Health, & wellbeing in the coastal and marine environment
· Marine Science – developing programmes and assessment – Simon Brockington, Defra
· Marine Spatial Planning – Bud Ehler – the respected leader in this field has agreed to speak
· Renewables in coastal & marine environment – the ongoing development of offshore wind
· Marine and coastal infrastructure – global developments
· Natural Capital – exploring practical applications – Coastal Pioneers – Assessing Ecosystem Services
· Climate change: warming and ecosystem effects – ocean acidification & population scale changes – Euan Dunn RSPB & Phillip Williamson NERC & UEA
· Cumulative effects – clearer guidance?
· Marine litter – plastics and micro-plastics
· Marine Conservation, MPAs & the scale of current developments – Dan Laffoley IUCN has agreed to speak – Marine Protected Areas – Economic benefits, displacement & blue belts
· Brexit and the Fisheries Bill – opportunities – and environmental protections
· Shellfishery aquaculture – Oysters & Mussels – multiple benefits» view details
UPDATE: THERE ARE STILL 3 PLACES LEFT FOR SHIPPING EXPERTS TO PARTICIPATE. IF YOU ARE A SHIPPING EXPERT IN THE BALTIC SEA OR INTERNATIONAL EXPERT, SIGN UP >>HERE<< BEFORE THE 20TH OF JANUARY 2018
Shaping the future of Shipping in the Baltic Sea: International Meeting and Interactive Simulation
The BalticLINes project will hold an interactive session with shipping experts, using the MSP Challenge 2050, with the goal to together shape the future of shipping in the Baltic Sea. The input from stakeholders will be integrated in the project results. These results will be used by MSP authorities around the Batlic Sea as part of the input for development of their Maritime Spatial Plans.
Please sign up here before the 20th of January. Update: There are currently 3 places left!
Organisation (including information on location and reimbursement of travel costs):
Margarita Vološina (email@example.com)
Liene Strazdiņa (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Olli Holm (Olli.Holm@liikennevirasto.fi)
Technical development and support MSP Challenge:
Harald Warmelink (email@example.com)
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MEP Norica Nicolai, MEP Werner Kuhn, MEP Ole Christensen, the European Anglers Alliance (EAA) and the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA) are glad to invite participants to the conference "State of play of recreational fisheries in the EU - The anglers’ point of view & the importance of regulating recreational fisheries at the EU level" organised by the European Parliament Forum on Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment.» view details
Since the publication in 2013 of the Strategic Guidelines on the sustainable development of European aquaculture, the European Commission has been working closely with Member States to address the obstacles hindering the development of the sector, primarily at the national level. As highlighted in the European Committee of the Regions' Opinion on "The Future of European Aquaculture", however, Regions have a key role to play in creating the right conditions for the development of EU aquaculture, through efficient licencing procedures, spatial planning, promotion of local products and other initiatives.
The meeting is open to all Member States representatives, Regional Authorities and other stakeholders.» view details
The energy sector is currently undergoing a grand transition, one that will most likely have a significant impact on citizens, consumers, industry and the environment. The transformation needs a joint concept of the future energy landscape, shared by a variety of actors – including the renewables and grid industries – to meet societal expectations and technological requirements. Our event “Grids meet Renewables” will provide space for an open dialogue between these actors, deep diving on the key challenges and potential solution and current best practices implemented by industry and civil society.
The event will be focused on the following questions:
- How can different industries jointly plan the future energy landscape?
- How can we ensure that the identification of new renewables sites goes hand in hand with the analysis of future grid needs?
- What roles can RES companies and grid operators play in making sure that the transition will happen in a fair and acceptable manner?
- How can transmission and generation work together in the future to further benefit from each other?
In addition, a Best Practice Fair will create opportunities for the exchange and discussion of best practices in different areas that are relevant for a renewables-based energy landscape. Participants will have the opportunity to find new inspiration and learn from the experience of existing initiatives.» view details
This symposium aims to cover quite a large number of themes and areas. Chief amongst these is the potential evolution of the ocean in a warming climate. Participants will seek to learn not only from the geological past, but from the present knowledge in oceanography, carbon- and ecosystem sciences and numerical modelling also.
The symposium is free of charge and open to all, but registration is necessary. More information will become available in December.» view details
The COLUMBUS project has demonstrated how it is possible to capitalise on the European Commission’s significant investment in marine and maritime research by ensuring accessibility and uptake of research Knowledge Outputs by end-users: policy, industry, science and wider society. This has been achieved by developing and applying a specifically tailored process to identify, analyse and transfer promising outputs from funded research projects.
For celebrating the COLUMBUS valuable outcomes on 22 February 2018 the European Parliament will host the conference “Accelerating Blue Growth through Marine and Maritime Knowledge Transfer”, the last event of the COLUMBUS project.
The event is organised by EurOcean - the Work Package Leader on Identification and Collection of EC Funded Knowledge also fostering such activities since 2007 through its European Funded Projects database - and will be chaired by EurOcean’s former President and MEP member Ricardo Serrão Santos.
The event “Accelerating Blue Growth through Marine and Maritime Knowledge Transfer” has the aim of sharing and promoting these valuable recommendations on improving knowledge transfer from European and national funded research and innovation projects in the marine and maritime sphere.» view details
Fewer conflicts, more investment, increased cross-border cooperation as well as protection of the marine environment - these are the goals that Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) and the associated directive 2014/89/EU pursue. As this list already suggests, MSP is about bringing together and reconciling different ends and perspectives.
The researchers of the BONUS BALTSPACE project have for the past three years studied MSP processes in the Baltic Sea Region. In particular, they have analysed them for different types of integration mechanisms, i.e. policy and sector integration, integration across scales and boundaries, stakeholder integration as well as integration of the knowledge base. The researchers identified challenges as well as enabling conditions in MSP processes and developed approaches that support the work of maritime spatial planners.
At the project conference “Reaching across sea spaces – Results on MSP from the BONUS BALTSPACE project”, the project partnership will present findings with particular focus on stakeholder and cross-border integration. Together with invited representatives from other regional seas contexts they will discuss challenges, opportunities and solutions for MSP.
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The ICMC 2018: 20th International Conference on Marine Conservation aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Marine Conservation. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Marine Conservation.
Topics to be discussed on the conference included:
· Marine Conservation and Management
· Marine Biology
· Food security and the oceans (e.g., sustainable fisheries, aquaculture, and livelihoods)
· Marine renewable and non-renewable energy
· Climate, ocean acidification, and the changing oceans
· Advancing marine conservation through international agreements
· Effective conservation planning
· Communicating marine conservation (marine conservation awareness and outreach, social media)
· Participation in marine conservation science (e.g. citizen and indigenous science)
· Marine tourism
· Estuary restoration
Abstracts can be send to the organisers. Main dates are:
Abstracts/Full-Text Paper Submission deadline November 17, 2017
Notification of Acceptance/Rejection November 30, 2017
Final Paper (Camera Ready) Submission deadline February 14, 2018
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This is the 18th edition of the VLIZ Marine Science Day. During the event, VLIZ offers once more the possibility to companies active in the marine and maritime sectors to participate in 'Meet the Company'. This section of VMSD has the aim to bring potential employers into contact with today’s young graduates and researchers looking for future jobs in the marine and maritime sectors. VMSD is the event to attract attention for the employment possibilities of your company in front of more than 300 participating marine and coastal experts from all disciplines.» view details
The World Symposium on Climate Change and Biodiversity (WSCCB-2018) is organized by the International Climate Change Information Programme (ICCIP), the Research and Transfer Centre 'Sustainable Development and Climate Change Management' of the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences, Germany, and Manchester Metropolitan University (UK), in collaboration with a set of organizations. The Symposium aims to address the need to not only better understand the impacts of climate change on biodiversity, but to also identify, test and implement measures aimed at managing the many risks climate change poses to fauna, flora and micro organisms. It will also address how to better restore and protect ecosystems from the impact of climate change. The Symposium will mobilize scholars, social movements, practitioners and members of governmental agencies, undertaking research and/or executing projects on climate change and biodiversity across the world. The Symposium aims to make a contribution to reaching the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), in particular SDG 1 (no poverty), SDG 2 (zero hunger), SDG 13 (climate action), SDG 14 (life below water) and SDG 15 (life on land).» view details
The Working Group Marine Planning and Coastal Zone Management of ICES (International Council for the Exploration of the Seas), with support of the Horizon2020 Project MUSES (Multi-Use in European Seas) and Marine Scotland, invites to a workshop to explore, discuss and promote coexistence and synergies in marine spatial planning. The event is open to planners, managers, researchers, stakeholders and anyone else interested in planning and management of marine areas and resources.
Participants are encouraged to contribute with: 1) examples of coexistence and synergies in marine use from their countries or experience; 2) relevant previous work or ideas on ways to classify types of coexistence and synergies in marine use; 3) examples or ideas on how marine spatial planning has or can further coexistence and synergies in marine use.» view details
The Architectural and Environmental Design (AED) is created to be a platform for all early career researchers, practitioners and students from all around the world, helping them to share ideas, and to expand networks for scholars.AED is an international conference that focuses on Sustainability and how it is approached by Architectural and Environmental Designs. AED engages with real life problems that affect the buildings on all scales, cities, and environment where it also discusses the built environment, and the factors that assist in shaping the built environment and how it affects our lives and our activities. IEREK for International Experts for Research Enrichment and Knowledge Exchange welcomes the abstract submissions to our Early Career conference.» view details
Marinescape Forum in Burgas 2018 will highlight the heritage aspects of Marinescapes in the up-coming European Year of Cultural Heitage 2018. The theme is "New goverance and participation". It will be held in the days before the EMD2018, organised together with European networks from the heritage sector and will be open to public.» view details
The ICDSST – PROMETHEE DAYS 2018 will focus on the role, the qualities, the models and methods offered by sustainable data-driven and evidence based Decision Support, mainly applied to Environment and Energy. On these sectors, diverse stakeholders at various governance levels seek to devise and implement sound and robust policies which mitigate environmental impacts while taking into account various parameters. Decision Support Systems can simulate different scenarios and offer solutions in modern managerial issues which are full of redundant and complex information. Such rapidly evolving situations, which engage a large number of individuals with different agendas in complicated decision making processes, require such tools for support. It is in this context that the key topics of interest include (but are not limited to):
- Decision Support Modeling
- Decision Support and Expert Systems in the Environment and Energy Sectors
- Data Visualisation and Decision Making/Support
- Environmental and Energy Data Visualisation
- Geographic Information Systems
- Data Science, Big Data Analytics and Business Intelligence
- Technical and Managerial Dashboards for Decision Support
- Knowledge Acquisition, Management, Extraction and Visualisation
- Collaborative Decision Making
- Intelligent, Web-based, Spatial Decision Support Systems
- Application Models and Systems: Agricultural, Environmental, Farming, Water Resources, Livestock, Fisheries, Warehouse, Sustainable Forest and Rangeland Management, Food Processing and Supply Chain Management
- Simulation Models and Systems, Regional Planning, Logistics and Traceability
- Case Studies involving any of the above issues
The ISBS 2018 will be hosted by the Institute for Marine Biology Biotechnology and Aquaculture, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, at Gournes Pediados, Heraklion. It is organized in collaboration with ICRE8 under the auspices of SDSN Greece. Contributions from all disciplines around the topic of sandy beaches are welcome, from biogeochemistry to animal behaviour, to biogeography and numerical modelling. To facilitate interdisciplinarity an sharing of perspectives, there will not be parallel sessions.
The ISBS2018 will be paired with the annual conference of the Euro Working Group on Decision Support Systems, which in 2018 will be on Environmental-based Decision Support Systems. Occasions of meeting between the two groups of researchers will be created.» view details
The European Maritime Day (EMD) is the annual meeting point for Europe’s maritime community to network, discuss and forge joint action. The latest EMD 2017 conference and exhibition was held on 18-19 May 2017 in Poole. It was followed by the Poole Maritime Festival (15-21 May 2017), dedicated to engaging the general public and celebrating Poole and Dorset's local maritime heritage and environment.» view details
The Institute of Biometeorology - National Research Council of Italy is organizing, in collaboration with other CNR Institutes and University Departments, the Seventh International Symposium: "Monitoring of Mediterranean Coastal Areas: problems and measurement techniques" (Livorno, Italy, June 2018).
The Symposium, which is aimed at Mediterranean researchers every two years, addresses issues related to Mediterranean coastal areas and searches for technical and instrumental solutions to problems related to: energy production in the coastal area, morphology and evolution of coastlines, flora and fauna of the littoral system, management and integrated coastal protection, coastline geography, human influence on
The Symposium is divided into the following sessions:
- Flora and Fauna of the littoral system: dynamics and protection
- Morphology and evolution of coastlines and seabeds
- Coastal landscapes: past and present aspects of human influence
- Measures for environment and energy production in the coastal zones
- Coastline geography: territorial dynamics and integrated protection
The 4th International Symposium will bring together experts from around the world to better understand climate impacts on ocean ecosystems – and how to respond. The Symposium will:
- Highlight the latest information on how oceans are changing, what is at risk and how to respond;
- Identify key knowledge gaps;
- Promote collaborations; and
- Stimulate the next generation of science and actions
Baltic Earth strives to achieve an improved Earth System understanding of the Baltic Sea region as the basis for science-based management in the face of climatic, environmental and human impact in the region. Baltic Earth brings together a broad international research community around core scientific issues identified as fundamental to informing societal efforts to achieve sustainability in the region. Baltic Earth targets the atmosphere, land and marine environment of the Baltic Sea, its drainage basin and nearby areas with relevance for the Baltic Sea region.
The conference will cover all themes and topics of Baltic Earth, in particular highlighting the Baltic Earth Grand Challenges as defined by the Baltic Earth Science Plan.The grand topic of the conference „The Baltic Sea region in transition“ refers to transition processes in the Baltic Sea and its catchment basin, as well as in the regional climatic and socio-economic system. In addition to this, we invite contributions which are related to processes in the transition area between the Baltic the North Sea regions, e.g. oceanographic in- and outflow events and associated consequences for Baltic Sea biogeochemistry, ecology and human uses, specific conditions of the Belts and Sounds area including human pressures like eutrophication and shipping, regional sea level rise as well as similarities and differences in the BACC and NOSCCA climate change assessments.» view details
The program will include plenary talks by experienced lecturers, oral and poster presentations, round table discussions, and a field trip to the UNESCO Natural Heritage Site – Curonian Spit. Basic topics for the Symposium will be Energy Security and Independence, Hazard Planning and Mitigation, Handling of the Extensive Ammunition and Ordinance that have been disposed of in the Baltic Sea and Ecosystems and socio-economic impacts.» view details
The 4th ICZM symposium will again be hosted by the Institute of Marine Research, Norway in Arendal, Norway, and held on July 2 – 5, 2018. This multi-disciplinary international conference is intended to promote science and integration of knowledge for the sustainable management of coastal resources. It will provide a venue for scientists, engineers, managers and policy-makers to discuss recent advances and innovative ideas, to share experiences and to develop networks.» view details
The structure and functioning of our estuaries and seas are shifting due to diverse drivers from local to global scales. The resulting threats to these systems are often all too apparent, yet such changes can also present new opportunities. The challenge is to harness these opportunities through new ways of thinking, scientific developments, innovative technology and more effective integration of science and management.Deadline for abstract submission: 9 March 2018
Selection of topics (non-exclusive):
· Land - ocean linkages
· Sustainable natural resource exploitation
· Marine Protected Areas
· Integrated management – cumulative risk assessment and tradeoffs
· Case studies of eco-engineering and ecosystem restoration
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Hosted by the German Federal Agency for Nature Conservation (BfN, section Marine Conservation, Isle of Vilm) in cooperation with the German Oceanographic Museum, the tri-annual ''Progress in Marine Conservation 2018'' Conference is organised in Stralsund, Germany from 3-7 September 2018.
The focus of the conference will look into progress in marine conservation on a global dimension. In 2017 / 2018, there is the 25-th "anniversary" of the "Rio-Conference", the "EU Habitats Directive", the new "Helsinki-Convention", the "Oslo-Paris-Convention" and lastly (and certainly least) also of the establishment of the “Division on Marine Nature Conservation" of the Federal Agency for Nature Conservation on the Isle of Vilm, Germany. We intend to look back over these past 25 years and reflect on milestones, achievements and progress in marine nature conservation globally as well as in regional seas. And we surely intend to explore the chances and perspectives for the further progress in the next years – which are the most important and pressing issues, where do we need more international action and cooperation, which are successful measures we have to proceed with and which problems need to be solved most urgently on global and/or regional scale.
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The 53rd European Marine Biology Symposium will be organized in Ostend by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and Lifewatch Belgium between September 17th and 21st, 2018.
EMBS53 aims at linking the history, the present and the future of (European) marine biology. This edition will be special, as 2018 is a celebration year in Ostend: the first marine station ever worldwide was inaugurated exactly 175 years ago, in Ostend, by professor Pierre-Joseph Van Beneden. Since then, the world of marine biology has changed dramatically - both in Belgium and Europe - especially in relation to used technologies and techniques.» view details
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 initiatives, 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 online form (login information below) and should be completed by the Friday 1 September 2017 deadline. A theme session example is available to help structure your proposal. Unsuccessful proposals from 2016 will not be considered unless they are resubmitted using the online proposal form.» view details
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.
For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.» view details
Bringing together the wider community of scientists and experts working on fisheries and the marine environment in the Mediterranean and Black Sea in order to build a lasting network, discuss advancements in research, integrate scientific knowledge in support of decision-makingand identify research priorities for the coming decade.» view details