Events

2017

September

Sep 25

Mediterranean Coast Day 2017

25.09.2017

Tivat, Montenegro

The Priority Actions Programme Regional Activity Centre (PAP/RAC) and the Public Enterprise for Coastal Zone Management of Montenegro will organise the Mediterranean Coast Day 2017 in Tivat, Montenegro on September 25 under the high patronage of Mr. Filip Vujanović, President of Montenegro, who will personally attend the event.  The main theme of this year’s event will be “Protect our Sea”, and it will be accompanied by several back-to-back technical meetings.

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Sep 25

MUSES project meeting

25.09.2017 - 28.09.2017

Berlin, Germany

Sep 25

52nd European Marine Biology Symposium

25.09.2017 - 29.09.2017

Piran, Slovenia

The 52nd European Marine Biology Symposium will be held in Portorož (Slovenia) between September 25th and 29th, 2017. All marine biologists are invited to join for a fruitful and stimulating symposium to be held in a collaborative atmosphere on the Mediterranean coast.

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Sep 25

Copernicus Marine Week

25.09.2017 - 29.09.2017

Brussels, Belgium

A major event to present Copernicus Marine Service activities and achievements and discuss its future plans.

  • A FORUM, for players engaged in creating sustainable value for our Oceans.
  • AN OPEN DIALOGUE, with Policy makers, Industrials & Entrepreneurs, Regional Authorities & Stakeholders, Public Services and Scientists involved in Marine Environment and Blue Growth.
  • A MAJOR EVENT, to take stock of the Copernicus Marine Service achievements and future prospects.

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Sep 25

Responsible research and innovation in science, innovation and society

25.09.2017 - 26.09.2017

Rome, Italy

The scientific research is more and more addressing a holistic and multidisciplinary approach in the perspective of the Responsible Research and Innovation, aiming to anticipate and assess Implications and societal expectations and to foster the design of inclusive and sustainable research and innovation.

Many researchers, European initiatives and projects in different domains and contexts already started to address Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) principles and themes, but in the last years a wide discussion is arising on these topics that requires to systematically share information and knowledge.

The annual conferences organised within the activities of the MARINA project  (the project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under GA No. 710566) are the best occasion to reach and federate diverse targeted RRI groups and discuss with them case studies and experiences on RRI principles and themes starting from the marine domain, but not limited to it. These conferences are launched also for reinforcing the RRI community identity to be built according to the final resolution of  the conference of Rome in 2014 "SIS-RRI: Science, Innovation and Society: achieving Responsible Research and Innovation".

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Sep 27

2nd Submariner conference: Better off Blue: creating synergies for a biobased society

27.09.2017 - 28.09.2017

Berlin, Germany

A huge amount of activity is happening in the field of blue bioeconomy in the Baltic Sea Region – both under the umbrella of the SUBMARINER Network and through independent initiatives among its members and beyond. Following the launch of the SUBMARINER Roadmap during the 1st SUBMARINER Conference in Gdańsk in September 2013, the 2nd SUBMARINER Conference "Better Off Blue – Creating synergies for a bio-based society" will make the most of this activity.

Conference aims:

  • To unite the actors working for progress towards a blue bioeconomy and bio-based society in the Baltic Sea Region;
  • To showcase advances, create synergies and stimulate active cooperation between the multitude of ongoing projects under the SUBMARINER Network umbrella and beyond;
  • To offer an excellent matchmaking opportunity with time for structured and informal networking;
  • To position the Network, its stakeholders and actions with a view to the European Commission’s Implementation Strategy for Blue Growth in the Baltic Sea Region and look beyond the BSR to the European and global context.

The cross-cutting topics:

  • The Baltic Sea Region’s blue bioeconomy in the European context;
  • Changing markets for marine protein sources in feed;
  • Smart specialisation and the blue economy;
  • Nutrient mining in the Baltic Sea – a driver for regional development;
  • Smoothing the transition from R&D to market in the blue bioeconomy;
  • Financing environmental services;
  • Creating added value in aquaculture through integration;
  • Marine biobased materials and chemicals.

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Sep 27

Aquaculture Innovation Europe

27.09.2017 - 29.09.2017

London, United Kingdom

The Aquaculture Innovation Summit is a new conference, as part of the Animal Health Innovation series, which focuses on showcasing and supporting innovation and sustainability initiatives in three key areas of aquaculture: farm management, nutrition and health.

Some of the topics that will be up for discussion will include, amongst other things, an innovation showcase of the twelve most exciting innovations in aqua across farm management, nutrition and health. There will also be focus on how effective new fish vaccines can be developed in the future, and some goals will be discussed in relation to Global Protein 2050, and how aquaculture can help feed a growing world.

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Sep 28

2nd SMART-MED Euro-Mediterranean Conference on “Smart, Inclusive and Resilient Small and Medium-sized Cities and Island Communities in the Mediterranean: Exploring Current Research Paths and Experience-based Evidence”

28.09.2017 - 29.09.2017

Crete, Greece

The conference aims at bringing together current research efforts and evidence-based results from the Mediterranean but also the international context, with the aim to create value for small and medium-sized cities and communities as well as island territories and bring them on board for reaping the benefits of smart developments. Based on the multiple and interdisciplinary nature of the above presented challenges, the Conference is expected to host a variety of participants from the academia, SMEs, industry and professionals as well as decision makers, regional authorities and city representatives in order that, a fruitful dialogue among these groups to be developed and new ideas and technologies, capable of coping with key challenges, to be put at the service of urban settlements in the Mediterranean.

One of the dedicated sessions will be on the topic of Blue Growth: Session 6 – Blue Growth – A New Challenge for Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Coastal and Island Communities in the MED., with contributions on maritime tourism, MSP and shipping and creating territorial evidence for MSP.

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October

Oct 01

BioMarine Business Convention

01.10.2017 - 03.10.2017

Rimouski, Quebec, Canada

The 8th BioMarine International Business Convention program will focus on the plentiful of opportunities and the various applications arising from marine biotechnology. The program includes a session on "Maritime Spatial Planning and Blue Growth" to discuss how MSP can help achieve milestones for blue growth and marine biotechnology.

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Oct 03

MAPMAS International Workshop on Marine Pollution and Maritime Safety

03.10.2017 - 06.10.2017

Barcelona, Spain

MAPMAS aims at providing a common forum to identify strategies and assessment methodologies to face problems related with the marine environment: marine pollution impacts, sources of risk, emerging pollutants, restoration and remediation measures and improvement of marine safety operations. All share in common the need to rely upon marine observational networks and management tools. The goal is to stimulate the transfer from scientists to stakeholders from a cross-disciplinary interaction among specialists on different fields.

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Oct 03

EuroGOOS International Conference: Operational Oceanography serving sustainable marine development

03.10.2017 - 05.10.2017

Bergen, Norway

The EuroGOOS International Conference, organized every three years, is a milestone in ocean observing providing a forum for international scientific experience sharing. The next conference will take place from 3 to 5 October 2017, hosted by IMR and NERSC in Bergen, Norway.

The conference will provide a forum for a broad range of implementers and users of operational oceanography services, including marine scientists and technologists, private companies, and policymakers. The conference will review the present ocean monitoring and forecasting capacities and oceanographic services, and identify new science and technology priorities. It will facilitate dialogue, experience sharing and future planning with both European and international partners and stakeholders, towards a more coordinated response to global challenges and societal needs related to seas and oceans.

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Oct 05

'Our Ocean' conference

05.10.2017 - 06.10.2017

Malta

Commissioner Karmenu Vella has announced that the EU will host the global 'Our Ocean' conference in Malta next year. The conference will build on the issues of the ocean and climate change, marine pollution and sustainable fishing. It will further develop how the ocean can contribute to sustainable blue growth, including through new energy sources such as tidal and wave technology. The conference will take place on the 5th and the 6th of October.

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Oct 05

Airborne Wind Energy Conference

05.10.2017 - 06.10.2017

Breisgau, Germany

Airborne Wind Energy (AWE) is an emerging  renewable energy technology that aims to replace the use of fossil fuels for energy production on an economical basis. A characteristic feature of the various AWE concepts is the use of tethered flying devices to access wind energy at higher altitudes where the wind is more consistent. Over the past decade the AWE scientific and industrial community has grown considerably. Several teams operate technology demonstrators in the electricity output range up to 80 kW. International Airborne Wind Energy Conferences have been held in Chico, CA, USA in 2009, in Stanford, CA, USA in 2010, in Leuven, Belgium in 2011, in Hampton, VA, USA in 2012, in Berlin, Germany in 2013 and in Delft, The Netherlands in 2015. The recent AWEC conferences had each about 250 participants.

The 7th Airborne Wind Energy Conference (AWEC 2017) will be held on 5-6 October 2017 at the Albert-Ludwigs University Freiburg, Germany, in the historic city center of Freiburg (Kollegiengebäude I, Platz der Universität 3, D-79098 Freiburg).  AWEC 2017 is organized by the university within the framework of the EU Marie Skłodowska-Curie Initial Training Network AWESCO and the Sustainability Center Freiburg.

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Oct 07

EMSEA conference

07.10.2017 - 10.10.2017

Valletta, Malta

The European Marine Science Educators Association is organising a conference in Malta from the 7th to the 10th of October.

Saturday 7th – Teachers workshop could be at the Msida campus

Sunday 8th – Fieldtrips

Monday 9th – Plenary – Valletta

Tuesday 10th – Valletta

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Oct 08

Maritime Cyprus 2017 Conference Shipping: Yesterday's World, Tomorrow's Today

08.10.2017 - 11.10.2017

Lemesos, Cyprus

The “Maritime Cyprus” Conference is an established biennial event in Cyprus organised by the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Works and the Department of Merchant Shipping in cooperation with the Cyprus Shipping Chamber and the Cyprus Union of Shipowners. The success of the Conference is attributed, to a large extent, to the high calibre of the speakers and the large number of shipping executives attending the Conference from around the globe and hence “Maritime Cyprus” has grown into one of the world’s most significant shipping conferences. The Conference is attended by many shipping executives of the industry, including, owners, managers, and delegates from other shipping organisations.

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Oct 09

Marine Protected Areas and recreational fisheries: Sustainable management and benefits

09.10.2017

Brussels, Belgium

MEP Ricardo Serrao Santos will be chairing a conference on “Marine Protected Areas and recreational fisheries:Sustainable management and benefits" organised by the European Parliament Forum on Recreational Fisheries and Aquatic Environment, with the support of the European Anglers Alliance (EAA) and the European Fishing Tackle Trade Association (EFTTA). 

Natura 2000 sites cover more than 18% of the EU’s land area and almost 6% of its marine territory. Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) are not a system of strict nature reserves from which all human activities would be excluded. The EAA and EFTTA believe that recreational angling does not harmthese sites but that on the contrary it delivers much welcomed sustainable socio-economic activities, while providing ‘eyes and ears” in areas that are difficult to monitor. Member States must ensure that the sites are managed in a sustainable manner, both ecologically and economically.

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Oct 09

Offshore Energy 17

09.10.2017 - 11.10.2017

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

Offshore Energy Exhibition & Conference (OEEC) is Europe's leading offshore energy event. It is unique in bringing together the oil & gas, offshore wind and marine energy industry. With the industry in transition OEEC offers offshore energy professionals the ideal meeting place to network, discuss and learn about the future of energy.

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Oct 10

13th meeting of the Member States expert group on Maritime Spatial Planning

10.10.2017 - 11.10.2017

Brussels, Belgium

Oct 11

10th Baltic Sea Tourism Forum 2017

11.10.2017 - 12.10.2017

Turku, Finland

The 10th Baltic Sea Tourism Forum 2017 will be organised on the 11th and 12th of October, in Turku, Finland. The Baltic Sea Tourism Forum is the communication basis and exchange platform for tourism cooperation in the Baltic Sea region. It aims to promote dialogue, consensus building and a shared vision on the key challenges of tourism development around the Baltic Sea.

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Oct 11

Green Ports Congress

11.10.2017 - 13.10.2017

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

The Port of Amsterdam hosts the 2017 Green Port Congress. Focus of the Congress is on port development and guaranteeing port access is a sustainable manner. Key words are faster, cleaner and smarter. Faster by investing in their processes and services. Smarter by embracing innovation. Cleaner by being a big port with a small footprint. The Port also believes that nowadays issues are too complex to fix on their own and actively seeks dialogue and partnerships with their customers, civil society organisations, knowledge institutes and authorities to promote sustainable growth.

The Congress aims to highlight innovations in equipment and technology to allow port users to adhere to policy, whilst illustrating practical solutions through case studies from the global logistics chain.

With the ongoing increase in numbers of passengers enjoying cruises, the GreenPort Cruise Conference provides a platform from which cruise terminal operators and other cruise stakeholders, including city representatives and cruise lines, can meet to discuss the many environmental issues surrounding this expanding industry.

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Oct 11

MSP for Blue Growth - How to plan for a Sustainable Blue Economy?

11.10.2017 - 12.10.2017

Brussels, Belgium

Blue Growth has become a major policy objective for the European Commission, Member States and a broad range of maritime actors. It has contributed to jobs and economic growth, supported innovation and research, and promoted a collaborative and inclusive approach to the maritime economy. However, there are still many challenges facing the development of maritime economies:

  • Anticipating future trends and demands – How to plan and accommodate for the Blue Economy?
  • Synergies versus tensions – How to foster synergies between maritime economic activities rather than tensions?
  • Stakeholder engagement – how to ensure that maritime economic development is transparent and inclusive enough?

Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) can help to accommodate tomorrow’s Blue Economy by creating a framework for evidence-based and inclusive maritime spatial plans from national authorities. MSP
reconciles economic needs with other dimensions and demands, including the protection of the environment, the supply of ecosystem services, the interactions between activities and processes
occurring at sea and onshore, and cross-border cooperation.

This conference aims to provide a forum for discussion and exchange, offering concrete examples and guidelines on how to apply MSP as a tool to accommodate sustainable maritime economic development. It will build on a Technical Study which aims to:

  • Assess future spatial needs of a wide range of maritime sectors;
  • Discuss how the MSP process can facilitate a better understanding of the needs across maritime sectors stakeholders and ecosystems;
  • Share best practices on how MSP can really support the Blue Economy;
  • Discuss approaches and experiences towards synergies, co-location, etc.;
  • Discuss approaches and experiences of conflict resolution and addressing spatial tensions.

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Oct 12

Beyond 2020: Supporting Europe's Coastal Communities

12.10.2017 - 13.10.2017

Tallinn, Estonia

The Estonian Presidency of the EU and the European Commission, will jointly organise a conference on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) on 12-13.10.2017.

This event will represent a unique opportunity for stakeholders wishing to provide their input in the assessment of the EMFF support to the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy and the Maritime Policy over the current programming period (2014-2020).

It will also allow them to discuss the current and future challenges of coastal communities, as well as potential policy responses.

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Oct 17

Aquaculture Europe 2017

17.10.2017 - 20.10.2017

Dubrovnik, Croatia

One of the factors that may contribute to the lack of positive growth in the aquaculture sector, is the lack of cooperation between operators. This may be regarding production, promotion and market intelligence or training and knowledge management including open access publications. Turning policy into growth can be achieved through diminishing competitive forces through common actions using regional cooperation, public/private partnerships and other initiatives that help to reduce conflicts.

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Oct 18

6th annual forum of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region

18.10.2017 - 19.10.2017

Budapest, Hungary

Under the title ‘A secure, connected and prospering Danube Region’, the Forum will emphasise the different challenges related to, and perspectives of, energy security, transportation development, clean connectivity issues and financing opportunities.  The key question to answer will be how to best transform political commitments into operational policies and measures.

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Oct 18

Warsaw Regional Forum

18.10.2017 - 20.10.2017

Warsaw, Poland

The principal topic of the 2017 conference will be concentrated around flows of capital, information, technology, notions, sounds, and symbols (Castells 1997). These flows have become a process that shape the economy, politics and primarily the space. The spatial structure is determined not so much by places, but by the network of mutual linkages and by flows developing between these places. The problem of linkages and flows has become a subject that combines many different fields of science, including especially these disciplines that deal with spatial aspects (such as geography, spatial management and regional economy). Numerous research projects that are carried on in the EU and in the particular countries are directly or indirectly concerned with this process of interaction (inter alia under HORIZON 2020 and ESPON 2020). One of the goals of the Warsaw Regional Forum 2017 is to deepen the knowledge about linkages and flows by way of exchange of thoughts and experiences between scholars representing different disciplines and projects.  

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Oct 23

Bridging Science and Practice to protect the Mediterranean

23.10.2017 - 25.10.2017

Barcelona, Spain

This event as part of the PANACeA project will focus on linking research, practitioners & policy makers in the Mediterranean to streamline efforts to conserve biodiversity.

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Oct 24

United Nations Day

24.10.2017

UN Day marks the anniversary of the entry into force in 1945 of the UN Charter. With the ratification of this founding document by the majority of its signatories, including the five permanent members of the Security Council, the United Nations officially came into being.24 October has been celebrated as United Nations Day since 1948. In 1971, the United Nations General Assembly recommended that the day be observed by Member States as a public holiday.

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Oct 24

Conference on Ocean Observation Systems

24.10.2017

Capri, Italy

The objectives of this half day event, organised by Eurocean and its Member the National Research Council of Italy (CNR),  is to share information on recent developments and future plans for ocean observations in Europe and to discuss existing regional and European-wide ocean observation and supporting  initiatives. The discussion will address the principal EOOS key drivers (research, technology, societal and environmental) to gain a better understanding on the status and gaps in the European observing capacity at different geographical scales.

Moreover, it is an occasion to learn from the experience of participants in relation to existing efforts in the coordination and streamlining of usage of marine research infrastructure and marine data collection. Finally the workshop will aim to clarify potential roles for EurOcean, its members and related initiatives in relation to EOOS.

Speakers have been invited from the European Commission, EuroGOOS, the European Marine Board (EMB), the Spanish National Research Council (CSIC) and from among the membership of Eurocean

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Oct 24

SHIPPING AND THE ENVIRONMENT - From Regional to Global Perspectives 2nd BONUS Symposium

24.10.2017 - 25.10.2017

Gothenburg, Sweden

An international conference on the environmental impact of shipping and its importance within policy, marine spatial planning and the maritime transport sectors

Topics addressed:

  • Impacts of shipping on air pollution and climate change including impacts on human health and land ecosystems
  • Impacts of shipping on marine pollution and marine ecosystems
  • Impact of shipping on noise pollution - underwater noise and its impacts on marine biota, above-water noise and its impact on human well-being
  • Environment and society-socio-economic valuation of the impacts of shipping, impact of shipping on ecosystem services, shipping and marine spatial planning

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Oct 24

Nature-Based Solutions: From Innovation to Common-use

24.10.2017 - 26.10.2017

Tallinn, Estonia

The conference will address nature-targeted innovation actions involving all societal actors. It will host leading scientists, policymakers and entrepreneurs from around the world who will share their experience on how nature-based innovation and eco-innovative technologies can be implemented in many areas of life.

Urbanization and global climate change are creating ever-increasing problems. In combination with smart-city solutions, nature-based solutions (NBS) can offer a wide variety of ways to increase the resilience of cities and the wellbeing of its citizens.

The first day of this three-day conference will feature field vists and side events for organisations related to NBS. The second day will focus on policy and governance of NBS and day three will highlight research and innovation.

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Oct 25

Black Sea Oil and Gas conference

25.10.2017 - 26.10.2017

Bucharest, Romania

Black Sea region continues to impose as a key area for the future of energy in Europe in reaching the diversification of supply and the energy security objectives. The discoveries of new oil and gas resources, the infrastructure projects for capitalising them and the new projects which have been announced show that the investment in the region will continue to flow on the long run.

The Black Sea Oil and Gas conference is the leading regional event dedicated to exploring the potential of offshore, onshore and midstream sectors in Romania, Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Ukraine and Turkey. For the past 5 years, the conference has been the meeting place for the oil & gas companies operating in the Black Sea region and their partners.

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Oct 25

16th International Workshop on Large-Scale Integration of Wind Power into Power Systems

25.10.2017 - 27.10.2017

Berlin, Germany

The 16th International Workshop on Large-Scale Integration of Wind Power into Power Systems as well as on Transmission Networks for Offshore Wind Power Plants will be held in Berlin/Germany, from 25 to 27 October 2017 and is an essential part of the Berlin Workshop Week.

Participants from power system operators, transmission and distribution grid operators, wind turbine manufacturers, universities and research institutes, and consulting companies will convene in Berlin for the 16th Wind Integration Workshop.

One special focus of this year’s Wind Integration Workshop will be ancillary services: one of today’s most significant questions when it comes to the integration of wind power into power systems and also one of the most sought-after topics at last year’s workshop. That’s why this year’s Wind Tutorial on 24 October 2017 will be dedicated to a related topic: Ancillary Services and Wind Power Plants – Status and Experiences.

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Oct 26

2nd JPI Oceans Conference

26.10.2017

Lisbon, Portugal

The 2nd JPI Oceans conference, taking place in Lisbon, will present the first results of the actions and projects initiated under the framework of JPI Oceans and will provide an excellent opportunity for stakeholders from research and industry to network and discuss with policy makers from across Europe. Partners involved in the JPI Oceans joint actions will discuss the outcomes, opportunities and future outlooks of their activities. The event will further highlight the international cooperation of JPI Oceans beyond Europe and results of CSA Oceans 2, the Horizon 2020 Support Action aimed to support the JPI.

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Oct 31

13th International MEDCOAST Congress on Coastal and Marine Sciences, Engineering, Management & Conservation

31.10.2017 - 04.11.2017

Mellieha, Malta

The 13th International MEDCOAST Congress on Coastal and Marine Sciences, Engineering, Management & Conservation
(MEDCOAST 2017) will be held in Paradise Bay Resort Hotel (All-Inclusive), Mellieha - Malta, between 31 October - 04 November 2017.

Call for abstracts will be circulated in early February 2017 and the conference webpage (conference.medcoast.net) will be operational at the same time.

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November

Nov 06

UNFCCC COP 23

06.11.2017 - 17.11.2017

Bonn, Germany

The 2017 UN Climate Change Conference will take place from 6 to 17 November at the World Conference Centre in Bonn, Germany, the seat of the Climate Change Secretariat. The Conference will be convened under the Presidency of Fiji.

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Nov 06

Ports and Port-Cities - Post 2030

06.11.2017 - 08.11.2017

Malmö, Sweden

The Conference will focus on ports and port-cities worldwide taking into consideration the multitude of functions involved as well as the significant changes currently taking place.

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Nov 06

International MSP consultation meeting of the draft Polish MSP

06.11.2017 - 07.11.2017

Warsaw, Poland

The first (zero) draft of Polish Maritime spatial plan in the scale 1:200000 will be presented at the meeting. The plan will assign the priority and secondary functions to the sea areas within Polish territorial and internal waters and Polish EEZ with exceptions of the areas of the ports and Vistula and Szczecin Lagoons that will be covered by separate plans. The relevant MSP authorities are invited to this meeting in line with the HELCOM-VASAB “ Guidelines on transboundary consultations, public participation and co-operation”. More details about the meeting are available from the Polish MSP focal point Ms Katarzyna Krzywda Director of Maritime Economy Department of the Ministry of Maritime Economy and Inland Navigation (Katarzyna.Krzywda@mgm.gov.pl).

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Nov 07

Euroports 2017

07.11.2017 - 10.11.2017

Rotterdam, the Netherlands

From 7 - 10 November 2017 Europort, organised in the world port city of Rotterdam, will be the international maritime meeting place for innovative technology and complex shipbuilding. Europort has a strong focus on special purpose ships including offshore vessels, dredging vessels, construction vessels, naval vessels, workboats, inland vessels, fishery vessels and super yachts. With almost 30,000 professional visitors and 1100 exhibiting companies Europort belongs to the world’s leading maritime meeting places.

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Nov 07

COAST Bordeaux 2017

07.11.2017 - 10.11.2017

Bordeaux, France

Systemic and Biodiversity Evolution of Marine Coastal Ecosystems under the Pressure of Climate Change, Natural and Anthropogenic Local Factors. A scientific and technical event bringing together an international symposium of nearly 300 people and a Forum centered on exchanges between scientists, managers and professionals in the maritime sector and coastal management. Organized on the initiative of CNRS, Ifremer, MNHN, Bordeaux University, SFJO and  Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

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Nov 07

CO-EVOLVE Information Day

07.11.2017

Rimini, Italy

The first CO-EVOLVE’s information day will be organised by Regione Emilia-Romagna on 7 November 2017 in Rimini (Italy), in the frame of the 2017 Ecomondo expo, to raise awareness about the project among local, regional, national and transnational stakeholders. 

In addition to communicating what the Co-Evolve project is doing, the aim of the meeting will be to discuss Mediterranean policies related to sustainable coastal and maritime tourism (including MSP & ICZM), objectives and actions, with a focus on the Interreg MED program, in particular the "Thematic Community on sustainable tourism”. The meeting will also address the potential of the sector and the opportunities for development of sustainable tourism in the Mediterranean area. 

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Nov 07

HELCOM-VASAB MSP WG meeting

07.11.2017 - 08.11.2017

Warsaw, Poland

The next meeting of the HELCOM - VASAB WG on MSP will take place in Warsaw, Poland on the 8th and 9th of November.

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Nov 08

4th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference

08.11.2017

Glasgow, Scotland

The annual Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference (ASPC) offers a great transnational publicity opportunity to deliver the Atlantic Action Plan (AAP) key messages and further promote awareness of its achievements. The annual conference is the central hub for stakeholders of the Atlantic Strategy to meet, seek ways of cooperation, share information and identify funding opportunities and partnerships for their projects.

The specific theme the ASPC2017 is on topics related to Priority 4 of the AAP to “Create a socially inclusive and sustainable model of regional development”. More specifically, the conference will focus on the theme of regeneration and issues and topics such as health benefits and environmental improvements to coastal communities, best-practices in social inclusion, workforce development for blue skills, recreation and tourism projects, preservation and protection of tourist attractions and the seasonality challenge in the tourism sector, to name just a few.

The format proposed for the event comprises:

  • An introductory plenary session including a short Atlantic Project Award Ceremony at which the 2nd "Atlantic Project Awards" will be delivered.
  • Two rounds of four parallel workshops on Priority 4 of the AAP that will be selected through an open call for workshops that will be launched on the Support Team’s website.
  • A closing plenary session including the presentation of the workshop outcomes.

Also networking and matchmaking activities will be available with about 40 exhibition stands (projects and nominees, networks, workshop organisers, other stakeholders exhibiting documentation, promotional material, and videos), as well as a designated matchmaking area for appointments between participants (project promoters, funding agencies) and the Support Team’s Help Desk.

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Nov 09

Information Day on Blue Growth calls under the EMFF

09.11.2017

Brussels, Belgium

New calls for proposals will be open under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund to foster blue growth across Europe. Stay informed and participate at the Information Day. You will have the opportunity to meet experts who will be ready to answer any of your questions. The Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, will also be present. The registration will open in September.

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Nov 09

Klimaattop Noord NL 2017: speeding up the energy transition

09.11.2017

Groningen, Netherlands

On Thursday, November 9 the regional climate conference ‘Klimaattop Noord NL’ will be held at the Energy Academy Building in Groningen. During last year’s national climate conference in Rotterdam participants agreed on multiple actions to meet the ‘Paris goals’. Now the provinces of Groningen, Friesland and Drenthe bring their version of the conference to the region to progress actions even further. This conference aims to bring businesses, local governments, social and scientific/research parties together for further and combined actions to speed up the energy transition. On the day new initiatives will materialize and existing projects are to be accelerated and/or extended. Participants are now called upon to register through the designated website www.klimaattopnoord2017.nl

Participants are to present their projects or plans as concretely as possible, demonstrating how their initiative will contribute to the climate goals for energy neutrality in the year 2050. To showcase their plans they can present their projects in various ways – by means of an interactive workshop, an inspiring lecture, demonstration of innovative products, test setup of a technical application… Anything is possible. Registration is now open via the designated website, the final list of selected participants will be announced by the end of September.

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Nov 14

Conference Sea and Society

14.11.2017 - 15.11.2017

Göteborg, Sweden

The Maritime Cluster of West-Sweden is organising a conference on the human impacts on the coastal / marine environment and what can be done to decrease negative impacts. Small boats (for leisure activities) are used as an example to highlight how coastal management works and how it can be strengthened, simultaneously promoting coastal communities. The conference will also deal with MSP.

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Nov 15

EMODnet Open Sea Lab

15.11.2017 - 17.11.2017

Antwerp, Belgium

The first EMODnet Open Sea Lab will take place in Antwerp, Belgium from 15-17 November 2017. The three day event will help co-create innovative solutions to unique problems using EMODnet's wealth of marine data and ocean observations. EMODnet is working to provide potential condidates with access to open data on many aspects of the physical and chemical state of our European seas and oceans, their depth, the geological structure of their seabeds, the habitats that they support, the biodiversity that inhabits them and the human activities that take place there.

The main purpose of making all this openly available is with the hope that it is used in innovative ways to both solve problems, or create new applications. The Open Sea Lab will match-make and bring together teams and will involve ideation, co-creation, prototype development and validation by mentors.  

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Nov 20

North Sea Energy Lab Conference

20.11.2017

The Hague, Netherlands

The North Sea Lab conference will:

  • reflect on one year North Sea Energy Lab and looking towards the future
  • address meta-questions such as what can be done in the near future to create multiple values for the North Sea? What is clear is that we need a new approach to development, one that invites the development of multiple values and integrated solutions.
  • showcase concrete pilots: fisheries and wind at sea; stakeholder and public participation; nature conservation and offshore wind energy

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Nov 21

OECD Green Growth & Sustainable Development Forum

21.11.2017 - 22.11.2017

Paris, France

This year’s Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum (GGSD Forum) will focus on investment, innovation and employment aspects of the fast-growing ocean-based industries, together with policies to preserve and sustainably use marine and ocean resources and ecosystems. It will explore how the economic development and conservation needs can be balanced successfully through innovations in established and emerging ocean industries, as well as marine spatial planning instruments.
Issues such as national and international capacity for ocean industry oversight, the role of science and technology (including digitalisation), responsible business conduct and waste management will be addressed. The Forum will draw on work by the Scientific and Technological Policy Committee (CSTP), the Fisheries Committee (COFI), the Environment Policy Committee (EPOC), the Investment Committee (IC), Shipbuilding Committee (WP6), the Development Assistance Committee (DAC) as well as the International Transport Forum (ITF) and the International Energy Agency (IEA).

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Nov 28

SIMCelt Closing Conference

28.11.2017 - 29.11.2017

Liverpool, United Kingdom

The project SIMCelt: Maritime Spatial Planning: transboundary cooperation in the Celtic Seas is organising its closing conference on the 28th and 29th of November. The results of the project will be shared and key issues in transbounday working on the MSP Directive will be addressed. The conference will feature insights on data management, stakeholder engagement, cross-border working, ecosystems approach, cumulative impacts, evaluation and much more.

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Nov 28

WindEurope conference

28.11.2017 - 30.11.2017

Amsterdam, the Netherlands

This event, which is organised in partnership between WindEurope and The Netherlands Wind Energy Association (NWEA), will build on the tremendous momentum achieved in recent years by wind power. Wind is now the fastest growing energy source in the world, and has recently been a hotbed of innovation and unprecedented ambition. The Amsterdam conference and exhibition will thus be the ideal occasion for industry insiders to expand their knowledge base, make the contacts they need, and to solidify an industry-wide vision for the future of this rapidly expanding sector.

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Nov 29

Marine Science Conference

29.11.2017 - 01.12.2017

Tjärnö, Sweden

The Marine Science Conference 2017 at Tjärnö November 29 – December 1. This year, the conference will put your field of research in a wider perspective with invited speakers from natural as well as social sciences. The conference will end with a panel discussion about current trends and future challenges in marine science!

Keynote speakers:

  • Marie Stenseke, Human Geography, University of Gothenburg, Co-chair of the Multidisciplinary Expert Panel of Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity & Ecosystem Services (IPBES).
  • Martin Visbeck, GEOMAR, physical oceanographer, Director of the Kiel “Future Ocean” cluster.
  • Sverker Jagers, Department of political sciences, University of Gothenburg and director of Centre for collective action research (CeCAR).

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Nov 29

UfM Regional Stakeholder Conference on Blue Economy

29.11.2017 - 30.11.2017

Naples, Italy

The UfM Regional Stakeholder Conference on Blue Economy aims to: i) consolidate the Mediterranean blue economy community through the exchange of ideas and views among key stakeholders; ii) capitalize on the experiences and lessons learned so as to stimulate cross-fertilization and foster large partnerships; iii) discuss the opportunities and challenges of the various blue economy sectors in terms of jobs creation and investments potential.

This two-day international and multi-stakeholder Conference will gather governments’ representatives, regional/local authorities, business sector, universities/training and education centers, international development agencies, international organizations, and civil society organizations dealing with marine and maritime issues.

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Nov 29

WOC SUSTAINABLE OCEAN SUMMIT 2017

29.11.2017 - 01.12.2017

Halifax, Canada

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.

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December

Dec 06

Marine Board Biennial Open Forum

06.12.2017

Brussels, Belgium

The Marine Board Biennial Open Forum is one of the European Marine Board's four principle approaches to bridging the gap between science and policy. The Forums act as a platform to bring together a wide range of marine science stakeholders (scientists, European and national policymakers, pan-European and regional networks etc.) to discuss and share knowledge, identify common priorities, develop common positions and collaborate. The Forum bridges the gap between the scientific community and policymakers and prepares a joint vision and recommendations to advance the issue at hand.

The Forums are organized on a biennial basis with the exception of the 5th EMB Forum, which took place in 2015 so as to better influence discussions in the lead up to and at COP 21.

The 6th EMB Forum will take place on Thursday 6 December 2017 in Brussels, Belgium, and will cover the topic of International Ocean Governance. Further details will be made available shortly.

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Dec 06

6th Marine Board Forum Implementing the UN 2030 Agenda: What role for marine science?

06.12.2017

Brussels, Belgium

The 6th EMB Forum will promote and foster a greater role of the marine science community in supporting the ongoing work at international level to advance the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals.

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Dec 14

2017 Bioeconomy Investment Summit

14.12.2017 - 15.12.2017

Helsinki, Finland

The 2017 Bioeconomy Investment Summit is a follow up of the Bioeconomy Investment Summit organised by the EU in 2015, and builds on the results of the Lodz Bioeconomy Congress and the Bratislava Bioeconomy Conference in 2016. The Summit discusses the potential the bioeconomy has to offer in building a sustainable future, and how to mobilize investments to unlock that potential. Key topics include:

  • Regulatory policy environment to transition towards a circular bioeconomy
  • Bioeconomy products and services value chains, including sustainability issues
  • Private and public financing opportunities for the bioeconomy
  • Identifications of barriers and obstacles for investments in the bioeconomy
  • International bioeconomy markets -Europe’s bioeconomy strategy development

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2018

January

Jan 01

MARSPLAN Final Conference

01.01.2018 - 31.01.2018

Bucharest, Romania

Project MARSPLAN-BS is a pilot project for the Black Sea and is related to maritime spatial planning for Black Sea basin. Project performance will support the implementation of the European directive on this type of planning that is binding on all Member states of the European Union. The Project aims to improve and strengthen the cross-border cooperation between Bulgaria and Romania.

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Jan 23

COLUMBUS Blue Society Knowledge Transfer Conference

23.01.2018 - 24.01.2018

Brussels, Belgium

This final COLUMBUS annual event will provide an opportunity to discover and celebrate the COLUMBUS Knowledge Transfer methodology and its activities.

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April

Apr 04

Workshop on co-existence and synergies in MSP

04.04.2018 - 06.04.2018

Edinburgh, Scotland

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.

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Apr 09

ICES working group meeting on MSP

09.04.2018 - 14.04.2018

Barcelona, Spain

Apr 10

Architectural and Environmental Design (AED) Conference

10.04.2018 - 12.04.2018

The Netherlands

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.

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May

May 17

MarineScape Forum

17.05.2018

Burgas, Bulgaria

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.

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May 25

International Sandy Beaches Symposium

25.05.2018 - 29.05.2018

Greece

'Linking knowledge to build integrated paradigms and face global change challenges'

The ISBS 2018 will be held from 25 to 29 May 2018. It will be hosted by the Institute for Marine Biology Biotechnology and Aquaculture, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research. 

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May 31

European Maritime Day

31.05.2018 - 01.06.2018

Burgas, Bulgaria

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.

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June

Jun 01

7th international symposium 'Monitoring of Mediterranean coastal areas: problems and measurement techniques MEASUREMENT TECHNIQUES", LIVORNO, ITALY

01.06.2018

Livorno, Italy

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
coastal landscape.

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

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Jun 04

4th International Symposium "The Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans"

04.06.2018 - 08.06.2018

Washington DC, U.S.A.

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

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Jun 11

2nd Baltic Earth Conference - the Baltic Sea Region in Transition

11.06.2018 - 15.06.2018

Helsingor, Denmark

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.

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July

Jul 02

4th International Symposium on Integrated Coastal Zone Management In a changing climate

02.07.2018 - 05.07.2018

Arendal, Norway

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.

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September

Sep 03

"Progress in marine conservation: 25 years after Rio - reflections on past development and looking ahead"

03.09.2018 - 07.09.2018

OZEANEUM in Stralsund, Germany

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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Sep 24

ICES Annual Science Conference

24.09.2018 - 27.09.2018

Hamburg, Germany

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 initia​​tives, 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 onlin​​​e form (login information below) and should be completed by the Friday 1 September 2017 deadline. A theme session e​​​​​​​​​xample​ is available to help structure your proposal. Unsuccessful proposals from 2016 will not be considered unless they are resubmitted using the online proposal form.

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