Black Sea Stakeholder Conference on Blue Economy

Following on from the growing success of the three previous conferences in Bucharest (2014), Sofia (2015) and Odessa (2016), the 2017 Black Sea Stakeholder Conference on Blue Economy seeks to further advance and develop the topics in these past conferences. The conference has become a main forum for institutional and private stakeholders working on maritime affairs in the Black Sea to discuss common actions and goals. These include, amongst other topics, the support of blue growth, the sharing of innovative business practices, and promoting maritime careers.

2nd International Symposium on the Advances in Marine Mussel Research

This symposium aims to highlight the latest research on marine mussels (Mytilus sp.) from a multidisciplinary perspective, including  studies from the fields of genomics, proteomics, immunology, physiology, ecology, ecotoxicology and aquaculture among others. Marine mussels represent an excellent study system in evolutionary biology, ecology, ecotoxicology, climate change and more importantly, they are a key species in aquaculture, being commercialised worldwide.

The Effects of Climate Change on the World's Oceans

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

Pulse gear – A more sustainable alternative for traditional beam trawling?

The pulse trawl is a fishing gear that uses electrical pulses to catch target species such as sole and shrimp. The pulse trawl is considered by ICES and STECF to be a more sustainable alternative to the traditional beam trawl due to reduced fuel consumption, higher selectivity for sole and reduced bottom impact. In contrast to the conventional beam trawl which uses tickler chains to mechanically stimulate target species from the seabed, the pulse trawl consists of a beam (or wing) fixed with rubber-coated cables containing electrodes.

Gas Hydrate and Offshore Geohazard

The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas Intergroup organises a discussion on offshore geohazard on 22 June 2017 at the European Parliament in Room ASP 3 H 1.

Offshore geohazards impede the development of blue economy and pose threats to ecosystem functioning. While resource exploration moves further offshore, it is essential to improve the tools and knowledge for identifying risks and set out a strategy for hazard mitigation.

6th Congress of the International Society for Applied Phycology

After Almería-Spain in 2002, Kunming-China in 2005, Galway - Ireland in 2008, Halifax–Canada in 2011 and Sydney-Australia in 2014,  the committee presiding the International Society of Applied Phycology ( decided to trust a scientific team of western France to organize the 6th congress of the society in Nantes at La Cité Nantes Events Center from June 18th to 23rd 2017. Indeed, with over 300 people working in its universities and research centers and more than 100 businesses, W

4th International Conference on Environmental Specimen Banks (ESBs)

The Biscay Bay Environmental Specimen Bank (BBEBB) will host in Bilbao during the first days of October 2017 the 4th International Conference on Environmental Specimen Banks (ESBs). BBEBB is located in the Plentzia Marine Station (PiE-UPV/EHU) of the University of the Basque Country.

Previous meetings were held in Nancy (2015), Shanghai (2013), Berlin (2010), Matsuyama (2009) and Charleston (2005).