International Conference on Responsible Research and Innovation in Science, Innovation and Society

The International Conference on Responsible Research and Innovation in Science, Innovation and Society (RRI-SIS2017) is the first annual conference of the MARINA project that aims at presenting the cases studies highlighting environmental preservation, RRI issues, principles and topics related with the research and innovation in the context of the H2020 societal challenges.

4th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference

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.

Beyond 2020: Supporting Europe’s Coastal Communities

The Estonian Presidency of the EU and the European Commission will jointly organise a conference on the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) from 12-13 October 2017. This event is a unique opportunity for stakeholders wishing to provide input into the assessment of the EMFF support for the implementation of the Common Fisheries Policy and the Maritime Policy over the current programming period.

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

Our Ocean Conference

The European Union will host the fourth high-level Our Ocean conference in Malta from 5-6 October 2017. The conference aims to inspire and empower a new generation of leaders, entrepreneurs, scientists and civil society to identify solutions and commit to actions for safe, secure, clean and sustainably managed oceans.

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.