Conference

48th Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting

The 48th edition of the Annual Benthic Ecology Meeting (BEM 2019) is to be held Apr 3-6, 2019, in St. John’s, Newfoundland (Canada). This yearly meeting is to exchange scientific information focusing on marine benthic ecosystems (e.g., rocky intertidal, coral reef) and to foster the next generation of benthic biologists. The mission of BEM is to promote research in benthic ecosystems, support the exchange of information about benthic ecology, and encourage student participation to develop the next generation of benthic ecologists.

11th WIOMSA Scientific Symposium

The Western Indian Ocean Marine Science Association (WIOMSA), the University of Mauritius, and the Nairobi Convention are pleased to announce the 11th WIOMSA Scientific Symposium to be held in Mauritius in July 2019. The theme of this year's event is “People, Coasts and Oceans: Opportunities for a Changing Future”. The Symposium will bring together practitioners, academics, researchers and students to share knowledge, experience and solutions to the challenges experienced in our coastal and marine environment. The specific objectives of the symposium are to:

Increasing the impact of European investments in marine and maritime research What’s on the Horizon?

The seminar, taking place in Brussels on 17 January from 12.00 to 17.00, aims to showcase ongoing JPI Oceans actions and projects and their policy impact and galvanize synergies and collaboration. Participants will include representatives of the European Commission, European Parliament, National Ministries and research funding organisations and other international (scientific) organisations.

JPI Oceans Seminar

The seminar, taking place in Brussels on 17 January from 12.00 to 17.00, aims to showcase ongoing JPI Oceans actions and projects and their policy impact and galvanize synergies and collaboration. Participants will include representatives of the European Commission, European Parliament, National Ministries and research funding organisations and other international (scientific) organisations.

Blue Bioeconomy Forum

This Blue Bioeconomy Forum has been organised for industries, public agencies, financial organisations, researchers and civil society, working on or interested in the Blue Bioeconomy of the EU – aquatic and marine environments.

The event will look at the current status of the emerging Blue Bioeconomy in Europe, identify strategic developments, market opportunities, financing possibilities and research priorities.

20th IIFET Biennial Conference

The 20th edition of The International Institute of Fisheries Economics & Trade (IIFET) conference will take place from 29 June to 3 July 2020 in Vigo, Spain.

The conference will feature an abundance of plenary sessions, as well as featuring several keynote speakers. some possible themes for the conference include:

• Fisheries Management, Policy and Regulations, including Ecosystem-based Management and Marine Spatial Planning

• Bioeconomic Modeling

• Aquaculture Economics and Markets

• Seafood Trade and Consumer Behavior

Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019

Following the successful Blue Invest event of May 2018 in Brussels, and within the context of their work on blue investment, the European Commission (DG MARE) is hosting the “Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019” event. It will take place on 24 January 2019 in Malta and will gather approximately 300 participants interested in the blue economy of the Mediterranean Sea basin. Following a similar approach to that of the May 2018 Blue Invest event, promoting investment in an innovative blue economy, the aim is to mobilise private sector investment capital and lending.

Sustainable Ocean Summit 2018

The SOS uniquely brings together leadership companies from the diverse Ocean Business Community: shipping, oil and gas, fisheries, aquaculture, seabed mining, tourism, renewable energy, ports, dredging, mining, submarine cables, marine science, engineering and technology, the maritime legal, financial and insurance communities, and others – as well as ocean stakeholders from the government, inter-governmental, academic and environment communities.

Healthier Oceans and Human Beings

This event will gather stakeholders and policy-makers to discuss how the potential of deep-sea sponges can be unlocked and how this research can support key policies and legislation, such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD), EU Maritime Strategy for the Atlantic Ocean Area, the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation, as well as international agreements established to conserve Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems (VMEs) and Ecologically or Biologically Sensitive Areas (EBSAs).