Foresight Workshop

Digital Marine Libraries

This foresight workshop will devise a strategy for digitising marine information to meet the needs of library users in the 21st Century. Designing new services of interest to the Marine research community could facilitate the information flow in blue growth.

Marine Eco-Systems Biology

The effects of environmental pressures on seagrasses on a molecular level is crucial to understanding the mechanism of declining seagrass populations. This workshop at the University of Southern Denmark will bring together experts in the fields of seagrass ecology and seagrass biology to discuss the integration of the multi ‘omics approach with biogeochemical and population ecological data. This will boost the understanding of how and when seagrasses will be affected by environmental stress.

Marine ecosystem-based governance: From rhetoric to reality

Scientifically informed governance is paramount to deal with the resilience of marine systems. The main objective of this interactive and disciplinary workshop in Trieste is to move the rhetoric of marine ecosystem-based governance as close to reality as possible. This will be addressed through discussions and analyses of experiences, best practices, failures and lessons from case studies, expert opinions and theoretical insights.

Exploitation and Legal Aspects on Marine Genetic and Chemical Resources

This foresight workshop will address the discovery and use of natural products derived from marine organisms to address human health challenges. Scientists from a variety of fields from ecology to chemistry will explore efficient methods to finding alternative therapies to modernise pharmacological therapy. The two day workshop will foster integration of current knowledge acquired by projects and fora at the European level which are looking into the legal and policy aspects related to access to Marine Genetic Resources in the framework of the Nagoya protocol.

Developing an integrated framework for studying Halophila stipulacea, the world’s first globally invasive marine angiosperm

The invasive marine angiosperm, H. stipulacea, may become more prevalent in European waters in the coming years. This foresight workshop aims to understand the threat H. stipulacea will pose to European native seagrasses. The workshop in Israel will bring together 15 participants to conduct a literature review of historical data on the expansion of the species.

Developing ecosystem-based solutions for resilient European harbours and coastal waterfronts

ECORES will foster a new focus on the "blue" planning and design of harbours and waterfronts of European coastal cities. The ECORES foresight workshop in Bologna aims to establish a baseline of the status, threats, conflicting uses and main challenges in harbours and waterfronts of participating cities. The 35 participants will also establish guiding principles for the development of nature-based strategies for the revitalisation of biodiversity and enhancement of resilience in European harbours and waterfronts.

Impact of climate change on functional and phylogenetic diversity of plankton

PlankDiv aims to gather expertise in species distribution models, plankton biogeography, functional traits, and phylogeny to assess the impact of climate and climate change on plankton communities’ structure and functioning. Understanding how environmental variability affects plankton species distribution is paramount to forecast climate change impacts on biological production and marine ecosystem services.

This foresight workshop will bring together 25 specialists on European shelf seas, the Northern Atlantic and the global Ocean, to synthesise ongoing work in this area.