This foresight workshop will bring together 150 scientific experts from institutions involved in coastal research to assist in delivering a comprehensive approach to European coastal seas research. The aim is to bring together institutions in coastal research in order to discuss research topics and identify model regions which already have a good research data basis but would benefit from enhanced transdisciplinary concerted action and transnational synergies. Participants will discuss their research in relation to European policies and policy developments in order to set up plans for demonstrated integrated coastal zone management.
The anticipated outcome will be demonstrated actions for the next steps in integrated coastal zone management which will benefit from transnational activities. These will form the scientific backbone for a joint European initiative. The follow-up EU project will create a major internationally competitive network in integrated coastal zone management and is expected to bring its achievements from the European to the international level by contributing to the global discussion of sustainable development goals within the framework of Future Earth. Using suitable funding schemes through Horizon 2020 will assist in advancing the achievements from the European to the international level.