Upcoming events


European Maritime Day

The European Maritime Day (EMD) is the annual meeting point for Europe’s maritime community to network, discuss and forge joint action. 

EMD is celebrated annually across Europe at the end of May to raise the visibility of maritime sectors and support an integrated approach to maritime affairs.The EMD 2018 conference and exhibition will take place on 31 May and 1 June 2018 in Burgas, Bulgaria.

This year, JPI Oceans will be hosting a workshop looking into the Blue Bioeconomy. The workshop will invite maritime and other stakeholders to discuss their needs and find ways for them to contribute to Blue Bioeconomy. The outcome of the workshop is to develop an understanding of the multitude of opportunities within the Blue Bioeconomy and identify how to work together in adding value to marine bioresources. These outcomes will feed into the proposed Cofund project on the Blue Bioeconomy, forming the starting point for future collaborations.

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JPI Oceans workshop: Munition in the Sea

The workshop will take place in Oslo to bring together researchers, regulators/authorities, industry, and field operators to discuss new technology, knowledge gaps and discuss best practice.

Ammunition dumped at sea during or after wars constitutes an environmental and safety issue in many European countries. JPI Oceans has therefore initiated a joint action on “munition in the sea” to facilitate research coordination and exchange of knowledge across European countries. 
The aim of the workshop organized by the Research Council of Norway (RCN) and Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) is to exchange information and establish best practice recommendations on responsibility, technology, risk assessment, and procedures regarding munitions in the sea. The workshop will also inform a second planned workshop in Italy later in 2018 focusing on scientific gaps and possible solutions.
The workshop is organized around a scenario which envisages a pipeline or cable from the coast and across the sea bed. Because of the bottom topography the trajectory has to pass through a known dump site for ammunition. In other areas, the risk of encountering explosive war remnants is not known. The depth ranges from 10-50 m close to the coast to several hundred meters at high sea with a bottom sediment which is partly soft and partly hard.
If you have any questions please respond to Inger Oline Røsvik or Petter Kvadsheim

The workshop is supported by the CSA Oceans 2 project which has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 696324.


53rd European Marine Biology Symposium

The 53rd European Marine Biology Symposium will be organized in Ostend by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and Lifewatch Belgium between September 17th and 21st, 2018.

EMBS53 aims at linking the history, the present and the future of (European) marine biology. This edition will be special, as 2018 is a celebration year in Ostend: the first marine station worldwide was inaugurated exactly 175 years ago, in Ostend, by professor Pierre-Joseph Van Beneden. 

During EMBS53, scientists can present their work, linked to the following themes:
  • Science from a historical perspective
  • Science in a modern era
  • Citizen science
  • Science in the North Sea

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