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Science for Good Environmental Status expert workshop

The first S4GES expert workshop on ‘Musing on the concept of Good Environmental Status: the complexity of the status and the status of complexity’ is taking place virtually (2-4 December 2020). 

Science for Good Environmental Status expert workshop

The JPI Oceans Joint Action on ‘Science for Good Environmental Status’ (S4GES) aims to contribute to better understanding and achieving a GES in a more integrative way towards a sustainable use of the seas and ocean and support to the MSFD. The Joint Action will be articulated in three main lines of activities: (i) Knowledge sharing, (ii) Joint integrated monitoring approaches, and (iii) test beds and augmented observatories.

Cooperation, involvement, and exchange among user groups (policy makers, infrastructure providers, etc.) will continuously take place to identify scientific ideas and solutions, which can be implemented and serve user needs.

From 2 to 4 December 2020 the first S4GES expert workshop on ‘Musing on the concept of Good Environmental Status: the complexity of the status and the status of complexity’ is taking place virtually. The workshop is jointly organized by BlueMed Initiative and JPI Oceans and focuses on the complexity in the marine ecosystem and the connected aspects for the implementation and governance of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. 

We kindly invite you to participate in the workshop and feel free to distribute the workshop information within your communities. If you would like to attend the workshop, please fill in the registration form here. The number of participants is limited to 250 and registration ends on 1st December 2020. Read the workshop programme here.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us (JPI Oceans Secretariats contact:

Joint training course on blue biotechnologies

The Blue Bio ERA-NET Cofund and BlueMed CSA are organising a joint training course in blue biotechnologies in March 2021. 

Foster collaborative reasearch

The BLUEMED R&I initiative for Blue jobs and growth in the Mediterranean area has identified “Explore the potential of Blue Biotechnologies” as one of the priority goals of its Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA). Among the actions identified to reach this goal will be to foster collaborative research through transdisciplinary fields of expertise (e.g. genomics, data bases, outreach) and interdisciplinary approaches (e.g. by scientists, private stakeholders, end-users etc.), and promote education through training the next generation of marine biotechnologists.

In this context, the recently endorsed BlueMed Implementation Plan promotes the development of a joint strategic action on Blue Biotech at first by organizing a training course aiming at the creation of blue careers.

BlueBio COFUND coordinates R&D funding scheme to strengthen Europe’s position in the blue bioeconomy and address gaps to finally identify ways of bringing bio-based products and services to the market and find new ways of creating value from in the blue bioeconomy.

Date and Location: 15 – 19 March 2021, National Research Council of Italy, Messina (Sicily) and virtual

The course is designed for up to 30 applicants, of which 15 connected in remote, from BlueBio and BlueMed partner countries. This training course is addressed to participants with a Master Degree or higher in marine science, economics, biotechnologies and other relevant fields. Applicants can work for research institutions or industries with focus on research in the related fields. Applications will be open until 21 December, 2020. After an evaluation process, the selected applicants will be invited to attend the training course virtual or face-to-face at the beginning of February, 2021.  

Specific objectives of the course

The advanced training course aims at contributing to the creation of ‘blue skills’, filling knowledge gaps while matching market opportunities via a joint effort among the scientific community, research infrastructures and business operators. The program will offer the opportunity of increasing awareness about marine biotechnology purposes, and also promoting the progress of the research results through the pipeline up to the market, identifying technological and legal bottlenecks step by step and prospecting solutions.

Encouraging teachers-students dialogue, the course will also be an opportunity to effectively interact with stakeholders and end-users.

At the end of the course the attendees are expected to:

  • Be aware of the significance of marine biotechnology in a broad sense.
  • Know the application fields, tools and opportunities.
  • Know the limits and identify overcoming strategies (e.g. available infrastructures).
  • Identify intra/interdisciplinary interaction strategies.
  • Know examples of best practices related to real-life experiences.
  • Be aware of the global market on marine biotech and development trends.
  • Identify internship opportunities with industrial partners on the basis of the products and services available.


Applications are open until 21st December 2020. Apply now!

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