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Our framework for pan-European cooperation: launching JPI Oceans’ new strategy
In an online event, JPI Oceans will launch its Strategy Framework 2021-25, present recent developments in its Joint Actions and projects, and discuss contributions to Horizon Europe, the UN Ocean Decade and other initiatives.
Developed with JPI Oceans members and co-created with stakeholders, the new Strategy Framework provides a coherent setting for the coming years for efficient and impactful pan-European research and innovation, in support of healthy and productive seas and ocean. It builds on the previous design, vision and scope of JPI Oceans, while also directing the lens towards external European and international developments that have emerged since the adoption of JPI Oceans’ first research and innovation agenda. 
Motivated by previous successes, and capitalising on best practices, the revised strategy defines the thematic space and impact ambitions of JPI Oceans around the three priority areas for a resilient ocean: health, productivity and stewardship & governance. To initiate the move from ambition to implementation the Strategy Framework also outlines a procedure how to establish activities that contribute to our strategic goals and vision. 
Join the event and learn more about JPI Oceans’ ambitions for coming years! 

Practical details: 

The event will take place on 29 March from 14.00 to 16.30. Read more and find the programme for the event here. Participants are welcome to register through the following link
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!

Read more on the BlueBio site

Facebook Live: the 'invisible' threat of chemical contaminants
On 18 February, JPI Oceans will host a special Facebook Live focusing on the ‘invisible’ threat of chemical contaminants for the future health of the ocean and the environment at large. While experts are increasingly concerned about the associated risks, they are often overshadowed by more visible and better recognised forms of marine pollution, such as microplastics. This event aims to countersteer.

The event will provide a first glimpse into a forthcoming policy paper developed by the JPI Oceans Knowledge Hub on the Integrated Assessment of New Pollutants. It includes recommendations to policymakers on how to include marine chemical status effectively into integrated assessments.

For the occasion, JPI Oceans is pleased to welcome as guest speaker the coordinator of the Knowledge Hub, Dr. Adam Lillicrap from the Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) in Oslo.  He will talk about the effects of chemical contaminants on the marine environment and how the Knowledge Hub attempts to counteract the risks. The presentation will be followed by a live Q&A session with the audience.

Practical details: 

The event will take place on 18 February 2021 at 17:30 CET, as a Facebook Live session on the JPI Oceans Facebook page. No event registration is needed. Questions to our guest speaker are welcome and encouraged for the live Q&A, and can be submitted during the event in written form, in the comments tab.

See the Facebook Live here:


MarTERA Call 2021 virtual brokerage event
As a part of the MarTERA Call 2021, a virtual brokerage event will be hosted on February 17th, 2021.

On 4 January 2021, the MarTERA Confund launched a fourth joint call for transnational research and innovation projects. This call is initiated by ministries/funding organisations from 9 countries: Belarus, Belgium, Germany, Malta, Norway, Poland, Romania, South Africa and Turkey. The total funding budget is EUR 8.5 million.

The call covers the following priority areas:

  • Priority Area 1: Environmentally friendly maritime technologies
  • Priority Area 2: Innovative concepts for ships and offshore structures
  • Priority Area 3: Automation, sensors, monitoring and observations
  • Priority Area 4: Advanced manufacturing and production
  • Priority Area 5: Safety and security


Applicants from the above mentioned countries are eligible for funding and applicants from other countries are eligible in case they fund their own involvement.

The Call 2021 is implemented as a two-step procedure (a pre-proposal and a full-proposal step). The deadline for the submission of pre-proposals via the online platform is 2021-03-26.

Detailed information is published on the MarTERA website.

As a part of the MarTERA Call 2021, a virtual brokerage event will be hosted on February 17th, 2021. The purpose is to provide a platform for participants to connect with potential partners in the process of applying for the MarTERA Call 2021. To register and for further information please visit the brokerage event website.

MiningImpact - Stakeholder Information Day
The online event offers the community that is interested in deep-sea mining an opportunity for information exchange and active engagement in the next research campaign of the MiningImpact project. 
As plans for the mining of mineral resources from the seabed are taking shape around the world, the International Seabed Authority (ISA), with input from the international community, is drafting the regulatory framework for their exploitation. A number of questions remain about the environmental impacts of seabed mining activities, and the European research project MiningImpact is seeking to close this knowledge gap and inform the work of the ISA in this regard. 
Following a detailed environmental baseline study in 2019, MiningImpact and German Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources (BGR) are planning to carry out an independent scientific environmental monitoring programme around the trial of a nodule collector system by the Belgian contractor DEME-GSR. While the research cruise will take place in spring 2021, this event offers the opportunity for information exchange and active engagement in the campaign. 


The meeting programme is available here


We kindly ask participants to register through the following link


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.  For more information on each talk, please take a look at the abstract booklet.

If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact us (JPI Oceans Secretariats contact:
JPI Oceans Management Board meeting November 2020
The 22nd meeting of the JPI Oceans Management Board will take place as an online.

The Board will, among other items, discuss JPI Oceans' ongoing and planned Actions, JPI Oceans' proposed strategy framework and reflect on the latest developments of Horizon Europe and the proposed partnerships. 

The Management Board meets twice a year to discuss the ongoing activities of JPI Oceans and to plan for the future. Each member country is represented in the board.
Facebook Live: Climate change & the ocean

On 4 November, JPI Oceans will host a special Facebook Live on how small ocean dynamics drive our climate. The event will feature one of four projects and its massive field campaign funded under the joint call “Next Generation Climate Science in Europe for Oceans”.

Oceans play a key role in the climate system and are also affected by climate change. As confirmed by the recent IPCC special report on ocean and cryosphere, ocean dynamics are a major modulator of weather and climate, including future trends and extremes. 

Focusing on ocean-climate dynamics and how they affect the Earth’s climate and marine ecosystems under global warming, the event will welcome guest speaker Prof. Sabrina Speich, coordinator of the newly launched JPI Oceans & JPI Climate EUREC4A-OA project. Sabrina Speich is professor of Oceanography and Climate Sciences at the Ecole Normale Superieure and is a member of the Laboratoire de Metereologie Dynamique (LMD), the coordinating institutions of the EUREC4A-OA project consortium. The session will include a presentation of the EUREC4A-OA project, followed by a live Q&A session with the audience.

Practical details: 

The event will take place on 4 November 2020 at 17:30 CET, as a Facebook Live session on the JPI Oceans Facebook page. No event registration is needed. Questions to our guest speaker are welcome and encouraged for the live Q&A. Questions can be submitted during the event in written form, in the comments under the Facebook live post.

See the Facebook Live here:


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