Working Group Leaders

Representatives of Brussels-based offices leading the work of Blue Growth Working Group.

Blue Growth WG Leader

Leader

Saara Nuotio-Coulon

Turku-Southwest Finland EU Office

Martine Elise Farstad

Leader

Martine Elise Farstad

South Norway European Office in Brussels

Aki Ishiwa

Leader

Aki Ishiwa

Emilia Romagna Region - ART-ER Attractiveness Research Territory

Sylwia Skwara

Leader

Sylwia Skwara

Pomorskie Regional EU Office

Blue Growth

The Working Group focuses on the blue economy covering both marine and maritime research and innovation areas with the intention to support members with their regional strategies (S3 and sea basin) in the field. Sustainability and the digital challenges related to the marine and maritime sector are key issues. The group aims to foster participation in present and future European funding programmes and initiatives and to build partnership between members.

ERRIN Contact

Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

Bioeconomy WG

Future prospects of algae cultivation for a greener and more sustainable society

Anna Tranberg

Algae – being a rich source of proteins, antioxidants, and oils – is becoming increasingly interesting as a sustainable raw material in food, feed, nutrition supplements as well as bioplastics and

Blue growth

Blue Growth WG - Innovative solutions to prevent marine litter

Anonymous

Innovative solutions to prevent marine litter The Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) requires EU Member States to ensure that, by 2020, "properties and quantities of marine litter do not

WG Events

WG Events

Future prospects of algae cultivation for a greener and more sustainable society

Algae – being a rich source of proteins, antioxidants, and oils – is becoming increasingly interesting as a sustainable raw material in food, feed, nutrition supplements as well as bioplastics and other materials. The applications are manifold, from pharmaceutical uses to biofuel and algal oil replacing fish oil. Research and innovation are needed to improve the techniques for mass production and processing and as pointed out in the Blue Bioeconomy Forum’s roadmap (published in November 2019) the legislation around the algae sector is a major bottleneck to advance the sector. In this meeting…

All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum

Since navigating together on our Atlantic Ocean journey, remarkable progress with our marine research and innovation cooperation has been made. We have significantly progressed towards an All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance, which joins efforts undertaken with the signing of the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation (EU - US - Canada), the Belém Statement on Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Cooperation (EU - Brazil - South Africa). The time has now come to define a new strategic direction for the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance, and to develop a vision as to how it will…

Ocean Action! conference

OCEAN ACTION! is an all-day event hosted by Seas At Risk, the European association of 32 marine NGOs spanning 17 countries. Our future depends on the protection and restoration of our seas and ocean. A healthy ocean is our best ally in the fight against the climate crisis. Yet, despite long-term political and legal commitments to protect and restore our marine environment, we are still not doing what needs to be done. So what needs to change for seas and ocean to get better? This is the question that Ocean Action! will aim to answer. By bringing together newly elected and appointed EU…

Blue Invest Day 2020

Blue Invest Day 2020 will bring together entrepreneurs, innovators and investors in the blue economy in order to generate concrete business opportunities. It will also be an opportunity to connect with government and public sector representatives and to boost your visibility.  The full day event will take place at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Please register your attendance here. 

Sustainable Maritime Transport

Sustainable Maritime Transport: status quo, implications of the Green Deal and the presentation of a one of a kind project aiming to develop the world’s first emission-free high-speed boats for public transport. Mid-Norway European Office have the pleasure of inviting you to a seminar on sustainable maritime transport. Speakers include the Head of Unit for Innovation and Research in DG MOVE, Robert Missen, Mission of Norway to the EU’s Counsellor for Trade, Industry and Fisheries, Tymon Bugajski, Aviation & Shipping Campaigner for Transport & Environment, Dr. Lucy Gilliam and…

Seminar on the future of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) in the North Sea Region

A seminar that aims to highlight the regional efforts around the North Sea to ensure a timley implemetation of the Trans-European Transport Network (TEN-T) is to take place in Brussels. The seminar will focus on the need for all governence levels to work together in order to achieve a functional and succesful European transport area.  To attend this event you must register before 19th November by following this link. Please see the attached agenda for more information. 

Latest Updates

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek

Regions and the blue economy - ERRIN at the European Maritime Day

  Entrepreneurship, investment, research and innovation were the key words for this year’s European Maritime Day taking place in Lisbon last week, with sessions looking at different opportunities – from energy and food to transport and tourism - offered by our oceans.

  • By Anonymous

#BlueInvest2018

#BlueInvest2018 is a matchmaking event, organised by the European Commission, that brings together innovators and the financial community to boost the economic potential of the ocean while protecting its marine resources. But how to take advantage of this potential?

  • By Anonymous

Blue Growth WG - Blue Bioeconomy Forum

In October 2018 the European Commission launched the Blue Bioeconomy Forum as a new tool to boost the blue bioeconomy in Europe. One of the objectives of the BBF is to develop a roadmap where they will “collectively identify strategic developments, market opportunities, appropriate financial assistance, regulatory actions and research priorities to advance the blue bioeconomy in Europe”.

  • By Anna Tranberg

All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum

Hosted by the European Commission, the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum will build on the cooperation towards an All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance. The Forum, which is part of the international dimension of the updated EU Atlantic Maritime Strategy, will also be the occasion to launch the All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassadors Forum.

  • By Anonymous

Blue growth - future perspectives for smart specialisation

The event showcases the opportunities and strengths as well as the territorial challenges within the blue economy, through the voices of industry representatives, the public sector and policy-makers. This session of the European Week of Regions and Cities 2018 is organised by Advanced regions for blue growth, a partnership composed by Niedersachsen (DE), Groningen (NL), and ERRIN Members South Nor

  • By Hilary Webb

Periscope Forum 2019

The Periscope partnership is soon to host the Periscope Forum 2019 in Brussels. The event invites international stakeholders to come and discuss how the North Sea Region can become a global leader in the blue economy. With a special focus on EU programming towards 2030 the event will run from 09:00 and close with a networking lunch.