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

European Maritime Day 2020

The annual two-day conference and expo, European Maritime Day (EMD) will this year take place in Cork, Ireland. The event will allow for Europe's maritime community to meet in order to network and forge joint action on sustainable blue economy and maritime affairs.  The conference is an interactive experience for 'Ocean Leaders' to catch up on the current state of affairs relating to blue economy, the marine environment and future plans. This year's event is organised by the City of Cork and Our Ocean Wealth Summit.  Read more here. 

International Ocean Governance Forum

In association with the European External Action service, the European Commission will present the International Ocean Governance Forum on 22nd-24th April 2020. The IOG Forum will take place in Brussels and provide a platform for stakeholders within and beyond ocean challenges and governance solutions to continue the development of the EU International Ocean Governance Agenda.  The EU continues its work to reduce pressure on oceans and seas while creating the conditions for a sustainable blue economy, and this forum is the latest step in this endeavour.  Find more information about the IOG…

JPI Oceans beyond 2020: A stakeholder consultation forum

The Forum will bring together diverse stakeholders to solicit feedback, engagement and discussion on the draft Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) of JPI Oceans. This event will represent a crucial step towards the revision of the SRIA 2015-2020. The revised strategy will aim to provide a framework and direction allowing JPI Oceans to add value to national research and innovation efforts, to address European science and policy ambitions and to contribute to global marine and maritime agendas.  Forum participants will be invited to provide feedback to the draft SRIA, reflect on…

New green deal and new industrial policy: a new agenda for maritime industries

An interactive discussion on the development of maritime industries as a key economic driver for Europe's coastal regions in light of regional decarbonisation is the subject of an upcoming session at the Committee of the Regions. Advanced maritime technologies, the latest developments in the blue growth field and smart specialisation strategies will all feature in the discussion among stakeholders, which will be followed by an extensive question and answer session.  To learn more and to register, please click here. 

Women & STEM: IWD breakfast discussion

For its annual International Women's Day event, this year the Nordic diplomatic representations and cultural institutes are hosting a breakfast discussion on the subject of women and STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).  The discussion will address the problem of a scarcity of women in the STEM fields, ask how to tackle it and bridge collaborations for equality within different areas of STEM. The role of quotas will be discussed, as well as how women in STEM will contribute to innovations in the future.  The event will be opened by Sweden's Ambassador to Belgium, Annika…

Mission Clean Oceans: how can science and innovation tackle ocean pollution?

JPI Oceans and SEARICA are to present a discussion on how science and innovation can tackle the challenge of ocean pollution. The issue of ocean pollution, both plastic and more, is a key issue that needs to be addressed if the European Commission's ambitious climate-neutral goals are to be met. This event will present the progressing discussions of the Oceans Mission Board, as a panel of experts and stakeholders will discuss how science and innovation can tackle this problem. More information and details about joining the waiting list can be found here. 

WG Documents

WG Documents

Blue Bioeconomy Forum - Roadmap for the blue bioeconomy

The Blue Bioeconomy Forum was set up in 2018 as a platform for entrepreneurs, researchers, government officials and other stakeholder to further develop the blue bioeconomy. At the centre of this initiative was the creation of a roadmap to identify the future regulatory, financial assistance and product needs. Over the past year and a half two stakeholder meetings and a consultation have been organised to collect input on the drivers and obstacles for the blue bioeconomy to develop and grow. As such, the roadmap also identifies the critical enables and bottlenecks that need to be removed…

WG Related Content

WG Related Content

European Commission unveils European Green Deal

Today the European Commission is presenting the ‘European Green Deal’ in the European Parliament. The deal, presented by President Ursula von der Leyen and Frans Timmermans, is pitched to be a response to the challenges of climate change and a bid to make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. It is also an integral part of the Commission’s strategy to implement the UN 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. One of the goals is to mobilise European research and foster innovation. The ambitious deal lays out plans for caring for the continent’s natural capacity while…

Blue Economy Window call launched

The European Maritime and Fisheries Fund has this week launched a €22.5 million open call. For-profit SMEs (both single and consortia) can apply to recieve anywhere between €700,000 and €2,500,000 for proposals that bring to market new products, services and business models that have the potential to create profitable activities.  The call is launched as part of the BlueInvest platform and hopes to support the sustainable development of the blue economy across SMEs in the European Union.   There will be a (webstreamed) information day on Monday 25 November. For more information please…

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. The European Commission also launched the second edition of its Blue Economy Report, with a specific analysis for each Member State. ERRIN and its Blue Growth WG was there to organise one of the stakeholder workshops together with speakers from the MISTRAL Interreg project, the PERISCOPE Horizon 2020 project, STARTER incubator,…

Latest Updates

  • By Agnieszka Wieczorek

'Evidence informed policymaking' training course by JRC

A 2-day training course is organised on “Evidence informed policymaking” which will aim to introduce participants to useful tools, train them to navigate between different types of evidence and research methods, and reflect on how to deal with the many challenges of evidence-informed policymaking. ERRIN has been invited to nominate up to 3 candidates.

  • By Anna Tranberg

Blue Bioeconomy Forum - Roadmap for the blue bioeconomy

The Blue Bioeconomy Forum was set up in 2018 as a platform for entrepreneurs, researchers, government officials and other stakeholder to further develop the blue bioeconomy. At the centre of this initiative was the creation of a roadmap to identify the future regulatory, financial assistance and product needs.

  • By Hilary Webb

European Commission unveils European Green Deal

The European Commission presents its European Green Deal ahead of a debate in the European Parliament.

  • By Gaia Ialisa Marotta

Are you interested in a project proposal on climate resilience of European coastal cities and settlements?

ERRIN is looking for partners for the Horizon 2020 call LC-CLA-13-2020 - Climate resilience of European coastal cities and settlements.

  • By Hilary Webb

Blue Economy Window call launched

€22.5 million worth of funds are available for SMEs through the Blue Economy Window call, launched by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund.

  • By Signe Madsen

Partner search on H2020 climate resilience topics from VIA University College, Denmark

VIA University has experience in European projects such as Horizon 2020, Interreg and LIFE. The research center for Built Environment, Energy, Water and Climate at VIA University has expertise in enhanced nature-based urban treatment solutions with a focus on innovative climate adaption solutions, remediation solutions, green renewable energy solutions and to develop methodologies and guidance for the design and implementation of urban enhanced natural treatment systems in cities.