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.

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Last Working Group Meetings

Last Working Group Meetings

Blue Growth WG

Webinar: European Partnership on zero-emission waterborne transport

Anna Tranberg

In light of the current COVID-19 concerns, the event will be organised as a webinar. We thank you in advance for your understanding. To register for the webinar, please use the following link. 

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

WG Events

WG Events

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. 

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. 

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European Commission unveils European Green Deal

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

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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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.

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Coastal Tourism Network Kick-off

The municipality of Varde, Denmark hereby invites you to a kick-off for a new coastal tourism network. The idea is to create a network with 5-10 partners from Europe – both partners from member- and non-member states are welcome. The network will revolve around the development of coastal tourism and working with potential and challenges related to this topic. One main purpose of the network will a