Be Smart, Think Blue


On 19-20 September 2016 in Gdańsk the Conference & Brokerage Event "Be Smart, Think Blue" took place. The event was organized by the Maritime Institute in Gdansk in the framework of European project Smart Blue Regions (Smart specialisation and blue growth in the Baltic Sea Regions) in cooperation with H2020 National Contact Points in the framework of BioHorizon project (Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy) and ETNA2020 project (Smart, green and integrated transport).

The conference was opened by Marshal of the Pomorskie Region - Mieczysław Struk. During the Conference (19th September) the achievements and development trends in "Blue Smart Regions" were presented and also the mechanisms and sources of financing of projects and investments related to the implementation of smart specialization. The event enjoyed a great interest and focused more than 100 representatives of companies, research institutions and public bodies acting in the maritime sector. Bilateral meetings (20th September) have given opportunity to establish a cooperation and strengthening partnership relations for future research projects in the "Blue Growth" area, among others within the Horizon 2020 program.

This event was the first of planed series of international workshops, organized under the Smart Blue Regions project. The workshops are dedicated to initiating new undertakings, supporting effective implementation of the concept of regional smart specializations, also in international arena.




Maritime Institute in Gdańsk has a pleasure to invite for The ‘Be Smart, Think Blue’ Conference and Brokerage Event 2016 taking place on 19th-20th September 2016 in Gdańsk. The event offers the full range of marine and maritime stakeholders – enterprises, researchers, public bodies and NGOs - the opportunity to get inspired and to interact for boosting the Smart Blue Regions (19th September 2016) and to establish contacts with potential partners to address open calls for Blue Growth research proposals in Horizon 2020 (20th September 2016).


European Maritime Day


On 18th May 2016 in Turku, Finland, the conference „European Maritime Day" took place - an annual event which brings together the European maritime economy community. The conference was attended by representatives of the Maritime Institute in Gdańsk.

Among the speakers were: prof. Jacek Zaucha „Capacity development in maritime spatial planning" and MSc Joanna Przedrzymirska „Enhanced engagement of SMEs in blue innovation".

The European Commission memo about the conference


‘BE SMART, THINK BLUE’ - SAVE THE DATE: 19th-20th September 2016, Gdańsk


The Maritime Institute in Gdańsk in cooperation with the national contact point (NCP) networks BioHorizon and ETNA2020 have the pleasure to invite all stakeholders in the area of maritime economy and research to a joint information and brokerage event!

Three projects, namely the Smart Blue Regions Interreg project (Smart specialisation and blue growth in the Baltic Sea Region) and the two European NCP network projects BioHorizon (Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy) and ETNA2020 (Smart, green and integrated transport), have joined forces to strengthen Europe’s capacity for efficient blue growth.

Smart specialisation is a key concept for boosting innovation around the EU. Understanding the role of smart specialisation in enhancing the European blue growth sector is prerequisite to successfully availing of the sea of opportunities open to stakeholders. In addition to regional specialisation and funding, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, Horizon 2020, holds several funding opportunities for marine and maritime R&I projects on a European scale. Creating synergies between all available funding sources is the ultimate goal of the “BE SMART – THINK BLUE” event.

The first day of the event, 19th September 2016, will provide attendees with comprehensive insights into smart blue specialisations, including examples of success stories and reflections on the major current challenges. On the second day, participants will have the possibility to initiate international research cooperation initiatives during a brokerage event dedicated specifically to stakeholders in the area of blue growth with a focus on (but not limited to) the Baltic Sea region. The brokerage event will focus on relevant open calls in Horizon 2020 and other applicable funding schemes.

The aim of this two part event is to create an inspiring space and engender a spirit of effective cooperation amongst blue growth actors from across Europe.

Further information on these events (link to event website, registration link) will be provided in due time.

Draft programme „BE SMART, THINK BLUE”

Linnaeus Eco-Tech 2016

Maritime Institute in Gdańsk has a pleasure to inform about Linnaeus Eco-Tech 2016 - 10th International conference on natural sciences and technologies for waste and wastewater treatment, remediation, emissions related to climate, environmental and economic effects, that will be held in Kalmar, Sweden on 21-23 November 2016.

The conference aims to promote knowledge and research within the areas of environmental science and environmental engineering. These aims are accomplished by plenary sessions, keynote speakers, workshops and scientific papers. But also through the social environment created by the conference, where participants from different countries, areas and sectors of society join up and learn from each other’s experiences.

Linnaeus Eco-Tech is based on the Triple Helix collaboration between university, industry and public sectors, with the goal of improving relations between these. The objective of such collaboration is to develop environmental technologies and sustainability in the Baltic Sea Region and the world. This will in the long run lead to a better quality of life for everyone.

We would like to kindly invite you to participate!

Please also see the website for further information:

IMDIS 2016 International Conference on Marine Data and Information Systems

Maritime Institute in Gdańsk has a pleasure to inform about IMDIS 2016 - International Conference on Marine Data and Information Systems, that will be held in Gdansk (Poland) - October 11-13, 2016.

The Conference is organized by:
IOPAN, Institute of Oceanology - Polish Academy of Sciences, Poland,
IMGW, Institute of Meteorology and Water Management, Poland,
jointly with IFREMER, BODC, CSIC, MARIS and OGS, as part of the SeaDataNet consortium.

The IMDIS cycle of conferences has the aim of providing an overview of the existing information systems to serve different users in ocean science. It also shows the progresses on development of efficient: infrastructures for managing large and diverse data sets, standards, interoperable information systems, services and tools for education.

The Conference will present different systems for on-line access to data, meta-data and products, communication standards and adapted technology to ensure platforms interoperability. Sessions will focus on infrastructures, technologies and services for different users: environmental authorities, research, schools, universities, etc.

We would like to kindly invite you to participate!

For more information please visit the conference website:
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