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The bioeconomy comprises those parts of the economy that use renewable biological resources from land and sea – such as crops, forests, fish, animals and micro-organisms – to produce food, materials and energy. Read more...


Posted on: 09 September 2016

Debate sessions on marine research and innovation at the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF)

The DG RTD Marine Resources Unit hosted two debate sessions at ESOF 2016:

ESOF meeting participants

Read the summary of the two sessions and see the presentations

ESOF attracted some 3000 participants and 300 journalists, and included key presentations by Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits, Director General of DG Research and Innovation and other key opinion leaders and world-known scientists, innovators, investors and policy makers.

Posted on: 04 August 2016

The Blue Economy Business and Science Forum


The EU Blue Economy provides over 5 million jobs and approximately 4% of Europe’s Gross Domestic Product. New technologies, including underwater engineering and DNA sequencing offer possibilities to increase this contribution. To capture this potential, the European Commission has launched a Blue Growth initiative which explores new ways to contribute to the EU's economy through technological, industrial and financial innovation whilst respecting the scarcity and vulnerability of marine resources.

As part of this effort, the Commission in its Communication on Innovation in the Blue Economy proposed to launch a Blue Economy Business and Science Forum - a platform for business, science, finance and policy representatives to exchange knowledge and experience, discuss opportunities and barriers for innovation in the blue economy and celebrate scientific and industrial achievements. It will provide a sounding board for industry and an opportunity for the participants to provide timely advice to the Commission.

The Blue Economy Business and Science Forum was officially launched at the European Maritime Day conference, held in Greece in May 2015 and the Hamburg Summit event is the first gathering of the Forum to address the Blue Growth challenges.

Next Blue Economy Business and Science Forum will be held on 12-13 September in Hamburg.

Posted on: 22 July 2016

Atlantic seabed mapping launched

Canadian Coast Guard Ship Louis S. St-Laurent departing Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Canadian icebreaker CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent starts today (22nd of July) a six-week expedition in the Arctic Ocean with the participation of the European Commission.

The ship will sail from Dartmouth (Nova Scotia) to Tromsø, Norway.

On the voyage between Canada and Norway, the Canadian Hydrographic Service will carry out a seabed-mapping expedition under the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance .

This is the fifth expedition, involving Canada, the European Union and the United States as part of the Galway Statement Implementation activities signed in May 2013 between Canada, the United States and the European Union.

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What's New

09 September 2016
  • FIGARO project presents a platform for optimal water use in agriculture.
    Conference in Brussels on 19 September 2016.
    Registration and programme
08 September 2016
  • Smart Farming for Europe - don't miss the final conference of the EU-PLF project in Brussels on 29 September.
23 August 2016
  • New call for tenders in the area of bio-based products and services.
    Apply online until 30 September 2016.

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