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EurOCEAN 2000 - The European Conference on Marine Science and Ocean Technology
A European Union contribution to EXPO 2000

Hamburg, Germany
29 August - 2 September 2000

Organised by The European Commission, Brussels, Belgium
Co-sponsored by
The German Länder Hamburg, Bremen, Schleswig-Holstein, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern and Niedersachsen
ESF/Marine Board, Strasbourg, France




The complete FINAL PROGRAMME is now available as PDF-file: eurocean.pdf (668 Kb)

Press release of 28 August 2000

Scope of the conference | General Information

Scope of the conference:

EurOCEAN 2000 will be a forum to advance the key issues in European marine research and intends in particular to foster the exchange of ideas across the boundaries of science, administration and policy. Therefore, all administrators and politicians as well as scientists and engineers from the private and public sectors in marine science and ocean technology are invited to attend and participate in the discussions or present papers.

The conference will focus on bringing research providers together with intermediate and end users in order to improve the mechanisms of research and technology transfer into the applied domain. In a series of parallel and plenary sessions, topics will be discussed that cover the priority fields in European marine science and policy. This will allow the engineers, scientists, industrialists, administrators and politicians of this field to discuss the relevant issues of research implementation, to improve the interfacing of natural science, socio-economics and policy, and to develop the key science areas where Europe can play a significant role in the next decade.

In order to better identify what the user community needs with respect to research products, EurOCEAN 2000 will include one day during which participants will have the opportunity to visit industrial companies and research institutes in the region that are active in the maritime sector. A SME brokerage event to foster contacts between industry (particularly small and medium enterprises) and academia in view of joint ventures will be organised on Tuesday, 30 August.
A special website has been set up for the organisation of this SME Brokerage event:

The topics covered at the symposium are:

  • Marine Technology Developments and Transfer
  • Coastal Zone Science and Engineering
  • Marine Ecosystem Research
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture Research
  • Marine Research Infrastructure
  • European Marine Research Policy
Sessions will be devoted to reports on selected marine research topics on the one hand, and to advancing major concepts in marine science and technology on the other hand. In addition, there will be a poster and prototype exhibition to present the EU-funded and EUROMAR projects in this field.

The invited keynote lectures as well as the abstracts of oral and poster presentations will be published in symposium proceedings.

The symposium language will be English.



Dates: 29 August - 2 September 2000

Conference Venue

CCH - Congress Centrum Hamburg,
St. Petersburger Straße, 1
D-20355 Hamburg, Germany
(next to the International Railway Station Dammtor)

Welcome Desk

A Welcome Desk will be available to participants inside the CCH conference venue. The hours for this desk are as follows:
Monday 28 August 2000 from 2.30 p.m. until 6.30 p.m. From Tuesday 29 August 2000, 8.30 a.m. until the end of the conference.


Participants are requested to register as soon as possible using the registration form (euroceanreg.pdf; 646 Kb). This should be completed and returned not later than 12 July 2000 to:
Tel. : +49 40 670 882 0   (please note the correct phone number!)
Fax : +49 40 670 3283

A confirmation will be sent to all participants registered by the deadline date containing a confirmation letter/receipt and the badge giving access to the venues. Any queries on this subject should be addressed to CPO-Hanser.

Registration fee

The registration fee of 325 Euro per participant should be paid before 12 July 2000 (see Method of Payment).
The registration fee covers:

  • Participation at the conference sessions
  • Participation in the scientific excursion programmes
  • Tea/Coffee Breaks
  • Lunches (except on 31 August 2000)
  • Reception by the City of Hamburg at the Town Hall
  • Conference Dinner on 1 September 2000
  • Papers/documentation
  • EU Project Synopses
  • Conference Proceedings

Your conference badge will also entitle you to free transportation in the Hamburg public transport network.

Participants will be responsible for their own travel to and from Hamburg and accommodation costs. These expenses will not be reimbursed by the European Commission. Registration fees will not be reimbursed.

Reduced Registration fees

1) One Day Registration

Registration for participation on only one day of the conference will also be accepted at a cost of 175 Euro. The conditions and method of payment are as stated above and will be valid for one day's attendance. All activities planned for any one day will be available to all participants registered for that day.

2) Special registration fee for students

A certain number of places have been allocated for students paying a reduced fee of 100 Euro. A completed registration form and a dated certificate from their school, university or institute should be sent not later than 12 July 2000 to CPO-Hanser, whose address is shown above.

3) Accompanying partners fee

Accompanying partners can attend the conference for a fee of 175 Euro. This includes participation in all sessions, meals and scientific excursions, but excludes all conference documentation.

Method of payment

Payments will be accepted only by credit card. Please fill out your credit card details on the registration form and return it no later than 12 July 2000. If you are unable to use a credit card you may register on site and pay cash (subject to availability of places).


Participants will be invited to a reception hosted by the Free & Hanseatic City of Hamburg on Tuesday, 29 August 2000.

Conference Dinner

On Friday, 1 September 2000, conference participants are invited to the conference dinner hosted by the European Commission and the Free & Hanseatic City of Hamburg at the former fish auction hall "Fischauktionshalle" in Hamburg Harbour.
Additional tickets for the conference dinner can be obtained for 50 Euro.


Lunches will be organised (except on 31 August 2000) at the conference venue. For evening meals Hamburg offers a wide choice of restaurants.

Important notice

Travelling and hotel accommodation

The EurOCEAN 2000 Conference is being held during the EXPO 2000. As the main EXPO site at Hannover is easily reached within one hour by train and many EXPO events are going on during this period in northern Germany, an exceptional number of visistors is expected in Hamburg and hotel rooms are in high demand. The conference organisers have, however, ensured a sufficient number of rooms in different hotel categories from 29 August to 2 September. See the information available with the registration form euroceanreg.pdf (646 Kb).
Participants are therefore strongly encouraged to make their travel and accommodation arrangements as early as possible.


Lufthansa and Deutsche Bahn have been appointed the official conference carriers. A reduced fare will be granted by Lufthansa and Deutsche Bahn on production of a copy of the completed registration form. Delegates coming from foreign countries can contact their nearest Lufthansa Representative in order to have information on the numerous flights available to Hamburg.

Hotel accommodation

Please make your hotel accommodation as soon as possible by sending the hotel booking form to CPO Hanser. Your hotel reservation will be confirmed, on an availability basis, as soon as CPO Hanser has received your booking form, specifying your hotel priority choices, the category and type of room preferred and the dates required.
Confirmations will operate on a "first come first served" basis. Participants are therefore advised to book their rooms at their earliest convenience.

Scientific Excursions

During the evening of Wednesday, 30 August 2000, conference participants will have the opportunity to visit the marine institutes of Hamburg University (EXPO project etc.) or the Technical University Hamburg-Harburg.
Thursday, 31 August 2000, will be devoted to topical excursions to marine companies and institutes in northern Germany, details of which are shown on the excursion programme included in the full programme (eurocean.pdf; 663 Kb).
Due to the limited number of places available for each of these activities, participants must register in advance, please tick the appropriate boxes in the registration form. The excursion ticket will be sent together with the confirmation pack.

Social activities

Hamburg is situated close to the World Exposition venue at Hannover - EXPO 2000. The conference centre has a direct train connection link to the EXPO 2000 site.
Various activities will be taking place in the whole of northern Germany during this time. An accompanying persons programme is included with this programme. Registration in advance is necessary, excursions will only operate if a minimum number of participants is reached. Further information will be sent with the confirmation pack.


The working language will be English.

For the opening session simultaneous interpretation will be provided by the Joint Interpreting and Conference Service of the European Commission.


The European Commission maintains a conference website at this page. Please consult it for more detailed information on the programme and the latest developments, as this page will be regularly updated.

Programme origin and design

European Commission, Research DG
EurOCEAN 2000 Conference Secretariat
Marine Ecosystems, Infrastructure, SDME 7/78
Rue de la Loi 200, B-1049 Bruxelles/Wetstraat 200, B-1049 Brussels, Belgium
E-mail: and


European Commission
Joint Interpreting and Conference Service
Rue de la Loi 200
B-1049 Brussels
Office De Mot 24 1/89
Phone: +32.2.2951409
Fax: +32.2.2953736



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