DEEP BLUE: Developing Education and Employment Partnerships for a Sustainable Blue Growth in the Western Mediterranean Region

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Project abstract

DEEP BLUE will promote collaboration between marine and maritime education, research, and training centres to strengthen relevant skills and increase capacity building for blue career development.

The DEEP BLUE project aims at developing skills and building capacities throughout enhancing geopolitical dialogue and international scientific cooperation (Science Diplomacy) in the Western Mediterranean Region.

The project integrates the activities set for the 2018-2020 of the Western Mediterranean Forum for Higher Education, Research and Innovation (Dialogue 5+5) endorsed by all member countries (Algeria, France, Italy, Libya, Malta, Mauritania, Portugal, Spain and Tunisia) within the framework of the Work Plan of the Tunis Declaration approved during the inter-ministerial conference held in March 2017. Partners from Italy, Spain and Tunisia with the support of the Italian private maritime company Fincantieri for shipbuilding and ship repair, will strive to develop education and training paths aiming at creating an advanced shared knowledge and common methodological ground on the key sectors of Blue Economy in the Mediterranean basin while fostering North-South and South-South cooperation among public and private stakeholders. The following are the main training paths:

  • an advanced training for local authorities, municipality officers and representatives of the private sector, on Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) to promote further public-private synergies in the marine environment management;
  • a training-of-trainers for young professionals in the field of marine sciences and environmental monitoring techniques to manage the environmental impacts on fisheries and aquaculture in order to share and innovate common methodologies;
  • a job shadowing programme for young professionals in the marine and maritime field (PhD students, researchers, high qualified professors) for promoting international mobility and talent circulation;
  • an advanced training for experts on the effective management for a sustainable development of fisheries resources in order to exchange new, good and best practices;
  • a study visit in Italy to the “Trieste System” a hub for science, business and society interactions in a wide geographical area such as North-East of Italy and Central Eastern Europe during the European Science Open Forum (ESOF Trieste 2020) to increase project visibility and create new opportunities for partnerships.

The successful operation of these unique trainings would set a precedent for further collaborations between research and higher education institutions and private sector of the countries of the Mediterranean Region in view of developing a sustainable Blue Economy and to fulfil the existing education and skills gaps in both shores of the Mediterranean.

Project duration
01/01/2019 - 31/12/2020
Project acronym
Call ID
EASME/EMFF/2017/ - Sustainable Blue Economy
National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics, OGS (Italy)
University of Sfax - Department of Life Sciences, US (Tunisia)
Polytechnic University of Madrid - Centre For Support For Technological Innovation, UPM CAIT (Spain)
Higher Institute of Fishing Technologies and Aquaculture, ISPAB (Tunisia)
EU contribution
475.678,00 EUR

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