Highlights from the European Maritime Day

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Maritime Spatial Planning session at the European Day in Lisbon

Maritime stakeholders from all over Europe gathered on 16 and 17 May in Lisbon at the European Maritime Day. Read the highlights from the event to grasp what is currently going on in the blue sector.

The focus of 2019 Maritime Day was blue entrepreneurship, research, innovation and investment to boost sustainable technologies and emerging value chains in the wider ocean economy.

In a thematic session Building bridges to the market: how to make the most of EU funding  moderated by EASME Director Julien Guerrier EASME beneficiaries Chiara Petrioli (WSense Archeosub project), Simon Forrest (Nova Innovation - D2T2 project), and Oihane Cabezas Basurko (AZTI Tech, BlueNET and LIFE LEMA) shared their experience with EU funding.

Simon Forrest, Chiara Petrioli, Dora CORREIA, Oihane Cabezas Basurko, Helena VIEIRA and Julien Guerrier (from left to right)

All speakers agree that a good project has good chances to succeed on the market - all of them are the best example of it.

But a good idea might not be enough. "Science is not enough. It is market that decides what is needed," explained Helena VIEIRA, Professor University of Lisbon and Scientific board member of BioBased Industries Joint Undertaking in her opening speech. 

On the occasion of the European Maritime Day, the European Commission launches the second edition of its Blue Economy Report.

EASME  also hosted a pitching session where EASME funded projects showcased their projects. We asked some projects on the spot for a short pitch. Find it in the videos below:


Simon Forrest (Nova Innovation, D2T2 project, SME Instrument)

Christina Aleixendri Muňoz (Bound4Blue, Greening the Blue project, EMFF)

 Oihane Cabezas Basurko (AZTI Tech, BlueNETnbsp;and LIFE LEMA projects, EMFF & LIFE programme

Nadia Laabs (SafetyNet Technologies, FTL FISH project, EMFF)

Mariana Mata Lara (AQUA-LIT project EMFF)

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