European Maritime Day


European Maritime Day, Lisboa, 16-17 May 2019

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

The European Maritime Day is the annual EU meeting point on maritime affairs and blue growth. It targets maritime professionals, entrepreneurs and ocean leaders from businesses, governments, public institutions, NGOs and academia. 

Stakeholders will find the European Maritime Day a great opportunity to touch base with strategic partners, to make new contacts, get visibility for projects, activities and achievements, gain new insights into the evolving EU policy and funding landscape and provide input into European Maritime Policy formulation.

Through a dedicated matchmaking application, participants will be able to ask for matchmaking slots with other participants and post their profiles online. We are also going to offer an upgraded interactive exhibition experience with exhibitors organised by thematic clusters.

EMD 2019 will also be celebrated across Europe, through ‘EMD in my Country’ events and activities, big and small, that in 2019 will focus, in particular, on mobilising citizens and young people around the theme of responsible and sustainable use of the oceans. 

So let’s dance along the waves and celebrate all things maritime as well as the gift our seas and oceans provide, from the oxygen we breathe, to the fish we eat, to the inspiration that shapes our culture and moves our bards and poets! Watch the video.


The full programme is available on a separate website. 


Breakout sessions

Breakout sessions are organised by the European Commission (Directorate General Maritime Affairs & Fisheries DG MARE with other services) and focus on a number of strategic EU policy initiatives to support Europe’s Sustainable Blue Economy.

  • Accelerating research and innovation: Horizon Europe
  • EU Blue Economy report II: Growing contribution of emerging sectors
  • Constructing the European Ocean Alliance: Boosting ocean literacy in Europe
  • Upgrading maritime safety and security: The role of CISE
  • Towards 2050: Oceans and the EU’s decarbonisation strategy
  • Plugging the finance gap: Towards a Blue Economy Investment Platform
  • From extracting to adding value: A more circular and innovative blue bio-economy

Stakeholder workshops

Thematic workshops organised by maritime stakeholders are at the core of the conference. Workshop organisers design and manage their session. 

28 high-quality workshops of 1,5 hours are proposed. They are covering the following various themes  with a focus on blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment:

  • aquaculture & fish processing
  • blue circular economy
  • blue economy at local level
  • climate action
  • digitalisation, AI & big data for maritime
  • green shipping
  • marine bio-economy 
  • maritime security & surveillance
  • maritime spatial planning
  • ocean energy
  • ocean literacy, maritime skills & people
  • sea basin cooperation (including outermost regions)
  • port tech clusters
  • sea basin cooperation
  • smart specialisation in blue economy value chains
  • sustainable blue growth financing
  • sustainable tourism, coastal communities

List of workshops


The language of the conference is English. Interpretation in English and Portuguese will be provided in the opening session.

Sustainable conference

The team of EMD organisers has been working during the last few years to organise sustainable events. Trying to ensure a reduced environmental impact we apply a set of guidelines for EMD conferences: the 3R approach (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) by offering an as much as possible plastic free and paperless event and catering services with seasonal, local and organic food, the encouragement of participants to use train, public transportation and car sharing where this is applicable, the selection of accommodation and venues that can be considered sustainable and, last but not least, the encouragement of participants to offset their air transport emissions.

Carbon offsetting

According to Climatecare carbon calculator an EMD participant travelling from Brussels to Lisbon with a return flight will produce 0.57 tonnes of CO2.

Carbon offsetting is an internationally recognized way to take responsibility for unavoidable carbon emissions. In a world where climate change is increasingly on the agenda and global emissions continue to grow, we are all looking to act responsibly.

In simple terms, offsetting one tonne of carbon means there will be one less tonne of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere than there would otherwise have been. It is the fastest way to achieve emissions reductions and the only way to achieve carbon neutrality. 

Choosing to offset through green projects means you’ll support projects that deliver value for the environment, your business and local communities.

We suggest you choose your project on United Nations Carbon Offset Platform.