European Maritime Day


The focus of the European Maritime Day 2019 in Lisbon, Portugal, will be on blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment to transform traditional maritime sectors and boost emerging technologies and value chains. A specific focus will be put on research and innovation for a plastic-free ocean.

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 academia, NGOs, businesses, governments and public institutions.

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. The events will be published on our website.

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.

Registration will open end of January.

Programme overview

Thematic sessions

Thematic sessions will be organised by the European Commission (DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries in cooperation with other services and EU institutions) and will focus on strategic themes such as

  • blue innovation ecosystems
  • future maritime research priorities
  • blue investment and financial instruments
  • marine renewables
  • blue-bioeconomy
  • blue circular economy
  • smart and sustainable shipping
  • port tech clusters, etc

Stakeholder workshops

Workshops will be organised by stakeholders  with a specific focus on aspects on innovation and investment.  

A broad thematic menu is available

  • aquaculture
  • marine bio-economy and biotechnology
  • coastal and marine environment
  • climate action
  • digitalisation & big data for maritime applications
  • sea basin cooperation (including outermost regions)
  • ports and port tech clusters
  • maritime security
  • surveillance
  • sustainable tourism
  • coastal communities
  • maritime spatial planning
  • ocean and off-shore energy
  • ocean literacy
  • maritime skills & people
  • marine research