Thematic stakeholder workshops are at the core of the conference. Each workshop lasts 1.5 hours. For 2019 we are planning to select 18 high-quality workshops (three slots with 6 workshops running in parallel).
Workshop organisers design and manage their workshop. We require workshops to have an interactive format that engages the audience into discussion and aims to showcase practical solutions/good practices as well as deliver actionable conclusions.
We require workshops to have a European dimension and an interactive format that engages the audience into discussion and aims to showcase practical solutions/good practices as well as deliver actionable conclusions. Workshop organisers shall apply under one of the following possible themes:
- Marine bio-economy and biotechnology
- Aquaculture & fish processing
- Coastal and marine environment, Climate action
- Digitalisation, AI & big data for maritime
- 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
- Smart specialisation in blue economy value chains
- Sustainable blue growth financing
- Green shipping & shipbuilding
- Blue circular economy
- Marine research
The focus of the European Maritime Day 2019 will be on blue entrepreneurship, innovation and investment. Workshop organisers shall explain how they will focus on issues/aspects related to research, innovation and investment within their workshop as this will be a selection criteria.
Please note that only the proposals submitted before the deadline (30 November 2018) and via the online form can be taken into consideration.
Following the call for stakeholder workshops, we usually receive around 50 proposals. Every proposal is assessed and approved to the extent that:
- It contributes to one of the themes, set out clear and relevant objectives and invites high-quality speakers from the public and private sectors.
- It has a European dimension.
- The format of the workshop is interactive, engaging the audience into discussion, to showcase practical solutions/good practices as well as deliver actionable conclusions.
- It contributes to the focus on issues/aspects related to innovation and/or investment
We try to accommodate as many as possible of the originally proposed workshops. To avoid overlap we sometimes ask similarly themed workshops to merge. This second step will take place in the beginning of 2018. Final information on the workshops will be finalised by the end of March.
Role of workshop coordinators:
- They design an interactive workshop, define the objective(s), identify speakers and send an application to the European Commission by 30 November 2018.
- After the selection of the workshops (planned for mid-January) coordinators finalise the organisation of their workshop and send the final workshop programme including the title of the workshop, name of moderator, and the list of speakers.
- After the conference, the coordinators provide conclusions which will be published online: a key message and / or a set of actionable conclusions discussed and agreed in their workshop.
Role of the European Commission:
- The European Commission ensures the general coordination and information for the workshops and provides the logistics related to the rooms, equipment (computer, screen, WiFi, sound equipment), catering, communication with the European maritime community … Organisers can concentrate on organising the content, speakers and moderator of their workshop and on advertising it within their own network. Please note that travel & accommodation for speakers is not covered by the conference budget.
- Conclusions of the workshops will be made available on EMD website.