European Maritime Day


Stakeholders’ workshops are at the core of the conference. Each workshop lasts 1.5 hours and for 2020 we are planning to host 20 high-quality workshops (four slots with 5 workshops running in parallel).   

Workshop organisers design and manage their own workshop.

Selection process

European Commission is organising a selection process. Stakeholders interested in organising a workshop during EMD 2020 Conference should apply with a proposal. The workshops to be selcted should meet the following criteria

  • contribute to one of the themes listed below 
  • organisers set out clear and relevant objectives for their workshop, and invite high-quality speakers from the public and private sectors
  • demonstrate a clear European dimension (relevance for EU maritime affairs and its blue economy) 
  • provide an interactive format that engages the audience into discussion and will aim to deliver actionable conclusions

The format of the workshops should not include more than 4 presentations or contributions and allow time for interaction with the audience. We encourage the use of easy-to-use interactive tools (e.g., menti, etc).

Workshop organisers shall apply under one of the following themes  

  • blue economy – horizontal themes (e.g. strategy, research and innovation, financing, investment, digitalisation AI and big data)
  • blue economy – sectoral themes (e.g. bio-economy, aquaculture, tourism and coastal communities, ocean and off-shore energy, shipping and shipbuilding, ports and port clusters)
  • sea basin cooperation
  • maritime spatial planning 
  • ocean literacy, maritime skills and people
  • maritime security and surveillance 
  • marine pollution, climate action, decarbonisation


Applications are closed. We will inform you about the results of the selection by mid-January. In some cases, we may ask similarly themed workshops to merge. This second step will take place early 2020. Final information on the workshops will be available by the end of March.

Role of workshop coordinators

  • to design an interactive workshop, define the objective(s), propose draft guiding questions for discussion, identify speakers and send an application to the European Commission by 3 December 2019 
  • to finalise the workshop and send the final workshop programme in February including the title of the workshop, a short description, name of moderator, and the list of maximum 4 speakers 
  • to promote the workshop and the conference within their own network
  • to coordinate the workshop on site

Role of the European Commission

  • ensures the general coordination of the conference and promotes the workshops and the conference within the European maritime community
  • provides the logistics related to the rooms and logistical assistance on site: each breakout room for the workshops will provide a computer, a screen, sound equipment, micros if necessary, a small stage, 5 chairs for speakers and moderator, one conference assistant will also be available 
  • provides the overall logistics of the conference: WiFi, speakers' room, signage, catering, etc. Please note that travel and accommodation for speakers is NOT covered by the conference budget of the European Commission

The rooms available for the workshops have the following capacity: respectively 800, 150, 150, 140, 80 seats. 


The results from a survey carried out after the European Maritime Day in Lisbon showed what the participants think is important for a good workshop

  • short presentations, maximum 5 minutes
  • speakers and moderators should prepare guiding questions to engage the audience
  • less PowerPoint presentations as they tend to create a passive atmosphere (except one or two impactful photos or charts)
  • panel discussions should be short and allow for interaction with the audience
  • use interactive tools like or menti for asking questions to the audience
  • finish on time

2019 workshop