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Organise your own workshop

Thematic stakeholder workshops are at the core of the conference. Each workshop lasts 1.5 hours. For 2018 we plan 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 deliver key policy messages / actionable conclusions.

Stakeholders will indicate whether they aim to:

  • Discuss policy development with a view to generate recommendations on how to advance the EU's/national/regional/international maritime agendas

  • Identify and discuss best practice and advanced solutions to improve the delivery of policy objectives and sustainable development goals.


Online application for organising a workshop is now closed!


The European Commission ensures the general coordination and information for the workshops and provides the needed logistics: rooms and equipment (computer, screen, WiFi, sound equipment). The available space in EMD 2018 in Burgas is:

  • 5 amphitheatres (400, 230, 180 and 2x150 fixed seats) and
  • 6 rooms with possible café style organisation (40 seats).

We require that workshops have a maximum of 4 presentations and provide a minimum of one-hour discussion time. Organisers can apply for one of the following themes: 

  • Maritime Spatial Planning (incl. land-sea Interaction)
  • Coastal and Marine Environment, Climate Action
  • Marine Research, Innovation & Technologies
  • Ocean and Off-shore Energy
  • Aquaculture & Sustainable Fisheries
  • Ocean Literacy, Maritime Skills & People
  • Ports as Innovation Hubs, Maritime Clusters
  • Sustainable Tourism, Coastal Communities
  • Digitalisation & Big Data for Maritime Applications
  • Blue Bio-economy, marine biotechnology
  • Maritime Security, Surveillance and Information Exchange
  • Sea Basin Cooperation & strategies
  • Funding & Investment for Blue Growth

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.
  • The format of the workshop is interactive, engaging the audience into discussion, and aims to deliver actionable conclusions/key messages.

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.  

A quick survey among already registered participants will be organised in April to estimate thematic interest and help allocate appropriately sized rooms. This room allocation will be published around the end of April.

Role of workshop coordinators

  • They design an interactive workshop, define the objective(s), identify speakers and send an application to the European Commission by the end of November 2017.
  • 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.

Please note that only the proposals submitted before the deadline (30 November 2017) and via the online form can be taken into consideration.

Role of the Commission

The European Commission ensures the general coordination and information for the workshops and provides the logistics, rooms and equipment (computer, screen, WiFi, sound equipment).
All logistics regarding the conference is of course organised by the European Commission with the host city including catering , networking possibilities, printing of the programme, organising shuttles if necessary … ,  as well as communicating on the event to the European maritime community/stakeholders (EMD website, MARE newsletter, twitter).

Organisers can concentrate on organising the content, speakers and moderator of their workshop and advertising it to their own network. Conclusions of workshops are made available to all participants during the conference and on EMD website.