Seas, oceans and poles: How to get more innovation from maritime research?

A Science|Business Network roundtable discussion, by invitation only

Mission of Norway to the European Union (Rue Archimède, 17, Brussels) | Wednesday, March 8th 2017.
From 09:30 to 13:00.

Breakthroughs in marine and maritime research have led to significant advances in medicine, transport, food, energy, and other sectors. High-level representatives of academia, industry, EU institutions, governments and foundations will discuss what practical steps should be taken to harness the potential of our marine resources, new marine-related technologies, international partnerships and research infrastructures - to support the EU “blue” economy. The outcome of the debate: a set of policy recommendations on how the EU could unlock more innovation from seas, oceans and poles.




09:30     Registration and coffee

10:00     Welcome by Oda Helen Sletnes, Norway’s Ambassador to the European Union

10:10    Why can maritime research be a game changer for innovation in the EU?

We talk about the vast potential of blue-skies research – but what about ‘blue-ocean’ research? What could maritime research and innovation deliver – for the economy, health, society, the planet? An introduction to the possibilities offered by maritime research, with a few case studies.

 Introduction by John Bell, Director for Bioeconomy, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

 11:00     How can we make a better use of the initiatives in place?

We know maritime research is important, but what do we need to better understand in order to realise its full potential? What are the obstacles?         

 11:30     Coffee break

 11:50     Looking ahead: How can we get more out of the sea?

What can the EU and governments do? What can the private sector  and investors do? A few views on the way ahead in maritime research, with an open discussion among all participants on what needs to be done.

 13:00     Networking lunch



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Featured Guests

John Bell

Director for Bioeconomy, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi

Vice Rector for European and international research, University of Pisa.

Fabio Fava

Full Professor of Industrial & Environmental Biotechnology, University of Bologna

Sigi Gruber

Head of Marine Resources Unit, DG Research and Innovation, European Commission

Gesine Meissner

Member, European Parliament

Ilaria Nardello

Executive Director, European Marine Biological Resource Centre, Pierre and Marie Curie University

Ricardo Serrão Santos

Member, European Parliament

Roland Teixeira de Mattos

Group CEO Benelux, GE

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