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

A Science|Business Network roundtable discussion


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.

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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


9:30 - Registration and coffee

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

10:10 - Can maritime research be a game changer for innovation in the EU?

We talk often 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, followed by an open discussion moderated by Maryline Fiaschi, Managing Director, Science|Business

11:00 - How can we make 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 government 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