Marseille, France - 16th & 17th of April, 2019
“Strengthening the Science-Practice-Policy Interface
in Blue Growth”
InnoBlueGrowth project organises the Blue Growth Event “Strengthening the Science-Practice-Policy Interface in Blue Growth” to share and identify better methods and tools for successful knowledge and technology transfer, based on the outputs of the Med Blue Growth Community Projects. Part of the discussions will also address more thoroughly the issue of training and education for the blue economy.
To foster blue economy, the integration of science into policy and practice to support evidence-informed decision-making is essential. However, new technologies or innovative methodologies developed by researchers are not always widely and quickly transferred or fully exploited by all stakeholders. Therefore, clusters or collaborative platforms to bring investors, funders, industry, public sector and other stakeholders together represent opportunities to bridge science to policy and practices frameworks through the exchange of knowledge and data and the tackling of sea and land-based challenges jointly.
This capitalisation and community-building event will gather a wide diversity of stakeholders, from researchers to policy makers and donors from the blue economy sector of the Mediterranean region. The event will take place on April 16th and 17th 2019, in Marseille, France.
The InnoBlueGrowth project’s main objective is to ensure the communication and capitalisation of the different thematic projects’ outcomes dealing with blue economy issues in the Mediterranean region in order to increase their impact towards common identified targets.
InnoBlueGrowth relies on pillars associated with the marine and maritime environment such as blue energies, maritime surveillance technologies, yachting business models, maritime clusters, etc. This innovative community of actors has been running now for more than 24 months, and has allowed the reinforcement of an integrated approach between blue economy projects funded by the Interreg Med Programme and transnational key stakeholders. This integrated and multi-level approach has indeed been recognised as a sine qua non condition to support Mediterranean clusters in their transnational activities processes, which also answers one of the main objectives of the Programme.
Through the Science-Practice-Policy Interface approach (SPPI), this capitalization and community-building event will be the opportunity to discuss ways to strengthen the SPPI in the blue economy and Blue Growth community frameworks, while highlighting the main outputs of Blue Growth projects answering this issue.
Part of the discussions will also address more thoroughly the issue of training and education for the blue economy, which will serve as a strong basis to support the Blue Economy Summer School of this upcoming July 2019. The summer school will be the occasion to focus on youth opportunities and to help bridge the qualifications discrepancy in the blue economy sector. To that end, the Community Building workshop outcomes will fuel the training and educational Summer School roadmap in terms of defining the specific theme courses and workshops that will cover several areas related to the blue economy, the analytical training programme, and the activities that will foster the team building sense among students. As such, sharing views, knowledge and experience in round-table discussions will be key to identify the blue economy challenges and opportunities to be tackled through the Summer School initiatives.
The InnoBlueGrowth Project counts with a €1,47 million funding (of which €1,25M of EU co-funding) in the framework of the transnational cooperation programme Interreg Med.
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