The Blue Growth Community Summer School
“Study Blue: Emerging technologies, trends & opportunities”
Kotor, Montenegro, 1-5 July 2019
The Blue Growth Community, led by the InnoBlueGrowth project, organised the Blue Growth Community Summer School, entitled “Study Blue: Emerging technologies, trends & opportunities.”
This 5-day event gathered key stakeholders related to Blue Economy in order to share the experience and expertise of the Blue Growth Community. All experts, mentors, professors and participants who attended came from different countries of the Mediterranean region, such as Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Palestine, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey or the United Kingdom. The aim was to provide the participants with a general overview and a better understanding of the sector’s state-of-the-art challenges and opportunities in an outstanding international context.
Regarding the academic content, the Summer School focused on the five main thematic pillars of the Blue Growth Community: Blue Energy, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Maritime Surveillance, Maritime Spatial planning and Coastal and Maritime Tourism. The event had a multidisciplinary approach that allowed participants to combine interactive workshop sessions and rigorous academic training with a unique technical expertise. Every attendee benefited from an innovative approach to learning by doing while sharing the contents between lessons, workshops and study visits.
In the afternoon, five labs developed by the project partners and directed by the mentors, were implemented. Each one was multidisciplinary composed with at least one representative from the academia, the public and the private sector, but also students interested in one of the above-mentioned topics. Thus, 28 students from 10 Mediterranean countries worked on the five Blue Growth pillars and on the basis of a common fictional case study inspired from the Greek island of Lemnos.
The last day, the participants enjoyed an open seminar session in which they presented the preliminary projects they had developed during the didactic lab activities every afternoon of the Summer School. It was also the occasion for them to share their experiences and learnings. From that knowledge sharing and the comparison between the five different study cases, participants, mentors and project partners voted and chose the “Fisheries and Aquaculture” project proposal as the most innovative initiative. The project proposal integrated various dimensions of the case study, presenting an innovative approach to fisheries and marine renewable energies.
In order to recognize their great work, all project members were invited to present their works in the next first-level conference of the Blue Growth Community, which will take place in Brussels on September 19th-20th, 2019.
The Blue Growth Community Summer School ended with a graduation ceremony and the delivery of a graduation certificate to each participant by the project partners.
Through specific thematic courses, workshops and working labs, this first edition of the Summer School encouraged young people to get involved in Blue Economy sectors by offering high-quality technical knowledge, fostering their entrepreneurial spirit and reinforcing the attractiveness of maritime jobs, as well as the employability of graduates.
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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