European Maritime Day 2014, 19-20 May 2014, Bremen

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BONUS Programme Manager Dr. Andris Andrusaitis spoke in the workshop organised by the Council of the Baltic sea States titled "Working together for a Clean, Safe and Smart Baltic Sea” (in picture) and the joint BONUS and City of Turku workshop titled "Let's make it really blue - Sustainability, capabilities and business opportunities in the Northern European Seas".
On 19 and 20 May 2014, European Maritime Day was devoted to innovation and maritime technologies.

 


The concluding summary of the events notes that “Europe needs to be at the forefront of the Blue economy revolution. To deliver growth and jobs to its underemployed youth, and to ensure that this is not a temporary blip. We want future generations to enjoy the fruits of the sea as much as ourselves. In Bremen, politicians, experts, CEOs and civil society representatives discussed this challenge and submitted their ideas to European policymakers.”

 

The BONUS exhibition, ran together with the EUSBSR flagship project BSR Stars, was well received and marked the official announcement of the first thirteen Baltic Sea innovation projects selected for BONUS funding that are starting in spring and summer 2014.  

 

The joint  BONUS and City of Turku workshop, moderated by Director Sif Johansson, Mistra Council for Evidence-based Environmental Management and titled "Let's make it really blue - Sustainability, capabilities and business opportunities in the Northern European Seas", was held on 20 May. Some 40 participants of the workshop learned more about the must, opportunity and challenge of the sustainability in the blue growth business, the case of the Baltic Sea through newly funded BONUS & BSR Stars innovation projects and about the Arctic business opportunities based on sustainability and transferable competence that improve safety and cost-efficiency of maritime activities in ice conditions.


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Workshop, 20 May 2014, 9-10.30 am:

Lets’ make it really blue – Sustainability, capabilities and business opportunities in the Northern European Seas

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Moderator:

Director Sif Johansson, Mistra Council for Evidence-based Environmental Management


Speakers:

Director Antti Hautamäki, Agora Center

On the topic of the must, opportunity and challenge of the sustainability in the blue growth business


Programme Manager Andris Andrusaitis, BONUS

On the topic of the "BONUS model" and innovation calls and projects


Simulator Manager, Captain Ossi Westilä, Novia University of Applied Sciences / Aboa Mare

On the topic of navigating in the Northern Seas – New Competence areas and training


Postdoctoral Fellow Jakub Montewka, Aalto University

On the topic of arctic operations challenges and related research


Objectives of the workshop:

1) An overview of the must, opportunity and challenge of the sustainability in the blue growth business

2) The case of the Baltic Sea through newly funded BONUS & BSR Stars innovation projects

3) Making the case of the Arctic business opportunities based on sustainability and transferable competence

that improve safety and cost-efficiency of maritime activities in ice conditions


Key messages:

There needs to be a sound and strong research and innovation funding and governance structure for creating the scientific and technological basis for the development of sustainable solutions in support of Blue Growth. True triple helix collaboration between academia, industry and policy must be strongly fostered and institutional barriers and other obstacles lowered/removed


Download a copy of the BONUS and City of Turku workshop flyer


European Maritime Day 2014 information