Science, Innovation and Blue Society: Our engagement with the ocean

Nausicaá, National Sea Centre in France, will host the third conference of the MARINA project on 12th March 2019.

The overall aim of the MARINA conference and project is to stimulate the debate on marine challenges in the RRI community, encourage scientists and societal actors to work together during the whole research and innovation process with a common goal of aligning both the process and its outcomes with the values, needs and expectations of society, and ensuring that marine resources are managed in a sustainable way.

The concept of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is part of the Europe 2020 strategy. It promotes a stronger collaboration across disciplines and among scientists, industry, citizens and policy makers in order to enhance the role of society in dealing with current challenges and to make sure that the needs of citizens are integrated in research and innovation.

The Blue Society is an informed, “ocean-literate” society that benefits from marine vast resources while preserving their environmental integrity and functioning. It relies on Blue Growth and sustainable governance of the Ocean, a global common, collectively managed across sectors and borders. Education, the effective enforcement of policies, science-informed action and the development of cross-sector partnerships are its key components.

Participants of the conference are expected to contribute to the debate by submitting papers that describe experience, case studies, outcomes of projects or research activities related to the marine domain and where the implementation of the RRI or Blue Society concepts made a difference in the impact on the research, innovation and European society.

In particular, the conference will assemble and highlight case studies and good practice in a portfolio of innovative approaches to using and managing marine resources and services in a way that is based on the RRI dimensions.

Specific themes of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Tourism and coastal cities
  • Pollution caused by human and sea pressures
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Renewable energy (wave, wind, tidal)
  • Marine changes caused by climate change
  • Marine biotechnologies
  • Sea transportation
  • Deep sea mining
  • Ocean literacy and education

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Boulogne-sur-Mer, France
12-13 March 2019