SEA-EU Session at the WIRE conference

Being a partner of the SEA-EU – European University of the Seas Alliance, University of Gdansk was invited at a session titled “Building a vision for future research and innovation in the blue economy” at the Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE). Among other experts, Hanna Łądkowska from the Institute of Oceanography at University of Gdańsk presented the subject, including projects in the area of blue economy carried out at the University of Gdańsk, and AquaVIP was one of them.

The presentation and discussion with experts from different European institutions took place on the 5th of November and was met not only with a high interest in the topic of blue economy, including innovative and sustainable aquaculture, but also willingness for cooperation in between research and education institutions. During the SEA-EU session marine scientists, innovators and other experts were searching for a holistic view of how the ocean functions, how we can understand human interactions with the ocean; and what solutions are available to support both sustainable use and stewardship of our blue planet. The aim of this session was to discuss new and future value chain opportunities with potential for growth and to deploy future thinking tools to build anticipatory intelligence about innovations and how these can be used to exploit marine resources in a sustainable manner.

The Week of Innovative Regions in Europe (WIRE) is the main European policy forum for innovation on the regional level. The conference provides a platform for policymakers, public authorities, knowledge centers and enterprises to discuss research and innovation (R&I) practices, challenges and opportunities throughout the European regions, with a direct view on the current and future EU funding programmes.

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