After two years, the CPMR Atlantic Arc Commission (AAC) project, ‘Blue Biotechnology Master for a Blue Career’ (BBMBC), led by the University of La Rochelle, held its Final Conference in Bordeaux (Nouvelle Aquitaine) on 22 November.

Developed within the Atlantic Arc Commission at the initiative of the Nouvelle Aquitaine Region, the BBMBC project, financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF), has brought together universities and SMEs from the Atlantic area to develop a Master’s degree in the cutting-edge blue biotechnologies sector.

The aim is to develop highly skilled students who have the knowledge and skills needed to take up jobs in this competitive industry.  Work-based training and placement opportunities have also given students the chance to gain crucial work experience in companies working on blue biotechnologies

The successful Master’s degree has now entered its second year, with the number of students doubling from the first year, from five to eight. This is due in no small part to the excellent placements and subsequent job opportunities on offer.

You can watch video interviews below with students who took part in the first year of the BBMBC Master’s degree, where they explain why they enrolled on the course, what their experiences where, where they did their job placements, and what their job prospects are for the future:

The CPMR Atlantic Arc Commission, as a project partner, led its communication work package, publicising the project’s activities among its network of regions, regional politicians, and the EU institutions.

The Atlantic Arc Commission was also in charge of organising the project’s Final Conference in Bordeaux (Nouvelle Aquitaine), in parallel with the French Workshop on the Future of the Atlantic Action Plan.

This meeting offered an excellent opportunity to promote the good results of the BBMBC project, present recommendations to the EU institutions regarding maritime training, and drive discussions on how the BBMBC Master’s degree can be maintained and transferred to other universities and sectors in the Atlantic and beyond.

It also contributed to efforts to support both industry and education to overcome skills gaps and develop sustainable blue growth in the EU.