The Interreg MED Blue Growth Community, involving the CPMR Intermediterranean Commission (IMC) and led by the InnoBlueGrowth project, organised the Blue Growth Community Summer School, entitled “Study Blue: Emerging technologies, trends & opportunities” from 1-5 July 2019 in Kotor (Montenegro)
This 5-day event during which the CPMR-IMC was actively involved, gathered key stakeholders related to the Blue Economy 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 and 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 Blue Growth: 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.
The afternoon was devoted to the implementation of five labs developed by the project partners and directed by the mentors. 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, 29 participants from 13 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 and shared their experiences and learnings. From that knowledge sharing and the comparison between the five different study cases, the “Fisheries and Aquaculture” project proposal was elected 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.
To recognise their great work, all project members were invited to present their work in the next high-level conference of the Blue Growth Community, which will take place in Brussels on September 19th-20th, 2019. The Summer School ended with a graduation ceremony and the delivery of a graduation certificate to each participant.
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 has been developed with €1,47 million funding (of which €1,25M is EU co-funding) in the framework of the transnational cooperation program Interreg Med.