Upcoming events


MarTERA brokerage event

The MarTERA Cofund on on marine and maritime technologie organises its third brokerage event for potential applicants of its recently launched call for for transnational research and innovation projects.

The brokerage event is open to potential partners from all sectors who are interested in collaboration on development and competitive breakthroughs of marine and maritime technologies. Participants will be informed about the joint call on marine and maritime technologies and can meet potential partners.  

The brokerage event will also host an elevator pitch session. Attendees who are interested in pitching their project idea please contact Hanna Lee Behrens at for further details. Time slots for pitching are assigned by the principle of first come first serve.

The event will take place in Leuven, Belgium, a 20 minutes train ride from Brussels airport.

For details about Brokerage Event 2020 more information on the MarTERA brokerage event website.



Mission Clean Oceans - How can science and innovation tackle ocean pollution?

The European Commission’s leadership towards a Green Deal, the recent constitution of the new European Parliament and re-establishment of its SEARICA Intergroup, and the discussions of the Oceans Mission Board provide an inspiring backdrop to discuss how science and innovation can tackle the problem of ocean pollution from plastics and beyond.

Our oceans and seas are in the process of turning into a gigantic waste dump. Pollution threatens ecological health, coastal security, our blue economy and a basis of our wellbeing. Plastic litter remains a great threat and a major environmental issue to people worldwide. The equivalent of 850 shipping containers filled with plastics are dumped into the rivers and ocean every day resulting now in over 5 trillion floating plastic pieces reaching even the most remote parts of our ocean. Excess nutrients, chemical and pharmaceutical waste, munition, noise, microbes, and other pollutants add further stress to the marine biodiversity and ecosystems.
The new European Commission’s President aims to move Europe towards a zero-pollution ambition. In particular, the proposed new research and innovation programme Horizon Europe, includes Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters as one of the only five priorities (“Missions”). Issues of ocean pollution are also priority topics for the Joint Programming Initiative for Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans) and for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).

The event will take place from 16:00-18:00 at the European Parliament Brussels (Room ASP 3H1).

Registration for the event is open on the SEARICA website.


JPI Oceans beyond 2020: A stakeholder consultation forum 8 April 2020

The forum will bring together diverse stakeholders to solicit feedback, engagement and discussions on the draft Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) of JPI Oceans.

This event will be a crucial step towards a revision of the SRIA 2015-2020. The revised strategy aims to provide a framework and direction that allows JPI Oceans to add value to national research and innovation efforts, to address European science and policy ambitions and to contribute to global marine and maritime agendas. 
Forum participants will be invited to provide feedback to the draft SRIA, reflect on research and innovation priorities and discuss potential for Joint Actions and collaborations to strengthen the relevance and impact of the updated SRIA of JPI Oceans.

Practical details: 

The Forum will be free of charge and will take place at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts in Rue Ducale - Hertogsstraat 1, 1000 Brussels.

JPI Oceans AISBL  •   Rue du Trône 4, 1000 Brussels, Belgium
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