Norwegian report predicts six time increase in biomarine industries by 2050

The Norwegian biomarine industry may increase six times from today’s 12 billion Euro to 75 billion Euro in 2050. These are estimates presented in a new report from a working group appointed by the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS) and the Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA). In addition the report highlights the importance of international research cooperation.


Irish Government launches plan to double its oceans wealth

On 31 July Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny launched a Government plan to double the value of Ireland’s ocean wealth to 2.4% of the Irish GDP by 2030. The report, ‘Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth - An Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland’ was presented at the Marine Institute, Galway.


UN launches ocean protection initiative

On 12 August the United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon launched the Oceans Compact, an initiative to improve the health of oceans, protect and sustain ocean environments and strengthen ocean knowledge and management.


Cyprus EU Presidency to “re-energize” the EU Integrated Maritime Policy

From July to December, Cyprus will hold the Presidency of the Council of the EU. During the Presidency Cyprus will put high priority the Integrated Maritime Policy as an important tool in meeting the objectives of the “EU 2020 Strategy”. Another strategic priority for Cyprus will be the negotiations on Horizon 2020, the new framework programme for research and innovation.


Public consultations on ocean energy and coastal tourism launched

The European Commission launches public consultations on ocean energy and challenges & opportunities for maritime and coastal tourism in Europe.


Solutions to Effective Knowledge Capture and Transfer discussed at MarineTT workshop

On 23rd May 2012, the MarineTT consortium organised an “Open Stakeholder Workshop to Explore the Challenges and Solutions to Effective Knowledge Capture and Transfer” as a satellite event to the European Commission Green Week. The workshop focused on the barriers that are preventing the uptake of knowledge generated by European funded research and the subsequent effect this has on innovation.


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