Sustainable tourism in coastal areas: The challenge of urbanisation – MARINA MML Workshop at Copenhagen

2017-05-30 All day

May 30 from 9 a.m to 6 p.m.
Aalborg University CPH, Frederikskaj 10B, Room 024 Building C, 2400 Copenhagen South

Coastal cities and towns are facing urbanization challenges. This goes for those large cities exposed to population growth and mass tourism, but also those coastal towns facing the opposite – loss of population and work places; reduced competitiveness concerning attracting citizens and tourists. The urbanized city-areas have been subject to big changes in the last decades, involving modification in housing and infrastructures, change of destination of ports and docks as well as intensive use of coastal areas due to the changing models of tourism from a low-profile or niche tourism to mass and cruise- tourism. Enhancing coastal and maritime tourism in Europe, while maintaining the original atmosphere and population diversity is one challenge; a second is preserving and/or strengthening the environmental and place-based qualities of the coastal cities and towns. These are two key challenges of most European countries.



photo: Destination Fyn Klyngen, Denmark. Project : Bike Island 2020

What networks and actions of innovation and research are necessary to ensure that coastal cities prosper and benefit from sustainable tourism and at the same preserve their cultural, environmental and social inclusionary qualities?
You want to use your creative mind to develop solutions that best serve individual citizens, your local community and the European society at large.
You want to make sure that your needs and expectations are taken into account when local, national and European decisions and innovations are being developed.


The workshop is organised by AAU and Cyprus Neuroscience and Technology Institute using the method of Structured Democratic Dialogue. It will involve citizens, scientists, business representatives, entrepreneurs, local authorities and policy makers in an open dialogue. Together, you will define a common vision and a roadmap of solutions and actions to face this challenge. The results, together with the outcomes of the other MARINA workshops in Europe, will be freely accessible on the MARINA Web Knowledge Sharing Platform, used for identifying lessons learned and best practices and disseminated at European policy conferences.

Registration and questions: Jesper Rohr Hansen ,, Aalborg University

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  • 2017-10-24 All day

    Restoration and conservation of coastal and submerged heritage using solutions based on nanotechnologies - MARINA Workshop 

    24 October 2017
    9 am – 5.30 pm 
    National Research Council Liason Office
    Rue du Trône, 98

    MARINA Project organizes the workshop "Restoration and conservation of coastal and submerged heritage using solutions based on nanotechnologies", with a view to co-constructing a common understanding of concerns and barriers on the adoption of RRI approach in the context of shared nanotech-marine R&D and policies.

    With several coastal zones being among the densest populated areas, mixed metropolitan coastal landscapes have emerged around historic port cities posing new challenges for conservation, management and transmission of existing tangible and intangible values. The nanotechnologies constitute a great promise for facing these challenges in the domain of environmental conservation, giving that, it was found important analysing the links of nanotechnology to the marine environment through cultural heritage.

    The workshop is addressed to explore potential synergies between MARINA and the domain of nanotechnologies, amongst the most relevant H2020 enabling technologies. This “bridge” will define the transferability of the MARINA results in the nanotechnologies on one hand, and enrich the knowledge base of MARINA with valuable insights. We will create added value through a collaborative debate by using participatory and interactive methods, among different subjects, organisations and initiatives invited. Based on a 3 triggering questions, we will use them as interaction start-up enabling the discussion of potential solutions and methods bounding the 3 different stages of heritage governance: restoration, fruition, conservation.
    Why participate -  The main result will be the definition of a path towards the exploitation of methodologies and policies helping the local communities, local and national stakeholders and policymakers to remove barriers limiting the adoption of RRI. The participants will co-construct a common understanding of concerns and barriers on the adoption of RRI approach in the context of shared nanotech-marine R&D and policies; this will be a RRI-valuable result. Additionally, this workshop will help to evaluate the interest of the Nanotech and Heritage-related communities in inheriting the MARINA-RRI knowledge base and update it also by methods developed and services offered by MARINA-RRI partners.



    08.45 - 09.15 Arrival and coffee/tea

    09.15 - 09.25 Welcome and workshop’ themes introduction

    Francesco Niglia, KoysLab

    09.25 - 11.00 Creation of a common ground about the state of the art in RRI and Nanotechnologies

    Moderator Francesco Niglia- KoysLab (MARINA Project Consortium)

    09:25 Fernando Ferri - CNR-IRPSS (MARINA Project Consortium)

    09:40 Dora Fazekas – Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (NANO2All Project Consortium)

    10:10 Federica Fernandez – Euro Mediterranean Institute for Science and Technology

    10:30 Giuseppina Padeletti – CNR-ISNM (HERACLES Project Consortium)

    10:50 Emanuela De Menna – EC DG Research and Innovation, Cultural Heritage

    11:05 René Martins – EC DG Research and Innovation, Nano Science and Nano


    Question and Answers

    11.25 - 11.40 Coffee break

    11.40 - 12.30 the Collaborative debate (part 1). Evaluating the first triggering question (restoration)

    12.30 - 13.45 Lunch break

    13.45 - 14.35 the Collaborative debate (part 2). Evaluating the second triggering question (fruition)

    14.35 - 14.50 Coffee break

    14.50 - 15.40 the Collaborative debate (part 3). Evaluating the third triggering question (conservation)

    15.40 - 16.30 highlights and conclusions: the potential connections

    16.30 - 17.00 final questions & answers, closing the workshop

    REGISTRATION: "Restoration and conservation of coastal and submerged heritage using solutions based on nanotechnologies",