The second round of MARINA workshops – running from January to May 2018 – has just started. These participatory workshops organized in the framework of the MARINA project are part of a Mobilization and Mutual Learning (MML) process composed of two phases at local and international levels held across Europe over the last 12 months. The workshops will examine how Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) can help to overcome the current marine and societal challenges and unlock the potential for Blue Growth.

Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) is crucial to reach the goals the Blue Growth long-term strategy, an investment for our future. Therefore, during the second round of the MARINA workshops, citizens, scientists, policymakers and businesses will put forth proposals of RRI-driven actions by responding to the following triggering question: How can Responsible Marine Research and Innovation help harness the untapped potential of Europe’s oceans, seas and coasts and open up opportunities for Blue Growth and “Blue Society” while facing current societal challenges?


Find the workshop you like the most and contact the organizer to take part in it.
 Register to the MARINA Knowledge Sharing Platform to have access to relevant documentation , follow-up material and – where available – follow the streaming. Trhough the  MARINA Platform, join communities active on RRI and marine – related societal challenges or create and manage your own community. 

Forthcoming Local & International MARINA Mobilization and Mutual Learning Workshops
(AGENDA in progress)

LOCAL workshops  ( held in national language) 


INTERNATIONAL  workshops ( held in English)

  • 11 April, Cyprus
    topic: Marine biotech
  • April, Lisbon – Portugal
    topic: Deep-sea mining
  • 17 May, Estonia
    topic: Marine transportation

Why Blue Growth.  Europe needs to promote an economic transformation through research and innovation that creates jobs, increases productive capacity, generates revenues and fosters sustainable value chains while recognizing the role of enterprises as enablers of sustainable development. Seas and oceans are drivers of the European economy. They have a great potential for innovation, development, and contribute to achieving the goals of the European 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. Accordingly, the European Commission has set out the Blue Growth long-term strategy to support sustainable development in the marine and maritime sectors. This strategy aims to foster further growth in a number of areas such as aquaculture, coastal tourism, marine biotechnology, ocean energy and seabed mining.