ASCAME co-organised the Blue Growth Community Summer School in Montenegro

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ASCAME, the Association of the Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry, organised, together with other sectoral Mediterranean partners, the Blue Growth Community Summer School, under the title ‘Study Blue: Emerging technologies, trends & opportunities’. A meeting that was held in Kotor (Montenegro) between the 1st-5th of July and attended by students from more than 10 Mediterranean countries.

The 5-day event gathered in Kotor key stakeholders related to Blue Economy in order to share their experiences and expertise on the Blue Growth Community. All the experts, mentors, professors and participants that attended came from countries in the Mediterranean region, such as Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, France, Greece, Italy, Malta, Montenegro, Netherlands, Palestine, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey or the United Kingdom. The main goal of the Blue Growth Community Summer School 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.

The major thematic pillars of the Blue Growth Community were the focus of the Summer School: Blue Energy, Fisheries and Aquaculture, Maritime Surveillance, Maritime Spatial Planning and Coastal and Maritime Tourism. Furthermore, the multidisciplinary approach of the event allowed participants to combine interactive workshop sessions and rigorous academic training with unique technical expertise.

Five labs developed by the project partners were also implemented in Kotor. Each one of them was multidisciplinary composed with at least one representative from the academia, the public and the private sector.

28 students from 10 Mediterranean countries presented the projects they had developed during the lab activities. The project related to “Fisheries and Aquaculture” was selected as the most innovative initiative. As a result, the group has also been invited to present their works in the next first-level conference of the Blue Growth Community, that will take place in Brussels on September 19th-20th, 2019.

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.


Discover the event's pictures here.

The InnoBlueGrowth Project counts with a €1,47 million funding (of which €1,25M of EU co-funding) in the framework of the transnational cooperation programme Interreg Med.  

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