MERMAID Conference on Multi-Use Offshore Platforms

Challenges and Opportunities for Europe

Due to unforeseen circumstances the MERMAID end user conference of 26 November 2015 had to be postponed. The management board of MERMAID decided to hold a new end user conference on 15 December 2015 at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU) in Copenhagen. Some (minor) adaptations had to be made to the programme.

The European FP7-project MERMAID deals with the integration of various functionalities (energy production, aquaculture, shipping, etc.) in multi-use offshore platforms. The MERMAID end user conference provides a unique opportunity for the offshore private sector, experts and other stakeholders to share ideas with the European science community. At the end user conference, you can discuss and respond to the newest scientific developments, tools and experiences obtained on these platforms by the MERMAID project (FP7) and other related European projects such as TROPOS and H2OCEAN.

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The MERMAID project has been an interdisciplinary cooperation between marine scientists, economists and maritime industries. The focus was on developing innovative, forward-looking and sustainable approaches to boost the economic potential of offshore activities. Further, we focused on additionally reducing the impact on the marine environment and using the marine space in the most efficient way. The project designed multi-use offshore platform concepts under the different conditions occurring in European waters (Baltic Sea, North Sea, Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean). The challenges and opportunities for the development of these integrated platforms in the near future will be highlighted.

The end user conference is, due to unforeseen circumstances postponed, and will be held at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU), in Copenhagen, on Tuesday 15 December 2015.

The results booked in the MERMAID project and related projects on multi-use offshore platforms will be presented in plenary. The afternoon break-out sessions allow a more face-to-face discussion with project partners, where exchanges of ideas and inquiry on the regional challenges will be possible. A panel discussion (moderated by BBC4 journalist Quentin Cooper) closes the day.

The MERMAID end user conference is a timely initiative as it contributes to the fulfilment of the EU strategies on renewable energy, the blue economy and the expansion of sustainable aquaculture. It will provide an opportunity to underline the potential of multi-use offshore platforms and the key role they can play towards blue growth in Europe.

MERMAID end user conference Organising Committee

  • Under the coordination of Prof. Erik Damgaard Christensen (Technical University of Denmark – DTU, Mechanical Engineering)

MERMAID end user conference contact

  • Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)
  • Wandelaarkaai 7, 8400 Oostende, Belgium
  • T +32 (0) 59 34 21 30

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 288710.