Final BLAST conference "Future Perspectives", 17-18 September 2012, Edinburgh, Scotland

The final BLAST conference "Future Perspectives" will take place on September 17-18, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The conference will focus on how key policies and tools in the North Sea region can help to harmonise the management of maritime and coastal space. Representing the public, private, research and non-profit sectors, keynote speakers will address how the BLAST approach can be extended to future needs for more integrated planning and more harmonised information.

Now in its final months, the BLAST project has generated many results and insights; new tools such as the Coastal Decision Support System, the North Sea Mariners' Routing Guide, the Maritime Traffic Monitoring Platform and the harmonised Land-Sea Model will be showcased at the conference. Vessel traffic and coastal management in the Edinburgh region will also be highlighted during an afternoon site visit to Forth Ports in Grangemouth. A preliminary programme for the conference is attached. Due to limited space on the site visit, early registration is encouraged. Please find the conference programme here and register now at the BLAST website:

PEGASO Hands-on Training workshop: Introduction and implementation of Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI's)

The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ, Marine & Coastal Research & Management in Flanders), the University Pablo de Olavide (UPO), and University of Barcelona (UAB) are organizing a practical workshop on Spatial Data Infrastructures (SDI’s) in Oostende from 22 till 25 of October in the frame of the Pegaso SDI (WP3). The target group is Coastal professionals with GIS background, mainly from partner Institutions of the PEGASO project that are interested in SDI issues and want to develop a geonode. Therefore, the workshop will be focussed in practical exercises on how to set up an SDI, using open source software, and working out a specific case related to ICZM.

This training course will be carried out in collaboration with IODE, involving experts from ICAN and other relevant projects as EnviroGrids.

Rio+20 side event on oceans

On 20 June 2012, a Rio+20 side event, moderated by Wendy Watson-Wright (Executive Secretary, Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission UNESCO-IOC), highlighted how the undivided ocean needs inter-related actions in science, protection and education to approach sustainable use of its resources. Learn more at: and

PEGASO joins FACECOAST cluster for capitalization of governance and adaptation policies in coastal Mediterranean zone!

The FACECOAST cluster (”Face the challenge of climate change in the mediterranean coastal zones”) aims to gather and capitalize the contributions of the European projects, which deal with the matter of the coastal defense against natural and anthropogenic risks in the frame of the adaptation policy to climate change and sustainable development, taking into account the Integrated Coastal Zone Management approach. The signatures of the MoUs have been completed for 12 projects including PEGASO. Other initiatives are COASTANCE, MAREMED, SHIFT, MEDGOVERNANCE, PORTA, RESMAR, PERLA, TPE, MICORE, THESEUS and SHAPE.

International Conference on Marine Data and Information Systems, 23 - 25 September 2013, Lucca (Italy)

The International Conference on Marine Data and Information Systems of 2013 (IMDIS 2013) aims at providing an overview of the existing information on marine environmental data, and showing the progresses on development of efficient infrastructures for managing large and diverse data sets. It will be held from 23 to 25 September in Lucca (Italy).

Deadline for submission of papers and posters is 30 April 2013. For more information click here. The conference website is under construction and will be constantly updated during the following weeks (on-line submission available by the end of June 2012).

Littoral 2012 - Call for abstracts extended until 15 June 2012!

The call for abstracts for the 11th Littoral conference which will take place from 27 – 29 November 2012 in Oostende, has been extended until 15 June 2012. For more information see the website.

Littoral 2012 - Coasts of tomorrow, 27 - 29 November 2012, Oostende, Belgium

The City of Oostende, at the heart of Belgium’s coast, will proudly host the 11th Littoral conference, the biannual international conference of the Coastal and Marine Union – EUCC and EUROCOAST, from 27 – 29 November 2012. Coastal practitioners, researchers and policy makers are invited to submit abstracts concerning their best-practice examples or research projects related to any of the four themes of the conference: nature conservation in coastal areas (1), coastal productivity (2), innovation in on-/nearshore infrastructure (3), measuring sustainability in coastal areas (4). For more information see the website.

Land-Ocean Connectivity Conference, L'Aber Wrac'h, Brittany (France), 24-27 Sep 2012

From 24 to 27th of September 2012 Europole Mer will organise a conference on "Land-Ocean Connectivity - from Hydrological to Ecological Understanding of Groundwater Effects in the Coastal Zone" in L'Aber Wrac'h, Brittany (France).

This interdisciplinary conference will bring together scientists with expertise in coastal groundwater studies (e.g., physicists, chemists, geologists, hydrologists) with coastal ecologists and environmental economists. The intention is to discuss the state of knowledge and to design future experiments that will help advance the understanding of hydrological-ecological connectivity in the coastal zone.

Applications for participation are open until the 28 May 2012. More information and application at:

Initial Training Network for Monitoring Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas - Call for researchers

The "Initial Training Network for Monitoring Mediterranean Marine Protected Areas" (ITN-MMMPA) invites applications for ten 36-months Early Stage Researchers (PhD student positions), and 4 Experienced Researchers (postdoctoral 6-month positions) starting in September, 2012. Researchers can be of any nationality. For further information, click here (application deadline: 13rd of May, 2012).

EMECS 10 - MEDCOAST 2013 Joint Conference: Save the Dates!

The Tenth International Conference on Environmental Management of Enclosed Coastal Seas (EMECS 10) & The Eleventh International Conference on the Mediterranean Coastal Environment (MEDCOAST 2013) are scheduled to take place as a joint conference during 30 Oct - 03 Nov 2013 at the premises of Club Turban Hotel (, in the famous Aegean resort town of Marmaris, Turkey.

The special event will be a world congress dealing with coastal and marine sciences, engineering, development, policy, governance and management. Prominent professional, international and national organisations will be invited for leading special sessions or for collaborating in the organisation of the event in other ways. An international exhibit of coastal and marine products, services and programs will be held in parallel to the joint conference.

The call for abstracts will be circulated in July 2012.

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