Taking into consideration the current economic crisis and the evolving political, social and environmental conditions in the Mediterranean Region, there is a need to put together multidisciplinary actors from different countries, make ideal environment for constructive dialogue (science diplomacy) and create all conditions that include the role of people, economics and policies to attract investments while reconciling tensions and balancing priorities between economical growth, social implication and environmental conservation.


Tackling climate change, understanding ecosystem function, managing sustainability: all of these require a much more tangible initiatives and strategies. Hence, the EU Blue Growth initiative represents a long-term strategy to support growth in the maritime sector as a whole by harnessing the untapped potential of Europe’s oceans, seas and coasts for jobs creation and economic growth. Establishing appropriate training and mobility opportunities to train new generation of scientists, technicians and operators, in the marine and maritime sectors, equipped with appropriate skills to bridge the gap between scientific research and sustainable development and support the creation of career opportunities in the blue economy represents an important part of this strategy.

Unique opportunity

In this context, OGS, the Italian National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics, in collaboration with other partner-institutions is organizing an advanced training school in Trieste for researchers, scientists and managers from the Mediterranean and Black sea Countries.
OGS intends to support the creation of stable and attractive career pathways and highly skilled talents that will be needed to support expanding marine and maritime sectors.
The focus of the training school is on strengthening professional skills and enhancing competencies in fields related to the blue economy.

Specific objectives

  • to increase the professional skills and the quality of research in the field of marine sciences, climate related aspects, environmental protection and integrated management of coastal areas;
  • to increase the educational offer to extend the current economic development and growth, with particular focus on activities and aspects related to the sea;
  • to identify actions, partnerships and financing instruments that can help scale up activities that ultimately result in sharing research outcomes and disseminating scientific knowledge.

Scientific Committee

Abdelhamid El Zoheiry, President, EMUNI (Euro-Mediterranean University), Portorož, Slovenia Carlo Carraro, President Emeritus, Universita' Ca' Foscari Venezia, Vice Chair, IPCC Working Group III, Full Professor of Environmental Economics and Econometrics, Director, International Center for Climate Governance, Venice, Italy, Slim Choura, Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Director General of International Cooperation, Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Tunisia David Cox, Programme manager, Joint programming Initiative Healthy and Productive Seas and Oceans (JPI Oceans) Paola Del Negro, Director, Oceanography Research Section, OGS, Trieste, Italy Alessandro Leto, Professor, Link Campus University, Rome, Italy and Director of Water Academy SRD, Lugano, Switzerland, Cosimo Solidoro, Deputy Director, Oceanography Research Section, OGS, Trieste, Italy

Organizing Committee

Angelo Camerlenghi, Director, Geophysics Research Section, OGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale), Trieste, Italy Martina Busetti, Senior Researcher, Geophysics Research Section, OGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale), Trieste, Alessandro Crise, Senior Researcher, Oceanography Research Section, OGS, Trieste, Italy Francesca Malfatti, Researcher, Oceanography Research Section, OGS, Trieste, Italy Simone Libralato, Researcher, Oceanography Research Section, OGS, Trieste, Italy

School Director

Mounir Ghribi, In-charge of International Cooperation and Strategic Partnerships, Office of Research Promotion and International Cooperation, OGS, Trieste, Italy

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