Summer School: Sustainable Blue Economy
in the Euro-Mediterranean Region


Sustainable development underpinned by blue economy is a shared vision for the Euro-Mediterranean area and is of concern to both North and South-Mediterranean countries. The vision of sustainable blue economy is based on the recognition of both the vulnerabilities of seas and oceans, and their potential for growth. It promotes smart solutions for marine and maritime challenges within the framework of sustainable development.

The goal of the summer school is to support the creation of stable and attractive career pathways and skilled talents that will be needed to support the expansion of marine and maritime sectors.

Specific objectives of the summer school are:

  • to improve professional skills and competences relevant for the development of the marine and maritime sectors and ocean governance in support of Sustainable Development Goals,

  • to gain knowledge of challenges and opportunities in specific marine and maritime sectors,

  • to foster networks and partnerships that can help to scale-up activities in support of sustainable blue economy, including research, entrepreneurial and communication actions,

  • to stimulate an attitude of active contribution to positive change for conservation and sustainable use of the Mediterranean Sea.

Dates: June 2021, as per the format (see below)

1-10 June online learning, part-time

10-18 June hybrid training: face-to-face full time period in Trieste, Italy, and Piran, Slovenia (if the pandemic situation allows so), and online learning, part-time

21-30 June part-time student engagement on distance

Application deadline

EXTENDED DEADLINE 13 April 2021 at 14.00 (CET)


Postgraduate students of any discipline related to the Blue Economy (see the Themes and Approaches section), especially from the Euro-Mediterranean countries and Black sea countries, are invited to apply.

Candidates must fulfil the following conditions:

  • have completed undergraduate programme, obtained at least 180 ECTS (or equivalent);

  • are eligible to study at the postgraduate level or are postgraduate students or researchers;

  • have knowledge of English (level B2 or higher);

  • have demonstrated an interest in the Euro-Mediterranean region and the theme of blue economy.

In the selection of participants, we seek to ensure their geographic diversity, gender balance and young researchers participation.


We are currently considering two possibilities, depending on how the pandemic will evolve:

A) Hybrid version

B) Fully online version

Version A)

Phase 1: 1-10 June online learning, part-time, about 10 hours, consisting of interactive sessions and self-study

Phase 2: 10-18 June hybrid format training 

  • in presence + online (if the pandemic situation allows so):

    • full time face-to-face in Trieste, Italy, and Piran, Slovenia. During this period 10 students will take part in lectures, field visits, workshops, team-work, and have the opportunity to attend some specific, blue economy-related panels of the ongoing  International  Symposium GeoAdriatic. Diplomacy, Economics, Science and Religions meet in Trieste  (10-13 June)

    • 25 students will attend the lectures online, part time (only mornings)

Phase 3: 21-30 June part-time student engagement on distance, about 10 hours

Version B

Classes and activities spread in the period 1-30 June, with

1-10 June asynchronous learning (you are free to follow the activities at your leisure)

14-18 June synchronous activities (you should be able to be present on the indicated times)

21-30 June asynchronous activities

Themes and approach

We offer introductory lessons to sustainable blue economy and the themes relevant for the entire region, i.e. the EU countries as well as non EU-countries. This year, the summer school will focus on the following selected themes in particular:

• Marine litter

• Climate change

• Seabed

• Fisheries

• Marine spatial planning

Note that all participants will be expected to use the summer school as an opportunity to design an educational activity in the area of ocean literacy, produce a publication based on applicative research or finalise an entrepreneurial idea or a short research or policy output in one of the areas of interest (marine litter, climate change, seabed, fisheries, marine spatial planning). The commitment to produce an output is a condition for participation. During the Summer School, mentors support will be provided to the candidates for the development of the project work. 

Fees and costs

10 selected participants will be able to attend in person the summer school free of charge (full waiver of tuition fees), including all field trips. 25 students will be admitted to attend the online part of the hybrid formula (only mornings). If the pandemic situation will not allow the face-to-face format, the number of participants online will be 35. In case of face-to-face session, travel and accommodation costs will be covered by the organization. Participants need to be able to bear any other costs not mentioned above (including meals).

All participants need to arrange valid visas, if needed. We are able to assist with issuing a letter of acceptance but do not organize visa procedures or cover the costs for granting visas.

Organisation and funding acknowledgment

The summer school is jointly organised by EMUNI and OGS. The same call can be found on the Emuni website.

The EMUNI University acknowledges the funding by the European Commission through the Erasmus+ Programme. OGS acknowledges the funding by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) within the framework of the Western Mediterranean Forum (Dialogue 5+5) and the support by the CEI (Central European Initiative). The initiative is included in the Blue Skills project, labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean.

Application procedure

To apply, you will be asked to provide personal data, information on your studies, a full CV, a statement of support by your institution, and a motivation statement. We ask you to provide short answers to the questions of why do you want to participate in the summer school and what do you see as the key challenges towards sustainable blue economy in the region.

Applications must be submitted in English. 

Accepted participants will be notified by the end of April.

Personal data

In accordance with the European General Data Protection Regulation, we gather and process personal data provided by candidates in the application form only for the organization of the summer school and the purpose of the assignment of the grant. We do not transmit any kind will to third parties.

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