The European Maritime Day is the annual meeting point for Europe’s maritime community to network, discuss, and forge joint action. This years conference took place on the 18 May 2016, in Turku, Finland. "Investing in competitive blue growth - smart and sustainable solutions" was the hot topic of the conference and the BlueBRIDGE workshop "Towards innovative data services for Blue Growth" was selected as a part of the programme.

Towards innovative data services for Blue Growth workshop, 18 May 2016 Presentations all available here

The post event report is available now- see the major outputs from our workshop

Participants list available here

Event Information

Over 40 participants were presented to covering varying subjects based around Blue Growth including-  the production of maps of natural zones and human activity, together with stock assessment, can enable ecosystem degradation analysis. Services related to investment analysis and the identification of strategic locations in aquaculture can represent a competitive advantage for the aquafarming sector.

The workshop showcased how the BlueBRIDGE data management solutions provide support and will also illustrate best practices already adopted by different stakeholders. The workshop was for policy makers, international organisations and public authorities, industry and research institutes and universities. If you are part of one of these stakeholder group, why not download one of the presentations from the event and see how BlueBRIDGE could benefit you. If you require anymore information on the event please contact us at  


10:45 - 10:50 Philippe Monbet, Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique - Welcome & objectives of the workshop

10:50 - 11:00 Pasquale Pagano, ISTI-CNR & BlueBRIDGE Technical Director - BlueBRIDGE in a nutshell

11:00 - 11:15 Miles Macmillan-Lawler, GRID-Arendal - The production of aquaculture and environmental maps to support spatial planning   

11:15 - 11:30 Scott Large, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) - Assessing the state of stocks: challenges and opportunities

11:30 - 11:45 Pasquale Pagano, ISTI-CNR & BlueBRIDGE Technical Director – BlueBRIDGE in action: from data access to data publication (Demo)

11:50 - 12:15 Interactive panel

Chair: Philippe Monbet, Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique

Panel members:

Alejandro Iglesias-Campos, Programme Specialist, UNESCO

Ned Dwyer, Executive Director, EurOcean

About the speakers

Philippe Monbet, Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique

With a background in undergraduate and graduate in chemistry from the University of Western Brittany, Philippe Monbet completed a thesis "Marine Chemistry and Analytical Chemistry" at the European Institute of the Sea (IUEM, Brest) on the dynamics heavy metals in an estuary subject to strong agricultural inputs. He then joined Ifremer and Ineris "National Institute of Industrial Risks Environment" for missions of research, expertise and consulting.
His research activities have taken him to the AIMS "Australian Institute of Marine Science", Melbourne Monash University and Plymouth University in the UK where his research was devoted mainly to the biogeochemistry of phosphorus in waters and coastal sediments.
Back in France, he has provided consultancies within Ifremer and in close relationship with EDF and AREVA NC where he ensured the ecological monitoring of water around nuclear power plants waterfronts (Flamanville, Penly Paluel) and AREVA NC La Hague. He is now working for the Pole Mer Bretagne Atlantique, a Sea business Cluster dealing with innovation in the maritime sector as an expert in EU project management and environment.


Dr. Pasquale Pagano – Senior researcher CNR-ISTI & Technical Director, BlueBRIDGE

Senior Researcher at the Networked Multimedia Information Systems Laboratory of the "Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie della Informazione A. Faedo" (ISTI) of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). Pasquale received his M.Sc. in Information Systems Technologies from the Department of Computer Science of the University of Pisa (1998), and the Ph.D. degree in Information Engineering from the Department of Information Engineering: Electronics, Information Theory, Telecommunications of the same university (2006). The aim of his research is the study and experimentation of models, methodologies and techniques for the design and development of distributed virtual research environments (VREs) which require the handling of heterogeneous computational and storage resources, provided by Grid and Cloud based e-Infrastructures, for the management of heterogenous data sources. Pasquale has a strong background on distributed architectures. He participated to the design of the most relevant distributed systems and e-Infrastructure enabling middleware developed by ISTI - CNR.

Pasquale is currently the Technical Director of D4Science, the Hybrid Data Infrastructure serving more than 2500 scientists in 44 countries, and chief manager of gCube software, the open-source platform for the management and operation of scientific data infrastructures.
He is also still collaborating with the Data e-Infrastructure Initiative for Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources (iMarine) and he is serving the BlueBRIDGE European Project as Technical Director, the Parthenos European Project as Service Operation Manager, and the SoBigData Research Infrastructure as Infrastructure Manager.   

Miles Macmillan-Lawler – Marine Scientist, GRID-Arendal

Miles Macmillan-Lawler is a marine scientist with an interest in mapping and planning in the marine environment. He based at GRID-Arendal in Norway where he heads up the State of Environment and Marine Planning Group. Through his work at GRID-Arendal Miles is constantly exploring new ways to join spatial information with technology to inform management, planning and decision making in the marine environment. He is currently working on a range of projects ranging from supporting marine spatial planning in Pacific Island Countries, coordinating the production of a digital bathymetry model for the Norwegian Sea as part of the European EMODnet project and developing a virtual research environment to support area based marine management as part of the BlueBRIDGE project. Miles has previously worked on mapping the global distribution of seafloor geomorphology, marine protected area planning with the Australian Government, and mapping of marine habitats around his home state of Tasmania, Australia. Miles holds a PhD on marine mapping – tools and approaches – which he gained at the University of Tasmania.


Scott Large, Professional Officer for Advisory Services, ICES

Scott Large Ph. D is a Professional Officer for Advisory Services at the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), where he facilitates the production of scientific advice for national and international decision-making on marine issues throughout the North Atlantic by working with  fisheries and environmental scientists to conduct stock assessments, benchmark analytical processes, and draft scientific advice. Prior to ICES, Scott served as a postdoctoral researcher at National Marine Fisheries Service in Woods Hole, USA. In this capacity, he developed quantitative and empirical techniques to identify thresholds in ecosystem responses to fishing and the environment.



The Panelists

Alejandro Iglesias-Campos, Programme Specialist, UNESCO

Alejandro Iglesias-Campos is Programme Specialist at the Marine Policy and Regional Coordination Section of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO based in Paris, France.  Within the UN system, the IOC-UNESCO serves as the focal point for ocean observations, ocean science, ocean services and data and information exchange, the UNCLOS considers IOC to be the competent international organization for marine scientific research.  IOC promotes a bolstered scientific understanding of ocean and coastal processes to manage human relationships with the ocean and the reduction of risks and impacts of ocean-related hazards, in this context IOC supports Member States to improve their institutional capacities to protect and sustainably manage ocean and coastal resources.  Prior to joining IOC, Alejandro worked as GIS and Coastal/Marine expert for the European Environment Agency’s Topic Centres and the Environmental Information Network of Andalusia (Spain) from 2005 to 2012.


Dr Ned Dwyer, Executive Director, EurOcean

Dr. Ned Dwyer is the Executive-Director of the EurOcean, the European Centre for Information on Marine Science and Technology, based in Lisbon, Portugal. The Foundation represents 13 members and 3 cooperating members across Europe and the focus is on providing independent information with a focus on marine research infrastructures and marine knowledge management. EurOcean hosts and manages the European Research Infrastructures Database and the Marine Knowledge Gate. Previous to taking up this role in 2015, Ned worked at the Coastal and Marine Research Centre of University College Cork, Ireland as team leader of the Applied Remote Sensing and GIS group and from 2010 as the Centre´s Deputy Director. He was co-chair of the IOC/IODE International Coastal Atlas Network (ICAN) Project from 2008 to 2014 and is still actively involved in its Steering Group. 



More about the BlueBRIDGE workshop

Oceans are the world’s seventh largest economy and are fundamental to strengthen Europe’s competitiveness and labour market. However, poorly managed fisheries and pollution are amongst the causes of serious damage to its carrying capacity, calling for international action. Blue Growth, the European long-term strategy for sustainable growth in the marine sector, is taking bold steps to address this major issue. This requires comprehensive and accessible information about Europe’s seas and oceans, such as fisheries databases, sea maps, etc., for policy makers to make informed decisions to ensure that a healthy marine environment can sustain growth in Europe.

The development of smart solutions is therefore key to supporting decision-makers involved in the ecosystem approach to fisheries and aquaculture management, by facilitating the knowledge production chain from the initial phases of data collection, through to aggregation, analysis and the production of indicators for competent authorities and investors. These solutions can help in bridging the work of international organisations and communities of scientists from different disciplines (e.g. fisheries, biology, economics, statistics, environment, etc).

The recently funded H2020 project, BlueBRIDGE - Building Research environments fostering Innovation, Decision making, Governance and Education - will radically transform the way these communities work together by enabling collaboration and alignment. BlueBRIDGE is led by a renowned consortium of 14 partners (such as FAO, ICES, PMBret, etc) bundling forces from intergovernmental organizations, research institutes, industry and SMEs to provide innovative data services for marine, aquaculture, environmental & fisheries science & economy.

The workshop showed the different smart data services can make in the Blue Growth sector, especifically for fisheries, aquaculture, ecosystem management, livelihoods and food system. In particular, the focus was on:

  • Smart solutions to facilitate the efficient assessment of fishery stocks and the production of related knowledge and indicators
  • Solutions to effectively and efficiently produce aquaculture products (maps of human activity and natural zones) contributing to an aquaculture atlas compliant with NASO standards.
  • Solutions to support the efficient and effective production of maps of vegetation types and human impacts on them to enable ecosystem degradation analysis.
  • Solutions to support performance estimation, benchmarking, decision making and strategic investment analysis and identification of strategic locations in aquaculture

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Programme Committee

  • Donatella Castelli, ISTI-CNR
  • Pasquale Pagano, ISTI-CNR
  • Sara Garavelli, Trust IT Services
  • Anton Ellenbroek, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations
  • Miles Macmillan-Lawer, GRID Arendal
  • Philippe Monbet, PMBret
  • Anais Turpault, PMBret