• Location:   Batumi, Georgia

At this conference, EMSEA members, organizations and individuals that have been invaluable to marine education in the first decade, will share their expertise on marine education.

In Batumi, we will establish a Black Sea Literacy Network, under the framework of H2020 project BRIDGE-BS (bridgeblacksea.org) project. The goal is to bring together marine scientists, educators, companies involved in blue economy, ocean professionals, and anyone who is enthusiastic and curious about blue education on the Black Sea. 

The conference aims to showcase good education and training practices on improving knowledge on the marine environment, the blue economy and maritime careers. Moreover, it is an opportunity to network by facilitating a regional dialogue on Ocean Literacy in the Black Sea and with the wider EMSEA community. 

 EMSEA aims to: 

  • raise educator’s awareness of ocean issues and the need for a sustainable future for our coasts, seas and ocean;
  • promote education and training in the fields of marine sciences;
  • advance Ocean Literacy in Europe and worldwide;
  • improve the quality of marine science education;
  • function as a platform for sharing and disseminating information and expertise among its members.

Our conference is highly tailored around these aims and many fantastic collaborations have developed, with the conference as a catalyst.  This year’s conference will focus on ocean literacy in the Black Sea region but it also brings new thematics such as the blue economy or watersports and ocean literacy. We invite Ocean Literacy practitioners to share insights & best practices on how marine science education & research underpins this.  

The main themes to submit an abstract are: 

  • Ocean literacy in the Black Sea

This theme encourages presentations, posters and workshops on ongoing and recent Ocean Literacy projects and initiatives in the Black Sea Basin that began in 2012 or later. 

  • Blue economy and education

We include presentations and posters that identify or describe programs that help students into a marine or maritime career or that help to develop the economy, whether it be offshore energy, shipping, aquaculture, ecotourism or an innovative entrepreneurial activity. 

  • Watersports and ocean literacy

Projects and good practices for and from water sports actors to educate youth in eco-responsible actions and develop ocean environmental awareness from an early age . 

  • Ocean conservation

Ocean conservancy is tackling our ocean's greatest global challenges, like biodiversity loss, climate change and plastic pollution. In this session, you can share your programs, projects and business on taking action to protect and restore our coasts, seas and the ocean. 

  • Open Session

If you have an interesting subject that relates to the EMSEA’s objectives, but it is not covered in the other sessions, please submit an abstract under this heading. 

 Registration Link:  https://emsea.glueup.com/event/emsea-conference-batumi-georgia-80932/