• 28 Mar, 2022
PhD position on the global economics of coastal nature-...

The Global Climate Forum (GCF) in Berlin is a non-profit transdisciplinary research institute founded by noble laureate Klaus Hasselmann in order to bring together different public, private and civil society parties concerned with climate change and carry out joint studies that support environmental policies. The Research Process Adaptation and Social Learning (ASL) at GCF conducts internationally leading work on the economics and governance of coastal adaptation to sea-level rise from local to global scales. The process is led by Dr. Jochen Hinkel, who co-leads work on coastal adaptation in the United Nations World Climate Research Programme and has been Lead Author on coastal/marine governance in the last two Assessment Reports of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change.

In the context of two new large-scale collaborative European Research projects on coastal nature-based solutions (REST-COAST) and the economics of climate change and biodiversity (DECIPHER), ASL is seeking a PhD student to work on a global economic assessment of coastal nature-based solutions (NBS) such as maintaining and restoring coastal wetlands (e.g., salt marshes and mangrove forest). Coastal wetlands are hotspots of marine biodiversity, sequester large amounts of carbon, and protect hundreds of million people­ globally from coastal flooding. At the same time, they are being converted into agricultural or industrial land at alarming rates of 1-3% annually, releasing large amounts of carbon. Sea-level rise is expected to exacerbate this situation, if the inland migration of wetlands continues to be hindered by human infrastructure, settlements and dikes. The PhD student will advance an existing global model of sea-level rise, coastal flooding and wetland dynamics (Schuerch et al. 2018 and Hinkel et al. 2014) to investigate the economic trade-offs between coastal development, coastal protection through hard infrastructure (e.g. dikes) and wetland conservation and restoration. The work entails close collaboration with other PhD students modelling the biophysical response of coastal wetlands to sea-level rise and scholars working on the economics of biodiversity and climate change. The PhD would be obtained from the Division of Resource Economics at the Thaer Institute of Humboldt University in Berlin, where Hinkel is an external professor (Privatdozent). A salary will be paid following German university standards (65 % position) for three years in which the PhD thesis should be completed, with the possibility of extension.

The successful candidate is expected to have:

  1. An excellent Master degree in economics, environmental economics or related fields (e.g., ecological economics, resource economics)
  2. Excellent command (oral and written) of English (the language of the PhD thesis)
  3. A good command of a major programming language (e.g. Java, Python, R, Julia)
  4. Familiarity with cost-benefit a­nalysis, econometric and optimisation methods

We offer the opportunity to work in a high-profile, internationally recognized research institute within a global network of leading researchers on social and economic aspects of climate change and environmental issues. The successful candidate will join a friendly and highly motivated team in central Berlin (within the Mercator Center) and will benefit from a flexible, dynamic working environment, close cooperation within our team, attentive PhD supervision and flat hierarchies. The Global Climate Forum is an equal opportunity employer. We thrive for diversity and inclusion and welcome applications from all qualified applicants.

The deadline for applications is 24 April. Please send your application including a motivation letter, a copy of transcripts and certificates, a complete CV, your Master thesis, as well as names, email addresses and telephone numbers of two possible referees as a single PDF file with the subject “PhD economics of wetlands” to Dr. Daniel Lincke (daniel.lincke@globalclimateforum.org). For further information please also contact Dr. Lincke.

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  • 15 Mar, 2022
Event POSTPONED - Strengthening the project implementat...

In view of the latest developments in the Black Sea region, and following the request of the Donor (European Commission), the Final Conference on "Strengthening the project implementation capacity, dialogue and cooperation in the Black Sea Region", in the framework of the Black Sea React!, Black Sea Cruise and CulTourE4Youth projects, scheduled for 15 March 2022, in a hybrid way, in Istanbul-Turkey, has been postponed.

The event will be rescheduled and the new date will be announced in due course.

Thank you for the understanding.

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  • 03 Feb, 2022
DOORS - Stakeholder survey on designing a System of Sys...

Are you a scientist working in the Black Sea?

Are you interested in understanding more about the Black Sea ecosystems?

Are you a policymaker delivering for Black Sea communities?

Do you want to start a ‘Blue Business’ in the Black Sea?

Then this questionnaire is for you!

WP3 of DOORS team have just produced a first stakeholder survey on designing a System of Systems (SoS) for the Black Sea. This will be a harmonised data platform for the entire region that we hope will transform the fortunes of damaged ecosystems and stimulate the blue economy. 

We are looking for Scientists, policymakers and business people who work with Black Sea data to complete the survey to help us tailor the SoS to their needs.

Webpage for more info: https://www.doorsblacksea.eu/sos_survey

Survey Link: https://ec.europa.eu/eusurvey/runner/DOORS_Survey2022

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  • 01 Feb, 2022
Supporting multi-use of the sea with maritime spatial p...

Please check out a recent publication on supporting multi-use of the sea with maritime spatial planning in Bulgaria. Multi-use is becoming a big opportunity for sustainable blue economy considering the expanding human uses of sea space!

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  • 18 Jan, 2022
EU Mission 'Restore our Ocean and Waters' Horizon Europ...

Dear Colleagues,


We are pleased to bring to your attention:

  • The EU Missions Info Days (18-19 January) (link below) and
  • The EU Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters Horizon Europe open calls (Deadline : 12 April, 2022)


EU Missions Info Days (18-19 January):

The upcoming EU Missions Info Days (18-19 January) will be streamed via the following link (no registration is needed):


*Kindly note that Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters will be presented on 18 January between 09.45 and 12.45 CET. On the same day, between 15.40 and 17.35 CET an interesting session on “preparing and submitting a successful proposal” is also foreseen.


OPEN CALLS >> EU Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters Horizon Europe :

Kindly find below relevant information regarding 12 open Horizon Europe calls related to the EU Mission Restore Our Ocean and Waters, launched under the EU’s programming period 2021-2027 :


Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters will pursue ambitious objectives to tackle the most pressing issues faced by our Oceans and Seas:

  1. Protect and restore marine and freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity, in line with the EU Biodiversity Strategy 2030 ;
  2. Prevent and eliminate pollution of our ocean, seas, and waters, in line with the EU Action Plan Towards Zero Pollution for Air, Water and Soil ;
  3. Make the sustainable blue economy carbon-neutral and circular, in line with the proposed European Climate Law and the holistic vision enshrined in the Sustainable Blue Economy Strategy.


The Mission will constitute a joint effort between the EU, its Member States and its partner countries, including funding provided by EU funds and national contributions. For the upscaling and replication in the second phase, additional national, regional and private funding will be mobilised.


Kindly find key details on the 12 open calls via the link below :



The deadline for applications is 12 April, 2022.


*The following open calls may be of particular interest to Black Sea stakeholders :

  1. Danube river basin lighthouse – restoration of fresh and transitional water ecosystems
  2. European Blue Parks
  3. Underlying models for the European Digital Twin Ocean
  4. Danube river basin lighthouse – coordination activities
  5. The relation of young generations with the sea and water: values, expectations, and engagement
  6. Piloting citizen science in marine and freshwater domains


Eligibility criteria regarding the calls are described here in Annex B of the Work Programme General Annexes.


Finally, kindly find via this link the Implementation Plan of Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters.


Best regards, and we remain at your disposal.

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  • 14 Jan, 2022
GreenComp: the European sustainability competence frame...

GreenComp is a reference framework for sustainability competences. It provides a common ground to learners and guidance to educators, advancing a consensual definition of what sustainability as a competence entails.

It responds to the growing need for people to improve and develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes to live, work and act in a sustainable manner. It is designed to support education and training programmes for lifelong learning. It is written for all learners, irrespective of their age and their education level and in any learning setting – formal, non-formal and informal.

Take your time and read the full report here!

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  • 12 Jan, 2022
Online Questionnaire for the Project CulTourE4Youth

We hereby invite you to participate at the Online Questionnaire for the Project CulTourE4Youth - Supporting youth entrepreneurship in cultural tourism for coastal communities. 

If you are a citizen of or live/work in GeorgiaRepublic of MoldovaRepublic of Turkey or Ukraine, your feedback is critical, as we strive to gather inputs about the priorities, opportunities and challenges from culture and tourism sectors in your countries.

Building on the notion that cultural tourism with maritime dimension is an up-and-coming blue growth generator, the project will provide background information and analysis on how youth entrepreneurship is promoted by existing policies and initiatives, and how can it be better supported to address local and regional challenges, such as youth unemployment and brain drain. 

The Questionnaire aims to gather direct input about the priorities, opportunities and challenges from all involved stakeholders in the sectors of culture and tourism

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  • 12 Jan, 2022
EU MISSIONS - Concrete solutions for our greatest chall...

Two Mission Area actions under the Horizon Europe Missions work programme Search for available translations of the preceding are now open for application. 

The actions relate to the adaptation to climate change and healthy oceans, seas and waters mission areas. 

The Mission ‘Restore our Ocean and Waters’ will restore marine and fresh water ecosystems and biodiversity, prevent and eliminate pollution from ocean, seas and waters, create a sustainable, carbon-neutral and circular Blue Economy. Furthermore, they will develop digital systems that will be used to generate models for a European Digital Twin Ocean and engage and mobilise citizens, especially young generations.

The Mission ‘Adaptation to Climate Change’ will support regions and communities in their journey to adapt to climate change, including the development of risk assessments, pathways and demonstrators of large scale innovative systemic solutions that are economically suitable.

The deadline to submit a proposal is 12 April 2022 17:00:00 Brussels time.

Visit the CINEA page for more information on specific topics!

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  • 10 Jan, 2022
Exploiting Tourism 4.0 potentials for the Black Sea

International Centre for Black Sea Studies just published a paper on Exploiting Tourism 4.0 potentials for the Black Sea as part of the Tourism 4.0 for the Black Sea (T4BS) Project, co-funded by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF).

The Tourism 4.0 initiative aims to unlock the innovation potential of tourism by enabling collaboration between all stakeholders of the smart tourism ecosystem to co-create enriched experiences with the help of the key enabling technologies from Industry 4.0 . The basic idea is to ensure that the visitors actually respect local inhabitants and preserve environmental balance.

Please find more information on the project's web page

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  • 10 Jan, 2022
EMD In My Country 2022

EMD 2022, the annual EU meeting point on maritime affairs and sustainable blue growth, and the place where ‘Ocean Leaders Meet’, will take place in Ravenna, Italy on 19 & 20 May 2022. As every year, this will not be the only action to celebrate our seas and oceans. EMD In My Country 2022 events will also take place all over Europe from 1 April till 31 October 2022.  

In 2021, EMD In My Country - despite the pandemic - was a great success, with 232 virtual, physical and hybrid events, organised in 25 countries (21 EU and 4 non-EU countries), covering all the sea basins of the EU making an absolute record in the history of the European Maritime Day! 

Are you ready to submit your event(s) for 2022?

Fill in the application form before 31 January 2022 and bring European Maritime Day 2022 to your country.  

All the organisers will receive sustainable #EMD In My Country-branded gadgets and their events will be promoted via the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries' information channels. 

As the COVID-19 pandemic is not yet over, EMD In My Country 2022 will include physical, virtual and hybrid events that will take place from 1 April to 31 October 2022. 

2022 will be the European Year of Youth, so we welcome plenty of events with a focus on youth activities. 

Submit your application

Deadline: 31 January 2022. 

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  • 10 Jan, 2022
Call for Ph.D. Position within BRIDGE-BS project on Sus...

BRIDGE-BS is launching a novel Blue Growth Ph.D. program, with dual supervision, for the first time, from both the Black Sea and Western Europe institutions. This Ph.D. program will also ensure the transfer of expertise and knowledge between regions, serving as incubators and ideas for future start-ups. It will not only create mobility and enhance the capacity of the Black Sea Ph.D. candidates in Blue Growth but will also provide the best relations between universities and research centers from the Black Sea with similar organizations in Europe.

BRIDGE-BS offers Ph.D. research positions directly supported by the BRIDGE-BS consortium for 3 years (36 months). BRIDGE-BS partners in the Black Sea offer Ph.D. positions at their institutions.

You can find information about current Ph.D. positions and application requirements under BRIDGES in the document on the button below. Please apply to the vacancies by sending your application to bridgebs@ims.metu.edu.tr within the given deadlines. Please be aware that there are different deadlines for different institutions

For more details read here and for application details click this link

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  • 30 Dec, 2021
CONNECT Black Sea’s Third Newsletter

Dont lose the third Newsletter of CONNECT Black Sea project, implementing the SRIA - boosting the Blue Growth in the region!

You can find the Newsletter here and you can subscribe to receive Black Sea CONNECT's newsletters in this link!

Enjoy reading!


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