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The GSO BLUEMED Working Group, coordinated by DG Research and Innovation in close cooperation with the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfMS), met in Brussels on February the 28th. It aims at promoting the extension of the BLUEMED Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda and related activities  to non-EU UfM Countries willing to join on a voluntary basis. The  Working Group supported by the Horizon 2020 is fundedwithin the framework of the Coordination and Support Action project: CSA BLUEMED. The aim of the meeting has been to discuss the state of the art of the BLUEMED SRIA (Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda), its update, implementation and next steps.

More information: BlueMed Initiative

The UfM Regional Stakeholder Conference on the Blue Economy, held in Naples, November 29th – 30th, brought together over 400 key stakeholders dealing with marine and maritime issues from the entire region, including government representatives, regional and local authorities, international organisations, academia, the private sector and civil society. The conference had the participation of the EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella, the UfM Secretary General, Fathallah Sijilmassi and the Italian Minister Plenipotentiary and Coordinator for Euro-Mediterranean Multilateral Affairs, Enrico Granara, among other personalities.
The main objective of this two-day event was to consolidate a Mediterranean blue economy community working on sustainable development solutions for the region, as well as to create partnerships and initiatives to harness the potential for blue growth. The conference featured 12 thematic workshops on the whole range of sectors covered by the blue economy, namely blue jobs and training, research and innovation, blue entrepreneurship, coast guard cooperation, marine protected areas, offshore energy, coastal and maritime tourism, fisheries and aquaculture. Moreover, the UfM Secretariat launched a Virtual Knowledge Centre on the Blue Economy, the web-based information and networking platform for blue economy stakeholders in the Mediterranean.

Further information:
MED Virtual Knowledge Centre
UfM Secretariat – News

The first edition of the Master in Sustainable Blue Growth organized by the OGS and the University of Trieste has started in January 2018 and will be held in Trieste in three sessions, on March, July and October 2018. The Master is established to bring scientific excellence and technological innovation at the centre of a number of Blue Growth initiatives. The Master supports the creation of stable and attractive blue career pathways throughout strengthening professional skills and enhancing competencies in fields related to sustainable blue growth.

Further information:
Advance Master in Sustainable Bluegrowth
Summer School 2018

7 April: 4 PRIMA Stakeholder meeting, Slovenia
18-19 April: BLUEMED – A basin of research and innovation for sustainable growth (Sliema, Malta)
20 April: Informal Ministerial Conference: The Blue Growth Initiative: Nautical and Maritime Tourism (Valletta, Malta)
26-27 April: 4PRIMA Stakeholder Meeting, Cairo, Egypt
3 May: Technical level meeting: Strengthening Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation through Research and Innovation (Attard, Malta)
4 May: Minsterial Conference on Strengthening Euro-Mediterranean Cooperation through Research and Innovation (Valletta, Malta)
11-12 May: Marie Curie Slodowska Actions Conference Malta
21-22 June: Euro-Nano Forum, Malta
27-28 June: ESA Conference on on Mediterranean Resilience, Malta
5-6 October: Our Ocean Conference 2017, Malta

France Ministry of higher education and research organized the seminar on Quality Assurance in Higher Education and Research held in Paris at the premises of the French Quality Assurance agency (HCERES) the 10th of February 2017. Nearly all the 5+5 countries attended to the meeting with sending 2 representatives by country. The opening session was given by Tunisia, chair of the 5+5 and France.

Each of the national Quality Assurance development schemes presented are nearly following the same standards for external and internal evaluation of Higher Education and Research

institutions following the Bologna process recommendations. This is a very encouraging sign indeed for the development of future cooperation in the frame of the next 5+5 Action Plan 2017-2018 and this even if Quality Assurance agencies locally are not exactly organized in the same way. All the stakeholders involved are aware of the need to work together on common recognition of diplomas across the countries concerned so that mobility of researchers and students could be facilitated in a way of creating synergies all around the Mediterranean basin.

At the end of the seminar, all attendees expressed their interest in taking part of the working group under the coordination of France leading the two actions under the 5+5 frame on Quality

Assurance on one part and on Governance on the other part, providing that each member state of the 5+5 would acknowledge participant names and institutional representation proposed (quality assurance agency/Ministry ie two representatives by country).


French Ministry for Higher Education and Research

Benoit Labat : benoit.labat@recherche.gouv.fr