Blue Economy Science Summit (BESS 2024)

Take part in the next edition of the Blue Economy Science Summit and discover how promising technologies will be supported and developed to tackle challenges and seize opportunities in the sustainable blue economy.
Own activity, Activity for members and non-members, Public activity
Thermae Palace, Koningin Astridlaan 7, 8400 Oostende

During the Blue Economy Science Summit (BESS), scientists, businesses and policymakers meet to delve deeper into the blue economy. This year, the focus is on the changing aspects of digitisation. Under the theme of "The Digital Sea", the event serves as a dynamic platform to network, exchange knowledge and actively participate in shaping the future of the blue economy.

This year, BESS takes on an international dimension, as one of the events of the Belgian EU presidency – providing inspiration and demonstrating the leading position of Flemish and Belgian companies and organizations in the development of a Digital Sea. The event kicks off a new innovation cycle for the Baltic and North Seas as part of the EU Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters. 

Don't miss this unique opportunity to connect with industry leaders, researchers, and innovators, contributing to the ongoing dialogue on the digital future of the blue economy.


  • Thematic focus: Opt for a deep dive in offshore security, business opportunities in mariparks, or artificial intelligence & big data.
  • Opmerkelijke keynote sprekers: krijg inzichten van gerenommeerde experts die hun visie op de impact van de digitale revolutie op de 
  • Notable Keynote Speakers: Gain insights from renowned experts who will share their perspectives on the digital revolution's impact on the marine industry.
  • OECD will conclude the day by discussing the significance of public marine data and its implications for a sustainable blue economy.

Blue Cluster and Flanders Marine Institute look forward to your presence at the Blue Economy Science Summit as we collectively navigate the uncharted waters of 'The Digital Sea'.


Practical information

Given the international nature of this event, the official language is English.

Places are limited. Would you like to be there? Register for the event. The registration deadline is 10 May. 

Any questions? Please contact Flanders Marine Institute or Blue Cluster.

Blue Innovation Village at Ostend at Anchor

BESS takes place during Ostend at Anchor, the largest maritime festival in Belgium. During this festival, Blue Cluster organises the Blue Innovation Village, where can you can discover innovations by Belgian companies and organisations in the blue economy. Pay us a visit and find out what Belgium has to offer in the field of innovation in the blue economy! 

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