Stakeholder engagement workshop within the scope of PrepBlue

The European Commission aims to protect and restore our ocean and waters through research and innovation, stakeholder engagement and blue investments. In this workshop you have the opportunity to provide input for current and future European missions.
Ifremer, Troonstraat 100, 1050 Elsene

StakeHolders2cOdesign: Towards impactful stakeholder engagement in the Mission Ocean, Seas and Waters

Aiming to help create the foundations for co-creating and co-implementing the research and innovation required to achieve Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030 (MO), Blue Cluster organises a workshop on StakeHolder Engagement on 17 October 2023 in Brussels.

Prep4Blue work package 6 develops a multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder approach involving industry, public authorities, citizens, academia and associations while regarding the environment as fundamental for social innovation. 

A digital toolbox assessing criteria dependent methodologies and guidelines as well as a concept note to feed into the needs of future missions are being drafted. The aim of this workshop is to finetune these methodologies and their accuracy for the MO and to gather valuable input.  


During this workshop, the following three topics will be addressed:

  1. The challenge of stakeholder engagement: recommendations for the Mission Oceans

    In this session we will identify issues, opportunities and tips for stakeholder engagement and the mission objectives over all lighthouses: Danube, Atlantic and Arctic, North and Baltic Sea region and Mediterranean Sea. The following questions will be addressed: 

    - How can companies, policy, citizens, science and other associations support circularity, carbon neutrality, prevention and removal of pollution, protection and restoration of aquatic ecosystems? 
    - How can we all emotionally (re-)connect with the ocean and what is the role of sustainable blue economy?”
    - How can research and innovation act as a key catalyst and where lies the power of citizen involvement?
  2. From theory to practice/from science to policy: enhancing stakeholder engagement

    In this session we examine how to enhance stakeholder engagement in the development of research & innovation regional policies. We focus on the Open Discovery Process in the context of Smart Specialisation Strategies (S3). 
  3. Finetuning a tool for stakeholder engagement methodology assessment and selection targeted to the MO 

    In this session we demonstrate a digital tool for stakeholder engagement methodology recommendation in MO that has been developed within the scope of the PREP4BLUE project. 

Check out the detailed programme

Below you can find the draft programme of the workshop. Please note that this programme is still subject to changes.

09:00 Registration and coffee
09:30 Introduction of the mission Oceans and waters, the Prep4Blue project and aim of the day 
Marijn Rabaut, Senior MSP Expert at Blue Cluster
  A. The challenge of stakeholder engagement in the Mission Oceans
09:40 How to bring society closer to the ocean and biodiversity. Pitfalls and opportunities of methodology selection. 
Matthew Smith, Co-Author of BiodivERsA 
10:00 Co-creative designof large-scale projects. Infrastructures in marine environment: stakeholder involvement and carbon neutrality.  
Timothy Vanagt, Senior Project Manager at ORG Permanent Modernity
10:20 Integrated coastal and marine spatial planning: stakeholders and circularity. 
Wesley Flannery, Reader in Environmental Planning at Queen's University, Belfast
10:40 Marine pollution prevention and mitigation, focussing on stakeholder engagement 
Marisa Fernandez, Senior Project Manager at CETMAR 
11:00 Coffee break
11:10 Panel discussion with key speakers and public
12:00 Lunch break
  B. Stakeholder engagement in R&I regional policy: Open Discovery Provcess & Smart Specilisation Strategies
13:00 Presentation of the concept/theoretical approach 
JRC Expert and/or EC representive (tbc)
13:20 Partnerships for Regional Innovation – Feedback from the Azores region, as co-leader of the Open Discovery Process and local missions (CHOIRs) 
Fabio Vieira, Representative of Azores region (tbc)
13:40 Best practice of stakeholder engagement in the elaboration of mission-oriented policies
Representative of Catalonia (or any other region) (TBC)
14:00 Interactive session
14:50 Coffee break
  C. Tool demonstration and finalisation
15:00 Demonstration of stakeholder engagement methodology assessment tool 
Maéva Vignes, Senior Project Manager at the University of Southern Denmark
15:30 Interactive session to optimise Sheng methodology selection process in tool 
17:00 Wrap-up and conclusions of the day
  D. Networking:  plug into the relevant EU stakeholder engagement community
This part of the programme takes place at Talk C.E.C. (Waversesteenweg 143, 1050 Elsene)
18:00 Cocktail and standing buffet @Talk C.E.C.
XX:00 Guided tour of the "Mers & Océans" exhibition + live painting
22:00 End of the event
wilde golven rots

Practical details

The workshop takes place in Brussels on 17 October from 9:30 am to 5 pm. The thematic part of the workshop takes place in the buildings of Ifremer (Troonstraat 100, 1050 Elesene). The networking part takes place in the buildings of Talk C.E.C. (Waversesteenweg 143, 1050 Elsene).

Participation is free, but prior registration is required. Interested in attending the workshop? Then complete the form below.

Please note that only a limited number of people can attend this workshop. Registrations will be processed on a first-come, first served basis. 

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