Be Smart, Think Blue Conference 2016

Maritime Institute in Gdańsk is organising The ‘Be Smart, Think Blue’ Conference and Brokerage Event 2016 taking place on 19th-20th September 2016 in Gdańsk. The event offers the full range of marine and maritime stakeholders – enterprises, researchers, public bodies and NGOs – the opportunity to get inspired and to interact for boosting the Smart Blue Regions (19th September 2016) and to establish contacts with potential partners to address open calls for Blue Growth research proposals in Horizon 2020 (20th September 2016).

The first day of the event, 19th September 2016, will provide attendees with comprehensive insights into smart blue specialisations, including examples of success stories and reflections on the major current challenges in the Baltic Sea region and across Europe. The presentations on the day will draw on the work carried out as part of a number of recent and ongoing projects and other initiatives promoting research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation (RIS3).

Smart specialisation represents a means by which regions can benefit economically from specialising in a particular area of science and technology. It is a key concept in the effort to boost innovation around the EU and is central to priority-setting for Europe’s economic development. Applying smart specialisation, regional development and growth become knowledge and innovation-driven, thereby stimulating structural change. Understanding the role of smart specialisation in enhancing the European blue growth sector is prerequisite to successfully availing of the sea of opportunities open to maritime stakeholders.

Why to participate?

  •  Discover the latest development of smart specialisations in marine and maritime
  • Establish cross-border contacts and initiate co-operation in the area of marine and maritime
  • Find new commercial/technological/research partners
    Present, discuss and develop new project ideas

How to participate?

  • Registration is open until 5th September at the event website:
  • There is no conference fee, the language of the event is English.


The event is organised jointly by:

  • Smart Blue Regions Interreg project (Smart specialisation and blue growth in the Baltic Sea
  • BioHorizon project (Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime
    and inland water research and the bioeconomy, and
  • ETNA2020 project (Smart, green and integrated transport,

Site events
1st MARE FORUM POLAND 2016 – 21st September 2016, Sopot