Successful applicants to the Open Sea Lab Bootcamp will work in teams, within one of three thematic areas. The choice is up to you!

These themes target key user areas for EMODnet resources. Maybe you already have an idea to create a novel application in one of these areas? Maybe not? If not, no problem, you can team up with others or be inspired at the ideation booth on 15th November!

  1. Marine Environment (Management)

With four seas, two ocean basins, 89,000km of coastline and approximately 50% of the population living in our coastal areas, Europe is truly a maritime continent.  The potential of our marine resources is huge and so too are the pressures on them and the responsibility to manage them sustainably. Europe has a plethora of environmental legislation to protect our marine environment, but sometimes the tools to support implementing this legislation are lacking.

Have you an idea for a new way to track marine litter? How can we measure coastal change? What about monitoring of invasive species?

  1. Maritime Activities / Blue Economy

Europe’s ‘blue’ economy represents roughly 5.4 million jobs and generates a gross added value of almost €500 billion a year. As a maritime continent the potential for innovation and economic growth is very real, however this must be achieved in a sustainable way. Europe’s blue growth strategy recognises this. Some of the priority areas for growth in Europe’s blue economy are ocean energy, aquaculture, and coastal tourism. However, there are many more.

Maybe you work in one of these areas already or have an idea for another opportunity to capitalise on our marine resources in a sustainable way? Can you develop a tool to support Europe’s aquaculture industry? Maybe you can think of an innovative way of using marine data to offer a new service to recreational users of the sea?

  1. Public Knowledge or Services

An informed and ocean literate public that is aware of both the potential of as well as the pressures on our marine resources ultimately results in more effective ocean governance. In Europe there are many examples of marine citizen science but also many more opportunities to monitor our marine resources through already existing human activities, such as marine tourism.

There are also many opportunities to use existing infrastructure, combined with underwater technology, to inform and educate the general public about a significant part of their environment that is largely hidden from view.

Can you think of new tools and applications that can engage the public or use ongoing activities or infrastructure to help us learn more about our marine biodiversity or our seabed habitats? Is the general public aware of the extent of information that is available to them, for example on the depth of our seas and oceans, if not why not and what can be done to make it more available to them?