Black Sea Young Ambassador Programme

The young generation plays an important role in building a healthier and sustainable Black Sea – a more inclusive and dynamic than ever. With this purpose, in September 2020, the Black Sea Young Ambassador Programme (BSYAP) was developed to unite youth, reveal the unknowns of the Black Sea, create a bridge between the scientists and society and advocate Blue Growth within the Black Sea CONNECT Coordination and Support Action under the EU funded Horizon 2020 programme.

Coming from different backgrounds in science, policy, and maritime sectors, these young early career ocean professionals conduct research to gain in-depth knowledge on the Black Sea empower ocean-engaged citizens for a clean, plastic-free, better valued Black Sea.

Since the beginning of their Black Sea journey as Black Sea Young Ambassadors, they have been carrying out various activities and representing Black Sea Youth on different platforms. They had the opportunity to share their vision and goals on these missing links and re-connecting them with Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner for Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth at Research and Innovation in the Black Sea event in October 2020.

Black Sea Young Ambassadors regularly meet online, discuss their national and regional needs and priorities under the umbrella of Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda with their national mentors, fellow young ambassadors, and experts from the Black Sea and beyond. Moreover, they have received continuous training on the fundamentals of Blue Growth, Black Sea SRIA, science communication to equip them with theoretical and practical skills that will assist them in establishing awareness-raising activities and campaigns to drive change in their communities.

Now with the opportunity of not only increasing the impact of the programme and its visibility but also ensuring its sustainability, the Black Sea Young Ambassador Programme has been linked within the BRIDGE Black Sea (BRIDGE-BS) Research and Innovation Action under the EU funded Horizon 2020 programme. Together with BRIDGE-BS, both the foundations of the BSYAs’ work, efforts, and the bridge they have created between society, policy, and science will be getting stronger and broader in scope. Black Sea Young Ambassadors will take their experiences further and undertake broader actions for the recognition and protection of the uniqueness of the Black Sea under the BRIDGE-BS.

Young Ambassadors

Elena Culighin

Tatiana Semeniuc

Tudor Trifan

Selma Menabit

Sebastian Blicher

Florin Zainescu

Oana Poiană

Stefania Klayn

Irina Gancheva

Jennifer Mary Ivanoff

Begüm Uzun

Gizem Akkus

Sofia Sadogurska

Valentyna Chepurna

Salome Kobaidze

Mariam Avakova

Evgeniia Kostianaia