The call for abstracts for the EMSEA Annual Conference 2023 is now open!

  • BRIDGE-BS partner EMSEA celebrates its 10 years anniversary! To usher this milestone, EMSEA ventures beyond the EU boundaries and brings its members to one of the EU’s partner countries: Georgia. The conference takes place in Batumi, a vibrant coastal city in the southeast.

At this conference, EMSEA members, organizations, and individuals that have been invaluable to marine education in the first decade will share their expertise on marine education. In Batumi, we will establish a Black Sea Literacy Network, under the framework of BRIDGE-BS. The goal is to bring together marine scientists, educators, companies involved in the blue economy, ocean professionals, and anyone who is enthusiastic and curious about education on the Black Sea. The conference aims to showcase good education and training practices on improving knowledge of the marine environment, the blue economy, and maritime careers. Moreover, it is an opportunity to network by facilitating a regional dialogue on Ocean Literacy in the Black Sea and with the wider EMSEA community.

The deadline for the abstract submission is extended until 8 September 2023, 5:00 CET.

EMSEA 2023 calls for abstract submissions for oral (15 minutes) , poster presentation and workshops on the following themes:

Abstract Themes

  • Ocean literacy in the Black Sea: This theme encourages presentations, posters and workshops on ongoing and recent Ocean Literacy projects and initiatives in the Black Sea Basin that began in 2012 or later.
  • Blue economy and education: We include presentations and posters that identify or describe programs that help students into a marine or maritime career or that help to develop the economy, whether it be offshore energy, shipping, aquaculture, ecotourism or an innovative entrepreneurial activity.
  • Watersports and ocean literacy: Projects and good practices for and from water sports actors to educate youth in eco-responsible actions and develop ocean environmental awareness from an early age .
  • Ocean conservation: Ocean conservancy is tackling our ocean’s greatest global challenges, like biodiversity loss, climate change and plastic pollution. In this session, you can share your programs, projects and business on taking action to protect and restore our coasts, seas and the ocean.
  • Open Session: If you have an interesting subject that relates to the EMSEA objectives but it is not covered in the other sessions, please submit an abstract under this heading.

Guidelines for Abstract Submission

  • Your abstract is limited to 500 words and without figures or images. Please include all co-author names and affiliations as prompted.
  • Abstracts must be submitted before 8 September 2023.
  • Authors must specify whether they are submitting an abstract for an oral presentation, a flash poster presentation, a poster presentation or a workshop.
  • The accuracy of the submitted abstract is the responsibility of the authors, so authors should prepare and proof read their abstracts carefully before submitting.
  • All correspondence relating to abstracts will be undertaken by email with the first named author/registered presenter, so it is their responsibility to communicate any relevant information regarding the submitted abstract and the conference to the other authors.
  • By submitting an abstract, the first named author confirms on behalf of the co-authors that the abstract is their own original work and that they have obtained any necessary permissions relating to the information submitted. In addition, the first named author must ensure that he/she has the approval and copyright assignment from any co-authors and contributors involved in the work.

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Oct 16, 2023

09:30 – 10:00 Conference registration
10:00 – 11:00 Welcome session
11:00 – 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 – 13:00 Presentations: Blue economy and education
13:00 – 15:00 Lunch and poster session
15:00 – 17:00 Presentations: Black Sea literacy
17:00 – 19:00 Wine Reception

Oct 17, 2023

09:30 – 11:30 Presentations: Ocean conservation
11:30 – 12:00 Coffee break
12:00 – 13:30 Open space
13:30 – 15:30 Lunch
15:30 – 18:30 Workshops/Visits
20:30 – 00:00 Conference Dinner and Anniversary celebration

Oct 18, 2023

09:00 – 10:30 Presentations: Watersports and Ocean Literacy
10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break
11:00 – 12:30 Presentations Open session
12:30 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 14:30 Closing remarks
14:30 – 17:00 Field trips (open)