The New Era of Blue Enlightenment event took place on 12-14 July 2017 in Lisbon, Portugal. 

This high-level ministerial event was hosted by the Commissioner Moedas, to celebrate the launch of the South Atlantic Research and Innovation Flagship Initiative between the European Union, Brazil and South Africa, aiming to better understand and protect marine ecosystems and the link between oceans and climate.

A Statement on Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Cooperation between the European Union, Brazil and South Africa was signed during the event. This Statement builds on the bilateral Declarations of Intent on Marine Research and Innovation Cooperation with Brazil and South Africa, and the development of the South-South Framework for Scientific and Technical Cooperation in the South and Tropical Atlantic and Southern Ocean.  

The signing of this Statement has cemented the ambitions for intensifying our joint cooperation areas, which include, among others:

  • Climate and ecosystem approaches;
  • Earth and ocean observation and forecasting systems;
  • Food security, fisheries management and aquaculture;
  • Ocean technology.

Participants enjoyed a blend of plenaries, panel discussions, inspirational keynote speeches focusing on climate and ecosystem approaches, earth and ocean observation and forecasting systems, food security, fisheries management and aquaculture and ocean technology.

The BlueBRIDGE coordinator, Donatella Castelli, Research Director at CNR-ISTI, was invited to take part to the panel discussion "The Connected Atlantic Ocean: Riding the Next Wave of Ocean Technology and Innovation". 

For more information about the event, click here

To see the programme, click here