14 February 14:30 – 18:00 and 15 February 2018, 09:30–15:30 CET,

Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Science, Vautierstreet, 29, 1000 Brussels, Belgium


Blue Growth is the long term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole. Seas and oceans are drivers for the European economy and have great potential for innovation and growth. Blue Growth has significant data needs that are only partially met, and BlueBRIDGE’s innovative technologies aimed to solve some pressing data needs.

BlueBRIDGE specialised data services come in Virtual Research Environments built on top of a hybrid-data infrastructure. They are designed to re-use and share computational and storage resources of the existing European e-infrastructures. This approach allows BlueBRIDGE to deliver powerful services in a cost-effective way. Today users from academia to industry, from public organisation to RFMOs, can use BlueBRIDGE data services.

In this workshop we invited BlueBRIDGE experts to explain the products and services delivered in specific domains. We also invited domain representatives to explain their approach to ‘big data’. Each presentation will be followed by an interactive discussion on the BlueBRIDGE solutions, highlighting the opportunities for future exploitation. We will conclude the meeting with a discussion on the overall efforts in the capacity building and educational sector to benefit from increasingly on-line tools and services.

The workshop introduces a selection of BlueBRIDGE data services with the goal to propose these to future adopters and to inventory interest for further collaboration with private and public stakeholders.


Draft Agenda

Wednesday, 14 February

Chair: Donatella Castelli, CNR-ISTI & BlueBRIDGE Project Coordinator

14:30 - 15:00 Registration and welcome coffee

15:00 - 15:10 Welcome and Introduction

15:10 - 15:30 BlueBRIDGE: major achievements & future vision, Donatella Castelli CNR-ISTI (Presentation) (Download ppt)

15:30 - 15:50 Invasive species and climate change, Gianpaolo Coro, CNR-ISTI (Presentation)

15:50 - 16:10 Projecting global fish stocks and catches up to 2100, Jorn Bruggeman, Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML) (Presentation) (Download ppt)

16:10 - 16:30 The Global Record of Stock and Fisheries (GRSF), Aureliano Gentile, FAO of UN (Presentation) (Download ppt)

16:30 - 16:50 Coffee Break

16:50 - 17:10 Advanced data visualization for SDG 14.4.1 monitoring and basic stock assessment methods, Julien Barde, IRD - Anton Ellenbroek, FAO of UN (Presentation)

17:10 - 18:00 Panel Discussion on global repositories of merged public data (Presentation) (Download ppt)

Chair: Marc Taconet, FAO of UN

Panel members:

  • Nicolas Bailly, consultant
  • Nancie Cummings, NOAA
  • Jean-Yves Lebras, CLS
  • Pasquale Pagano, CNR-ISTI

18:00 - 18:45 Museum tour

18:45 - 20:00 Networking Cocktail


Thursday, 15 February

Chair: Sara Garavelli, Trust-IT Services & BlueBRIDGE Outreach Manager

09:00-09:30 Welcome Coffee

09:30 - 09:40 Introduction & major outcomes from Day 1

09:40 - 09:55 Importance of data and the perspective its elaboration opens up for marine research and innovation, Sieglinde Gruber, European Commission

09:55 - 10:20 Biodiversity indicators in Marine Protected Areas, Levi Westerveld, GRIDArendal - Lucy Bastin, JRC (Presentation)

10:20 - 10:45 Fostering global data management with public tuna fisheries data, Julien Barde, IRD; Paul Taconet, IRD; Josean Fernandes, AZTI (Presentation)

10:45 - 11:05 Capacity building, validation and repeatability, Pasquale Pagano, CNR-ISTI & BlueBRIDGE Technical Director (Presentation)

11:05 - 11:15 Q&A

11:15 - 11:40 Networking Coffee

11:40 - 12:05 Environmental Observation (EO) data to detect aquaculture structures: merging Copernicus and other mission’s data, Jean Yves Lebras, CLS (Presentation); Taruna Mulia, BBPBAP Maros (Presentation)

12:05 - 12:25 Machine Learning methods to estimate the performance of aquafarms, Konstantinos Bovolis, I2S (Greek Aquafarm) (Presentation) (Download ppt)

12:25 - 12:45 The Key Performances Indicator system for Mediterranean aquaculture industry in PerformFISH, Giovanna Marino, ISPRA (Presentation)

12:45 - 12:55 Q&A

12:55 - 13:55 Lunch

13:55 - 14:15 BlueBRIDGE supporting education, Julien Barde, IRD, Anna Davies, ICES, Gianpaolo Coro, CNR-ISTI (Presentation)

14:15 - 14:30 LME:Learn & IOC Capacity Building Activities, Ivica Trumbic, LME:Learn (Presentation)

14:30 - 15:15 Discussion & conclusions

How to get there


Brussels-Luxembourg station is a five-minute walk from the museum (see the “Admissions” section above for details on B-Excursions)

Bus 38 or 95 to “Idalie” or “Luxembourg” bus stops which are a five-minute walk from the museum
Bus 34 or 80 to “Museum” bus stop, opposite the museum

Line 1 or 5 to “Maelbeek/Maalbeek” station, a ten-minute walk from the museum
Line 2 or 6 to “Trône/Troon” station, a ten-minute walk from the museum

More information
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