Bringing the Ocean to Society
6 Mar 2017
Responsible Research and Innovation gets a boost through MARINA
The Horizon 2020 project has completed a number of interactive workshops across Europe

Ponta Delgada, Azores Islands, Portugal. Rome, Italy. Boulogne-Sur-Mer, France. Aalborg, Denmark. Constanta, Romania. Galway, Ireland. San Sebastian, Basque Country, Spain. Nicosia, Cyprus. Istanbul, Turkey. These and a few other European cities have held workshops on how Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) can be used to promote several goals within a wide range of marine hot topics. EurOcean, as a partner in the MARINA project organised a workshop in Faro, Portugal.

The initiatives addressed marine litter, fisheries, coastal erosion, tourism, aquaculture, marine protected areas, among other cross-cutting issues that are currently top priorities in the marine and coastal zone management in Europe and around the world.

Many participation methods were employed in order to collect stakeholder perceptions and suggestions. World Café and Structured Democratic Dialogue Process were two of the most used methods and proved to be excellent in terms of having an enthusiastic group of stakeholders engaged.

All over Europe, stakeholders took part in the workshops to suggest and vote on ideas and actions. The results were used to develop roadmaps to guide researchers and policy makers towards the six goals of RRI: public engagement, open science, science education, gender equality, ethics and new governance models. These roadmaps will also act as statements on what is the common vision of those who live, work, use or leisure along Europe’s coasts and seas.

Curious about what your fellow citizens decided for your country´s coast?

Ever wondered what people in other countries feel about an issue you face where you live?

Heard about the MARINA events but could not attend any?

Concerned that your voice is not being heard about a marine issue?

Access the project’s platform, create your profile and explore the results of these workshops. We are building a community concerned with the marine environment and everyone is welcome to join and contribute with knowledge. There are many ways for you to be involved and take advantage of this tool.

This first round of workshops will be followed by a series of international ones and many more at local level until 2019. Make sure you don’t miss them! 

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