9:15 - 17:00 CEST


On 7 June, the European Research Executive Agency (REA) and the European Commission are organising a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions event on how to protect and restore our ocean and waters through Research and Innovation (R&I).

The event will convene researchers, experts and EU policymakers, to explore how R&I can help achieve the objectives of the EU Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters”

Discussions will focus on topics such as protecting and restoring marine and freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity, preventing and eliminating pollution, as well as making the blue economy carbon-neutral and circular.

The event will bring together excellent projects and researchers funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), as well as other research and innovation initiatives, such as the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

The event is part of the Commission’s multiple actions aimed at enhancing policy feedback practices and synergies across EU programmes. It will showcase outstanding EU-funded projects, that propose solutions to some of the challenges increasingly affecting European rivers, coasts and seas.

The cluster event will also contribute to the implementation and monitoring of EU policy objectives, such as the Zero Pollution Action Plan for Water, Air and Soil or the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

Registration until 31 May.


Monday 07 June 2022

  • 09:30 – 09:40: Welcome session, knowing the audience
  • 09:40 – 10:20: Roundtable: Restoring our Ocean and waters through R&I
    • Jean-Eric PAQUET, Director-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), European Commission;
    • Kestutis SADAUSKAS, Deputy Director-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE);
    • Viviane HOFFMANN, Deputy Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC);
    • Marc TACHELET, Director of the European Research Executive Agency (REA).
  • 10:30 – 11:30: Panel 1: Protect and restore marine and freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity
    • Martin WILKES, Essex University, KEEPFISH project: Knowledge Exchange for Efficient Passage of Fishes in the Southern Hemisphere, MSCA RISE;
    • Finn-Arne WELTZIEN; Norges Miljo-Og Biovitenskaplige Universitet. Project IMPRESS: Improved production strategies for endangered freshwater species. MSCA-ITN-ETN;
    • Kerstin JEROSCH, Alfred Wegener Institute, CoastCarb project: Coastal ecosystem carbon balance in times of rapid glacier melt, MSCA RISE;
    • David MARCH; The University Of Exeter. Project MOVEMED: Linking Human Mobility and Marine Megafauna Movement in the Mediterranean Sea for a better integration of Blue Growth MSCA-IF-EF;
    • Murray Roberts; iAtlantic project: Integrated Assessment of Atlantic Marine Ecosystems in Space and Time (Blue Growth (H2020-BG-2018-2020));
    • Carmen GALINDO; EIT Food. Project EIT Community Water Scarcity, finding innovative solutions for water scarcity in Southern Europe (EIT Cross-KIC initiative).
  • 11:45 – 12:45: Panel 2: Prevent and eliminate pollution
    • Carmen SANS MAZÓN, University of Barcelona, KNOWPEC project: Knowledge for pesticides control, MSCA RISE;
    • Vitor Manuel VASCONCELOS, Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR), EMERTOX project: Emergent Marine Toxins in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean: New Approaches to Assess their Occurrence and Future Scenarios in the Framework of Global Environmental Changes, MSCA RISE;
    • Joao FRIAS, Higher Education Authority Ireland, CAROLINE project: Collaborative Research Fellowships For A Responsive And Innovative Europe, MSCA COFUND;
    • Berta BONET, University of Birmingham, NanoToX project: Does Climate Change Enhance The Nanoparticle Toxicity Of Freshwater Biofilms? MSCA IF;
    • Bert Van Bavel; EUROqCHARM project: EUROpean quality Controlled Harmonization Assuring Reproducible Monitoring and assessment of plastic pollution (H2020 Connecting economic and environmental gains – Circular Economy CE-SC5-29-2020: A common European framework to harmonise procedures for plastics pollution monitoring and assessments).
  • 14:30 – 15:30: Panel 3: Sustainable, climate-neutral and circular blue economy
    • Konstantinos GARDIKIS, APIVITA, ALGAE4A-B project: Development of Microalgae-based novel high added-value products for the Cosmetic and Aquaculture industry, MSCA RISE;
    • Martin ZIMMER, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, PADDLE project: Planning in A liquiD worlD with tropicaL StakEs: solutions from an EU-Africa-Brazil perspective, MSCA RISE;
    • Yuzhu LI, Technical University of Denmark, COFUNDfellowsDTU project: H.C. Ørsted Fellows Programme, MSCA COFUND;
    • Biswajit BASU, Trinity College Dublin, ICONN project: European Industrial Doctorate On Offshore Wind And Wave Energy, MSCA ITN.
  • 15:45 – 16:15: EU funding & dissemination opportunities
    • John HANUS & Marlène BARTES, European Commission.
  • 16:15 – 16:45: Q&A session and final wrap up

For more information about this event, please click here.



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