Definition of a EuroMarine Strategic Agenda to support Blue Growth sectors through the Enhancement of Human resourcesInternal

a focus on fisheries, aquaculture, and seafood processing


Activity Overview

Type: Working group
Start Date: May 27, 2019
End Date: May 29, 2019
Host: CNR
Venue: IAS-CNR, Unit of CAPO GRANITOLA, Via del Mare 3, 91021 – Torretta Granitola, Fraz. Campobello di Mazara TP, Sicily, Italy
Contact: Mr. Bernardo Patti
E-mail: bernardo.patti [at]
Funding Call: EuroMarine 2018 call for FWS and WG proposals
Total Budget: €7,000
Funds Granted: €5,000

Skills development is key for enabling Blue Growth promoting foresight analyses of the ocean. This working group will therefore define a strategic agenda to identify essential training topics for the next generation of marine scientists as well as specific training needs in the extensive framework of Blue Growth, paying particular attention to Fisheries, Aquaculture and Seafood Processing (FASP) sectors. This strategic agenda aims at paving the way for a suitable environment for the development of human resources and the transfer of know-how, while promoting a transdisciplinary approach and enhancing cross-border collaboration in marine research and education.


The Working Group is divided into three main parts/goals:

  1. Establishment of training needs in support of Blue Growth, to be addressed through presentations by invited speakers and a round table. There will also be a showcase of relevant initiatives and best practice sharing.
  2. Identification of optimal MSc, PhD courses and Postdoc training able to join competences from academic and non-academic sectors (fostering of T-Skills).
  3. Proposal of operative tools/instruments to support the training of marine scientists and professionals, with special emphasis on the identified training needs. 


  1. A strategy document listing possible concrete actions to be undertaken 
  2. A letter of intent for the appointment of a EuroMarine delegate in other working groups
  3. A 'Call for Actions' activity in support of Blue Human Resources


Expected impacts include further uptakes of the working group's outputs in relevant strategies, programmes, and initiatives, including the FOOD2030 Strategy and the joint calls to be launched by the ERANET COFUND on Blue Bioeconomy. Enhanced cooperation will be pursued according to EuroMarine principles, also addressing actions aimed at supporting the development of R&I marine and maritime policy frameworks at macro-regional level, with specific regard to the BLUEMED Initiative for blue jobs and growth in the Mediterranean area, the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance, the BONUS EEIG, and the works of the Black Sea Commission.

Participants at the workshop in Sicily, 27-29 May 2019. 


The Working Group convened for a workshop on 27-29 May 2019 at the premises of the Italian National Research Council (CNR) in Sicily, Italy. The attendees sought to outline the primary goal of the Working Group – the publication of a Strategic Agenda (SA) on the “Enhancement of Human Resources in support of the Blue Growth”. This document is intended to address proposals for the identification of concrete EuroMarine actions in support of Blue Growth through interdisciplinary training and mobility, focusing on the FASP as case study key sector and addressing relevant features of the Mediterranean Sea within the perspective of an EU regional framework approach. 

The collaboration of the Working Group has addressed activities aimed at supporting the development of marine and maritime research and innovation policy frameworks at the macro-regional level. The members of the Working Group expect its impacts to include the further uptake of its outputs in relevant strategies, programmes, initiatives, and actions, including the FOOD2030 Strategy and the joint calls to be launched by the ERANET COFUND on Blue Bioeconomy.

The next steps for the Working Group include sharing the SA with the EuroMarine General Assembly, followed by an effort to maximise its impact through the targeted dissemination of its outcomes (beginning with the EHUSEA SA) and encouraging the uptake of its recommendations in all relevant fora. Once the plan for the SA has been agreed upon and published, this page will include a link to it.