Symposium 'Future Coast – Europe'Internal


Activity Overview

Type: Foresight Workshop
Start Date: October 5, 2015
End Date: October 7, 2015
Venue: Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities, Berlin (Germany)
Contact: Nicole Schmidt
E-mail: [at]
Funding Call: EuroMarine 2014 Call for Proposals
Total Budget: €64,000
Funds Granted: €15,000

Manager(s): Ulrich Bathmann, Nicole Schmidt
Co-organiser(s): Bernard Kloareg, David Turner

This foresight workshop will bring together 150 scientific experts from institutions involved in coastal research to assist in delivering a comprehensive approach to European coastal seas research. The aim is to bring together institutions in coastal research in order to discuss research topics and identify model regions which already have a good research data basis but would benefit from enhanced transdisciplinary concerted action and transnational synergies. Participants will discuss their research in relation to European policies and policy developments in order to set up plans for demonstrated integrated coastal zone management.

The anticipated outcome will be demonstrated actions for the next steps in integrated coastal zone management which will benefit from transnational activities. These will form the scientific backbone for a joint European initiative. The follow-up EU project will create a major internationally competitive network in integrated coastal zone management and is expected to bring its achievements from the European to the international level by contributing to the global discussion of sustainable development goals within the framework of Future Earth. Using suitable funding schemes through Horizon 2020 will assist in advancing the achievements from the European to the international level. 

Future Coast Symposium participants

The Future Coast meeting intended to identify needs for the next step to integrate coastal and regional seas research. Suitable study areas and exemplary approaches were discussed. The group proposed to focus future integrative research in coastal and regional seas on pressures due to global change and their impact. To analyse potential hazards, to assess the risk for communities or societies and to translate scientific findings into informed decision making, a system approach is required, linking drivers, their interactions, potential impacts and responses. The symposium proved that there is already a good scientific basis with many initiatives throughout Europe. The challenge is to unravel this and to identify and fill gaps, in particular at the interface of natural and social sciences.

The overall outcome of the symposium was the intention to develop a network or hub in coastal sciences to follow up on the discussions, to connect knowledge and to intensify the identification of future research needs. One avenue to pursue this would be a proposal for a COST action, to facilitate expert fora to create interest groups and encourage further collaborative research. The long-term objective would be to provide scientifically based information or products for decision making and European policies. Most of the 120 participants of the symposium had a background in natural sciences and it remains a challenge to address scientists from economics and law. This expertise provided a starting point to further develop joint research approaches at the interface of natural and social sciences.


  • The EuroMarine symposium indeed brought together quite a number of good researchers and research teams with dedicated research sites.
  • It was decided that the COST programme was not quite the right scheme to meet the objectives, alternative options are being explored.