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International conference "Baltic Marine Innovation Forum"

2009-02-24

On the 15th of May 2009 an international conference "Baltic Marine Innovation Forum" was held in Klaipėda (Lithuania). The Conference was devoted to the integrated European marine policy agenda and promotion of innovative maritime solutions, with a special emphasis on the Baltic Sea Region. The importance of the topic is especially highlighted in the context of the Baltic Sea Strategy, which is currently under development and which would stand for a pilot policy project for the whole Region.

Due to its specific geographical location, the Baltic Sea is unique in the European Union. Being an "internal" sea of the EU, the Baltic Sea plays a crucial role in ensuring effective connections for regional and international transport flows. However, maintaining high environmental standards in the Baltic Sea is a key factor in providing the region with adequate social and environmental living conditions. This challenge can be successfully addressed with innovative maritime transport solutions, which are at the core of sustainable transport, providing conditions for economic growth and guaranteeing environmental protection.

The Conference "Baltic Marine Innovation Forum" dealed with the innovative projects and technologies developed in the Baltic Sea Region, in the context of the integrated European marine policy and the Baltic Sea Strategy. The Conference was a key event in a one week-long exhibition, taking place on the 9 - 15 of May, during which concrete innovation projects were presented.

The objectives of the Conference were to illuminate the advantages of innovative maritime solutions for business, society and the environment; explore the added value of innovations in regional and European policy coordination initiatives, such as the Baltic Sea Strategy and European Marine and Maritime Research Strategy; and acknowledge best practice examples of maritime research and business activities by dedicating a Windrose 2009 award.

A number of high-profile officials took part in the event, with Ms Åsa Torstensson, Swedish Minister for Communications, Ms Lena Gustafsson, Director General of the Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems (VINNOVA), Mr. Markku Mylly, Director General of Finnish Maritime Administration and Mr. Kari Liuhto, Director of Turku School of EconomicsPan-European Institute, among others. In this way a wide range of high-ranking representatives from the public sector, business and academic society was gathered.

Organizers of the Conference:

Klaipėda University

The association "Baltic Valley"

International Business Magazine "JŪRA MOPE SEA"

Klaipėda Science and Technology Park

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