Organisers are looking to gather information about coastal events for European Maritime Day 2021

Organisers are looking to gather information about coastal events for European Maritime Day 2021

The 2021 edition of the European Maritime Day is looking to gather information about coastal events between April and October this year. 

Organisers can submit details of their (online) European Maritime Day events to the European Commission. As a reward, the Commission is offering #EMDinMyCountry gadgets and some free publicity. 

Like in previous years, a wide variety of local event will be gathered under the ‘EMD In My Country’ banner. As well as attracting thousands of participants, past events have raised awareness about the importance of protecting the marine environment. 

This year is also the first of a United Nation’s decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. And ‘Life below water’ is one of the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. 

What kind of events qualify? 

Many different types of events or actions could qualify, for example, the EMD website lists the following: 

“Beach-cleanups, guided tours of ports, art exhibitions, workshops, conferences, seminars, exhibitions on maritime themes, ocean literacy actions, eco-tours and walks in areas with significant maritime heritage, boat excursions, visits to maritime museums, ships, aquaria, shipyards etc.” 

But even other actions could qualify. Especially if they have a ‘fun and game’ element that would appeal to a younger public. 

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How do I register my event? 

You just need to go to the European Commission website and share some details. 

Register your event. 

What’s happening in Den Helder? 

The European Maritime Day initiative also includes a two-day meeting where ‘ocean leaders’ can discuss issues of relevance to coastal communities. This year’s event will take a ‘hybrid’ approach, with a limited number of attendees if possible. However, by also hosting the conference online, it promises to be “easier than ever to join the event”. 

The City of Den Helder, the Province of Noord-Holland and the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management will host this year’s conference. 

The festival of the seas, the European Maritime Day (EMD) congress, is an annual two-day gathering for the maritime sector.  

Because of COVID-19, the 2021 edition will be a hybrid event from theater De Kampanje! This means that no matter where you are, you can simply participate and do not miss anything. In addition to the hybrid streaming sessions, people can also participate in workshops, follow interviews and take a virtual tour of the conference location and other locations in and around Den Helder and in the region. This is done via EMDtv, a video channel that has been specially developed for this hybrid meeting. 

Although it is not possible to network in the usual way, as in previous editions, there are sufficient opportunities for the participants to catch up with colleagues, exchange experiences and opinions, present successes and learn more about the latest developments in the field. area of maritime policy. 

During the EMD conference, the ‘leaders of the sea’ from all over Europe meet. The EMD focuses on professionals from the business community, governments and government institutions, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and scientists who are active in, on or around the sea, also known as the ‘blue economy’. 

The conference offers an interactive experience and opportunities to be informed about the everything that has to do with the seas and oceans. At this congress, many top speakers will take the stage and there will be multiple physical and virtual meeting sessions (so-called break-out sessions) and project sessions, organized by industry stakeholders and departments of the European Commission. In addition, numerous business contacts take place between companies. 

The preliminary program with policy sessions and workshops on fifteen maritime themes, given by various players from the maritime world, has recently been published on the European Maritime Day website . 

The European Maritime Day 2021 is organized by the European Commission, the municipality of Den Helder, the Province of Noord-Holland and the Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management. 

The EMD has been taking place since 2008 and usually attracts about 1,000 participants. Next year the EMD will be held in Ravenna (Italy), in 2023 in Brest (France) and in 2024 in Svendborg (Denmark). 


European Maritime Day is looking for your events in 2021 

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