After a first session organized by the Managing Authority of INTERREG MED in Nice, France on Nov 9, 2016, InnoBlueGrowth partners gathered for the Kick-Off-Meeting that was held on 12-14 December, 2016 in Athens, at the School of Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering of the National Technical University.

The issues discussed included:

  • The Finalization of the project’s first deliverables, e.g. mapping of the community: modular project partners, associate partners, potential stakeholders and key players in Blue Growth.
  •  The Action plans for strategic communication, community building and capitalization of synergies.
  • The Virtual meetings with InnoBlueGrowth associate partners and the partners of the assigned modular projects.
  • The Drafting of the agenda for the launch community event that will be held in Rome, Italy, on March 30-31, 2017.

Effective as of 27 September, 2016 INTERREG MED’s InnoBlueGrowth “Horizontal Communication & Capitalization project for Innovation in Blue Growth at Mediterranean level” has started its activities.

Led by the National Interuniversity Consortium for Marine Sciences (CoNISMa), the partnership counts on the experiences of the Association of Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce and Industry (ASCAME), the Intermediterranean Commission of the Conference of Peripheral Maritime Regions (CPMR), Plan Bleu, the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), and the University of Montenegro.

InnoBlueGrowth’s main objective is to ensure the communication and capitalization activities of the “modular” projects (studying, testing and capitalizing projects) dealing with Blue Growth issues in order to increase their impacts towards common identified targets.

In the case of the InnoBlueGrowth, these activities are focused on the increase of the transnational activity of innovative clusters and networks of key sectors of the Mediterranean area.

InnoBlueGrowth shall implement concrete actions—a communication strategy, community building initiatives and capitalization events, among others—to build a real community of modular projects, dealing with Blue Growth. This innovative community will allow the reinforcement of the cross-cutting and integrated approach between modular projects and transnational key stakeholders, which is a sine qua non condition to support Mediterranean clusters in their transnational activities processes.
Three modular projects have been already assigned to InnoBlueGrowth, entitled MAESTRALE, PELAGOS and PROteuS that respectively focus on blue, sustainable energy developments and maritime surveillance for the last one. More modular projects are expected to be assigned to InnoBlueGrowth over the coming years making thus an expanded blue growth community.
For further information on InnoBlueGrowth activities please contact:

Mrs. Caterina Praticò (project’s coordinator)
CoNISMa – Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze del Mare Piazzale Flaminio, 9 – 00196 Roma
phone: +39 3381774756