MSCA Cluster event on Mission Ocean and Waters

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Tags: MSCA | EU missions

    07/06/2022 - 16:15
    Belgium, Brussels
    European Research Executive Agency (REA), European Commission

The European Research Executive Agency (REA) and the European Commission are organising a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions event on the EU Mission “Restore our Ocean and Waters”.

The event will convene researchers, experts and EU policymakers to explore how research and innovation can help protecting and restoring oceans and waters to achieve the mission’s objectives.

Protecting and restoring marine and freshwater ecosystems

Discussions will focus on topics such as protecting and restoring marine and freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity, preventing and eliminating pollution, as well as making the blue economy carbon-neutral and circular.

The event will bring together excellent projects and researchers funded under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA), as well as other research and innovation initiatives, such as the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT).

The event is part of the Commission’s multiple actions aimed at enhancing policy feedback practices and synergies across EU programmes. It will showcase outstanding EU-funded projects that propose solutions to some of the challenges increasingly affecting European rivers, coasts and seas.

The cluster event will also contribute to the implementation and monitoring of EU policy objectives, such as the Zero Pollution Action Plan for Water, Air and Soil or the Marine Strategy Framework Directive.

Experts from Europe and beyond are invited to join the event and register by 31 May 2022.

Useful links

European Institute of Innovation and Technology

Practical information







Monday 07 June 2022

09:30 - 09:40: Welcome session, knowing the audience

09:40 - 10:20: Roundtable: Restoring our Ocean and waters through R&I

  • Jean-Eric PAQUET, Director-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD), European Commission; 

  • Kestutis SADAUSKAS, Deputy Director-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE);

  • Viviane HOFFMANN, Deputy Director-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC);  

  • Marc TACHELET, Director of the European Research Executive Agency (REA).

10:30 - 11:30: Panel 1: Protect and restore marine and freshwater ecosystems and biodiversity

  • Martin WILKES, Essex University, KEEPFISH project: Knowledge Exchange for Efficient Passage of Fishes in the Southern Hemisphere, MSCA RISE;

  • Finn-Arne WELTZIEN; Norges Miljo-Og Biovitenskaplige Universitet. Project IMPRESS: Improved production strategies for endangered freshwater species. MSCA-ITN-ETN;

  • Kerstin JEROSCH, Alfred Wegener Institute, CoastCarb project: Coastal ecosystem carbon balance in times of rapid glacier melt, MSCA RISE; 

  • Murray Roberts; iAtlantic project: Integrated Assessment of Atlantic Marine Ecosystems in Space and Time (Blue Growth (H2020-BG-2018-2020));

  • Carmen GALINDO; EIT Food. Project EIT Community Water Scarcity, finding innovative solutions for water scarcity in Southern Europe (EIT Cross-KIC initiative).

11:45 - 12:45: Panel 2: Prevent and eliminate pollution

  • Carmen SANS MAZÓN, University of Barcelona, KNOWPEC project: Knowledge for pesticides control, MSCA RISE; 

  • Vitor Manuel VASCONCELOS, Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIIMAR), EMERTOX project: Emergent Marine Toxins in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean: New Approaches to Assess their Occurrence and Future Scenarios in the Framework of Global Environmental Changes, MSCA RISE; 

  • Joao FRIASMarine and Freshwater Research Centre, Atlantic Technological University, CAROLINE project: Managing for Microplastics: baselines to inform policy stakeholders, MSCA COFUND; 

  • Berta BONET, University of Birmingham, NanoToX project: Does Climate Change Enhance The Nanoparticle Toxicity Of Freshwater Biofilms? MSCA IF;

  • Bert Van Bavel; EUROqCHARM project: EUROpean quality Controlled Harmonization Assuring Reproducible Monitoring and assessment of plastic pollution (H2020 Connecting economic and environmental gains – Circular Economy CE-SC5-29-2020: A common European framework to harmonise procedures for plastics pollution monitoring and assessments).

14:30 - 15:30: Panel 3: Sustainable, climate-neutral and circular blue economy

  • Konstantinos GARDIKIS, APIVITA, ALGAE4A-B project: Development of Microalgae-based novel high added-value products for the Cosmetic and Aquaculture industry, MSCA RISE;  

  • Martin ZIMMER, Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research, PADDLE project: Planning in A liquiD worlD with tropicaL StakEs: solutions from an EU-Africa-Brazil perspective, MSCA RISE;  

  • Yuzhu LI, Technical University of Denmark, COFUNDfellowsDTU project: H.C. Ørsted Fellows Programme, MSCA COFUND;  

  • Biswajit BASU, Trinity College Dublin, ICONN project: European Industrial Doctorate On Offshore Wind And Wave Energy, MSCA ITN;

  • David  MARCH; The University Of Exeter. Project MOVEMED: Linking Human Mobility and Marine Megafauna Movement in the Mediterranean Sea for a better integration of Blue Growth MSCA-IF-EF.  

15:45 - 16:15: EU funding & dissemination opportunities

  • John HANUS & Marlène BARTES, European Commission. 

16:15 - 16:45: Q&A session and final wrap up

What are EU Missions?

EU Missions are a new ambitious initiative launched in the frame of Horizon EuropeSearch for available translations of the preceding linkEN•••, the EU’s framework programme for Research and Innovation (2021-2027). They represent a new way of bringing concrete solutions to some of our greatest challenges, by defining ambitious goals and delivering concrete results by 2030. The five Missions are:

  • Adaptation to Climate Change;

  • Cancer;

  • Restore our Ocean and Waters;

  • Climate-neutral and Smart Cities;

  • A Soil Deal for Europe.

EU Missions put research and innovation into a new role, combined with new forms of governance and collaboration, as well as citizens’ engagement (including youth).

More information: EU Missions in Horizon Europe | European Commission (europa.eu)Search for available translations of the preceding linkEN•••

EU Mission Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030

This Mission will help achieve the marine and freshwater targets of the European Green Deal, such as protecting 30% of the EU’s sea area and restoring marine eco-systems and 25.000 km of free-flowing rivers. 

As one of its objectives, the Mission will prevent and eliminate pollution by, for example, reducing plastic litter at sea, nutrient losses and use of chemical pesticides by 50%. It will also contribute to make the blue economy climate-neutral and circular with net-zero maritime emissions.

Cross-cutting enabling actions will support these objectives, in particular public mobilisation and engagement, as well as a digital ocean and water knowledge system, known as Digital Twin OceanSearch for available translations of the preceding linkEN•••.

More information: EU Mission: Restore our Ocean and Waters | European Commission (europa.eu)Search for available translations of the preceding linkEN•••

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA)

The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) are part of the EU’s framework programmes for research and innovation. They support the training, career development and mobility of researchers in all scientific domains, at all stages of their careers and from all over the world. The MSCA fund the development of excellent doctoral and postdoctoral programmes, as well as international, cross-sectoral and institutional collaboration, contributing to knowledge transfer and scientific breakthroughs.

From 2014 to 2020, the MSCA funded the mobility and career development of around 65.000 researchers, including 25.000 doctoral candidates, through over 1.000 doctoral programmes and almost 10.000 postdoctoral fellowships. The MSCA are the most international part of the Horizon 2020 programme, accounting for more than 50% of all participations of third countries.

In the area of ocean and water research, the MSCA have supported more than 720 projects to date: 610 postdoctoral fellowships, 56 doctoral programmes, 23 collaborative staff exchange projects, and 20 co-funded PhD and postdoctoral training programmes.