We work together on projects that promote a society of Ocean Literate citizens
BRIDGE-BS (Advancing Black Sea Research and Innovation to co-Develop Blue Growth within Resilient Ecosystems) is a 54-month project funded under Horizon2020 Programme and led by the Middle East Technical University Institute of Marine Sciences (METU IMS) (Turkey).
BRIDGE-BS proposes a multidisciplinary, multisectoral program building on regional and international initiatives as a critical contribution to the science-based policy needed to preserve the Black Sea ecosystems for the benefit of citizens dependent upon their sustainability.
The project will develop predictive tools and capabilities necessary to understand and predict the impacts of climate-driven and anthropogenic multi-stressors on the services stemming from Black Sea ecosystems. These services and their responses to stressors will be mapped, monitored and modeled in order to identify a safe operating space within which a sustainable blue economy can flourish. To this end, BRIDGE-BS is structured around “three” interconnected nodes: Service Dynamics, Blue Growth Incubators and Empowered Citizens.
Among its activities, BRIDGE-BS will train and strengthen collaborations between scientists and stakeholders, as well as policy makers, industry representatives and societal interest groups. It will also educate, train and stimulate interactions between the public, future generations of marine scientists and entrepreneurs as well as motivate and engage policy-makers, aiming to create a connected Black Sea community, strengthened by a new generation of researchers and innovators to address emerging Black Sea challenges.
EMSEA will create under BRIDGE-BS a regional seas group: EMSEA Black Sea.
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Project co-funded by the European Union
Applications to become a European Blue School
The program challenges schools to Find the Blue and explore their connections to the ocean while creating networks all across Europe. Schools that take up the Find the Blue challenge shall identify an ocean-based topic that is relevant to their students, and collaborate with their pupils to create a school project. The aim is to make the ocean a relevant part of the school curriculum through project-based learning. Student ownership, collaborations with other organizations and people involved with the ocean,and creating a community with the same passion will be key values of these projects. By successfully completing the Find the Blue challenge, schools will receive a European Blue School certification.
Applications are accepted between 1 February 2021 and 15 May 2021
Apply here
Becoming a European Blue School, teacher workshops spring 2021
EMSEA is co-organising a two-part workshop series will focus on becoming a European Blue School by developing school projects on one of the three ocean and sea issues: Food from the Ocean, Climate and Ocean, Healthy and Clean Ocean. Our partners are Ciencia Viva, European Schoolnet/Scientix and EMODNET. 
Each online workshop includes two sessions of two hours. It features breakout room presentations and exercises on one of the three topics by marine scientists and experienced educators from the EMSEA network who are renowned experts in their disciplines, small working group discussions and professional guidance to develop a project and become a European Blue School.
The webinars are designed for teachers of students of all ages and at grade levels. Teachers in science, arts, languages, sports, economics, and other school subjects are all invited to participate.
More information is found here
Sealogy event: Engaging Italian schools for the ocean
In this workshop at Sealogy (19-21 November), EMSEA and the NGO Ocean Literacy Italia introduce the concept of a European Blue School and explore how Italian schools and ocean professionals can take part, build connections and become engaged in the Network of European Blue Schools.
Coinvolgere le scuole italiane per l’oceano
In questo workshop introduciamo il concetto di Scuola Blu Europea ed esploriamo come le scuole italiane e i professionisti dell’oceano possono prendere parte, costruire connessioni e impegnarsi nella Rete delle Scuole Blu Europee.
When: Online, 20 November 2020, 14:00 – 15:30
Where: Platform SEALOGY® - Il Salone Europeo sulla Blue Economy - The European Exhibition on Blue Economy
Organizator:  SEALOGY® in collaboration NGO Ocean Literacy Italia, EU4Ocean and EMSEA (European Marine Science Educators Association).
Credits SEALOGY® partners of the European Commission within the framework VET WEEK1 2020
Lingua-language: English/Italian
13:45 – 14:00 Welcome and registration of the Participants
14:00 – 14:20 opening
Introduction by chairman Evy Copejans, European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA), project manager European Blue Schools (EU4Ocean)
14:15 – 15:10
Panel and breakout room discussions on obstacles and opportunities to develop a Find the Blue Challenge together with schools
- Francesca Alvisi, marine geologist, CNR-ISMAR (National Research Council - Institute of Marine Sciences) research scientist, NGO Ocean Literacy Italia Scientific Committee member;
- Marco Ruscelli, professor and principal of the lower secondary school Viale della Resistenza of Cesena (Italy), II level University Master in School Management;
- Giulia Realdon, biologist, teacher trainer and education researcher, EMSEA board members, NGO Ocean Literacy Italia, EGU (European Geoscience Union) Education Field Officer for Italy
15:10 – 15:30 Conclusion
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Black Sea Workshop: European Blue Schools
On 28th October EMSEA co-organised an online meeting with the ocean literacy stakeholders from the Black Sea Basin, to discuss how the Network of European Blue Schools can accelerate the process of schools and students becoming agents of change. This event was organised by BSUN, in collaboration with Black Sea CONNECT Consortium, Mare Nostrum, EMSEA and Ciencia Viva.
The Black Sea workshop aimed to bring together all those stakeholders eager to contribute to ocean education in the Black Sea region.  In the Black Sea region, many initiatives where schools and ocean stakeholders collaborate already exist. The Network of European Blue Schools can bring these projects under the attention of both the Black Sea community and other sea basins, thus creating more opportunities to share and learn from each other, ensuring that knowledge and skills can be built upon.
The workshop was planned on 28th October from 13.00 to 15.00 (EET)
You can find the detailed programme here.
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EU4Ocean workshops
On 24 and 25 September 2020, a series of interactive and participatory online workshops were held to serve as a platform for founding members and key stakeholders and present their ambition, organisation, process and tools put in place for supporting collective action for each of the three communities of the EU4Ocean Coalition.
EU4Ocean Coalition
EU4Ocean Coalition
EMSEA is a partner in the EU4Ocean Coalition which aims to unite the voice of Europeans regarding ocean literacy and the sustainable management of the ocean.
The consortium combines EU-wide activities with actions dedicated to the Arctic Ocean, the Atlantic Ocean (including the North Sea), the Baltic Sea, the Black Sea, the Mediterranean Sea and the global ocean. 
The coalition is made up of three components:
EMSEA is managing the Network of European Blue Schools together with Ciencia Viva and is a founding member of the EU4Ocean Platform.
Go to to become a member of the EU4Ocean web community.
EU4Ocean is a project funded by the European Commission and implemented by a consortium of 12 partners across Europe, which includes: ACTeon (France, coordinator), Seascape Belgium (Secretariat of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) and the European Atlas of the Seas (EAS), the European Marine Board (EMB), Nausicaá-National Sea Centre (France), the World Ocean Network (WON), Ciência Viva (Portugal), the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA), Ecologic Institute (Germany), the European Centre for Information on Marine Science and Technology (EurOcean), S.Pro (secretariat of Submariners), MARE Nostrum (Romania), European Schoolnet, and Farah Yasmin Obaidullah (the Netherlands, freelance campaigner, founder & director of Women4Oceans