We have two upcoming events as part of our output delivery – see the links on the left to our Scenarios workshop and Closing Event.
We attend a variety of local, national and international events to engage with different groups of stakeholders. Our Outreach Record details those we have attended so far:
You can find more information on a selection of these events below.
European Maritime Day
SIMCelt organised a workshop in collaboration with partners BalticScope and NorthSee at EMD in Poole in May. Each project shared experiences from the Baltic, North and Celtic Seas to consider specific issues in transboundary MSP implementation. Participants then joined in the “Living Q” exercise from NorthSEE to examine interactively, how stakeholder subjectivity influences transnational cooperation. Participants explored various statements relating to MSP and had to decide whether they agreed or disagreed with them through a relative ranking process.
The MaPSIS Conference was an open forum for researchers, policy and decision makers, professionals and other stakeholders to discuss three main themes including Maritime Spatial Planning & Blue Growth, Marine strategies & environmental planning and Marine/Maritime Information Systems.
Joseph O. Ansong presented on SIMCelt, discussing the importance of cross border cooperation in the implementation of maritime spatial planning which was one of the major recommendations from the conference. The conference also afforded the opportunity to interact with researchers and decision makers from other member states in the Atlantic and advertise the SIMCelt final conference. Abstract authors and presenters at the conference have also been invited to publish in the MaPSIS Ocean & Coastal Management Special Issue.
MSP Paris 2017
The 2nd International conference on MSP took place in Paris in March organised by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO (IOC) and the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries of the European Commission. SIMCelt was represented by our poster submissions and exhibition stand.
Joseph O. Ansong from MaREI-University College Cork presented as part of the session on Institutional Capacity Development for MSP. He highlighted some of the EU MSP Capacity building initiatives through MSP education/ training and through research projects like SIMCelt. As a beneficiary of the Erasmus Mundus Masters Course on Maritime Spatial Planning, he discussed his academic experiences during the 2 year course, its contribution and progression into another EU capacity building initiative (SIMCelt) and how the project is building institutional capacity for MSP through partnership and cooperation among planning authorities and stakeholders.
Atlantic Stakeholders Platform
European Commissioner of Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Karmenu Vella was introduced to the SIMCelt project, meeting project co-ordinator Linda O’Higgins and learning about our board game.
We presented our MSP challenge game in a workshop which briefly introduced the concept of the game and how to play it. It prompted some interesting discussions and feedback ahead of its use as a stakeholder engagement tool in the Clyde region of Scotland.