Conferences and Meetings

Biennial Conference 2016 – Registration now open!

Latest news: 27th September 2016
Registration for this event has now closed.

The Irish Sea Maritime Forum’s Biennial Conference which will take place on Wednesday 28th September 2016 at the dlr LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire, Ireland. The themes for this year’s Conference are Maritime Spatial Planning and Managing Dynamic Coasts. For more information on the Conference please see our Biennial Conference page.

Tying the Celtic Knot – creating lasting partnerships for the Celtic Seas, Dublin 18-19 October 2016

Registration is now open for the third and final international workshop of the Celtic Seas Partnership project. The event will take place at Croke Park in Dublin on 18th and 19th of October 2016.

The event will showcase the final outputs of this exciting project and find ways of ensuring that the work that’s been developed with stakeholders during the project is sustained beyond the life of the project. Delegates will have the opportunity to:

  • review a series of future scenarios and discuss what they mean for the management of the Celtic Seas
  • identify ways of continuing to work together at the Celtic Seas scale
  • put questions to a panel of policy makers and experts

There will also be an opportunity to showcase work and invite others to collaborate. The work should involve engagement with stakeholders, working across boundaries or sectors and relate to marine policy. The deadline for applications to exhibit is 31st August.

Full details, including the draft programme, and how to register are available here.

Save the Date – ISMF Biennial Conference

We are pleased to announce that the Irish Sea Maritime Forum’s Biennial Conference will take place this year on Wednesday 28th September at the dlr LexIcon, Dun Laoghaire, Republic of Ireland. The main themes for the conference will be Maritime Spatial Planning and Policies for a Dynamic Coast. The conference is being held one day after DG MARE’s Atlantic Stakeholder Platform event which takes place in Croke Park, Dublin.

Further information on the ISMF conference and how to register will appear here shortly.

Sea Scotland Conference

The Inaugural Sea Scotland Conference will take place in Dundee on 15th-16th June 2016. This aims to bring together 150 stakeholders for Scotland-focussed dialogue and knowledge exchange to support a progressive approach to marine planning. The Conference will feature talks (including one from Charles Ehler of Ocean Visions Consulting), presentations and opportunities for networking with other organisations. For further information on the event and registration click HERE.

Implementing the Atlantic Action Plan – 2nd UK National Workshop on Funding and Project Development

Wednesday 9th December 2015
Merseyside Maritime Museum, Albert Dock, Liverpool

Organisers: DG MARE, Irish Sea Maritime Forum and the UK Support Team for the Atlantic Action Plan.

This free-to-attend event will provide an update on the Atlantic Action Plan and the role of the UK Support Team in assisting stakeholders to develop project ideas for funding, an update of those funding opportunities (including INTERREG) and an update on blue growth in the UK. Contact points for funding bodies will be present at this event, and participants will also have the opportunity to meet other stakeholders with an interest in developing projects of relevance to the Atlantic Area. The afternoon will consist of parallel workshops and the organisers are seeking expressions of interest from stakeholders wishing to organise/contribute to the workshop sessions.

For more information and to register your place follow this link.

Background to the event:

The UK has huge potential for blue growth, both in creating jobs and contributing to economic development. The European Commission’s Atlantic Strategy is all about capitalising on these opportunities – the aim is to create sustainable growth in coastal regions and drive forward the ‘blue economy’ whilst preserving the environmental and ecological stability of the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic Action Plan is designed to help stakeholders implement the aspirations of the Atlantic Strategy.

In 2014 the Irish Sea Maritime Forum ran its Annual Conference on the theme of Blue Growth. This brought people together to discuss and explore project opportunities, and resulting in the development of a Blue Growth Project Prospectus. This Prospectus outlines some of the key ideas discussed at the Conference and calls for expressions of interest in taking the ideas forward into concrete funding bids.

Celtic Seas Partnership England Workshop, 19th November, Bristol

The Celtic Seas Partnership is holding a 2nd round of national workshops over Autumn 2015. These workshops will enable participants to hear updates on the project’s work to support the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive, including task group initiatives and case studies. There will also be an opportunity for stakeholders to discuss a range of issues impacting on the future of the Celtic Seas. So far workshops have taken place in Northern Ireland (1st October) and the Republic of Ireland (7th October), with other workshops planned for England, Scotland, Wales and France.

The workshop for England takes place in Bristol on Thursday 19th November 2015 and includes an optional pre-workshop field visit to the Port of Bristol on the afternoon of Wednesday 18th November which is shared with the Coastal Partnerships Network Annual Forum 2015.

For more details and to book your place please follow this link or contact Caroline Salthouse, North West England Stakeholder Engagement Officer for the Celtic Seas Partnership Project: Caroline.Salthouse@sefton.gov.uk

If you are interested in attending any of the other remaining workshops please contact the Celtic Seas Partnership via this link.

The Celtic Seas Partnership is an EC LIFE+ project with the contribution of the LIFE financial instrument of the European Community. It is afour year project, running from January 2013 to December 2016. WWF-UK is the lead with partners the University of Liverpool, Eastern and Midland Regional Authority, the Natural Environment Research Council and SeaWeb Europe. Project number: LIFE11/ENV/UK/392.

Reconnections: Land, Water, Cities and Heritage Conference

19th-20th October 2015, Titanic Hotel, Stanley Dock, Liverpool

Reconnections is a FREE two-day conference organised jointly between Liverpool City Council and Maritime Heritage Trust, in conjunction with Belfast and Cardiff City Councils, and is the first of a trio of conferences.

Day 1 is concerned with the approach of how ideas of identity, place and cultural heritage can play a part in development and regeneration projects that help preserve distinctiveness. Connections refers to the thread of cultural heritage from the past through to the future of cities like Liverpool, Belfast and Cardiff – all three of which are planning major projects. The day begins with a keynote address from Professor Richard Williams, and will explore the key themes, and this is followed by case studies from each city. John Belchem will speak on Liverpool’s roots and development, and Alona Martinez-Perez will re- examine the ‘Guggenheim effect’ of Bilbao and assess its impact and relevance now. Pete Swift will talk about ‘Liverpoolness’ and how its key characteristics have informed plans for the city centre extension of Liverpool Waters.

You can join us for just one or both days; the programme and booking information can be found at http://maritimeheritage.org.uk/conference2015

Third Annual Conference – Presentations Now Available

Despite a last minute change of venue the Irish Sea Maritime Forum held a successful third Annual Conference at the Liner Hotel, Liverpool with over 70 delegates in attendance. The ISMF Secretariat would like to thank all of our speakers and delegates who came along and joined discussions on the EU’s Blue Growth agenda and future opportunities for the Irish Sea region. Presentations from the day are now available for downloading from the conference web page →.