With ocean technologies changing at an increasing pace, it’s no surprise that European Maritime Day (EMD) proved to be popular with delegates from all around Europe.
Hosted in Poole, the annual event welcomed Europe's growing maritime community – including EU maritime stakeholders and EU policymakers - to discuss, debate and exchange best practices.
Over 600 delegates came from ports, shipping industries, clusters, environmental associations, NGOs, trade unions, scientific and research institutions, and local, regional, national and European authorities, amongst others, for the two-day event.
Along with the event, Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) helped to arrange a B2B matchmaking event for those who attended, providing pre-arranged 1-2-1 meetings for those wishing to connect within the industry.
In total, the matchmaking event saw:
• 127 meetings
• 16 countries represented
• 48 participants
• 1744 profile views
Alistair Cox, Enterprise Europe Network marine sector lead, said:
"The Enterprise Europe Network European Maritime Day Matchmaking event provided a fantastic platform for key professionals across Europe's maritime industries to share new projects ideas and meet new collaborative partners.
“We had close to 130 meetings take place and the early feedback has been very positive."
Eurovertice Consultores’ Raquel Galarza Ruiz, who attended the matchmaking, added:
“I found the event very productive and have made many great connections, which I look forward to developing in the near future.”
While matchmaking was a fundamental part of European Maritime day, speakers and ideas from all over the world made it a resounding success. EEN is looking forward to partnering on the event once again next year, which will be held in Burgas, on the Bulgarian Black Sea coast.
If you missed this year's event and are interested in the matchmaking aspect please see all the participants listed here.