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Scotland's Blue Economy: energy, aquaculture and innovation
Thursday 19 October 2017, 10:00am - 05:00pm
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Scotland's Blue Economy: energy, aquaculture and innovation

The marine sector accounts for a significant portion of the Scottish economy, feeding and formed by several sectors within society. From aquaculture and tourism to shipping and energy – getting planning right for this resource can have significant ramifications for both major industry and coastal communities. Join us as we explore the at times conflicted priorities and challenges facing stakeholders as demands on this defining resource become increasingly competitive.

With the value of Scottish landings is at a record high and £2.5m in funding announced for a new subsea testing centre of excellence, the wider blue economy is booming. Yet with so many industries intersecting, how can we ensure that progress is inclusive, innovative, and sustainable?

Programme

10:00 - Session one: Policy and overview

The primary challenges facing marine planning and priorities around them; The competing demands on the ocean’s resources and its potential; Supporting the communities and industries of the blue economy

 The primary challenges facing marine planning and priorities around them

 The competing demands on the ocean’s resources and its potential

 Supporting the communities and industries of the blue economy

11.30 - Refreshments and Networking

11.50 - Session two: Panel: Keeping Blue Green

Meeting the needs of the coastal communities that rely on and support the blue economy; Balancing sustainability with economic optimisation – from blue carbon to Marine Protected Areas; Nurturing aquaculture to maintain quality, sustainability, and keep the industry futureproof 

 Meeting the needs of the coastal communities that rely on and support the blue economy

 Balancing sustainability with economic optimisation – from blue carbon to Marine Protected Areas

 Nurturing aquaculture to maintain quality, sustainability, and keep the industry futureproof

12.50 - Networking Lunch

13.35 - Session three: Powering innovation

The Scottish blue economy as a hot bed of world leading innovation and research; The role of subsea infrastructures and offshore engineering in driving forward the economy; The future of offshore energy and priorities around decommissioning

 The Scottish blue economy as a hot bed of world leading innovation and research

 The role of subsea infrastructures and offshore engineering in driving forward the economy

 The future of offshore energy and priorities around decommissioning

15.00 - Event Close

To register: download the registration form here

Register by 28th July and enter code EB20 to claim a 20% discount on your place

Location Edinburgh. Venue TBA
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