Deep Blue Story #12 | Asmaa Chbel is a Moroccan PhD student from the Hassan II University of Casablanca Faculty Of Sciences. She took part to the three-month online traineeship with a project at the University of Santiago de Campostela - Laboratorio de Sistemática Molecular, CIBUS based in Spain. 

Deep Blue Story #11 | Nezha Mejjad is a Moroccan post-doctoral researcher in the field of geosciences and specialized on blue growth current challenges. She joined the Italian Institute of Marine Sciences – CNR Ismar (Italy) for a three-month online traieeship based on a project work based on interdisciplinary research and sought to understand the economic, social, environmental, and legal implications of potential commercial deep-sea mining activities.

Deep Blue Story #10 | Jihene Nouairi is a young Tunisian researcher of the University of Sfax interested in geosciences and marine natural mineral resources. “Seabed mining” is in fact one of the fundamental sectors of the Blue Growth Strategy of the European Commission, the long term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors as a whole. But what is it? An active hydrothermal vent chimney spewing out hydrothermal fluids.  The quantity of minerals occupying the ocean floor is potentially large.

Deep Blue Storie #9 | Nikola Holodkov is an Italian-Serbian young professional who took part to the online traineeship within the framework of the Deep Blue Project. He applied for the mobility programme but he had to turn his project into an online activity in order to overcome the restriction of the pandemic outbreak in March 2020. He started a three-month collaboration with the Industrial Engineering department of the University of la Laguna, Spain.

We are accepting applications for the 2021 edition of the Summer School of Sustainable Blue Economy. 

The Summer School is jointly organised by the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics - OGS and the EMUNI University and will take place in June with an hybrid format: in person in Trieste and Piran and online.

Deep Blue Storie #8 | Chahinez Bourgueche is a young post-doctoral researcher from Algeria and developed a three-month online internship with the “Institut de Systématique Évolution Biodiversité, Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle” (ISYEB) based in Paris, France working on her project “Exploring the fascinating biodiversity of marine polyopisthocotyleans from marine fishes of the southern Mediterranean Sea”

Deep Blue Stories #7 | Soukaina Kaidi is a young researcher and PhD student in applied phycology at the University Chouaib Doukkali, Morocco. The aim of her research is to study ecology, genetic structure, and diversity of two kelp species along their southernmost distribution range edge. In addition, my study also focuses on the exploration of new aspects of valorization (Biotechnology) using both kelps. She developed a three-month traineeship with the Portuguese laboratory of the Marine Sciences Centre (CCMAR) of the University of Algarve, Portugal.

The UE Programme for Cooperation in Science and Technology - COST is organizing an online awareness day for the Near Neighbour Countries´ Research Communities on the next 11th March 2021. The 2-hour event is designed to explain the rationale of the COST Programme and participation options in COST Actions.

Speakers will highlight the most relevant information allowing successful participation in COST Actions’ activities.


The Global Association of Master’s in Development Practice Programs (MDP), in collaboration with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN), will hold the Ninth Annual International Conference on Sustainable Development (ICSD) on 20-21 September, 2021 virtually. If you would like to present at the conference, you must submit an abstract as directed below. The conference is also open to observers (i.e. non-presenters). Simply register on the conference website to join us. Registration will open in April 2021.

The BlueMed Initiative, launched in 2014, addresses these challenges, working on all the relevant levels,  stimulating pan-Mediterranean network-building and coordinating thematic platforms.