Summer School: the Copernicus Marine Service as a supporting tool to foster Sustainable Blue Economy


Sustainable development underpinned by blue economy is a shared vision for the Euro-Mediterranean area and is of concern to both North and South-Mediterranean countries. The vision of sustainable blue economy is based on the recognition of both the vulnerabilities and potential for growth of seas and oceans. It promotes smart solutions for marine and maritime challenges within the framework of sustainable development.

As sustainable management of the marine environment requires a wide range of heterogeneous and multidisciplinary data, Ocean data and products, as well as essential variables monitoring the health of the ocean, will be addressed both through theoretical findings and practical applications. Their crucial role in marine policy implementation will be outlined.

The future of humanity depends on Ocean’s health and on our ability to monitor it. To make good decisions, the process from data to decision is fundamental, and Copernicus is one of the tools which can be used.  

The Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS) is one of the six pillar services of the EU Copernicus programme. The CMEMS provides regular and systematic reference information on the physical and biogeochemical ocean and sea-ice state for the global ocean and the European regional seas. It involves analysis, forecast, reprocessing and reanalysis. 

CMEMS acts on four main areas, all of them strongly related to Blue Economy: 

  • maritime safety, 

  • marine resources, 

  • coastal and marine environment, 

  • weather, seasonal forecast and climate

Data collected and provided by CMEMS are useful to support decision making in a wide range of applications. Find out more on Copernicus

The goal of the summer school is to train  promising talents operating in the marine and maritime sectors and to foster networks and partnerships that can help to scale-up activities in support of sustainable blue economy, including research, entrepreneurial and communication actions.

Specific objectives of the summer school are:

  • to improve professional skills and competences relevant for the development of the marine and maritime sectors and ocean governance in support of Sustainable Development Goals, specifically related to data acquisition, management, and decision making processes,

  • to gain knowledge of challenges and opportunities in specific marine and maritime sectors, and how data and models can be used in this framework in the Euro-Mediterranean Region

  • to stimulate an attitude of active contribution to positive change for conservation and sustainable use of the marine resources.

Dates: 2-8 July 2022

Application deadline

18 March 2022 at 2 PM (CET)


The Summer School is addressed to postgraduate students and researchers working in fields related to sustainable blue economy and interested in the use of Copernicus marine data and services. Citizens of the Euro-Mediterranean region and the CEI (Central European Initiative) member states are encouraged to apply.

Candidates must fulfil the following conditions:

  • have completed undergraduate programme, obtained at least 180 ECTS (or equivalent);

  • are eligible to study at the postgraduate level or are postgraduate students or researchers;

  • have knowledge of English (level B2 or higher);

  • have demonstrated an interest in the Euro-Mediterranean region and the theme of blue economy.

In the selection of participants, we seek to ensure their geographic diversity, gender balance and young researchers participation.


2-3 July: Networking event with our Master's students

4-8 July:  full time face-to-face lectures, field visit, hands-on session and working-groups.

Themes and training approach

This year the Summer School will be mainly focused on Copernicus marine data and services as a tool to foster Sustainable Blue Economy.

In the Summer School we offer lessons about sustainable blue economy, data management and decision making, focusing on themes relevant for the entire region, i.e. the EU countries as well as non EU-countries, including climate change, seabed, fisheries and maritime spatial planning. This year, the Summer School will focus in particular on the themes related to Copernicus Marine Services and its applications, and specifically: data acquisition and processes; models development; decision making based on data and models. 

For an understanding of how the Copernicus Marine Service supports all the sectors of the Sustainable Blue Economy, see this infographic

Fees and costs

25 participants will be selected to participate in the summer school in Trieste. No registration fees are requested. All expenses including training materials, field trip, travel and accommodation costs are covered. Visa and health insurance and related costs are covered by the selected participant.

All participants need to arrange valid visas and insurances, if needed. We are able to assist with issuing a letter of acceptance but do not manage visa procedures, nor cover the costs for granting visas or insurances.

Organisation and funding acknowledgment

OGS acknowledges the funding by the Italian Ministry of University and Research (MUR) within the framework of the Western Mediterranean Forum (Dialogue 5+5) and the support by the CEI (Central European Initiative). The initiative is included in the Blue Skills project, labelled by the Union for the Mediterranean (2019) and winner of the WestMED project award (2021).

Application procedure

To apply, you will be asked to provide personal data, information on your studies, a full CV, a statement of support by your institution, and a motivation statement. We ask you to provide short answers to the following questions: Why do you want to participate in the summer school?  What’s your experience about the use of marine data and models to support decision making in your Country? 

Applications must be submitted in English. 

Accepted participants will be notified in April.

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