Blue Opportunity and Networking Day

In the framework of the Marine and Maritime challenges workshop, a parrallel event is organised in Ostend, the Blue Opportunity Day on 6 July 2022. Please find enclosed the programme of this day and do not hesitate to register and meet us next week to discuss possible cooperation between the partners of the 3i University Network, public bodies and companies!

Registrations are still open:

Download the agenda of the day.

First 3i University Network Forum
The Interregional Internationalisation Initiative University Network (3i Network) organizes its first forum in june 2022.

The 3i University Network is pleased to invite you to its first forum, "Building an interregional agenda for the future", which will occur Tuesday the 14th of June 2022, from 10:00am to 6:00pm. It will take place at the Conseil Régional Hauts-de-France, located at 151 Avenue du Président Hoover, 59000 Lille.

Here is the programme:

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The 3i Network is organizing four online thematic workshops from June 11 to June 16, 2021. Each session will bring together researchers around a particular theme: Climate & Energy, Communities & Well-Being, Marine & Maritime Challenges and Nutrition & Health.

These workshops are expected to accomplish several goals: allow researchers to meet one another, present the lines of research and strengths in the domain at each partner institution and sketch a plan for future collaboration.

By virtue of their proximity, these four thematic clusters were put forward for cooperation. For each of these clusters (including but not limited to) the three regions will define common challenges.
To receive the link to connect to the workshop, please fill in the registration form (framaform). Due to the limited number of participants, your registration will be processed by the organizer and you will receive the confirmation by email.

1. Nutrition & Health (e.g. diabetes, alcoholism, cancer)

Nutrition and Health aims to bring together the academic community – medical, biomedical and paramedical sciences, nutritional sciences, dietetics– with medical practitioners, policy makers, care and food providers, to define the major interregional challenges in health and care such as ageing, obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease and how care and nutrition can be improved to better deal with these.
The overall aim will be to illuminate the national and regional dynamics and highlight actions that can support and guide development of shared high-quality evidence-based interventions, with the cross fertilization of ideas at the national and international level bringing research findings and innovative practices to practitioner and producer communities.

2. Communities and Well-being (e.g. migration and refugee studies, vulnerability, inclusion of aging population, mental health)


This initial meeting will address a general theme: "Care, Vulnerability, Society". The links between these concepts will allow us to define the major issues facing our contemporary societies, including (but not limited to) ageing, handicap, mental health, poverty and migrations.

The human and social sciences (law, social and political sciences, psychology, education sciences, humanities), via their theoretical and methodological contributions, allow us to shed light on the inequalities that affect society and to analyse the forms of vulnerability that they cause or exacerbate. These vulnerabilities concern individuals as well as groups and threaten their well-being by reinforcing and even causing their exclusion. Research in the human and social sciences also seeks to discover how personal, social and cultural resources can be mobilised to take on these processes of "vulnerabilisation" and to create dynamics of inclusion and empowerment.

3. Marine & Maritime Challenges (e.g. blue energy, preservation of the coastal environment)

Pressures on coastal and marine biodiversity continue to increase. An estimated 40 per cent of the world’s population lives within 100km of the coast, putting unsustainable strain on coastal and marine resources. Human population is projected to increase to more than 9 billion people by 2050, bringing increasing pressure marine and coastal resources. At the same time, the EU Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries reported that the European Blue Economy, which includes all economic activities related to the ocean, seas and coastal areas of Europe, is thriving. The overall aim of the European Commission’s Blue Growth Strategy is to further harness the potential of Europe’s marine and coastal resources in terms of economic and societal value as well as sustainability. Yet, if the Blue Economy wants to thrive successfully, it is essential to make the transition to a sustainable sector. Different transitions have been initiated at global and local scales. The complexity is enormous and requires innovation, new knowledge and skills. Furthermore, it is important to involve stakeholders from citizens to governments. The Channel area will have to prepare for these transitions too, if it wants to play a leading role in Europe’s Blue Economy.
Marine and Maritime Challenges aims to identify specific scientific, industrial, social and political challenges. By bringing the relevant stakeholders together the cluster aims to illuminate the national and regional dynamics that differentially shape this area; to highlight actions that can support and guide the development of the blue sector with an emphasis on cross-national solutions and actions bringing research findings and innovative practices to policy makers and practitioner communities, faced with developing a sustainable blue economy.

4. Climate & Energy

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Climate and Energy group aims to share an outline map of the current research activity across the four universities, as the diversity of work in science, humanities and social science, related to this topic is both an opportunity and a challenge. Some of 3i partners are currently collaborating with each other and are part of extensive international networks.
Success in combating climate change and delivery of energy objectives will be a combination of technology, leadership, policy, and behavioural change. Research will have to address this extensive complexity to ensure we adapt to and mitigate the impact of climate change. Collaborative networks such as 3i offer the opportunity to accelerate change.
The group goals to find common threads to link research on this topic and form, between the 3i partners the basis for joint European Research funding to demonstrate our collective contribution. Our success will be based on linking academics and complementary areas of research to multiply our stand-alone impact.