08 Dec 2022
Brussels, Belgium

Blue-Cloud Final Conference - Unlocking Open Science in support of the EU Green Deal

Key Outcomes & Lessons Learned from the Blue-Cloud Project in the Marine Domain

8 December 2022, The Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi, 155 · Wetstraat, 155, Brussels (Belgium) See on map

The final conference of the Blue-Cloud pilot project was an opportunity to learn about the main results, achievements and the road ahead of this key component of the EU “Future of Seas and Oceans Flagship Initiative”. Participants gained insight into the key conclusions stemming from this 3-year effort to build a “marine” thematic community within the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and into the role it can play in evolving a thriving EU digital knowledge system in support of the EU Green Deal, Mission Ocean & the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development.

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Time (CET)


10:00 Registration and networking coffee


  • Pierre Karleskind, Member of the European Parliament, chair of the Fisheries Committee and VP Marine and Maritime Research for SEARICA Intergroup
  • Nicolas Segebarth, Policy Officer, EC DG RTD
  • Sara Pittonet, Blue-Cloud Project Coordinator, TRUST-IT
  • Dick Schaap, Blue-Cloud Technical Coordinator, MARIS

Blue-Cloud in a nutshell: Results, achievements & lessons learned


What are the key outcomes and results of the Blue-Cloud pilot project? What can they bring to the marine data & knowledge landscape?

Introduction and Q&A facilitation by: Dick Schaap, MARIS

12:30 Lunch

The road ahead: Blue-Cloud Strategic Roadmap to 2030


What is the long term, strategic vision for the future evolution of Blue-Cloud?

Round Table | Building and bringing a thriving marine Open Science community into EOSC: Opportunities & outstanding challenges

The panel reflected on the lessons learned from the Blue-Cloud pilot project regarding building interlinkages with EOSC, bringing the perspective and experiences of other marine projects and initiatives towards aligning future action in support of growing a thriving marine thematic community in EOSC.

Q&A facilitation by: Sara Pittonet (Trust-IT)

15:00 Coffee break

Round Table | Delivering a digital marine knowledge system to support the EU Green Deal & UN Agenda 2030: How can Blue-Cloud further contribute to accelerate progress in the marine domain?  

The panel shared the status of key EU initiatives, projects and international programs seeking to advance digital knowledge ecosystems and reflect on how Blue-Cloud's results in the marine domain could be further capitalised by these efforts, now or in the future, or linkages built, in support of wider policy objectives.

Q&A facilitation by: Kate Larkin, Seascape Belgium


Concluding remarks


Close & networking drink

The Conference venue: where to go

The Blue-Cloud Final event took place at The Residence Palace, Rue de la Loi, 155 · Wetstraat, 155 - Brussels (Belgium) 


Blue-Cloud closed meeting

9 December 2022, Comet Louise, Place Stéphanie 20, Brussels. Practical information

An all-hands meeting took place on the 9th of December from 9.00 to 14.00 CET with the members of the Blue-Cloud consortium to informally discuss Blue-Cloud status and its evolution towards 2026.

Time (CEST)


09:00 Welcome coffee

Towards Blue-Cloud 2026: overview of WPs, main expected outcomes, next steps for January-March 2023

Presentations from Blue-Cloud 2026 management team and WP leaders, followed by an open discussion

10:30 Coffee break

Blue-Cloud and Horizon Europe Ocean Health priorities

Brainstorming on future opportunities

12.30 Networking lunch on the Comet Louise roof.




Event Type: 
Blue-Cloud Event


Pierre Karleskind

European Parliament, Committee on Fisheries (PECH) and SEArica intergroup