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Summer School 2018


University Institute in Sustainable Aquaculture and Marine Ecosystems (IU-ECOAQUA)

Scientific and Technological Marine Park, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Canary Islands, Spain




The ECOAQUA Summer School 2018 will provide the participants a solid overall understanding of basic and applied aspects related with Blue Growth Initiatives in Island Systems, such as European Outermost Regions and Small Islands Developing States. The course will address new tools and technologies applied to relevant topics such as Governance, Aquaculture, Marine Spatial Planning and Conservation. 


The scientific and technical keynotes will be organized around four specific modules: 

• Marine Spatial Planning & Ocean Governance

• Innovations in Sustainable Aquaculture

•Blue Growth Policy at Local & International levels: Case Studies

• Advances in Marine Conservation


This year the EcoAqua Summer School will be developed in close collaboration with the Workshop on Marine Spatial Planning in Islands,an international event organized by the European Platform of MSP (for further information, please follow the link


Therefore, the Summer School will be given by academics and professionals, with practical knowledge, experiences, and applicable methods in many islands systems. Besides lectures by renowned experts actively involved in different aspects of maritime economy, there will be some practical challenges and visits. As the panellists are leading experts in diverse topics related to sustainable development and responsible use of marine resources, the course will provide a forum for exchange of know-how and good practices among participants.   



Early-stage researchers and professionals (Masters and above) interested in Blue Growth, Bio-economy, Sustainable Aquaculture, Marine Conservation, Coastal Tourism, as well as the application of the European Blue Growth Strategy and related European Directives promoting responsible uses of marine resources.




The sessions of the first day (September 11th) will take place in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria city at the Rectorate Building of the University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The sessions of the following days (September 12-14th) will be held at Research Institute ECOAQUA located in the Scientific and Technological Marine Park, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Crta. a Taliarte s/n, 35214 Telde, Spain.



Candidates can register through the Scientific and Technological Park Foundation (FPCT) web page ( Any additional information required for registration please check the EcoAqua web page ( or contactthe organization secretariat or EcoAqua coordinator (contact information in below). Interested participants are required to provide a summary of their field of research or interest (Powerpoint or poster format) to finalise the registration process. Selected attendants from other ORs and OCTs will have access to scholarships supported by the European Program ERA – Chair under the project EcoAqua (Grant Agreement 621341). 

Registration will remain open until the 20th of August 2018.Space is limited to a maximum of 25 attendees. Registration is on a first come, first served basis and space is limited.

Registration fees: The fees include tuition, materials, coffee/tea and technical visits.

•           Early registration (Until 1st of August): 150€

•           Standard registration (From 1st of August to 20th of August): 250€


 * The fees do not apply to participants attending exclusively the Workshop on MSP and Islands




The EcoAqua ERA Chair project offers 2 scholarships for potential attendants from European ORs and OCTs to participate in the Summer School activities. The scholarship will cover course fees and travel costs. 

•           Eligibility: To be considered for the Scholarships the applicant must:

- Be an attendant coming from any European Outermost Regions or from any European Overseas Countries and Territories. 

- Scholarships registration deadline for reception of application will remain open until the 1stof August 2018.

- Submit a resumed CV (three pages maximum) together with a letter of interest and, at least, a letter of reference to the following email address:



The different sessions of this capacity building course will be taught in English language. Most of the lectures will be given during morning sessions while the afternoon sessions will be mainly dedicated to face to face discussions and visit of facilities. 



Nearby to the ECOAQUA facilities, Albacar Hostel ( offers rooms at affordable rates.  The hostel is located at walking distance (10 min) from the Summer School venue (September 12th-14th) and can be reached in 10 min by car from Gran Canaria airport and 15 min from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria city center. There also regular bus (about 1 hour trip) from the city center to the Summer School venue. Other accommodation options are available in nearby hotels and apartments in Melenara, Telde and Las Palmas de Gran Canaria city. Please book your reservation directly through their web page.




Day 1: Tuesday Sept 11thRectorate Building ULPGC, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria


Workshop Maritime Spatial Planning for Islands – European MSP Platform *

09.00 – 09.20 Welcome words 

                     D. Pedro Ortega, Economics and Development Consellor of the Canarian Regional Government

                     Prof. Rafael Robaina, Rector ULPGCSpain 

                     DG MARE Representative


09:20- 10:30 SESSION 1 " Maritime Spatial Planning for Islands – Current Perspectives and Experience"


09:20 – 09:30 Islands context for MSP – An Introduction: Helena Calado

Moderator: Helena Calado, University of the Azores


09:30 – 10:15 Presentations

• Michelle Borg, Manager for the Green and Blue Development Unit in the Planning

Authority, Malta Sustainable Marine Planning on Islands

• Rachel Shucksmith, NAFC Marine Centre, Shetland Islands, Scotland

• Stefan Husa, Government of Åland – MSP in the Åland Islands, Finland


10:15 – 10:30 Panel and Q&A


10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break


11:00 – 11:45 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION 1 "Specific Challenges in Implementing MSP for Islands"

Building on the discussions so far regarding experience of MSP in islands, in this session

participants will divide into groups and discuss the challenges that are faced in relation to

MSP in islands, including whether these are unique to islands and how they differ between

islands of different status. Each round table will summarise the key points raised during

their discussions.


11:45 - 13:15 SESSION 2 "Blue Growth Opportunities for Islands"

Moderator: Helena Calado, University of the Azores


11:45 – 12:45 Presentations

• Dania Abdul Malak, Director of the ETC-UMA, University of Malaga – Blue Growth,

Energy Optimisation and biodiversity on Islands

• Harry Coccossis, University of Thessaly - Tourism and Islands

• Andrej Abramic – University Las Palmas Gran Canaria – Balancing maritime sector

development and environmental planning, supporting socio-economic growth and

ensuring environmental services (PLASMAR / MarSP)

• Ester Anna Armannsdóttir, Iceland National Planning Agency MSP and the National

Bioeconomy Strategy


12:45 – 13:15 Panel and Q&A


13:15 – 14:00 Lunch Break


14:00 – 15:15 ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS 2 "What are the particular challenges and opportunities for islands in achieving Blue Growth?”

Participants will be divided into groups to undertake facilitated group work to identify

specific opportunities relating to blue growth sectors in islands, and the challenges that

may be faced. Knowledge exchange between regions and sectors.


15:15 – 15:30 Coffee Break


15:30 – 17:00 SESSION 3: ‘Addressing the socio-economic and environmental pressures faced by Island Communities’

Moderator: Stephen Jay, EU MSP Platform


15:30 – 16:45 Presentations

• Manuel Ara de Oliveira, Deputy, Secretaria Regional do Ambiente e Recursos

Naturais – Direção Regional do Ordenamento do Território e Ambiente on

“Experience of engaging stakeholders in the autonomous region of Madeira”

• Christian Pleijel, Vice Chair of the European Small Islands Federation (ESIN)

• Julia Jordan - Délégation à la mer et au littoral, France – Addressing land based

pressures on Island Marine & Coastal Areas (TBC)

• Athena Mourmouris, Honorary Director General for the Environment, Greece –

Experiences from the Ionian Islands Pilot Project

• Anna Papachatzi, Ministry of the Environment and Energy, Directorate of Spatial

Planning, Department of National Spatial Planning Strategy, Greece - MSP for

Islands - the case of Greece


16:45 – 17:00 Panel and Q&A


17:00 - 17:30 Summary and workshop conclusions


Day 2: Wednesday Sept 12th, Scientific & Technological Marine Park of the ULPGC, Taliarte


Morning Session: 

Session 1: Governance of the Oceans

09:00 – 9:45   Blue Growth and Ocean Governance: Fifty Shades of Blue

Antonella Vasallo, Managing Director, International Ocean Institute Headquarters


Session 2: Innovations in Sustainable Aquaculture


09:45 Food from the Oceans: Trends and Perspectives 

Prof. Sachi Kaushik, IU-ECOAQUA, ULPGC, Spain


10:30 Coffee break


11:00 New Genetic Improvement Tools in Aquaculture 

Dr. Hyun Suk Shin, IU-ECOAQUA, ULPGC, Spain


11:45 Aquaponics and Circular Economy: ISLANDAP Interreg MAC Project

Prof. Lidia Robaina, IU-ECOAQUA, ULPGC, Spain


12:30 Emergent Technologies Applied to Oceanic Sea Cages

Prof. C.J Sosa González, IU-SIANI, ULPGC, Spain


13:30 Lunch Break


Afternoon Session


15:00 Visit to Spanish Bank of Algae and Aquaponic facilities in Taliarte area. 


16:15 Presentation of research topics / posters from attendees and face to face discussion with panellists.


Day 3: Thursday Sept 13th, Scientific & Technological Marine Park of the ULPGC, Taliarte 


Morning Session: Blue Growth Policy at Local & International levels: Case Studies


09:00 Microplastics in the Macaronesia region 

 Dr. Alicia Herrera Ulibarri, IU-ECOAQUA, ULPGC, Spain


09:45 PLASMAR and the Good Environmental Status Indicators System INDIMAR

Dr. Andrej Abramic, IU-ECOAQUA, ULPGC, Spain


10:30 Coffee Break


11:00 MSP Application in a Tropical Small Island State: Principe Island Marine Protected Areas Network

Dr. Francisco Otero-Ferrer, IU-ECOAQUA, ULPGC, Spain 


11:45 Blue Growth Policy at the Local Level: Bioasis Gran Canaria, Platform of Excellence in Blue Biotechnology and Aquaculture

Dr. Cosme García Falcón, Society for the Economic Promotion of Gran Canaria, (SPEGC), Cabildo de Gran Canaria, Spain


12:30 Visit to the Aquaculture Facilities in Gran Canaria Marine Pole: Broodstock, Experimental Transfer Unit, IMTA, etc.


13:30 Lunch Break


Free Afternoon 

Alternative visits to the Macaronesian Botanical Garden in Tafira, Whale-watching activitity in the south part of the island, etc.


20.00 Summer School Dinning in Vegueta (Old City quarter, costnot included in the Summer School fees)


Day 4: Friday Sept 14th, Scientific & Technological Marine Park of the ULPGC, Taliarte


Morning Session: Advances in Marine Conservation


09:00 Insights on new marine sensors applied to oceanic and benthic ecosystems

Prof. Patrizio Mariani, Danish Technological University, Copehangen, Denmark 


09:45 Applied remote sensing tools to characterize marine seabeds

Dr. Peter Feldens, Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research Warnemünde (IOW), Germany


10:30 Coffee Break


11:00 Autonomous Robots for Tracking Marine Endangered Species

Prof. Jorge Cabrera, IU-SIANI, ULPGC, Spain


11:45 Integrating landscape, demographic and genetic responses to track seagrass degradation

Prof. Fernando Tuya, IU-ECOAQUA, ULPGC, Spain


12:30 Biodiversity and Ocean Governance beyond National Jurisdictions 

Prof. Ronan Long, World Ocean Institute, UN World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden


13:00 Summer School Closing Session 

         Prof. Sachi Kaushik, IU-ECOAQUA, ULPGC, Spain






Coordination: EcoAqua


Please contact the Organisational Secretariat for further details:

Dr Gercende Courtois de Vicose (


EcoAqua Coordinator:

 Prof Ricardo Haroun (