Online Workshop on “Sustainability and the Blue Economy: Communication and Knowledge Transfer across Disciplines and Stakeholders”


The German Maritime Museum (DSM) / Leibniz Institute for Maritime History and the Open University Business School are co-organizing the online workshop "Sustainability and the Blue Economy: Communication and Knowledge Transfer across Disciplines and Stakeholders" on 4 March 2022. The intention of the workshop is to identify and discuss tools for communication and knowledge transfer related to sustainable development in the maritime economy and coastal regions. It will bring together researchers from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, as well as museum experts. The deadline for applications for the workshop and flash talks is 31 January 2022. 


The Blue Economy is a twenty-first century imperative for the global community. Sustainable growth of ocean-related industries while improving lives of communities and people is essential for meeting the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In the backdrop of the COVID19 pandemic, it is important to embrace a holistic view of the multiple priorities that confront the maritime world and ensure that the commitment to the SDGs becomes the fulcrum around which these could be responded to and resolved. Research and policy endeavours and the production of knowledge and ideas must go beyond the relatively narrow scope of SDG 14 that pertains to the sustainable use of the oceans and marine resources. They must include aspects such as the improvement of decent work (SDG 8), gender equality (SDG 5), poverty reduction (SDG 1), and sustainable consumption (SDG 12). We need to incorporate the importance of new technologies and innovation. Simultaneously, it is important to strengthen and institutionalize traditional knowledge and historical and cultural practices that in the past led to stronger and inclusive societies. To empower different maritime actors and coastal communities and monitor social and environmental impacts, we require new modes of transdisciplinary knowledge production and transfer that cuts across the natural and social sciences and the humanities. Therefore, we must mobilize public awareness and catalyse an ‘all of community’ approach that encourages leadership by governments, businesses, civil society, universities and international organizations.

This online workshop (MS Teams), co-organized by the DSM and SCiLAB, brings together post-doctoral (mid-career) and senior researchers from different disciplines. The participants will be university-based, think-tank research staff or museum experts. The convening shall engage them in an interdisciplinary discussion on sustainable development in maritime industries. The workshop comprises interactive elements and engages in knowledge co-creation with the participants who have the opportunity to apply for a five-minute flash talk (see call below for more details).



The workshop seeks to identify different online and offline educational and awareness-creating approaches and will discuss the effectiveness of science communication and knowledge transfer. The participants will reflect on how to enhance the transfer of knowledge on the Blue Economy to various stakeholders. This workshop aims to map best practices and tools, discover educational approaches and key areas in science communication and knowledge transfer that will aid and strengthen sustainability and the blue economy.



Post-doctoral (mid-career) and senior researchers from different disciplines, university-based and think-tank research scholars, and museum experts in knowledge transfer, education and science communication.


The time for application has ended.



13:30-14:00 CET

Welcome and introduction

14:00-14:15 CET

What’s sustainability, actually? A reflective exercise

Keynote: "Lots of Blues: Approaches to Blue Economy"

14:15-14:35 CET

Prof. Dr. Aletta Mondré, Professor for International Maritime Policy; 

Christian-Albrechts-Universität zu Kiel

14:35-14:50 CET

Q&A and discussion of the keynote

14:50-15:00 CET

Short break

15:00-16:30 CET

Flash talks

16:30-16:50 CET

Discussion: Where do we go from here?

16:50-17:00 CET

Key takeaways and future actions


17:00 CET

End of workshop



Call for Flash Talks

As part of the workshop, we invite Participant:s to give "Flash Talks" of no more than five minutes about their work in sustainability and the Blue Economy, with a focus on knowledge transfer and science communication. 
A Flash Talk is a presentation (or pitch) of your completed or ongoing work in a short period of time to engage an audience that is not necessarily an expert in your field. Your goal is to inspire your audience and help them learn more about the ideas and processes you are presenting. Your Power Point presentation should be no more than three slides. 

The application for the presentation should include the following: Title of the short presentation, name and email address of the presenter, main text (up to 100 words), key objectives and how they relate to the workshop theme "Sustainability and the Blue Economy: communication and knowledge transfer between disciplines and stakeholders" (three objectives), further implications and (if available) publications.


Apply for a Flash Talk




Dr. Katharina Bothe

Dr. Carolin Decker-Lange




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