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Trieste – Training School for Sustainable Blue Growth in Mediterranean

Diplomacy and scientific research will join forces for Trieste’s 2016 edition of the Advanced Training School on Sustainable Blue Growth in Mediterranean and Black Sea Countries, a higher training event on oceanography and marine science addressed to young people, scheduled from 4 to 8 July 2016. The event will also be attended by researchers, businessmen and economists from many countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea.   

The event is in line with the Blue Growth Initiative, a European Union strategy that recognises seas and oceans as the driving force of the continent’s economic and social growth and that aims to train a new generation of scientists capable of tackling the new climate, economic and environmental challenges of sustainable development and for dialogue between the peoples of the Mediterranean area.

“The participants to the 2016 edition come from 28 different Countries – explained the director of the School, Mounir Ghribi: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Jordan, Macedonia, Malta, Mauritania, Morocco, Montenegro, Lebanon, Palestine, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Tunisia, Turkey and Ukraine. We are expecting a significant and greatly relevant impact both for Italy and the participating Countries”.

“The aim of the initiative, promoted by the National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics (OGS) in association with regional universities, scientific agencies and international institutions, is to increase the number of training courses in marine and maritime subjects offered to the young people of the Countries in the Mediterranean region while promoting sustainable economic development and responsible blue growth,” explained Maria Cristina Pedicchio, president of OGS.

The opening ceremony, to be held at the Giambiagi Lecture Hall of the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) in Trieste, will be opened by remarks from Minister Plenipotentiary Fabrizio Nicoletti, the head of the Scientific and Technological Cooperation Unit of the Directorate General for Cultural and Economic Promotion and Innovation of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. “The city of Trieste is the symbol of Italy’s commitment to training new generations of scientists of the less advanced Countries; the sustainable economic development of the Mediterranean Countries is an issue of particular importance for Italy. The political and social situation of many Mediterranean Countries requires us to work on all the fronts in promoting sustainable development which, by conserving both the environment and the future of the next generations, might start attracting new investments, create growth opportunities and reconcile tensions and peoples,” he said.