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Business2Sea 2021 is an international event aimed at bringing together all the Blue Economy stakeholders, promoting networking and fostering business opportunities.

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Programme 2021 – DRAFT

Additional information here. Further details on the programme will be available soon.

Times are shown in Central European Time (CET).

Opening Conference 

10:30 – 13:00 The Recovery Plan and Resilience of the Blue Economy



15:00 – 17:00 The Atlantic dimension as a strategic cooperation area for innovation and development of marine technologies


Virtual B2B Meetings 



10:00-11:30 Entrepreneurship and financing of the blue innovation

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee-Break

12:00-13:30 Professional skills and training for future jobs in the marine economy

13:30 – 15:30 Lunch Break

15:30-17:00 Digitalisation as a lever for the development of the marine economy 


Virtual B2B Meetings 

10:00-13:30  //  15:30-17:00 


10:00-11:30 Green technologies and circular economy towards climate change mitigation and sustainability

Workshop sponsored by GNP-AECT through the Atlantic Area project Blue Human

11:30 – 12:00 Coffee-Break

12:00-13:30 Xacobeo 21-22 Conference: Navega o caminho – Please notice this conference will be held in Portuguese and Spanish

13:30-14:00 Closing session 


Virtual B2B Meetings 


What is B2Sea

An international event dedicated to facilitate interaction among people and organizations and to promote projects and businesses within the marine economy, open to the participation of any organisation.

Who is B2Sea for

Any stakeholder whose activities are related to the sea and its resources, including companies, associations, research centres, universities and public bodies, among others.

Why B2Sea

Strengthening the dynamics of strategic cooperation between all the marine economy stakeholders and raise social awareness about the need to protect oceans’ health are crucial aspects to benefit from its whole potential.

  • They constitute an essential element as source of food, energy, transport, leisure and welfare;
  • They contribute to jobs and growth;
  • They offer great opportunities, both through traditional activities and emerging sectors highly dependent on research, technology development and innovation.

Any intervention within this scope must be driven by a sustainable management perspective, which guarantees a good environmental status of the oceans and the preservation of its natural capital.

Who organises B2Sea

Fórum Oceano, private non-profit association acknowledged of public utility, recognised as driving force of the Portuguese Maritime Cluster by the Portuguese Government It has been organising the international event Fórum do Mar since 2011, renamed BUSINESS2SEA in 2016.

CETMAR Foundation, public organisation depending on the Galician Government, aimed to improve marine environment, its resources and the industries depending on them, fostering innovation and environmental, social and economic sustainability. CETMAR joined the Business2Sea organising team in 2018 as part of a long term cooperation strategy between both entities, boosting a significant participation of Galician stakeholders in the event.

When is B2Sea

16th to 18th November 2021.

Where is B2Sea

We go hybrid in 2021!

The face-to-face sessions will be carried out at the historical building of AFUNDACIÓN in Vigo, Spain.


Source: https://www.afundacion.org

Past Editions


BUSINESS2SEA 2020 | 16th to 20th November | Virtual edition |

The 2020 edition of Business2Sea focused on the European Green Deal and its expected impact on the Blue Economy.

For the first time it was carried out under a virtual format, due to the restrictions associated to the pandemic crisis, which favoured a great increase of its international scope, gathering participants from 33 different countries.


BUSINESS2SEA 2019 | 11th to 13th November | Congress Centre Alfândega do Porto |

The 2019 edition of Business2Sea gathered around 650 participants from more than ten countries. The event promoted the debate on “Healthy Oceans and the Sustainable Use of Marine Resources”.

Business2Sea hosted the 6th Atlantic Stakeholder Platform Conference and the Annual Event of Interreg Atlantic Area.


BUSINESS2SEA 2018 | 14th to 16th November | Congress Centre Alfândega do Porto |

For the first time Fórum Oceano counts on the collaboration of the Centro Tecnológico del Mar – Fundación CETMAR, from Galicia (Spain) for the organisation of the Business2Sea.

As a step forward in offering a diversified programme, the event hosts the conference “Norway-Iceland-Portugal EEA Grants Business Opportunities”, as well as the projects ValorMar and KETmaritime meetings and the certification session of the first Nautical Stations of Portugal.


BUSINESS2SEA 2017 | 5th and 6th June | Congress Centre Alfândega do Porto

The Business2Sea hosts the kick-off meeting of the [BlueTech] INvertebrateIT – “Disruptive and forward-looking opportunities for competitive and sustainable aquaculture” project, in which consortium participates Fórum Oceano.

Two protocols are signed, one for the constitution of the Advisory Board of the TEC4Sea project and another one related to the HUB NAVAL – Training Qualification.


BUSINESS2SEA 2016 | 16th to 18th November | Congress Centre Alfândega do Porto

The Fórum do Mar is renamed as Business2Sea and it is carried out in the Alfândega do Porto Congress Centre for the first time.

The Minister for the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino, attends both the opening and the commemorative session if the National Day of the Sea.

The exhibition area includes the new Pitches programme.


FÓRUM DO MAR 2015 | 16th to 19th November | Cruise Terminal Port of Leixões & EXPONOR, Matosinhos

The Fórum del Mar hosts the 3rd edition of the Portugal Atlantic Conference, co-organised by the General Direction of Sea Policy and Fórum Océano.

The organisation of the business-to-business programme is supported by a web platform that facilitates the management of agendas.

Two protocols are signed: one between Fórum Oceano and BlueBio Alliance and another one between Fórum Océano and 13 other entities, for the creation of a Dynamising Group for the Nautical Portugal.


FÓRUM DO MAR 2014 | 28th to 30th May | EXPONOR, Matosinhos

The Fórum do Mar includes some new components such as European projects MARNET and AtlanticBlue Tech meetings.

The event receives the visit of the Minister for Agriculture and the Sea, Assunção Cristas, the Minister for Regional Development, Miguel Poiares Maduro, and the Secretary of State for the Sea, Manuel Pinto de Abreu.


FÓRUM DO MAR 2013 | 29th to 31st May | EXPONOR, Matosinhos

The 3rd edition of Fórum do Mar was intented to foster the debate about “Sea Challenges 2020”

Additionally, the TSF, reference radio station for news in Portugal, broadcasted a live debate within the framework of the event, with the participation of the president of Oceano XXI, Ribau Esteves, the president of the Naval Industry Association, Frederico Spranger, and the General Directo of Sea Policy, major Fonseca Ribeiro.


FÓRUM DO MAR 2012 | 10th to 12th May | EXPONOR, Matosinhos

The 2nd edition of Fórum do Mar offered a diversified set of activities, including new proposals such as a business-to-business programme and institutional presentations of the international clusters Marine South East (UK), Pole Mer and Technopole Brest (France) and the Maritime Cluster of Finland.

The event received the visit of the President of the Portuguese Republic, Prof. Aníbal Cavaco Silva.


FÓRUM DO MAR 2011 | 16th to 19th June | EXPONOR, Matosinhos

Organized by Oceano XXI (former name of Fórum Oceano) and the Business Association of Portugal (AEP), the first edition included a number of activities such as exhibition, an international conference, “Live the Cluster” moment, “Internationalization” moment, recreational sailing, workshops addressed to youngsters and visits to Portuguese Navy boats.


📣The programme of @business2sea 2021 is out!

Over the coming weeks will be announcing all the speakers!

Stay tuned and #STD. Registration will open soon.

Meanwhile, have a 👀 at the programme👇


@forumoceano @FundacionCETMAR

🌊Business2Sea 2021
📆16-18 November 2021
👨‍💻👩‍💻Hybrid Event

📝Have a look at the main themes of the Conferences Programme. Further details to follow. Stay tuned 👇


At the latest @business2sea event, WiSAR researchers presented a pilot initiative under the @AtlanticArea @SAFERatlantic project in collaboration with, organic salmon processors, Mowi, replacing paper reporting with an #automated digital solution.

➡️https://bit.ly/3tbycdC #iot


A edição de 2020 do @business2sea chegou ao fim!

Foi uma semana intensa, que nos levou num mergulho inspirador pelo potencial do Oceano 🌊

Agradecemos a participação de todos e esperamos encontrar-vos em 2021! 😍


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