TO business2Sea 2021

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

Times are shown in Central European Time (CET).

Registration and Welcome 

9:30 – 10:30 Registration and welcome to participants on-site


Opening Conference 

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

On-site and Streaming. Organised by Fórum Oceano and CETMAR



14:00 – 18:00 ATLANTIDA – Platform for the monitoring of the North Atlantic Ocean and tools for the sustainable exploitation of the marine resources | Agenda

On-site workshop organised by U. Porto, U. Minho, UTAD and CIIMAR. Workshop sponsored by the ATLANTIDA project funded by Norte 2020


15:00 – 16:00 Helm PwC Blue Economy Barometer | Agenda

Online Workshop organised by PwC in partnership with Fórum Oceano


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

On-site and Streaming. Organised by CETMAR and Fórum Oceano


16:00 – 18:00 Aplicaciones de las macroalgas: Un mar de alternativas | Agenda

Online workshop organised by Anfaco, UVigo and CETMAR. To be held in Spanish and Portuguese


Virtual B2B Meetings 


09:45 | Welcoming words

Ricardo Serrão Santos – Minister of Maritime Affairs, Government of Portugal (video message)


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

On-site and Streaming. Organised by Fórum Oceano and CETMAR


10:00 – 12:00 The OceanACT Initiative – an offshore Atlantic test site to boost Blue Economy technologies | Agenda

Online workshop organised by OceanACT consortium


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

On-site and Streaming. Organised by CETMAR and Fórum Oceano


11:00 – 12:00 “Monitorização Portuária Inteligente” | Agenda

On-site workshop organised by TriedeTI/3Maps, INESC TEC, APDL


15:00 – 17:00 “A potencialidade do erro na excelência operacional – aplicação do SSP à realidade Marítimo-Portuária” | Agenda

Online workshop organised by Qualiseg in partnership with QSR


15:00 – 17:00 Final Conference Project SILENCIO: objectives and results | Agenda

Online workshop organised by CETMAR. This activity will be held in Spanish


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

On-site and Streaming. Organised by CETMAR and Fórum Oceano


15:30 – 17:00 Emporia4KT – Empower Academia for Knowledge Transfer for Value Creation in the Atlantic Area | Agenda

On-site workshop organised by Universidade Nova de Lisboa and SPI



Virtual B2B Meetings 



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

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

On-site and Streaming. Organised by Fórum Oceano and CETMAR


12:00-13:30 Xacobeo 21-22 Conference: Navega o caminho | Agenda

On-site and Streaming. Organised by CETMAR and Fórum Oceano

Please notice this conference will be held in Portuguese and Spanish


13:30-14:00 Closing session | Agenda

On-site and Streaming



Virtual B2B Meetings 


Full programme here.

Speakers 2021

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.


Bom dia a partir de Vigo! A Ministra da @coesao_pt elogiou esta manhã @business2sea, @forumoceano e @FundacionCETMAR, e o reconhecimento, por parte destes territórios e dos seus atores, do potencial mobilizador dum projeto de coesão, o “Caminho Marítimo de Santiago em Portugal”.

Estive hoje, em Vigo, na conferência @business2sea, que nos últimos dias debateu a economia do mar do #Norte e da Galiza.

Este fórum revelou um mar de oportunidades, que o novo ciclo de financiamento europeu não pode desperdiçar. Por uma Euro-Região mais inovadora e sustentável.


Today @business2sea we discussed marine energy, ocean health, sustainable use of resources, circular economy... Thank you for inviting us to join you @FundacionCETMAR @forumoceano We really enjoyed the session! @AtlanticArea

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Associated Events


The 13th annual BlueTech Week scheduled for Nov. 15-19 will be virtual. The overall theme this year is “AquaOptimism™: Inclusion, Inspiration, Innovation”.  Last year, the event gathered 665 attendees from 37 countries over 5 days and, in 2021, the organisation is looking for 40+ countries to participate BlueTech Week’s focus is on innovation, collaboration, globalization and sustainability as it brings together academia, government, and industry. The event showcases innovative companies from around the world bringing Ocean and Water solutions to a variety of markets. To register, go to www.bluetechweek.org



Docapesca, a member of Fórum Oceano, will promote the event Expo Fish Portugal, a virtual space for the promotion of Portuguese fish and activities related to the sea, on the16th and 17th of November. Expo Fish Portugal aims to centralise the offer of national fish – fresh and processed – into a virtual event, bringing together trade, research and innovation. Aimed at national and foreign professionals, the event’s main objective is to contribute to the internationalisation and promotion of activities related to the fisheries sector, as well as other blue activities, such as shipbuilding and repair, recreational boating and tourism. The event includes a virtual Exhibition, B2B Business Meetings, and a Conference, which will take place in a hybrid format. To register, go to: www.expofishportugal.com

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