Blue Growth in the Euro-Mediterranean Region

Summer School

on Blue Growth in the Euro-Mediterranean Region

Online training: 11 - 15 June 2018

Face-to-face: 18 - 27 June 2018

(18 - 22 June at EMUNI, Piran and 25 - 27 at OGS, Trieste)

Co-organised by:


Funded by:



Timing and location

11-27 June 2018, as follows:

  • 11-15 June 2018 (10 hours): distance learning – general introduction to blue growth, introduction of themes and participants, preparatory tasks.
  • 18-23 June (36 hours): courses conducted at EMUNI, Piran
  • 25-27 June (22 hours): courses conducted at OGS, Trieste

Background to the summer school

Blue economy has been the long-term strategy of the EU, aiming at sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors. It forms part of the Europe 2020 strategy for smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. A new agenda for the seas is promoted also by the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), a regional international organisation consisting of all 28 countries of the EU and 15 countries from South and Eastern Mediterranean.

A sustainable development driven by blue economy is thus a shared vision for the Euro-Mediterranean area and of concern to both Northern and Southern Mediterranean countries. It is based on the recognition of both the vulnerabilities of the seas and oceans, and their potential for growth. It promotes smart solutions for the marine and maritime challenges within the framework of sustainable development.

The Euro-Mediterranean University (EMUNI) was established as one of six priorities of the UfM in 2008. The issue of blue growth has recently become one of the key areas of its strategic orientation, launched in November 2017 with the organisation of a pilot training course on blue growth for young professionals from the region.

The summer school is supported by OGS within the framework of its Blue Growth Initiative supported by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) as part of the Italian contribution to the Western Mediterranean Forum (Dialogue 5+5) and submitted for labelling to the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM).

Objective of the summer school

The objective of the summer school is to introduce the participants (see below the target groups) to the significance of blue growth for the Euro-Mediterranean region and thereby impact their future careers or studies.

Themes and approach

The themes of the sessions are mostly related to the 5 priorities of blue growth as relevant for the entire region, i.e. the EU countries as well as non EU-countries. Themes will include, but are not limited to:

  • Blue growth in the EU and the Euro-Mediterranean region
  • The political context of blue growth
  • Blue growth sectors
  • Sustainable tourism paths
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Marine spatial planning
  • Maritime transport
  • Ship building and ship recycling
  • Blue energy
  • Bioprospecting
  • Deep sea exploration and mining

In examining the themes, the summer school will highlight the innovation and solution-oriented approach of the blue growth paradigm.

Participants will be asked to participate actively, including by submitting short assignments throughout the summer school.


The summer school is conducted in combination of distance learning (10 hours) as effective preparation for the face to face sessions in Piran and Trieste.

The face to face session will consist of 58 teaching hours, which will include lectures and field trips. The face to face session is divided into the period, which will take place in Piran (18-22 June) and Trieste (25-27 June). Transfer from Piran to Trieste will be organised for participants on 23 June.


Postgraduate students of any discipline, especially from the Euro-Mediterranean countries and Black sea countries, are invited to apply.

The candidates must fulfil the following conditions:

  • Have completed undergraduate programme, obtained at least 180 ECTS (or equivalent)
  • Be eligible to study at the postgraduate level or be postgraduate students or researchers
  • Have knowledge of English (level B2 or higher)
  • Have demonstrated an interest in the region and the theme

No prior knowledge of the Euro-Mediterranean studies is required. Students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds are admitted.

Fees and costs

All selected participants are offered a scholarship to cover their tuition fee, airfare between the airport of origin and a nearby airport (Trieste, Venice or Ljubljana) as well as accommodation in double rooms (Piran) or single rooms (Trieste), and lunches during on weekdays.

Participants need to be willing and able to bear the cost of transportation to/from the airport and the cost of some meals. Oganisers do not cover or organise the transfer from airports and suggests GoOpti pick up service or public transport from the ariport to Piran (17 June) and from Trieste to the airport (28 June).

Application procedure

Application for the summer school is organised from both the EMUNI and OGS website but candidates should apply only once as the procedure is a common one.

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You will be asked to fill in a simple questionnaire with your personal details, educational background and the reasons for applying. The statement of your motivation constitutes an important part of the application. Please prepare a short paragraph (max 4.000 characters) explaining your motivation to participate in the course that you will enter into the form. In addition, you will be asked to submit the following documents:

  • CV (preferably in the Europass format)
  • Letter of support from your institution (recommended, but not mandatory, especially if you are currently not a student or employed or if it would be difficult for you to obtain one for other reasons).
  • A copy of the passport, ID card or other form of identification (mandatory).

If you need a visa to travel to Slovenia and Italy (both are within Schengen area), it is important that you upload a scan of your passport at the time of submission of your application. Not sending the copy of your passport will result in delays that might endanger the visa process.

The application deadline is 9.4.2018 midnight.

The successful candidates will be informed of their selection by 13.4.2018.

Evaluation criteria

The Selection Board will evaluate applications of candidates passing the eligibility criteria according to the following criteria:

  1. Educational or work background, relevant to blue growth
  2. Motivation to participate in the summer school
  3. Geographical relevance to the region (candidate comes from the region, studies/works in it, or demonstrates an interest in it)
  4. Support letter from home institution


A maximum of 30 participants will be selected.

Personal data

In accordance with the relevant Italian and Slovenian law, personal data, provided by candidates in the application form will be processed only for the purpose of the assignment of the grant and the ensuing relevant procedures. No data for any case will be transmitted to third party.


The summer school is jointly organised by the Euro-Mediterranean University – EMUNI and the National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics – OGS.

Acknowledgment of funding

The summer school is co-founded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union, the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) within the framework of the Western Mediterranean Forum (Dialogue 5+5), and the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM).


Historical coastal town of Piran, Slovenia (Palace Trevisini, Kidričevo nabrežje 2, 6330 Piran)