The conference will be held on the 27th and 28th of May, 2014 and will be hosted in one of most beautiful historical building of the baroque city of Lecce (MUST, ex Monastero Santa Chiara).
This is one of the events in Europe within the “European Maritime day” initiative (http://ec.europa.eu/maritimeaffairs/maritimeday/en/events-europe), and will bring together international researchers, policy makers and practitioners concerned with operational services in support of marine safety.
The conference is organized in the framework of the IONIO (IONian Integrated Marine Observatory) project, funded by the European Territorial Cooperation Operational Programme “Greece-Italy”, aimed at providing environmental information about the Southern Adriatic and Northern Ionian Area, to support safer maritime traffic and the reduction of pollution hazard.
More information about IONIO project can be found at the following website: http://www.ionioproject.eu.
The objectives of the conference comprise:
- the analysis of the status of implementation of operational services in support of maritime safety (including sea situational awareness, ship routing, search and rescue and oil spill);
- the assessment of the users’ satisfaction with respect to existing services; and
- the identification of needs for future services, through the elaboration of a vision document about safer transport for the Mediterranean Sea.
As in the provisional agenda, the event will start with an initial welcome and opening presentations by international and local authorities and policy makers.
Then we will proceed with oral presentations and talks by practitioners, researchers and other stakeholders, grouped around the 4 main themes of sea situational awareness, ship routing, search and rescue and oil spill. The presentations will be integrated with working groups’ discussions, where inputs and remarks by all participants will be collected, particularly about the future developments of operational services for maritime safety.