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Baltic Sea region countries – Denmark, Finland, Sweden and neighbouring Latvia – are already applying innovative ocean farming methods, growing seaweed, mussels, and oysters, harvesting marine crops, and experimenting with the development of marine products. Whether the Lithuanian coastline would be fit for the cultivation of species not only suitable for food but also beneficial to the recovery of marine ecosystems, was a topic of discussion in Klaipėda.

The initiative to engage Lithuania’s coastal communities in the wave of regenerative ocean farming has been taken by the Klaipėda Science and Technology Park, under the project “Cool Blue Baltic”. The first stage brought together scientists from Klaipėda University and the Marine Research Institute, fishermen entrepreneurs, fishery producers, representatives of the coastal region’s municipalities, experts from environmental and fisheries authorities, and regenerative ocean farming pioneers from Denmark and Finland. Ambitious ideas were born, for example, the cultivation of pearls in the Lithuanian seaside.

A decade-long journey of blue community gardens in Denmark

“It seems fantastic! But we can see that our neighbours are already practicing it”, reacted the panellists to the Danish presentation of seaweed, mussel and oyster farms cultivation on floating platforms. The Danish blue community gardens and farms not only grow marine foods, but also promote seafood culture, develop recipes, organise tastings, and provide education for children on floating cultivation sites.

“Becoming an ocean farmer in Denmark is incredibly easy. We have collaborated with the authorities to simplify the procedures. You just fill in a one-page application and within a couple of weeks you receive a permit,” said Joachim Hjerl, founder of the NGO Havhøst, sharing his experience of the breakthrough in regenerative ocean farming in Denmark. DIY Ocean Farmer’s Kit, which fits in a small bag, was another Danish initiative that encouraged coastal residents to set up underwater farms and gardens.

According to the Danish expert, the set-up of blue community gardens and farms has sparked the success of regenerative ocean farming in Denmark. Local active people became the core of it, dedicating their time to meaningful activities. “It’s no longer enough to do less harm. By growing marine food, we can contribute to the restoration of marine ecosystems. It’s the low-scale multitrophic cultivation that helps the whole ecosystem to recover,” emphasised Mr Hjerl.

Opportunities for fishermen to earn extra money

Ocean warming, overfishing, and degraded ecosystems – are problems that regenerative farming methods can help address in the Baltic Sea. Even if crops grown by the Lithuanian coastline would not be suitable for food, growing certain species would help control water quality, and temperature, help fish stocks recover, and at the same time support small-scale fishing in the region, the panellists said.

In Denmark, ocean farming practices have also caught the attention of fishermen. “We are supporting local fishermen to adopt regenerative farming methods and at the same time diversify their income. We have prepared convenient budget scenarios based on the species chosen for cultivation, and the scale they intend to achieve. We have demonstrated how seasons of ocean farming and gardening can be compatible with traditional fishing,” revealed the founder of Havhøst.  

Marine harvests – for food, cosmetics, fertilisers

Scientists and representatives of fishermen and fishing businesses identified potential collaboration areas for adopting regenerative ocean farming methods in Lithuania. Scientists from Klaipėda University and the Marine Research Institute discussed what types of algae, seaweeds and mussels could grow in our low-salinity waters, and what we can learn from our Baltic Sea neighbours.

An expert from Finland, where regenerative cultivation is still in the experimental stage, provided useful insights for Lithuanians. “In Finland, we face even more challenges than Denmark – much lower salinity – because our cultivation sites are on a breaking point of saline and fresh water. We are currently researching species that would adapt well to low-salinity water. Also, we looked into the freshwater cultivation experience in the USA, Bangladesh and Mexico, and investigated how these methods could be applied in Northern conditions,” said Anita Storm of Aktion Österbotten in Finland.

Ms Storm pointed out that when selecting species, they evaluate the taste qualities of herbs and mussels from Finnish waters, check if they are certified as food in Europe, and whether they are suitable for cosmetics or enrichment of soil with nutrients.

When discussing the country’s potential in ocean farming, Lithuanian representatives almost unanimously leaned towards the cultivation of high-value-added crops and the use of biotechnology. “Pearl millet grows naturally in our waters. In Japan and China, their cultivation is widespread,” Antanas Kontautas, a hydrobiologist at the Marine Research Institute at Klaipėda University, identified one of the possibilities.

Farms and gardens on piers, bridges or wind farms

Lithuania’s open coastline would be one of the biggest challenges for ocean farming in Lithuania. Community farms anchor, buoy or otherwise fix their cultivation equipment along the Baltic Sea coasts. However, the panellists pointed out that it would be difficult to find a stretch of our relatively short coastline where underwater farms or gardens could be safely anchored without interfering with fishery and shipping routes.

Professor Artūras Razinkovas-Baziukas, from the Marine Research Institute at Klaipėda University, presented his idea of developing floating islands. “Floating islands improve the oxygen regime, reduce the water temperature in summer due to evapotranspiration, and can be used as platforms for multitrophic aquaculture,” the scientist noted.

“The future offshore wind farm near the Lithuanian coast must include compensatory measures to help restore biogenic reefs and benthic habitats damaged during construction. One of them could be the cultivation of Baltic Sea mussels, which are naturally adapted to lower salinity conditions and are an important part of reef habitats. This would help to recover the benthic reef habitats damaged by human activities and invasive species, like round goby. With the involvement of the local community, mussel cultivation sites attached to the Palanga Sea Bridge would also benefit the environment – clean the water, attract fish – and people,” said Jonas Pašukonis, representative of the State Service for Protected Areas under the Ministry of the Environment, identifying the options for the regenerative cultivation sites.

The discussion focused on how to adopt Latvia’s experience, where open seafront issues are managed by installing marine cultivation sites next to sea peers. Eglė Stonkė, head of the association “Klaipėdos regionas” (Klaipėda Region), which unites coastal municipalities, noted that in the future we may have similar conditions near Lithuanian shores, as there are plans to develop and expand the harbours in Šventoji, Nida, and Juodkrantė. 

Algae farms in USA nurtured by a Lithuanian-born scientist

PhD Simona Augytė, marine biologist, shared her insights on how to promote aquaculture in Lithuania and her inspiration to combine research and ocean farming. Having spent most of her life in the US, she has been researching seaweed and algae since her studies, worked with start-ups that use seaweed to produce methane-reducing feeds, attempting to adapt it to biofuel production, developed and tested technologies for offshore cultivation of seaweed and sea lettuce. Currently, she works as research director at Marine Biologics, a biotech company in France, which processes macroalgae and develops next-generation bioactive ingredients.

Now based in Hawaii, the scientist also uses her research experience collaborating with ocean farmers who cultivate seaweed. Lithuania could also analyse ocean cultivation technologies used in the US, as Atlantic farmers in states such as Connecticut and Maine are also facing similar challenges due to high waves, she believes.

“We have cultivated a species of brown algae that is adapted to high waviness, we have perfected the cultivation methods in the laboratory, and we have worked intensively with ocean farmers who have started to grow the species on large scales,” said PhD Augytė.

Open-shore farming systems are set up using anchors, buoys and ropes. The scientist also suggested that Lithuanians consider the alternative of growing marine crops onshore, in tanks close to the sea. According to her, this method offers more possibilities to control growing conditions, water temperature and other factors. The researcher demonstrated a similar onshore aquaculture system in Hawaii for cultivation of microalgae and oysters. 

The Lithuanian-born PhD also founded an NGO in California that organises annual seaweed festivals to promote aquaculture, marine conservation, and the use of seaweed in culinary, science and technology.

The discussion “Sea of Opportunities: innovative ocean farming practices for business” was funded by the European Union’s Horizon Europe project COOL BLUE BALTIC (CBB).

The EU-Japan Centre invites all EU SMEs to apply to a Digital Business Mission in Japan.

Selected companies will exhibit at CEATEC in Chiba (Tokyo) this October, on the booth of the EU-Japan Centre. All fees related to the exhibition, booth, materials and translation are covered by EU-Japan Centre. The one-week program includes exclusive B2B opportunities and short business training courses on the Japanese market.

The Centre’s Business Missions comes with unparalleled support before and after the exhibition, free interpreters on-site and unlimited access to their 37 years of expertise on the EU-Japan trade relationship.

Business Mission to Japan with B2Bs and exhibition on EU-Japan Centre booth.

Target sector: Digital

Trade fair: CEATEC Japan

Period: October 14-18

Location: Chiba (Tokyo)

Cost: None, all activities, translation and fair costs covered. Participants cover their travel and living expenses.

Detailed information: EU-Japan Centre Digital Business Mission in Japan

Application Deadline: June 30

For inquiries, contact Denis Ledent at d.ledent@eu-japan.eu

International port technology hackathon PORTATHON is coming – on 27-29 September Klaipėda once again will become the birthplace of innovative technological and digital solutions for ports. Experts in digitalisation, cybersecurity, logistics, port technology, university communities and start-ups are invited to join – participate, mentor and submit challenges.

Meet-up of experts and young talents

Spreading the sails towards port innovations, Portathon is initiated by the Klaipėda Science and Technology Park in collaboration with the Lithuanian Maritime Cluster and long-term partners. This year, participants will generate solutions for the challenges of sustainable ports, port cities and ecosystems, the maritime industry, logistics and energy.

“We invite young talents, scientists and business experts from various fields to “dock” in Klaipėda, share their knowledge and experience, and embark on a mission of creating modern ports. For start-ups, this hackathon is a great opportunity to meet potential clients and establish contacts with maritime businesses”, says Erika Zavackienė, Project Manager of Klaipėda Science and Technology Park and coordinator of the hackathon.

Every year, Portathon attracts around 100 innovators from the Baltic Sea countries, other European countries and even other continents. The organisers encourage both teams and individuals to register. According to them, the most successful teams are those formed of representatives with background in different sectors.

Starting point for marine start-ups

Members of the port ecosystem and scientific institutions are welcome to submit challenges, which will be solved during a 48-hour hackathon. Participants will be mentored and guided by an international team of mentors, joined each year by over 20 experts in a wide range of fields.

“For the cluster, the value of this hackathon lies in discovering young talents, establishing cooperation with scientists, nurturing a new generation of professionals, and fostering the creation of start-ups which develop modern solutions for ports,” says Andrius Sutnikas, Coordinator of the Lithuanian Maritime Cluster.

Previously, the most successful teams were invited by port companies to further develop their ideas, create prototypes, and join their teams.

This year, Portathon is co-funded by the international Blue Supply Chains project and will seek to respond to the challenges of creating and developing sustainable supply chains in the Baltic Sea Region.

 

REGISTRATION 

Participants & teams: https://bit.ly/Portathon2024Participants

Mentors: https://bit.ly/Portathon2024Mentors

Challenges: https://bit.ly/Portathon2024Challenges

Co-funded by the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme, the Blue Supply Chains project is helping to drive the transition towards a green and resilient Baltic Sea Region.

Over two days, the TETRAS team met in Poland to discuss the project’s progress, realign goals, and enhance collaboration among partners to smoothly navigate the next phase of the project.

TETRAS is a three-year project co-financed by Interreg Baltic Sea Region. The project brings together ten partners from five different countries in the region to improve the environmental and economic performance of recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) through new concepts of industrial symbiosis. This approach aims to increase resource use efficiency and promote food security while enhancing investment, implementation, and expansion of these food production systems in the Baltic Sea Region.

Partners from the ten organizations involved in the TETRAS project gathered at the Faculty of Oceanography and Geography of the University of Gdańsk on May 6 and 7, 2024. Over the two days, project partners discussed pilot updates, strengthened collaboration opportunities between pilots and partners, and paved the way ahead to achieve the project’s goals successfully.

Assessing Impact: Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) in RAS

As part of the project activities, specifically in Pilot 2 (geothermal resources) and Pilot 4 (small-scale RAS for social awareness), a life cycle assessment will be carried out. For this, the TETRAS team has the support of Lorenzo Rossi and his team from the University of Milan, Italy. LCA is a tool to assess the environmental impacts and resources used throughout a product’s life cycle. With alternative production systems like RAS, it is important to use LCA to compare and highlight the benefits of these systems over traditional ones and identify improvement opportunities.

During the partner meeting, partners learned first-hand from Lorenzo about LCA in aquaculture and the approach taken by his team, and the specific data being collected for the TETRAS project. The group also discussed the challenges of carrying out LCAs and how best to present the results to external stakeholders, such as decision-makers and investors.

Polish Aquaculture Overview

Another highlight of the meeting was a presentation on the Polish aquaculture sector by Tomasz Kulikowski, from the National Marine Fisheries Research Institute (MIR-PIB) and a member of the Project Advisory Group (PAG) of TETRAS. Tomasz provided context on the evolutions of the Polish aquaculture sector, which currently supplies 4% of the national seafood in live weight equivalent, with carp and trout being the main species cultured. He also shared success stories, opportunities, and challenges for different types of aquaculture in Poland (earth ponds, flow-through farms, semi-RAS, and closed-RAS), comparing them in terms of species, number of farms, staff requirements, and other factors. One of the most interesting aspects was learning from other aquaculture sectors, such as the communication campaign by Polish carp producers to attract young consumers and the role of active producer organizations.

Advancing Symbiosis: Insights from the Estonian Pilot and Feasibility Study

The Estonian Pilot (Pilot 3) of TETRAS is contributing to the development of the Estonian Symbiosis AgroPark (EISAP), with Ida-Viru Investment Agency (IVIA) leading its activities. To develop a comprehensive feasibility study for the early-stage development of the EISAP, IVIA partnered with Consultare OÜ, an experienced Estonian consultancy. Consultare OÜ is conducting a feasibility study to analyze the use of available resources (land, water, energy) at the EISAP and strategies for optimal water use and management in designing a commercial RAS farm in symbiosis with greenhouses. During the partner meeting, Kristo Kiiker and Kirstjan Piirimae from Consultare OÜ shared the scope and approach of this task and their progress. It was enlightening to understand all the factors considered in such studies, and the groups remained looking forward to seeing the progress of this study.

Exploring Innovation on the Ground: K1/K2 Site Visit

What better way to complement the excellent discussions than with a visit to an aquaculture farm?

On the second day, Marcin Juchniewicz from K1/K2 Trout Farm welcomed the group to their facilities. The visit started at the K1 site, where rainbow trout is grown in tanks in semi-RAS with 80% water recirculation. The farm was renovated from a flow-through system to semi-RAS, allowing them to triple their production and overcome summer water shortages.

Looking to diversify its products, the farm has two production types: one for trout fillets and another for trout egg caviar. Trout fillets are ready for harvest after 5-6 months, while those for caviar take about two years. The TETRAS team learned about the farm’s operation, water treatment process, monitory system, and the challenges of operating an aquaculture farm.

The group then visited the K2 site, a newly built AS facility aiming for 90-95% water recirculation. The timing was perfect, as the construction of the tanks and water treatment system had recently finished, with only the hatchery currently operating. Partners were able to see the facility and understand the system’s operation, looking forward to returning and seeing K2 fully operational.

Planning Ahead: Defining the Next Steps for TETRAS

The project is nearing its midpoint. During the first year, the focus was on preparing pilot activities, and in early 2024, the team began actively implementing them. With a year and a half ahead, and the most crucial part of the project coming, TETRAS partners had fruitful discussions on the next steps to navigate the second half smoothly and accomplish the set goals.

Stay tuned for further developments as exciting things lie ahead!

 

Publication source: https://interreg-baltic.eu/project-posts/tetras/driving-progress-tetras-partners-gather-in-gdynia-to-chart-the-course-for-sustainable-recirculating-aquaculture-in-the-baltic-sea-region/

The TETRAS project, co-funded by the Interreg BSR program, helps promote the transition to a green and resilient Baltic Sea region. TETRAS (Technology transfer for thriving recirculating aquaculture systems in the Baltic Sea Region) aims to solve common challenges of the Baltic Sea region – how to harmonize economic development with social and environmental protection goals.

Klaipėda Science and Technology Park (KSTP) community was visited by Neringa Morozaitė-Rasmussen, Vice-Minister of the Economy and Innovation (EIMIN), Aurelijus Leipus, Advisor to the Business and Science Cooperation Division of the Innovation Department, as well as by Dr. Benediktas Petrauskas, Vice-Rector for Infrastructure and Development at Klaipėda University. Together with Roma Stubriene, Director of KSTP, they discussed the park’s future plans and the specifics of the innovation ecosystem in Klaipėda.

EIMIN representatives met with  the companies developing technological and engineering innovations and conducting scientific experiments in the park: IT company “Omega 365 Lithuania”, industrial and shipbuilding support solutions company “Industrial Systems & Engineering”, IT solutions company “Navus”, electrical engineering systems creators “Vėjo projektai”, start-up for electric catamarans “Popa Boat”, and Aquaculture Competence Center, which is developing shrimp farming systems.

KSTP brings together start-ups, organisations and divisions of international companies creating marine, technological and engineering innovations. The park provides not only infrastructure suitable for experimental activities in several locations in Klaipėda, but also advice on business development, investment attraction and entrepreneurial incentives to its residents.

Singapore Maritime Week (SMW) 2024, organised by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA), convened a distinguished international and regional assembly of C-suite executives, representing shipowners, governments, international organizations, port authorities, maritime services, technology companies, and more. Notable among the attendees were partners from the EU-funded DigiTechPort-2030 project: Hochschule Wismar, University of Applied Sciences: Technology, Business and Design, Germany (project leader); Klaipeda Science and Technology Park, Lithuania; Motus Foundation, Poland; Blekinge Institute of Technology, Sweden; Maritime University of Szczecin, Poland; Elbląg Sea Port Authority Ltd., Poland; Klaipeda State Seaport Authority, Lithuania; and Euro-Terminal Real Estate Świnoujście, Poland.

Throughout the week-long event, industry leaders congregated to deliberate on pivotal issues, emerging trends, and collective challenges, focusing on decarbonization, innovation, maritime services, and talent development to shape the maritime sector’s future.

Participation in SMW2024 provided the DigiTechPort-2030 project group with a distinctive opportunity to gain insights into the latest trends and solutions propelling the decarbonization and digitization of port operations. The event facilitated connections with leading companies and organizations, highlighted by a significant visit to TCOM, a research unit specializing in the impact of waves on technological solutions. The innovative approach witnessed in Singapore, which prioritizes decarbonization and emissions reduction from a business standpoint, stands as a beacon for global maritime sustainability endeavors, acknowledged by the DigiTechPort-2030 project group.

The study trip, attended by a cohort comprising research policymakers and industry partners, yielded fruitful outcomes, including extensive networking and establishing groundwork for future collaborations, with the subsequent project workshop slated during the Baltic Port Conference in Lithuania in September.

Exploration of topics such as artificial intelligence (AI) underscored the significance of leveraging insights from events like SMW2024 to propel AI and decarbonization initiatives within the region, benefiting industry partners and policymakers alike.

Looking forward, the DigiTechPort-2030 project group remains resolute in its commitment to collaborative innovation, endeavoring to steer transformative shifts in port operations towards digitalization and decarbonization, shaping a sustainable and technologically advanced future for regional port operations in the South Baltic Sea Region.

For further updates on DigiTechPort-2030 project group initiatives and collaborations, please visit our project’s social media channels and official website.

KU mokslininkai augina krevetes naudodami geoterminį vandenį

Scientists at Klaipėda University have started an experiment growing shrimp in closed systems using geothermal water from depths of more than 1 km. This is relevant for the development of seawater aquaculture in the Baltic Sea region as it is difficult to establish natural farms here, and production costs increase significantly when preparing seawater artificially.

According to the head of the Fisheries and Aquaculture Laboratory of the Marine Research Institute, dr. Nerijus Nika: “geothermal resources of Western Lithuania are highly mineralized, their composition is similar to that of seawater so it can potentially become an excellent source of salt for the development of brackish water aquaculture in the Baltic Sea region. This is relevant from the perspective of business development as brackish water aquaculture is of higher added value. If the tests prove successful, the use of geothermal water would create a significant regional competitive advantage. “

The currently ongoing experiment is one of the TETRAS project activities. The project aims to create a symbiosis of innovative aquaculture and other industries to use water and other resources more sustainably, and to identify new business niches. The main partners of the project in Lithuania include Klaipėda Science and Technology Park, Klaipėda University and AB Akola group (former AB Linas Agro Group).

According to AB Akola group business development director Arūnas Zubas, the company participates in various initiatives to achieve innovation and sustainability in food production. “We were invited to the TETRAS project by Klaipėda Science and Technology Park, which has been researching the use of recirculating aquaculture systems (RAS) for a long time. We aim to carry out a large-scale shrimp farming feasibility study in Europe, after which we will have a plan and be able to decide whether it is worth investing in, or not,” said A. Zubas.

Fresh shrimps are still considered a luxury item with prices per kilogram reaching as high as 100 euros, but according to experts with the use of right technologies shrimps could become one of the most affordable and sustainable sources of protein in the future. Geothermal water, which is the shallowest in Western Lithuania compared to other regions of the country, is a natural, easily accessible resource that would allow heating the water to a temperature suitable for shrimp cultivation and salting it, thus reducing costs.

dr. Nerijus Nika
KU mokslininkai augina krevetes naudodami geoterminį vandenį
Infographic Pilot 2

About the project

The TETRAS project, co-funded by the Interreg BSR program, helps promote the transition to a green and resilient Baltic Sea region. TETRAS (Technology transfer for thriving recirculating aquaculture systems in the Baltic Sea Region) aims to solve common challenges of the Baltic Sea region – how to harmonize economic development with social and environmental protection goals.

Total project budget is EUR 2,955,553

Klaipėda Science and Technology Park budget EUR 333,524.80 (ERPF co-financing EUR 266,819.84)

More about the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Program 2021-2027: https://interreg-baltic.eu/projct/tetras/

This article was prepared with the financial support of the Interreg Baltic Sea Region Programme. Klaipėda Science and Technology Park is responsible for the content of the article. It does not reflect the views of the Program.

Photos by Andrius Kundrotas

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URBAACT

Innovation Transfer Networks will be formed along the topics of Urban Innovative Actions (UIA) projects that have been implemented from 2016 to 2023. Cities that have implemented a UIA project will act as Lead Partners by default. 

Cities and public-equivalent bodies from European Union’s 27 Member States, Partner States (Norway, Switzeland), as well as cities from countries benefitting from the Instrument for Pre-Accession to the EU (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia and Serbia), willing to transfer the experience and know-how of a UIA project are welcome to express their interest to the city that has implemented a UIA project. 

For more information please visit: Get Involved! | urbact.eu

Interreg baltic sea region open calls

Do you have a smart project idea how to bring in innovative, water-smart and climate-neutral solutions for the benefit of people around the Baltic Sea? Do you want to develop and apply your solutions transnationally in regions around the Baltic Sea? Would you like to show how the EU values stand for real actions?

If you answer – yes – to these questions, INTERREG BALTIC SEA REGION 2021- 2027 programme calls for your project applications! They offer EU funding for organisations to connect and work as if there were no borders, and provide more than money: to create an environment for working together across borders to let great solutions become common practice.

Focus of the call

The call is open exclusively for applications tackling challenges under Priority 1 and Priority 3.

Priority 1 – Innovative societies

Under the thematic focus of Priority 1, the Programme particularly invites applicants who wish to address the following challenges:

Responding to societal challenges

  • Enhancing disaster preparedness through active engagement of actors at various levels including
    civil society, e.g. improving societal security or improving the ability to respond effectively to
    extreme weather events such as droughts, floods, and other disasters;
  • Safeguarding the well-being and safety of communities, e.g. introducing models and services with
    particular consideration of vulnerable populations or nurturing social and economic initiatives
    responding to recent geo-political challenges tailored to the needs of specific territories and
    population groups;
  • Providing support to businesses undergoing transition, e.g. offering assistance to the creative and
    cultural sector or reducing the dependency of the Baltic Sea region on global supply chains.

Harnessing digitalisation potential

  • Introducing state-of-the-art technologies and tools in the management of public services, e.g.
    development of smart health solutions or inclusive social service aimed at promoting social
    welfare;
  • Deploying digital monitoring to swiftly identify challenges and enable more rapid and effective
    responses, e.g. in the field of biodiversity and climate change.

A detailed description of Priority 1, its objectives and examples of actions to be financed can be found here:  https://interreg-baltic.eu/about/priorities-2021-2027/priority-1-innovative-societies/ and in the tutorials on the Programme objectives published under: https://interreg-baltic.eu/gateway/tutorials/.

Priority 3  – Climate-neutral societies

The Programme exclusively considers core project applications addressing the topic of climate change within the thematic framework of Priority 3 as set out in the Programme Document. On the topic of climate change, the Programme strongly promotes applications that address the
following challenges:

  • Adopting and implementing better integrated and more systemic approaches to planning
    processes in sectors key to mitigating climate change (e.g. infrastructure for alternative fuels,
    green urban logistic systems, infrastructure for renewable energy);
  • Mainstreaming climate-conscious perspective through participatory and inclusive approaches,
    e.g. ensuring fair transition and combating energy poverty or developing accessible mobility
    solutions with the needs of the most vulnerable users and territories in mind;
  • Implementing effective strategies to combat climate change by improving the generation,
    distribution, utilisation and storage of energy through e.g. smart energy systems or utilisation of
    harbours as green energy hubs;
  • Promoting circular practices as a means to address climate change, e.g. supporting businesses
    and communities in taking up circular approaches (e.g. in transport, water, energy and waste
    management).

 

Project idea form (PIF) should be submitted no latter than 17 April 2024.

More information available at https://interreg-baltic.eu/gateway/calls/

uAM PlAZZA ACCELERATOR

Are you an innovative startup ready to reshape the future of Urban Air Mobility? The UAM Plazza Accelerator programme is looking for the most promising emerging Urban Air Mobility startups in the EU or EU-associated countries, particularly in the subdomains of

  • Transport of medical goods
  • Surveillance, security and safety
  • Ground-enabling infrastructures

A 6-month programme, designed to help you identify and solidify your product market fit, showcase your solutions and bring them to market through:

CONNECTIONS with the European UAM ecosystem,key stakeholders, investors and living labs;

WORKSHOPS on business strategy and development, pitching, fundraising, regulation and social acceptance;

EVENTS with key industry players where to network and pitch and FUNDRAISING opportunities.

 

Applications deadline: 15 April.  Application form and more details available here.

About the programme: The Urban Air Mobility Plazza Accelerator programme, co-funded by the EIT Urban Mobility, aims to solve current city challenges by implementing aeronautical innovative technologies in Urban Mobility. The programme is organized by the international consortium composed of Toulouse Métropole — a local public institution on a territory home to a pioneering aeronautics innovation ecosystem, Aerospace Valley — the leading European competitiveness cluster in the aerospace sector, CARNET — an open hub of automotive and mobility research & innovation, and Ferrovial — focused on developing innovative and sustainable transportation solutions.

The UAM Plazza Accelerator programme is already assisting 10 start-ups developing urban air mobility solutions from across Europe focusing on environmentally sustainable logistics and clean energy. Apart from networking with experts, information sessions on investment rounds, access to living labs, and regular mentoring, the accelerator programme is helping start-ups to raise investment, test and validate their product, learn more about policy and regulation requirements, and access the UAM ecosystem and market. Expert coaches are working with selected startups to design their business plan, product development strategy, investment needs, and go-to-market strategy. With the overall aim to innovate in urban mobility, integrating a third dimension with air mobility solutions to decongest and decontaminate the cities. Thus, facilitating the transport of citizens and goods and promoting sustainable, safe, and convenient mobility.