All aboard! Ship ahoy for the North Sea Conference

24 September 2021 - Published by Anne Sofie Forfang

We are very pleased to invite you to lovely Bruges in Flanders for the North Sea Conference. Taking place from 23-25 November, this is the first face-to-face North Sea Conference since 2019.

The partners organising this event are the Province of West Flanders, Flanders Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the North Sea Commission and the North Sea Region Programme.


Cooperation in focus

The conference highlights cooperation around the North Sea, what it has achieved so far and what it should address in the future.  

You can attend the whole three-day conference or limit your participation to just one or two days. Each day offers plenty of opportunities to network with other North Sea enthusiasts.

23 November: Scoop the Impact! Capitalisation event
Project capitalisation is in focus on the first day of the conference. Discover the impressive legacy our projects will leave behind. You will come away inspired by examples and expert tips on how to scale up success. The day is topped off with a welcome dinner at the City Hall. The venue is kindly provided by the City of Bruges.

On this day, the North Sea Commission will have a separate programme for its members, including the Annual Business Meeting and a youth meeting.

24 November: All aboard! Main Conference
The main conference puts green and digital transitions in focus, with inspirational talks and thematic workshops. We will also present awards to the winners of the North Sea photo and video contests. There will be lots of room for mingling, and you can explore an exhibition to learn about North Sea Region projects.

25 November: Get Ready! Apply in the new programme
This event - formerly known as Interwork - is designed to help you apply in the new programme . Our project advisors will equip you with the latest information. You will have the chance to network and pitch your ideas, and you can sign up for coaching sessions with the joint secretariat and National Contact Points to help you along.

Covid risk considered

We are taking precautions to ensure the event is Covid-safe. This means you must present a Covid Safe Ticket/Digital Covid Certificate to enter each venue. Learn more

Learn more and register

Please consult the conference website to see the full programme and find practical information.

Please note: Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Also, to make use of special hotel rates negotiated for this conference, please be aware of short deadlines.

Go to the conference website

Options for projects to get involved

Projects will be invited to host interactive sessions and exhibitions, and some will feature on stage. Please keep an eye out for our upcoming news on ways you can engage.

We are looking forward to welcoming you on board in beautiful Bruges!