North Sea Conference 2017

The 20th North Sea Conference explored the theme of Corridors for Sustainable Growth. It took place in Göttingen, Germany on 28-30 June 2017.

The conference was jointly hosted by the North Sea Commission and Germany. It was supported by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure, the German Federal States of Lower Saxony and Schleswig-Holstein, the Free and Hanseatic City of Hamburg, the Free Hanseatic City of Bremen, and the German Institute for Research on Building, Urban Affairs and Spatial Development. 


Conference programme

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Presentations from the event

Please find below the presentations from the North Sea Conference workshops.


Strand 1 - Managing space in the North Sea Region

Geert Shaap: Reducing microplastics in the NSR aquatic environment

Katharina Erdmenger: Maritime Spatial Planning part 1

Tineke Smegen & Renske Stumpel: Blockchain solutions for innovation in (local) government

The purpose of the National Contact Points

Strand 2 - Cooperating on tackling the impacts of climate change

Dirk Harmsen: Climate change implies (radical) behaviour change

Egon Baldal:  Cooperating on tackling the impacts of climate change

Ilja van der Veen: Energy transition in the province of Groningen

Ilja van der Veen: WE-ENERGY game


Strand 3 - Creating accessibility through clean transport

Dirk Harmsen: Culture power inspires development of rural areas

Marius Wybrands: Autonomous vehicles in rural settings

Michael Frömming: Tackling mobility challenges in rural areas

Rebecca Karbaumer: SHARE-North NSRC rural

Tanja Goebler: Autonomous bus shuttle


Strand 4 - Building attractive and sustainable communities in the North Sea Region

Henrik Toremark: Demand-responsive transportation in the vast North Sea Region

Paul Stephens: Farmland biodiversity declining in the North Sea Region

Peyman Khodabakhsh: Digitalisation in rural areas


Strand 5A - The future of cooperation projects

Carla Harnischfeger: exploiting Interreg-specific effects more effectively

Christoph Petry: What determines the partnership of European transnational cooperation projects

Ilke Borowski-Maaser and Eva-Marie Cyrus: Get the dog barking, set the Thames on fire

Josefin Levander: How active local stakeholder involvement can strengthen the NSR experience

Steve Schneider: ecall - Europewide solution for saving lives through rapid emergency response


Strand 5B - North Sea cooperation in a changing Europe

Michael Barnes What does transnational collaboration let you achieve

Pedro Rivera: The EU Crowd

Yolanda Schmal: The future of Interreg


Presentations from the Call 4 Interwork event held in conjunction with the North Sea Conference are available here