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      • MITIN Newsletter n° 3 - December 2013

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            As the year 2013 is ending, we wanted to present you our best wishes pour 2014 and thank you all for your involvement in the network’s activities. As announced in the actions’ calendar for 2013, MITIN has organized at the end of October, its first international meeting. The “innovation and blue growth” symposium was dealing with two themes: oceanography and marine bio-resources. The event has proved the network’s capacity to exploit its skills’ complementary to identify future cooperation’s axes. Therefore, this second newsletter edition focuses on this Conference. Moreover, other events have been organized in Quebec (Ocean innovation, Rimouski, October 2013), in France and in Vietnam on sustainable development, in San Diego during the maritime economy forum, in Portugal during the Atlantic Forum (December 2013) also contributed to reinforce the MITIN network.

            Besides the conferences, several cooperation projects have been initiated to support the development of a new maritime economy in different partner regions: the Chubut province in Argentina, the State of Veracruz in Mexico, the Java East province in Indonesia and Haiphong in Vietnam. They will facilitate the implementation of new actions, based on the suggestions defined during the Qingdao symposium.

            Next year, 2014, will be intense. At the beginning of the year, a conference dedicated to marine biodiversity will take place in Mexico, and a workshop dealing with innovation management in maritime territories is planned in Argentina. In Europe, the European maritime day will be organized in Bremen in Germany on MITIN main concerns and the Forum do Mar in Porto (28th – 30th May 2014). Finally, the second “Innovation and blue growth” symposium, key event in 2014, will be host in Brest in the framework of the “Sea Tech Week” (October 13th – 17th). In addition, as defined through its objectives, MITIN acts in cooperation with major international organizations. Actually, cooperation agreements could be signed with the Convention for Biological Diversity and the UNESCO - Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (in relation with the JCOMMops center). Eventually, the MITIN website is now operational. We would be pleased to receive your contributions on your work program, to share, to inform and to raise awareness around collective actions. This website will also be a tool for the working group, currently under development.

            We rely on your involvement to contribute to the success of 2014 actions!

            Michel Morvan

            1st MITIN International Symposium (28-30 October 2013, Qingdao, China) «Innovation and Blue Growth»

            More than 150 attendees were present at the first MITIN Symposium, which took place in Qingdao at the International Conference Center of the Ocean University of China (OUC). It was organized jointly by the City of Qingdao and Brest métropole océane, with the support of the Department of Sciences and Technology (DOST) of Qingdao, the OUC, the Technopôle Brest-Iroise and the MITIN members. China, France, Germany and Canada were countries particularly well represented at the Symposium and have contributed to its success.

            MITIN was acted as a "creative platform" - the Symposium gave the opportunity to achieve the state of the art of current programs and projects led at local/regional, national and international levels, but also to identify the remaining issues and to propose future collaborative works on two themes: oceanography and marine bio-resources.

            UN organizations such as UNESCO/IOC, the UN Convention for Biologic diversity and the World Bank presented international frameworks and guidelines. The MITIN community acknowledges Dr. Wendy Watson-Wright, Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and Assistant Director-General of UNESCO, Mr. Lijie Cai, Programme Officer for National Reports of the Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity/United Nations Environment Programme, and Mr. Jostein Nygard, Environmental and Social Development Unit, East Asia and Pacific Region, World Bank, for their active contribution and valuable advice.


            The Symposium reinforced the links at different complementary levels (local/regional, national and international) and among organizations from different sectorial orientations (public authorities, researchers, companies, development agencies and independent experts). The interaction between these different levels and competencies makes MITIN an original and innovative network and enriched the discussions on future cooperation programs and projects, especially during the exchange session on Wednesday 30th October.

            The conclusion of the Symposium will constitute an important basis of the network plan for 2014. We rely on the active participation of MITIN members to pursue this collaboration and to join the MITIN working groups, which will be set up.

            The next international MITIN Symposium will take place from 13 to 17 October 2014, in Brest, France, within the framework of the 9th edition of the “Sea Tech Week”, the international week of marine sciences and technologies. Save the date!

            Contact : Dr. Fabienne Vallée, Technopôle Brest-Iroise, Brest, France.

            More information about the Symposium [HERE]

            MiTiN at Impac 3, Marseille, France

            The 3rd International Marine Protected Areas Congress was organized in Marseille from October 21th - 25th 2013. Four years after the last edition in Washington, nearly 1,700 people from 85 different countries gathered together with the objective to develop ways and tools to achieve the objective of 10% of marine protected areas by 2020.

            Brest métropole océane played an important role notably with its exhibition booth ”Brest, la mer par excellence”. It gathered Brest stakeholders involved in the sciences and technologies of the sea, as well as the MITIN network.

            Mr Thanh Tung Bui, General Secretary of the Haiphong District, Vietnam, came to Marseille on October 24th and 25th to participate to a workshop organized with the Convention on Biological Diversity. The workshop focused on the involvement of local authorities to reach the reinforcement of marine protected areas.

            MITIN by maritime territories


            ( VIETNAM

            9th Franco-Vietnamese Conference on Decentralized Cooperation

            The 9th Franco-Vietnamese conference on decentralized cooperation was held in Brest (France) from June 9 to 12, 2013, in the framework of the France-Vietnam year (2013-2014) and the celebration of the 40th year of cooperation between both countries. More than 350 attendees from local and national public authorities from France and Vietnam as well as experts from health, education, companies and associations were present to exchange on sustainable development, “Francophonie” (French-speaking populations) and local governance through the 6 thematic workshops. “Blue Growth” was especially defined as an axis of the economic development of Ba Ria - Vung Tau and Haiphong Provinces. The next conference will take place in Can Tho in 2016.

            More information (external link) [HERE]




            ( INDONESIA

            French-Indonesian cooperation for a new maritime economy

            Indonesia, maritime country per nature, is quite representative of the “Blue Growth” stakes and perspectives. The country is one of the fastest developing countries of the ASEAN area. Moreover, due to its archipelago nature, preserving its own natural assets within its Exclusive Economic Zone, as facing natural hazards, constitute a real challenge.

            In this context, Indonesian partners[1] expressed their wish to exploit the experience and competencies developed in France and in Brest in particular, regarding "Innovation", the development of human and technical competencies for a sustainable exploitation of their natural asset: the Ocean. Mutual visits, and first projects organized between 2009 and 2013 have led the foundation of a bilateral cooperation framework involving decision makers, companies and research centres at national and provincial levels.

            Thus, through the project “INDESO” carried out by the company CLS ( and the Indonesian Ministry of Fisheries a satellite reception station will be installed in Bali. It will allow developing a panel of services (management of fisheries, ocean monitoring and forecast services…) Moreover, students of the Indonesian ministry of fisheries and marine affairs are currently preparing in Brest MASTER and PhD degrees at the European Marine University Research Institute and in Telecom Bretagne.

            East Java as pilot province: setting up a technopole and a coastal zone management center

            The government of East Java, one of the most dynamic Indonesian provinces; has positioned a sustainable development of its maritime economy as a top priority. In 2012 a first cooperation agreement was signed between the municipality of Brest and the government of East Java to accompany its "Blue Growth strategy".

            In October 2013 the visit of a delegation enabled fixing the detailed objectives. The first goal is to create a "Technopole" in East Java, adapting the model of the Technopôle Brest-Iroise[2]. Its mission will be to boost the provincial economy while preserving its particular assets: its traditional maritime activities and the quality of its coastal zones and islands.

            Thus, the future Technopole of East Java, named the "Ocean Tradition Center," will initially focus on one domain: operational oceanography applied to the management of coastal zones, including hazards, and the exploitation of marine bio-resources. This first collective project will be carried out through a transfer of know-how, knowledge and techniques from proved projects carried out in Europe[3]. It will also rely upon, and complete the project "INDESO" mentioned previously.

            [1] e.g.: ministry of fisheries and marine affairs; LIPI; government of East Java; universities and academic centers.

            [2] Technopôle Brest Iroise ( is a development agency created in 1990 to develop a new maritime economy. The main results are the two maritime scientific and economic clusters of excellence situated in Brest/Brittany.

            [3] e.g. PREVIMER in France, COSYNA in Germany, projects which have paved the way towards operational oceanography. The models are being exported in other countries such as Brazil, Vietnam, Mexico, Argentina, etc.


            ( CANADA

            Ocean Innovation 2013 in Rimouski - Richness of content, quality of discussions

            Ocean Innovation 2013 has been held in Rimouski, Québec, Canada, from October 21th to 23rd. This edition presented by Technopole maritime du Québec (TMQ), in collaboration with the Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland, has reached its goals by bringing together participants and exhibitors, all professionals, decision makers, and researchers concerned by ocean observation as well as by development of technologies in this specific sector of activities. A total of 150 delegates participated in the two parts of the event, the Main Conference and the Ocean Smart Workshop.

            The Main Conference addressed three themes and has allowed to establish as many conclusions: the importance of:

            1. concerting efforts and observation programmes to get a global and integrated information on oceans and ecosystems, while reducing the cost of data acquisition;
            2. meeting the challenges of the growing volume of data and prioritize the best ways to adopt in Canada to improve management, sharing, and processing of data;
            3. integrating ocean observation in decision-making processes.

            “If you do not have the right information you cannot take the right decision”, this is one of the outstanding sentences of the Main Conference that summarizes the essence of discussions.

            The last day of the conference, the Ocean Smart Workshop addressed the theme of “Marine Environment Knowledge and Offshore Production: Learnings and Best Practices”. The workshop dynamic formula has combined conferences, panels, and discussion with participants, allowing to better identify best practices to implement in Québec’s offshore oil and gas sector. Several research avenues have already been identified: experts needs to study oil spills impacts in winter conditions, understand oil spill behaviors in deep waters, and establish a holistic monitoring, including anthropogenic activities present in the Gulf, to make a real ecosystem monitoring.

            Technopole maritime du Québec would like to thank Brest Métropole Océane and its delegation from France for participating in Ocean Innovation 2013. Special acknowledgements go to all event sponsors: MEOPAR, MDDEFP, City of Rimouski, UQAR-ISMER, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, and Sygif international.

            Further information about Ocean Innovation 2013 (external link) [HERE]


            Participation of Brest at Ocean Innovation 2013

            In the framework of the Ocean 2 project, supported by the France-Québec Decentralized Cooperation Fund, a delegation from Brest went to Quebec to participate in the Ocean Innovation 2013 Conference (20-23 October, Rimouski, Québec). Besides the event, thematic and individual meetings have enabled delegates to exchange with their Canadian counter-part and to identify different technical and scientific cooperation opportunities between both maritime territories.

            Further information about Ocean Innovation 2013 (external link) [HERE]

            Further information about OCEAN 2 – France/Québec [HERE]




            ( USA

            San Diego : Maritime Forum November 7-8, 2013

            Year after year, the maritime Forum of San Diego imposes itself as THE week of the American maritime community. The evolution of its name, and of its content, reflects the changes of the maritime economy and community’s concerns. Initially entitled “San Diego Security Forum”, then “San Diego maritime business and technology forum”, the event is organized since 2012 under the brand “Blue Tech and Blue Economy Summit of San Diego”.

            The 2013 edition of the Summit has comforted the success of this event which gathers the navy, high tech companies, prestigious institutions and research centers such as ESRI, NOAA or Scripps. The theme of the year was: “Marine Spatial Planning and Promoting Sustainable Development of the Oceans”. The edition crossed thus the MITIN action lines. Moreover, this edition was organized just after Oceans’2013 and welcomed an important international participation, especially from Canada and Mexico, sharing the same coast lines and concerns, but also France and UK represented by the maritime clusters.

            Based on this success, the next edition is already under work. Michael Johns, President of the “Maritime Alliance”, organizer of the event and representative member of the American cluster in MITIN, invites contributions from the network.

            More Information: Michael Johns The Maritime Alliance, President;; Tel: 1- 619-450-4600 x141

            Visit the website of the forum [HERE]

            More information about Oceans’13 (external website) [HERE]

            ( Project of marine Technopole at Tuxpan (MEXICO) and in Chubut Province (ARGENTINA)

            In the framework of the MiTiN network, both cooperative projects between Brest and Chubut province (Argentina) on the one hand and Brest and Veracruz (Mexico) on the other hand have been approved for 2014. These projects aiming to develop maritime technopoles are supported by the French Ministry for Foreign Affairs.


            ( Atlantic Strategy Action Plan

            At the first Lisbon Atlantic Conference (LAC) organized two years ago, the European Commission officially announced the European Maritime Strategy for the Atlantic Area. This initiative gave to the countries, the regions and the cities of the area a unique chance to jointly define a “Blue Growth” strategy for the Atlantic. After two years mobilizing all stakeholders - public authorities at national, regional/provincial, local levels, the scientific and the business communities, LAC 2013 was the occasion to present the results: the Atlantic Strategy and Action Plan, accompanied by an unprecedented intercontinental cooperation engagement with American and African neighbors. Thus the Atlantic will be “materialized” as one maritime “basin” with its own Maritime Policy shared between Europe, America and Africa.

            The implementation of the Action Plan should thus set out numerous synergies with MITIN Action Plan.

            More information (external link) [HERE]

            ( Brest awarded Atlantic City of the year

            In the framework of the General Assembly of the Conference of Atlantic Arc Cities that took place last July, Brest has been awarded “Atlantic City of the year”, rewarding the actions led at European and international scales over the last years.

            As a port city, open, welcoming and dynamic, Brest turned its qualities into vectors of its attractiveness, making it a creative, lively city. This metropolitan action, highlighted by the Brest vision and strategy “Brest 2025”, embodies reinvented governance at different scales, from local to international, and encouraging multi-player cooperation: “Together we will build our future”.

            More information (external link) [HERE]


            ( Portugal and the Maritime Strategy

            Maritime tradition is a part of the Portuguese identity. Portugal was among the first European countries adopting a National Ocean Strategy. Moreover, Portugal owns one of the largest Exclusive Economic Zone and most of this area is open ocean and deep-sea. This situation gives Portugal special assets but also special obligations as a new vision for the Atlantic is being mapped. Thus nothing surprising if the Portuguese institutions, at all levels together with the maritime community mobilized themselves for the establishment of the Atlantic and national maritime strategies, as illustrated by the organization of the Atlantic Conference in 2011 and 2013 in Lisbon and the announced “Sea Forum 2014” in Porto.


            ( The SEA Forum 2014 in Porto Matoshinos

            Oceano XXI and the Portugal Business Association (AEP) organise on May 28-30, the “Fórum do Mar 2014” (Sea Forum). The forum will take place at Exponor, in Matosinhos (Porto). The main goal is to reinforce interactions between different sectors of the “Sea knowledge and economy” and to raise public awareness of the benefits of a sustainable exploitation of the "Sea" resource. The forum will cover:

            • an exhibition for presentations of products, services and technologies with application to Sea;
            • Business meetings between national and international guests;
            • Conferences and workshops related the Sea Knowledge and Economy.

            The “Forum do Mar” welcomes MITIN members, whatever is their sector of activity and is open to the public.

            Contact: Rui Azevedo, Ocean XXI.

            ( Brest and Oceanopolis, Unesco/IOC and JCOMMOPS

            Located on the tip of Brittany, in France, the city known as “Brest metropole océane” has become an active ambassador for the ocean. This engagement is linked to its location, history and development policy since the 90’s. Resulting are natural synergies created around the pole of excellence in marine science and technology (60% of French research in the field) including Océanopolis, the emblematic ocean discovery center, about to reach ten-millions visitors.

            IOC/UNESCO and Océanopolis Brest Strengthen their Collaboration for the Ocean

            An agreement was signed on 2 July 2013 to strengthen and formalize collaboration between UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC/UNESCO) and Océanopolis, the “Centre for the Scientific and Technical Culture of the Sea”, in Brest (France). The agreement was signed by Eric Hussenot, Directeur Délégué of Océanopolis and Wendy Watson-Wright, Executive Secretary of IOC/UNESCO, during the 27th Session of the IOC Assembly in Paris, France. Océanopolis shares the natural history of the ocean with the general public with a scientific approach combined with spectacular presentation of life in the ocean. This ocean discovery park works closely with scientific institutes and showcases oceanographic research. IOC/UNESCO and Océanopolis have already collaborated on a short film about plankton, “Poussières d’océan” (Ocean Dust), released on World Ocean Day 2013.

            Transfer of JCOMMOPS in Brest

            In the same spirit, for similar reasons, "JCOMM", the Oceans observation program the coordinated by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO and its partner the World Meteorological Organization (WMO), has decided in October 2013 to transfer its operational platform “JCOMMOPS” in Brest. Previously housed in Toulouse in the premises of the CLS Company, JCOMMOPS can thus benefit from the skills and the research infrastructures of a center of excellence in marine science and technology, recognized internationally. In the wake of “Investments for Future” and by his contributions to major international programs, this pole intends to strengthen its global position in marine science and technology. In entering the heart of this local dynamics, JCOMMOPS will thus find in Brest a natural development crucible. The transfer of JCOMMOPS office to Brest will allow the program to enter a new stage of growth, after 10 years of existence. JCOMMOPS constitutes the center of the global observing system of the oceans (GOOS, Global Ocean Observing System, major program of the IOC). Thus JCOMMOPS will also contribute to strengthening the international cooperation networks, and visibility, of Brest maritime community and territory. JCOMMOPS as UNESCO/IOC will also collaborate actively with Oceanopolis.



            More information about IOC-UNESCO (external link) [HERE]

            More information about Océanopolis (external link) [HERE]

            More information (external link in French) [HERE]


            Brest and Kiel twinned since 50 years

            During two days in September 2013, Brest welcomed a delegation from the municipality of Kiel. The visit was organized in the framework of the twinning between the two port Cities. 2014 will mark their 50 years of twinning. The visit was the opportunity for the new Mayer of Kiel, Susanne Gaschke and the new President of the City of Kiel, Hans-Werner Tovar, to discover the metropolis of Brest, its urban and transport plans, the ocean discovery park “Océanopolis” ( and its science park, the “Technopôle Brest-Iroise” (

            Apart from historical reasons, the twining between Brest and Kiel is based on their similarity. Both are peripheral port and navy cities whose economic development now relies upon research and innovation especially in the maritime domain. In 2014 the two Cities host respectively scientific[1] and economic[2] clusters of excellence in this field.

            Scientific and economic cooperation between Kiel and Brest

            In 2013, the cooperation between the scientific and economic clusters now constitutes one important segment of this twinning (besides institutional, cultural, scholar, sport exchanges). Thus the Maritimes Cluster of Northern Germany (MCN), the Technopôle Brest-Iroise and the two scientific clusters worked together with the MITIN community to prepare the 1st Symposium of the network in Qingdao and will prepare the next edition of the European Maritime Days organized in Bremen in May 2014. It will be an occasion to strengthen the European MITIN community.

            Meanwhile, they work already to valorize the results of the MITIN symposium which has reinforced the bilateral cooperation in this international framework.

            Taking the opportunity of this newsletter, we want to thank Dr. Niko von Bosse for his involvement in the development of the cooperation with Brest and MITIN. As he retires at the end of 2013, we congratulate him for his successful work as managing director of the MCN cluster. Created in 2005 with Schleswig Holstein as action radius, MCN unites the maritime community of the three lands: Schleswig Holstein, Hamburg and Lower Saxony. On behalf of MITIN we send him our warm wishes for his new life.

            [1] German scientific cluster of excellence “Future Ocean”: ; French scientific cluster of excellence LABEX MER “Changing Ocean”:

            [2] French cluster « Pole mer Bretagne » : ; German cluster « Maritimes Cluster North Germany»:

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            ( SOUTH CHINA - Guangdong province

            Signature of a convention with the Technopôle Brest-Iroise and with MITIN

            Based on its unique location, at the South of China, and the proven “innovation support capacities” provided by its science and technology park, the Guangdong province is strengthening its maritime economic sector. The new “Blue Development Plan” relies upon recognized marine academic and research centers, a new port area and active sea food, seaweed and energy sectors.

            In 2013 a cooperation agreement was signed between the two Science and Technology parks of Brest and Guangzhou. The goal is to accompany the Blue Development Plan of the province and to favor cooperation between Chinese/French companies and research centers, in bilateral and multinational programs. The first targeted topics concern marine bio-resources, coastal zones management and marine protected areas, marine energies and marine technologies.

            Following the 1st Symposium organized by MITIN in Qingdao, the Guangdong Province though its science park joined the Network in December 2013. This decision will enable positioning the bilateral cooperation in a larger, international, action for a new maritime economy.

            More about the Guangdong Province, Guangzhou City and its science and technology park

            Guangdong is a dynamic maritime province in the South of China. Guangzhou, its capital, hosts one of the 1st Chinese “science and technology park”: Dahua Huaren Sheng Technology Park. The park was created in 2003 to support research and innovation and has already invested about 580 million Yuan in the construction of office buildings, pilot plants, research projects and test facilities. Its incubator[1] was awarded “high-tech Innovation Service Center” by the National Science and Technology qualification system. Its innovation support services cover collective research and development programs; this activity employs more than 720 people, including 8 doctors and 18 master degrees belonging in particular to the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

            Based on its success, the science park is now developing itself as a “four parks base” with unified innovation services. These four sites are situated by the main development areas of the province.

            More information (external link) [HERE]

            [1] “Guangzhou Lian Ju Technology Business Incubator”




            ( Sea Tech Week - 13-17 October 2014, Brest, France

            Brest métropole océane urban council is organizing the 9th consecutive SEA TECH WEEK, an international marine science and technology event. Brest is setting a benchmark worldwide in the field of oceanographic research and marine technology, and has created an event to match its reputation by bringing to the city every two years leading experts in various marine-related disciplines. 2012 attracted a total of 1 000 conference-goers.

            The 2nd MITIN international Symposium will take place in the framework of this event.

            More information (external link) [HERE]

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            Living Deep – Laboratory of Microbiology and Extreme Environments, M. Jebbar, 2013. International Innovation 2013.

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            Science et Technologie en Chine, French Embassy in China, newsletter n°7, November 2013.

            Read the newsletter (external link in French) [HERE]

            Maritimes cluster Norddeutschland Newsletter, November 2013.

            Read the newsletter (external link in German) [HERE]

            European Commission – Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, Newsletter n°11, 24 October 2013, ISSN 2315-084X

            Read the newsletter (external link in English) [HERE]

            Press release – New global assessment: maintaining rich biodiversity in and around cities is possible and can greatly improve global sustainable development”, Montreal/New York, 4 October 2013, Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity, United Nations Environment Programme.

            Meeting calendar

            Oceanology International

            More info (external link) [HERE]

            London, UK

            11-13 May 2014

            7th edition Europe Maritime Day
            “innovation and maritime technologies”

            More info (external link) [HERE]

            Bremen, Germany

            19-20 May 2014

            Forum do Mar

            More info (external link) [HERE]

            Porto, Portugal

            28-30 May 2014

            Sea Tech Week

            More info (external link) [HERE]

            Brest, France

            13-17 October 2014

            Safer Seas

            More info (external link) [HERE]

            Brest, France

            27-30 October 2015



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