Success in Lisbon: MARMED 2nd Transnational Meeting hits the mark

On September 21 and 22, 2023, ForMare – Polo Nazionale per lo Shipping attended the Erasmus+ Project MARMED second Transnational Meeting that took place at Forum Oceano Premises, in Lisbon, Portugal. 

MarMED project aims at bridging the gap between the existing needs and the current skillset of Maritime Cluster Managers ensuring the re-skilling and up-skilling for an innovative professional Profile toward an increased competitiveness of the Maritime Cluster in the Mediterranean area and, overall, the boosting of innovation and sustainable growth in the Blue Economy sector. 

Under the coordination of ForMare, the Consortium gather together 5 Clusters from Italy, Greece, Portugal and Tunisia of the WestMED Cluster Alliance, an initiative aimed at promoting dialogue between maritime clusters and supported by the WestMED Initiative: Cluster BIG – Blue Italian Growth, Federazione del Mare (Associated Partner), Strategis – Maritime ICT Cluster, Fórum Oceano, Cluster Maritime Tunisien (Associated Partner); as well as training centers and research organizations from Italy, Greece and Malta, operating in the Blue Economy sector: OGS, Metropolitan College, MaritimeMT, DLTM – Distretto Ligure delle Tecnologie Marine Scrl (Associated Partner).

This two-day meeting had represented a great opportunity to bring together Maritime Clusters, VET Providers and Training Centers from across the Mediterranean Region, with one common scope: addressing the needs and the skillset gaps of maritime clusters. The consortium had the opportunity to deeply discuss the results achieved so far and to focus on the next steps to be taken. 

During the meeting, the WP2 Leader presented the work carried out in the skill gaps analysis. The scope was to gain a deeper insight into the significant skill disparities among current and prospective Blue Cluster managers. Indeed, this analysis revealed a noteworthy discrepancy between the skills presently possessed and those necessary for the ideal future role of a blue cluster manager. Notably, MARMED Project aims at addressing these skills’ gaps and to support Maritime Clusters in this process. 

The meeting also represented a great opportunity of discussion for the work packages that are in progress or that will soon start their path. In particular, the leader of WP3 has presented the work already done and the follow-up actions. Moreover, WP4 and WP5 were deeply analyzed and partners coordinate their efforts to achieve great results in the next months.

A heartful thank you goes to MARMED dedicated Consortium and Associated Partners for the commitment demonstrated, and for the cooperative environment that has been created during this Transnational Meeting. Teamwork and common efforts are always the key to achieve better results! We take the opportunity also to thanks Forum Oceano for the warm welcome in Lisbon and the great hospitality. 

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