The Blue Biotechnology Master’s for a Blue Career (BBMBC) project, involving the CPMR’s Atlantic Arc Commission, ended in December 2018. During the final months of the project, partners developed a set of political recommendations to the EU institutions on maritime training.

Developed by the Atlantic Arc Commission at the initiative of the Nouvelle Aquitaine Region, the BBMBC project, financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) from January 2017 to December 2018, brought together universities and SMEs from the Atlantic area to develop a Master’s degree in the cutting edge blue biotechnologies sector.

One of the deliverables of the project was also a series of political recommendations to be addressed to the European Commission. These are:

  • The Blue Careers calls should be replicated in the next programming period taking into account some suggestions for improvement: the limitation of the administrative burden, help from EASME andDG MARE to identify other sources of funding to ensure the sustainability of the project, a specific focus on life-long learning and awareness raising towards schools;
  • The Blue Careers call should promote the methodology developed by the BBMBC project and consider ways to improve their leverage impacts;
  • The European Commission should develop a knowledge transfer platform to capitalise on project results in the EU Blue biotechnology sector. This community could have a sea-basin dimension to develop skills ecosystems around sea-basin;
  • The European Commission should capitalise on project results and initiatives related to skills in the blue biotechnology sector in future legislation such as the EU strategy for blue skills or the roadmap on bioeconomy; and EU funding opportunities such as Erasmus and Horizon Europe.

These recommendations were developed by the project’s partner organisations. They will be used to further nurture the work of the Atlantic Arc Commission’s Innovation Working Group, coordinated by Nouvelle Aquitaine Region, which is aiming to develop a new project in the field of maritime training.

For more information, read the BBMBC project’s Final Recommendations to the European Commission.