MATES Strategy Validation - Skills Intelligence to boost maritime technologies

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General information

MATES, an EU-funded Erasmus+ project, is aimed at bridging the gap between the skills needs and the training opportunities available within the shipbuilding and the off-shore renewable energy sectors.
During the MATES Strategy Validation workshop, the presenters will provide a general overview of both sectors, discuss industry skills needs and technological challenges as paradigm shifters, leading to future scenarios and action lines to overcome capacity shortages.

If you work in the shipbuilding or offshore renewable energy sector, or you are an interested party in the fields of industry, education or public administration, you are invited to join us at the MATES workshop on 28 May 2019 from 10.30-16.30.

All attendees will be invited to:
• Join the MATES project network of experts, enabling you to contribute to a long term strategy for the sectors
• Participate in the discussion for the validation of the MATES baseline strategy
• Contribute to the debate on how the set of proposed Pilot Experiences will better fit the MATES strategy

10:00 Registration
10:30 Welcome speech

Rosa Fernández Otero, Head of the Technology Promotion & Transfer Department

(Technology Centre of the Sea – CETMAR Foundation).

Opening address: Blue Growth and future skill challenges

Iain Shepherd, Policy Officer, Unit A1 - Maritime Innovation, Marine Knowledge and Investment. Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission.

Introductory session: The skills agenda for Europe and the joint work of the EU Commission to match the skills gap

Julie Fionda, Deputy Head of Skills & Qualifications Unit. Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion, European Commission.

11:30 MATES strategy presentation. Skills intelligence results.

Lucía Fraga Lago, Head of the Training Department, CETMAR (Technology Centre of the Sea – CETMAR Foundation).

12:15 Panel and debate on the strategy validation (*

Moderator: Rosa Fernández Otero, Head of the Technology Promotion & Transfer Department, CETMAR.


Pablo Fidalgo. Project Manager, ASIME

Lefteris Sdoukopoulos. Associate Researcher, CERTH/HIT

Ioannis Ergas. Research Director, WEGEMT

Jennifer Fox. Consultant (Renewable Energy), AQUATERA

Lucía Fraga Lago. Head of training department, CETMAR

Yuri Demchenko. Senior Researcher. University of Amsterdam


13:15 Lunch
14:15 Testing the strategy: Pilot Experiences

Framework of the Project Strategy - Susana Bastón Meira, CETMAR

Renewable Energies Crash Courses - Jennifer Fox, Aquatera

MOL2: Maritime on the Loop of Ocean Literacy - Costantino Cosmidis, COSNAV Engineering


15:15 Preliminary steps for the roll-out of the MATES strategy: the regions’ view on the Blueprint experience

Azores: Filipe Porteiro, Regional Director for Sea Affairs, Regional Government of the Azores, Portugal

Galicia: Maria Eugenia Perez Fernández, Subdirectorate-General for Vocational Education Training. Regional Government of Galicia, Spain


16:15 Closing speech
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Venue: L2 Business Center & Workspaces
Brussels, Belgium


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