An ocean of new professional opportunities for a competitive economy for the Sea of the Azores

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General information

MATES  project  –  An  ocean  of  new  professional  opportunities  for  a  competitive  economy  for  the  Sea  of the  Azores

General description:

Fundo Regional para a Ciência e Tecnologia (FRCT) is a partner in a new EU-funded project called MATES. The MATES project’s objective is to develop a skills strategy that addresses the main drivers of change to the maritime industry, in particular shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy. FRCT will facilitate this workshop in collaboration with the Azores School “Escola do Mar dos Açores” (EMA). The workshop will focus on the analysis of educational and vocational needs in the blue economy, with the aim of identifying future activities required to meet these needs. Moreover, it will address the offshore renewable energy sector and the thematic areas of Ocean Literacy and Innovation Management to identify potential future innovations. During the workshop, stakeholders will describe the current situation of offshore activities in the Azores, identifying the needs and will contribute to a foresight exercise in which activities will be identified for the short, medium and long term. Participants will be allocated to discussion tables, where facilitators will promote interaction and discussion. This methodology will allow for effective mobilisation through dynamic debate, after which the facilitators will present a summary of the main conclusions. The outcomes of the workshops will feed into to a long-term strategy for the maritime sector which will be developed by MATES.

Target public: Professionals from the maritime sector, training/education sector, scientific community, representatives from companies and public administration.


9:00 Participants Registration
9:15 Welcome session
9:30 Presentation of “Escola do Mar dos Açores” (EMA)
9:45 General overview of MATES project
10:00 Presentation: The potential of Offshore Activities for the Blue Growth

(Frederico Ferreira, Project Officer, Fórum Oceano – Associação da Economia do Mar)

10:20 Presentation: Oceanic Renewable Energies

(Marco Alves, Head of Numerical Modelling, WavEC – Offshore Renewables)

10:40 Coffee break
11:15 Debate
12:45 Presentation of results
13:15 Closing session
13:20 Light lunch
14:30 Optional activity: visit to EMA
Contact Person: Maria Martin (FRCT) (


The highlighted icons, represent the fields of education (in compliance with ISCED Classification) engaged during this course/programme.

0031- Personal skills and communication", "0311 - Maritime economy", "0413 - Logistics and shipping operational management", "0713 - Offshore and renewable energy", "0715 - Machinery and operators", "0716 - Naval engineering", "0732 - Near- and offshore constructions", "1041 - Navigation and seamanship


Venue: Casa Manuel de Arriaga
Horta, Portugal


Open from
1 May 2018 to 14 Jun 2018
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