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Integrated Marine Spatial Planning & Sustainable Blue Economy Workshop in Brussels, Belgium

Program Overview

Oceans and Seas are the largest ecosystems on our planet. They play a crucial role not only in climate regulation but for the development of the world economy as well. Over 90% of global trade takes place with the help of sea routes, employing millions of people. In the contemporary world, the Blue economy is becoming a more and more significant driver of growth. Its size is expected to grow rapidly in the coming years. However, such an expansion might well put the natural assets of our seas and oceans under unprecedented pressure.

While economic activities related to tourism, ports and shipping, renewable energy production, fishing, aquaculture, and mineral extraction are flourishing, the competition for acquiring and retaining ocean space is becoming fiercer day by day. In the face of this challenge, the need for strategic and integrated efforts for marine planning has become eminent.

Lately, Marine Spatial Planning (MSP) has gained traction as a powerful tool that can lead the way towards a sustainable blue economy.  MSP suggests a way for more organized marine space sharing, by integrating social, economic, and environmental uses of the coast and sea. Even though MSP adoption is increasing worldwide, many regions still require support in employing and successfully implementing it.

Strategic Marine Spatial Planning and Sustainable Blue Economy Workshop in Brussels, Belgium is a unique program that has been specifically designed for those professionals who intend to employ MSP for marine conservation, support sustainable blue economy growth, and promote responsible and accountable maritime industry organizations. The program bridges the gap between marine science, management, and spatial planning, and therefore, equips its delegates with unmatched skills and knowledge to embark on new levels in their career.

Target Audience

The program is best suit for:

  • Environmental and Sustainability Consultants, Professionals and Policymakers
  • Members of national government departments and agencies with coastal or marine responsibilities
  • Employees of environmental, nature conservation, and marine NGOs
  • Managers and Executive level staff of maritime sector organizations including energy, fisheries, ports and shipping, leisure, and tourism
  • Anyone interested in integrated marine spatial planning and sustainable blue economy development.

Program Objectives

Upon the successful completion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Comprehend the need for sustainable marine resource management, as well as the challenges and opportunities of Ecosystem-Based Management
  • Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the IMSP approach and EU Blue growth Policy
  • Plan for the collection and mapping of ecological, environmental, and oceanographic conditions information
  • Establish an appropriate framework of IMSP, contribute to the overall planning process and assist in developing a guiding vision
  • Employ a highly participatory approach while developing Marine Spatial Plans
  • Take part in the implementation and enforcement of Marine Spatial plans, as well as become involved in monitoring, evaluation, and compliance processes.

Program Contents

Day 1

  • Understanding Sustainable Resource Management
  • Challenges and Opportunities for Ecosystem-based Management
  • Introduction of Coastal and Marine Resource Management
  • Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM)
  • Growing and Changing Pressures on Coasts, The drivers of Changes
  • From a land-sea to an integrated spatial perspective
  • The Integrated Maritime Spatial Planning (IMSP) Approach and EU Blue Growth Policy
  • The benefits of IMSP: Can we turn seas into economic powerhouses?
  • Main Challenges of IMSP
  • Criteria for IMSP Success.

Day 2

  • Determining whether IMSP is needed or not
  • Establishing Appropriate Authority
  • Obtaining Financial Support
  • Laying the ground for IMSP
  • Collecting and mapping information about ecological, environmental, and oceanographic conditions
  • Stocktaking
  • Cadaster of Maritime Uses
  • Spatial Impact, Conflicts, and Compatibility
  • Estimating Potential new demands of Ocean Space
  • The importance of regional differentiation
  • IMSP as a highly participatory approach.

Day 3

  • Establishing Framework of IMSP
  • Preparing, Evaluating, and Approving spatial management plan
  • Developing Guiding Vision
  • Involving and Engaging Stakeholders
  • The value of judgments
  • Refining mapping and stock take
  • Data Collection and Access
  • Vulnerability Assessments
  • Rating Spatial Impacts
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Land-Sea use optimization.

Day 4

  • EIA, ESIA, and TIA for large-scale projects
  • The role of the law of the sea in IMSP
  • The Need for IMSP beyond the areas of national jurisdiction
  • Political and Institutional Framework
  • Managing Risks through IMSP
  • Marine Protected Areas
  • Drawing up a plan
  • Zoning
  • Implementing and Enforcing Spatial Management Plan; Ensuring Compliance
  • Spatial Monitoring and Indicators
  • Evaluating Performance and Measuring Results
  • Adapting and Redesigning Marine Spatial Plans.

Day 5

Full day Field Trip - Technical Engagements.

Program Methodology

This program is a short-term extensive workshop with a highly practical focus. The presenter will apply modern adult learning techniques in order to maximize the effectiveness of the session delivery and achieve successful results. The methods deployed will include open presentation, group discussions, individual assignments, practical exercises, case studies, and topic-related field visits. At the end of each session, the program experts will request feedback and consider comments received for the coming days in order to improve results and ensure the maximum understanding of the material covered.

Registration Information

Program Name: Integrated Marine Spatial Planning and Sustainable Blue Economy Workshop in Brussels, Belgium

Program Code: MSP021BE

Program Dates: 19 - 23 April 2021

Registration Closes on: 28 February 2021 

Venue: Hotel Des Colonies

Program Fee: $5880

Fee Covers: Visa Assistance (complementary), Participant Assessment, Airport Pickup, Accommodation, Wi-Fi, Breakfast, Workshop Kit, Interactive workshop, Program Materials, Local Expert, Practical Activities, Lunch, Refreshments, City Map, Field Visit, Certificate & Entertaining Tour.

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Transforming Healthcare through Artificial Intelligence & Robotics

Over the past few decades, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has played a vigorous role in transforming our world. Especially today, AI presents itself in many different forms and influences our daily life. It is incontestable, that the potential of AI and robotics is nearly endless, opening up new doors for a vast array of industries. Inevitably, Healthcare is one of the latter. Technology allows for more accurate, systematic, and impactful interventions in patient care. Artificial Intelligence is expected to drive the changes and improvements towards healthcare excellence, by truly augmenting human activity.

Applications and Benefits of AI and Robotics in Healthcare

AI has become extremely sophisticated at doing what humans have been traditionally doing. What’s more, it’s incomparably time-efficient and cost-effective. It lays the ground for proactive health management and encourages an appropriate lifestyle for well-being. Although the applications of AI and Robotics in healthcare are vast, we list just a few of them below:

  • Self-Care, Prevention, and Healthy Lifestyle – Contemporary patients are becoming increasingly empowered to take care of their health and well-being. Starting from numerous healthcare applications all the way to sleep trackers and blood pressure measurers, AI-based solutions are able to provide personalized plans and guidance. They can track and process greater amounts of data and gain insights into care processes.
  • Improving Healthcare Operations – With the Help of AI, operations such as scheduling, hospital admissions, discharge, and capacity management become simplified.
  • Diagnosis – Many AI-based technologies can help triage patients and detect whether the symptoms present require additional attention. In turn, it creates a positive trend for the patients to appear at hospitals and emergency rooms only when essential.
  • Early Detection and Diagnostics – AI solutions suggest effective ways for improving early detection mechanisms and timely diagnosis along with its accuracy. This is due to strengthened pattern recognition abilities that can have significant clinical implications.
  • Decision-Making Support – AI can present a patient’s medical information in a well-structured way, that allows healthcare professionals to select the appropriate treatment option. Such facilitation results in a time-effective and evidence-based decision-making process.
  • Care Assistance – Contemporary robots and machines can refill stocks, take appropriate notes, and retrieve medical records if needed. These technologies can as well be of great help while monitoring the patient’s condition. 
  • Innovation Support – along with the clinical practice, AI can successfully support research and development activities.
  • Expanding access to healthcare – AI and Robotics could help fill the shortages of healthcare workers, especially in underserved or developing regions. E.g. AI imaging tools can screen chest x-rays for signs of tuberculosis, often achieving a level of accuracy comparable to humans.
  • Lowering the Burden of Record Use – AI can facilitate the process of receiving routine requests from the inbox, including medication refills and result notifications. It can help prioritize tasks that truly require the clinician’s attention, allowing the users to work through their to-do lists. In addition, Voice recognition and dictation can accelerate the clinical documentation process.
  • Prediction and Management of Patient Risks – AI can extract and analyze the abundance of patient data in an accurate, timely, and reliable manner. This makes patient risk assessment and management way easier.

What are the challenges with AI applications in Healthcare?

The main challenge with AI application in healthcare is reliable and relevant data. AI solutions are just as good as the data they base decisions on. Typically, in healthcare, the data is fragmented across various systems and in multiple formats. Such a fragmentation can increase the risk of errors and decreases the comprehensiveness of the datasets. In addition, AI systems might become biased on the data they are being trained on.

Furthermore, there are ongoing privacy concerns related to AI incorporation in the healthcare industry. Some patients have worries regarding their privacy being violated. This assumption becomes even more sizeable due to AI’s ability to predict the private information of the patient without the algorithm ever having received it.

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