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Register now – Kick off working groups Think Tank North Sea on 29 March

During the past months a wide range of stakeholders defined possible working themes that the Think Tank North Sea could dedicate specific working groups to during the coming year. After assessment against the proposed criteria and integration of related theme proposals, three overarching 'cluster themes' were proposed: 'Marine Food Impact', 'Living with Climate Change' and 'Working with Nature'. This was followed by a phase in which anyone could transfer their interest in the three themes to the Think Tank. After evaluating the response, it became clear that the themes 'Living with Climate Change' and 'Working with Nature' could count on the greatest, and similar, interest. These two themes were thus retained and form the focus of the working groups within the next phase of the process.

These working groups will be officially presented at the kick off event that will take place on Friday 29 March 2019 in the Grand Auditorium of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, Vautierstraat 29, 1000 Brussels.

The programme can be consulted below, and interested parties are requested to register via , and no later than Tuesday 26 March 2019, 16:00.

Practical information regarding the accessibility of the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences can be found here.


13:00 – 14:00        Reception with coffee/water/juices/snacks

14:00 – 14:05        Opening and announcements (NL/FR)

Part 1                        Introduction and framing Think Tank North Sea

14:05 – 14:15        Bart Tommelein, Major of the city of Ostend, representative of the Cabinet for the North Sea

14:15 – 14:30        Patrick Roose, Co-president Think Tank North Sea, Head Operational Direction Natural Environment, Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

14:30 – 15:00        Han Lindeboom, Wageningen University and Research & Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, Keynote ‘Future vision for the North Sea’

Part 2                       Kick off working groups

15:00 - 15:15         Introduction working group ‘Living with Climate Change’

15:15 – 15:30        Introduction working group ‘Working with Nature’

15:30 – 16:00        Debate with input from the audience

16:00 – 16:05        Synthesis