From April 27-29, 2022 Italian and Croatian partners of the strategic project InnovaMare (Interreg VA Italy-Croatia 2014-2020 Programme) met in first InnovaMare Roadshow in Dubrovnik (Croatia). This event was a part of the InnovaMare strategic project activities to promote cross-border cooperation between Italy and Croatia and implement the Blue Economy by increasing the transfer of knowledge among partners and stakeholders.
The roadshow was organized by the Croatian Chamber of Economy as leader partner of the project together with project partner, the University of Dubrovnik. It has brought out the results of almost two years of activities aimed at building a shared stakeholders ecosystem of innovation through a multidisciplinary approach to foster Adriatic sustainability.
Event in Dubrovnik included a series of workshops and practical demonstrations of new industrial applications against marine pollution based on robotic and sensoric solutions.
In the 3-day roadshow, Innovamare innovation interactive platform has been launched, a shared web space among key players where private sector, public institutions, research centers and experts from different countries will keep in touch for further cooperation, development and promotion of innovations in marine technologies. Also the most ambitious result of InnovaMare project, has been presented: it is the Digital Innovation Hub (DIH), a digital place for networking, exchanging knowledge and connecting supply and demand for highly innovative underwater anti-pollution technologies with a wide range of services.
During the second day Interreg ADRION BLUEAIR project team presented the project and its main findings so far, which include primary macro-regional Blue Growth areas, and conducted the Cross-fertilization Workshop on recommendations and improvements for boosting macro-regional cooperation and innovation potential.
On the last day we had "BLUE EVENT 2" organized in Bistrina (a bay close to Dubrovnik), with presentation and demonstration of new models/solutions for the application of marine technologies together with project MARLESS & SeaClear. It was presentation of a system of unmanned underwater and surface vessels for finding and collecting waste from the seabed, a robot that identifies, collects and sorts waste from the sea surface, an autonomous vehicle that can map congested water areas and an buoy with sensors.
Activities in Dubrovnik represented an important opportunity for networking, developing joint innovative projects and building new consortiums to apply for future calls in the Blue economy.
The roadshow is also expected to continue this summer with further appointments scheduled in Venice (June 2022), Bari (July 2022) and Rijeka (September 2022).