The thematic platforms and the BlueMed organization

To promote a fruitful exchange among Blue Growth national stakeholders four thematic Platforms at Mediterranean level have been created.

BM pivots and platforms

The thematic platforms

The four interconnected working platforms will allow cross-national communication and interplay among research, private sector, public administration and civil society, pivoting on identified key players of these sectors at national level. Serving as active observatories for monitoring the system, they will update the needs and promote solutions. In the long term, the platforms are expected to act as a transnational operation network to update and make tangible the BlueMed Strategic Research & Innovation Agenda (SRIA) in the Mediterranean.

Platforms are composed by the Platform Coordinator, representatives from the BLUEMED CSA  and the National Pivots (one for each partner country).

The National Pivots

National Pivots are key contributors to Platform operation, representatives of the different partner countries on the four thematic platforms themes.

They can be members of national public administrations, research institutions or stakeholders. They are competent on their subject, experienced in participating in networks, clusters or international organizations and projects, active in private or public organizations, recognized and accepted as representatives of their National Communities at the highest possible level. Acting as main interface between the Consortium and the national stakeholders, they contribute to mobilize other relevant national stakeholders by collecting and conveying their message and bring back the feedbacks.

Knowledge Platform


  • Platform coordinator: Erasmia Kastanidi (HCMR)
  • BlueMed CSA representatives
  • National Knowledge Pivots:

Economy Platform


  • Platform coordinator: José De Lara (Clustermaritimo)
  • BlueMed CSA representatives
  • National Economy Pivots:

Technology Platform


  • Platform coordinator: Guy Herrouin (Pole Mer Mediterranee)
  • BlueMed CSA representatives.
  • National Technology Pivots:

Policy Platform


  • Platform coordinator: Andrea Barbanti (CNR)
  • BlueMed CSA representatives
  • National Policy Pivots:
  • Staša Skenžić , Ministry of Science and Education (Croatia)
  • Christos Aspris, Directorate General for European Programmes Coordination and Development (Cyprus)
  • Claude Wohrer, Secretariat general of the sea (PM) (France)
  • Eleni Hatziyanni, Region of Crete (Greece)
  • Silvia Grandi, Italian Ministry of Economic Development (Italy)
  • Jason Bongalias, Malta Marittima Agecny (Malta)
  • Conceicao Santos, Directorate General for Maritime Policy (Portugal)
  • Iztok Škerlič, Municipality of Izola – EUSAIR Facility Point – JZP Izola (Slovenia)
  • Marta March, Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities (Spain)
  • Khemaies Zayani, INAT (Tunisia)
  • Samir Grimes, Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Sciences de la Mer et de l’Aménagement du Littoral (Algeria)
  • Dor Edelist, Univerity of Haifa (Israel)
  • Fawwaz Elkarmi, Jordan Higher Council for Science and Technology (Jordan)
  • Nabil Anwari, Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries, Rural Development, Water and Forests / Departement of Fisheries (Morocco)
  • Mustafa Yucel, Middle East Technical University, Institute of Marine Sciences (Turkey)

NEWS and UPdates on the BLueMed Platforms activity

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