(image credits: Legambiente, Anna Paola Montuoro)
(image credits: Legambiente, Anna Paola Montuoro)


The BlueMed Initiative presents the e-training course on Understanding and acting for a healthy plastic free Mediterranean Sea, organized in the framework of the Pilot Action Healthy Plastic-free Mediterranean Sea.

This course brings together experts working on Marine Litter and the Blue-economy in order to share knowledge, showcase best practices and suggest methods enabling more sustainable blue jobs in the framework of the circular economy strategy, taking into due consideration education for sustainable development and citizen science.

The course consists of 11 sessions delivered in a mixed modality, some via on-line webinar and others by releasing lesson’s material on our website.

The course is designed in two distinctive parts. The first part is focused on understanding and studying plastic pollution pathways, its impact on marine ecosystems, novel technologies for observation and removal. The second part focuses on connecting the plastics issue to the different sectors of the blue economy in a circular economy perspective, addressing at the same time the role of citizens and governance in the Mediterranean.

Participants are encouraged to follow all lectures, in order to gain a complete understanding, which will all be available in our website www.bluemed-initiative.eu for future reference. However, the course is designed in a way that all lectures are independent to one another.


The course is closed, but all the materials, including the recording of the live webinars, are available through the pages linked in the table below.

For more info about the access options, write to: bluemed [at] cnr.it .


Lecture Title


Mode of delivery

June 16th

11:00 CEST

1. Introduction to Plastics and  Microplastics

François Galgani

French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea, France

1h Webinar


June 18th

10:30 CEST

2. Research and Monitoring Protocols

Françoise Claro

National Museum of Natural History, France

1h Webinar


June 23rd

11:00 CEST

3. Use of New Technologies for Observation

Konstantinos Topouzelis

University of the Aegean, Greece
Greek Pivot Bluemed Knowledge Platform

1h Webinar


June 25th

4. Cutting Edge Technology for Prevention and Removal

Giorgos Triantafylou

Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece

Course material

June 30th

11:00 CEST

5. The Blue Bioeconomy

Fabio Fava

University of Bologna, Italy
Italian BlueMed GSO member

1h Webinar


July 2nd

6. Alternatives and Recycling

Fedra Francocci

National Research Council, Italy
BlueMed CSA

Course material

July 7nd

7. Fisheries and Aquaculture

Maria Vidal Rigo

Spanish Institute of Oceanography, Spain

Emilio Notti

National Research Council, Italy

Course material

July 9th

8. Tourism

Mara Manente

International Centre of Studies on the Tourism Economy –
Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Italy
Italian Pivot Bluemed Economy Platform

Course material

July 14th

9. Shipping

Elena Paifelman

National Research Council, Italy

Course material

July 16th

10. Governance Challenges

Ioakeimides Christos

Marine UN Environment, MAP MEDPOL

Course material

July 21st

11:00 CEST

11. Community and Citizen Awareness, Ocean Literacy

Alba L’Astorina & Rita Giuffredi

National Research Council, Italy BlueMed CSA

Invited speakers:

Francesca Ronchi (ISPRA, Italy)
Lucía Fraga Lago (CETMAR, Spain)
Mihaela Mirea Cândea (Mare Nostrum NGO, Romania)
Macarena Marambio (CSIC, Barcelona)
Inès Boujmil (INSTM, Tunisia, BlueMed Young Communication Ambassador)
Badr El Mahrad (Mohammed V University of Rabat, Morocco and CIMA, Portugal, BlueMed Young Communication Ambassador)

1.5h Webinar

Details and materials

Welcome to the e-training by Mr. Isidro González, Deputy Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean in charge of Water, Environment and Blue Economy.
The BlueMed Pilot Italian Hub, described by Fabio Fava (University of Bologna, BlueMed GSO WG).
The BlueMed Pilot Tunisian Hub, described by the INSTM team: Cherif Sammari (BlueMed GSO WG), Inés Boujmil (BlueMed Young Communication Ambassador), Jaziri Hela (BlueMed Pilot National Hub).