Periscope seeks to establish a permanent innovation ecosystem in the North Sea Region (NSR) to grow transnational innovation partnerships for sustainable business development in emerging blue markets.
The NSR is a crucial area for Europe's Blue Economy with marine resources, technologically- advanced industries, major port areas and increased offshore activities. Due to global drivers, the wider maritime, marine and offshore economies are exposed to profound challenges. On the regulatory side, this sector is pressured to improve its environmental, safety and security performance. On the societal side, digitalisation, automation, cybersecurity or the Internet of Things are potentially disruptive technologies which may fundamentally change the future. At the same time, these challenges create interesting opportunities for the European Blue Economy. To remain competitive and innovative, the European maritime technology sector needs to implement new technologies and to have the rightly skilled and trained workforce.
During the Periscope Forum, policy meets business to address how the NSR can sustain global leadership in the blue economy with focus on:
- Emerging global market opportunities
- Opening up cross border innovation partnerships fueled by regional Smart Specialization Strategies
- Co-creation and sharing of innovation infrastructures and skills development
- Availability of and synergies between investments and funds on transregional level