The Baltic Mediterranean Workshop (BMW) is a Think Tank created in 2008 and supported by Finland and France. It aims at facilitating exchanges between the Baltic and Mediterranean Seas in the fields of Science, Culture and Technology.

Co-chaired by Gabriel Rebourcet (President) and Daniel Pardo (VP), the
BMW organized annual workshops ever since in France, Finland, Germany,
Israel, covering various fields of knowledge and gathering more than 100
experts from France, Finland, Denmark, Germany, Tunisia, Israel, Palestine,
Italy, Greece, Monaco.

Gabriel Rebourcet

Gabriel Rebourcet(Consul of Finland), Daniel Pardo (Former Head of CNRS
International Affairs), Daniel Vernet (former Chief Editor of " le Monde"),
Jorma Routti (former EU Head of Research), Torger Borresen (DTU
Denmark), Laura Giuliano (CIESM), Amel Chaffal (Tunisia), Heinrich Cuypers
(Scan Balt) are among BMW members who will participate in the March 2013


Baltic Mediterranean Workshop’s next meeting will be held in Marseilles March 21/22nd, as part of Marseille Provence European Capital of Culture 2013 global event.
It will be mainly focused on blue biotechnology, supported by a multidisciplinary approach. Science Policy, Sociology, Scientometry, Media and Contemporay Art will contribute to describe the various aspects of Marine Biotechnology today.
One of the main goals of our meeting is to make such complex models accessible to all participants.
In accordance with our « good practice », the Marseilles 2013 workshop will facilitate discussions, collaboration and a better understanding among people originating from the Mediterranean and the Baltic Seas.
In accordance with our « good practice », the Marseilles 2013 workshop will facilitate discussions, collaboration and a better understanding among people originating from the Mediterranean and the Baltic Seas.

We remind you that your participation is free of charge, but that the registration for the conference, including lunch and dinner arrangements, is imperative. Since limited space is available, early registration is highly recommended.
The deadline for registration is March 1st, 2013.


March 21st from 14.00 to 18.00

* Welcome address by Daniel Parzy, Head Off Institut de Médecine Tropicale

* Gabriel Rebourcet : Marseilles - European Capital of Culture in 2013 and

* Programme présentation : BM as a bridge by Daniel Pardo

* A Reading frame by Daniel Vernet

* Europe’s new southern border by Gilles Bertrand, ISS.EU

* A Disparate Homogenisation, some Thoughts around an Oxymoron for
Featuring the Baltic Sea Area by Mathieu Chillaud, Tartu University

* Centrum Balticum - an sea-policy watchtower by Helena Erkkila –Turku

* Eur(O)Vision by Nicoletta Lacobacci

* Bridging the gap between Gaza and the Dead Sea by Marc Mimram

* Nation Estate by Larissa Sansour

* The Dead Sea by Sigalit Landau

* "One Sea, Many Religions : Multi-faith Dialogue in the Mediterranean Area
Today" by R.P Jean Marc Aveline


Dinner at the Nautique Restaurant – Old Harbour

March 22nd from 9.30 to 16.00

Focus on Marine Biotech

* Presentation by Torger Borresen, Research Director, DTU Food, Denmark :

Marine Biotechnology will be a central activity when « Horizon 2020 » is
launched by the European Commission. An overarching theme is named
‘Blue Growth’, the core activity of which is to explore the large potentials for
exploiting the resources in the aquatic environment. The potential for
addressing major challenges in Horizon 2020 can be activated by addressing
the need for food for the growing world population, developing new and
smarter solutions for sustainable farming of organisms in the aquatic
environment, and pursuing the development of new biological principles for
use in the pharmaceutical and health sector.

* Europe , from CSA to ERA-Net Marine Biotech by Jan Bart Calewart

* Mediterranean Landscape by Laura Giulano

* INOC (Inter-Islamic Science and Techology Network on oceanography) by Hratch Kouyoumjian

* The Reform of Finlands research and innovation system by Esko Lindstedt

* Overviews and Networks : Israel, Tunisia, Finland, Scanbalt, Germany,
France etc… : Discussion among speakers : Amel Chaffal, Thomas Frahm,
Hillel Milo, Heinrich Cuypers, Jacqueline Penez, Hratch Kouyoumjian,
Philippe Lebaron, Esko Lindstedt

* Are ERA-Net Programmes (European Research Area) open to non EU members ? by C.Robin-Champigneul – EU Representative.

* Mapping of Euro Med Scientific Networks, an overview by Antoine Schoen.

Discussion with Amel Chaffal and Mohamed Charki

* Forward towards a Creative Industry ! by Jorma Routti

* Conclusion by Daniel Vernet with Torger Borresen and Daniel Pardo