European Maritime Day

18 – 19 May 2017 Lighthouse, Poole 

Held for the first time in 2008, European Maritime Day (EMD) is a prestigious international two-day conference and exhibition hosted by a different country each year. Former host cities include Brussels, Rome, Gothenburg, Athens and Bremen.

The conference is the heart of the project, bringing together around 1,000 industry leaders and policy makers including ministers, EU Commissioners, MPs and MEPs, academics, scientists and maritime experts. The conference themes address the EU’s Integrated Maritime Policy promoting economic growth, skills, technological innovation, environmental concerns and sustainability across Europe.


App Download

We have developed an App for Pre-registered participants of the EMD event, you can download our unique PMF App, with event information and details from either the Google play or Apple App store here:


This year, the conference title will be 'Future of our Seas'. Topics to be debated include innovation and growth, people and skills, safety and security, and sustainability and governance. 

The aims of the conference are to advance contracts and relationships between maritime stakeholders, promote and support development of integrated approaches to maritime issues, raise awareness of the potential opportunities across Europe's maritime and marine assets, encourage the sharing of innovative 'Blue Economy' ideas and practices, and raise the profile of maritime sectors.


European Maritime Day, Thursday

Includes keynote speeches from Barbara Jackson, campaign director, Race for the Baltic and Paul Stein, Director Research and Technology Rolls Royce PLC. As well as the Leadership Exchange discussing sustainable development of the seas - opportunities and challenges.

Thursday, 18 May 2017
Time : 08:30 AM to 06:30 PM
Location : Lighthouse

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European Maritime Day, Friday

Focusing on the plenary session : Strategic support for blue growth at sea - basin / macro - regional level. Continuing the workshop and pitch discussions.

Friday, 19 May 2017
Time : 08:30 AM to 03:00 PM
Location : Lighthouse

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EMD drinks reception

As the first day draws to a close, come and join us for a relaxing and enjoyable drinks reception. For the next couple of hours why not take the opportunity to meet new contacts and catch up with old friends.

Thursday, 18 May 2017
Time : 06:30 PM to 09:00 PM
Location : Westfield, Poole Park

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EMD EEN Matchmaking

This networking event targets innovative companies, universities, researchers, public authorities and other organisations interested in sharing new project ideas and finding collaborative partners.



Friday, 19 May 2017
Time : 09:00 AM
Location : Lighthouse

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Event locations


Strong links into the motorway network, trains to London, which take just under two hours and the growth of Bournemouth Airport for business and leisure travel, all add to the location’s ease of connectivity within the UK and abroad.


Find accommodation to suit a variety of styles and budgets in and around Poole. Book now through the official festival agent before the rush.