Sea for Society (SFS) is a European Project funded by DG Research & Innovation under the Theme Science in Society. The project engages stakeholders, citizens and youth in an open and participatory dialogue to share knowledge, forge partnerships and empower actors on societal issues related to Ocean. In doing so, the project aims to develop and enrich the concept of "Blue Society", preparing at the same time mechanisms for cooperation. Public Engagement in Research (PER) as it relates to European maritime policy is at the core of the process. SFS will mobilize marine researchers, Civil Society Organisations - CSO's and individual citizens and youth in a mutual learning, open dialogue to debate key societal questions related with the Ocean, extract cross-cutting issues and propose challenge-driven solutions fostering a sustainable management of marine eco-system services by European citizens.
The project has brought together a multidisciplinary partnership of 20 partners from 10 countries representing marine research institutes, funding agencies, science museums and aquaria, CSO's, higher education institutes and business networks.
From 2012 to 2015, SFS will shape the new concept of "Blue Society" and improve the governance of research related to the oceans and seas. It's a first step for a cross-sectorial dialogue in Europe on the relation between the Ocean and the citizens daily life activities.
The project has a duration of 42 months and the kick-off meeting took place on June 6th to 8th in Boulogne-sur-Mer, France, hosted by the project coordinator NAUSICAÄ.