The first UNITED webinar

The first UNITED webinar aims to introduce the project to the wider audience and start the discussion about the topic of multi-use. The attendees will get the opportunity to hear about the ongoing project activities, aims for the pilots, involved partners and upcoming engagement opportunities. This will also be an opportunity to verify some of the initial project results though an interactive session moderated by the system.

Length of the webinar: 2 hours
Format: Presentations by project partners and selected invited speakers, interaction moderated via
Expected number of participants: 50
Conferencing system: GoTOMeeting/Webinar
Date: 3 June 12.00 – 14.00h


12.00-12.05 Moderator & intro: SUBMARINER, Ivana Lukic
Format: Short introduction to the webinar and house rules
Invitation to the website/social media/newsletter

12.05-12.25 UNITED project presentation: Deltares, Ghada el Serafy/ Alex Ziemba
Format: Basic project presentation (aims, pillars, pilots, partnership, timeline)

12.25-12.40 Moderated interactive session with participants via the platform: Ivana Lukic Live poll forming the ‘word cloud’ using the following questions:

  • What word comes to mind when thinking multi-use?
  • What multi-use combinations may have strong potential in the EU?
  • What multi-use projects are you aware of?
  • What country are you representing?
  • What sector are you representing?

12.40-13.00 Insights from the WP 1.1: WUR, Sander van den Burg
Challenges risks and barriers for large-scale roll-out’ Format: PowerPoint Presentation prepared by WUR focusing on the following:

  • What were the aims of WP1.1 and D1.1.?
  • What was the methodology applied in the D1.1.?
  • What were the main findings of D1.1.?
  • For whom is this deliverable and how will it serve in the project?

13.00-13.30 Moderated interactive session: Ivana Lukic, Questions from the W1.2 WINGS, Ioanna Drigopoulou
Format: Interactive session using the following questions (open or closed) in the context of. ‘involving local stakeholders/societal reactions to a multiplatform implementation and structure a methodology of promoting consensus

  • How do local communities react to multi-use development?
  • What benefits to local communities may be derived from multi-use?
  • What are the main challenges that multi-use is facing with regard to local acceptance?

13.30-13.40 Presentation of the pilot example: UGHENT Nancy Nevejan
Format: Short PowerPoint Presentation focusing on the following:

  • What multi-use combination is being piloted?
  • Why this combination in the Belgian North Sea?
  • What are the possible barriers that this multi-use may be facing?
  • What are the overall aims of the pilot?
  • What is the pilot development timeline?

13.40-13.55 Sister project MUSICA: Invited speaker PLOCAN
Format: basic project presentation with its main milestones, partnership and foreseen synergies with UNITED

13.55-14.00 Conclusion and wrap up: Ivana Lukic
Thanks to participants and announcement of the upcoming UNITED engagement opportunities (interviews/workshops)


The UNITED (multi-Use platforms and co-locatioN pilots boosting cost-effecTive, and Eco-friendly and sustainable production in marine environments) project provides evidence by means of pilot demonstrators that the development of multi-use platforms or co-location of different activities in a marine and ocean space is a viable approach (economically, socially and environmentally) for European maritime industry and local ecosystems. The main activities centre around 5 pillars defined through the BG-05 call (i.e. Technology, Economy, Legal/Governance/Policy, Society, and Environment). The technological pillar comprises the need for synchronization of multiple operation and maintenance systems, local market stakeholders impact, support in management and planning decisions for new developments, as well as improvements in current design, safety and infrastructure set-ups for multi-use extensions. The economic pillar will investigate insurance issues, profitability/threshold to finance/investment pay off of multi-use developments while also paying consideration to risk/ health impact on business, zoning and offshore, and economic sustainability. The Legal/Policy/Governance pillar focuses on the lack of dialogue between public institutions which issue permits; the lack of health and safety regulation and standards for multi-use, zoning and offshore as well as the absence of a framework for legal responsibility in multi-use. The societal pillar includes societal debates and concerns, societal perception of multi-use social preference of multi-use versus single-use, societal ownership and acceptance issues, trust issues between sectors, required improvements in professional skills and competences. The environmental pillar includes determining the impacts of the various structure designs and the overall environmental feasibility of the pilot site developments and implementation regimes.

The UNITED project is carried out by an international group of 26 partners from 10 different countries around Europe who have vast experience in all aspects related to business, research, technology, economics, legal, environment, and society. By working closely together with stakeholders, industrial partners, and operators will help to turn this scientific approach and products into practical and viable applications that will be used after the EU funding. The UNITED consortium represents a well-balanced group, where theoretical and applied/technical skills are highly developed to efficiently enable technologies for multi-use applications of ocean marine space at 5 pilot sites throughout Europe of various functional levels.

  1. Stichting Deltares NL
  2. Wageningen University & Research NL
  4. Stichting Noordzeeboerderij NL
  5. Lloyds Foundation SME UK
  6. Forschungs und Entwicklungszentrum Fachhochschule Kiel GmbH DE
  7. University of Gent BE
  8. Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences BE
  9. Wings-ICT-Solutions GR
  10. Ecologic Institut Gemeinnützige GmbH DE
  11. Oceans of Energy B.V. NL
  12. SPOK Consultants DK
  13. Brevisco BE
  14. Kongsberg Maritime Contros GmbH DE
  15. ACTeon FR
  16. Parkwind BE
  17. Etablissementen Franz Colruyt NV BE
  18. Toegepast Natuurwetenschaplijk Onderzoek NL
  19. University of Southern Denmark DK
  20. The Seaweed Company IE
  21. Kieler Meeresfarm GmbH DE
  22. Hidromod PT
  23. Planet Blue Dive Center GR
  24. Kastelorizo Aquaculture GR
  25. Ventolines NL
  26. Jan de Nul Group BE


Jun 03 2020


12:00 am - 2:00 pm



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