Blue Economy Summit

Inspiring the next generation of ocean sustainability leaders

As human use of the ocean grows, current and future leaders will need to understand the potential and the challenges of developing a more sustainable ocean economy (or “blue economy”), whether they work in or with ocean-based industries and activities, study ocean ecosystems and biodiversity, or serve or reside in coastal communities, among others. To help prepare the next generation of blue economy leaders, this first-ever global summit engages graduate students from diverse disciplines, enabling them to learn from leaders and innovators in ocean industries, consider ocean governance challenges and approaches, and evaluate cutting-edge marine science insights. The goal is to equip students with the perspectives and strategies needed to shape current and future ocean use and the blue economy, regardless of their academic discipline. This summit also aims to build a coalition of young leaders working together to turn this vision into reality.       

This summit aims to help graduate students from diverse disciplines better understand the changing ocean economy and ecosystems, and how their current and future work can help shape a truly sustainable blue economy. Toward this goal, the discussions and interactions will help illustrate a vision for the blue economy to which students can contribute, balancing society’s ecological, social and economic objectives for ocean use. Students working towards ocean-linked careers can take advantage of Duke University’s diverse and dynamic expertise in the oceans sector while gaining a better perspective as to how sustainability considerations will factor into their work. They will also have the opportunity to connect with stakeholders and leading policy makers, scientists, entrepreneurs, investors, military leaders and industry experts, and gain access to the latest advancements shaping human use of the ocean. 

Duke’s goals in hosting this first blue economy summit are three-fold:

  • To help graduate students from diverse disciplines better understand the changing ocean economy and ecosystems, and how their current and future work can help shape a truly sustainable blue economy; 
  • To connect graduate students with stakeholders and leading policy-makers, scientists, entrepreneurs, investors and industry experts, as they explore ocean-linked career paths; and
  • To introduce Duke’s transdisciplinary research on oceans to a broader community of stakeholders, establishing new partnerships for solutions to ocean environmental problems.

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