March 3-4, 2023

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The idea of the “blue economy” is compelling – and contested. On one hand, there is growing enthusiasm for using the oceans’ resources to grow economies and improve livelihoods while maintaining healthy marine ecosystems. On the other hand, the acceleration of ocean-based economic activity threatens to overwhelm increasingly vulnerable environments and communities. This is particularly important for small-scale fishing communities; a global coalition of small-scale fishers recently called on governments to protect them from competing blue economy sectors. One of this century’s most urgent challenges is to reinvent our relationship to the ocean – combining the best science, policy, and innovation to create practical approaches to ocean stewardship. Hosted at Duke University in March 2023, the annual Blue Economy Summit brings together diverse ocean stakeholders from industry, government, non-profits, and academia to identify the most promising opportunities to bring this vision to life.

The Blue Economy Summit will create a collaborative setting where students and professionals can critically reflect on current ocean trends and challenges, facilitate productive conversations, and enable effective ocean stewardship actions. The Summit invites leaders from across sectors and geographies who want to challenge the status quo and explore science-based insights on urgent ocean challenges and opportunities. Attendees will also have the opportunity to connect with young professionals from multiple disciplines at Duke and other leading universities. 

Recovery and Revitalization in the Pandemic Era

This year’s theme, “Recovery and Revitalization in the Pandemic Era,” reflects the lenses through which various actors have adapted to the new demands of the ocean as a key resource and will be focused on:

  • Enhancing Equity Across the Fisheries Sector
  • Cases of Coastal Resilience and Managed Retreat
  • Rethinking Sustainable Tourism

Opening Reception in Partnership with Winds of Change: Tracking the Development of U.S. Offshore Wind Energy (A Duke University Symposium)

Opening Reception and Oceans Innovation Showcase March 3, 6-9pm ET at the Washington Duke Inn

Blue Economy Summit March 4, 9am – 4:30pm ET at the Washington Duke Inn

Location: Duke University – Washington Duke Inn & Livestream

In addition, the Oceans Innovations Showcase will highlight innovative “blue” technology to enhance ocean sustainability and provide opportunities for students to engage with entrepreneurs working in this area.

Whether through a speaking role, sponsorship, or engagement with fellow thought leaders, participants of the Oceans@Duke’s Blue Economy Summit will have the exciting opportunity to join a rapidly growing interdisciplinary ocean research and education network. Through this network, Oceans@Duke aims to shape dialogues about the coming decades of human activity in the oceans. 

The Promise and Peril of the Blue Economy presentation by John Virdin
Oceans@Duke student club at the 2022 Blue Economy Summit
NatureDots tabling at the 2022 Blue Economy Summit
Elena Perez presenting a T.I.D.E. Talk at BES 2022
Duke PhD candidate, Laura Givens, tabelling at the Oceans Innovation Showcase
Shifting to a Low Carbon Ocean Future panel discussion at BES 2022

Watch the 2022 Blue Economy Summit Recording

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