BTCA – BlueTech Cluster Alliance

Fórum Oceano participates, as a founding member, in a transatlantic network of European and North American Maritime Clusters. Composed of Clusters from seven countries – Portugal, Spain, France, UK, Ireland, Canada, and USA – the BTCA emerged in 2017.

The network seeks to promote investment and sustainable growth in maritime industries through collaboration among its members on initiatives linked to research and development, knowledge transfer and identification of joint business opportunities.

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Smart Coast

Smart.Coast – Technologies at the service of maritime activities – is an initiative subscribed by eight national entities that aims to foster the development and demonstration of New ICT Technologies for the competitiveness of the economy of the sea.

The partner entities are:

  • Comunidade Intermunicipal da Região de Aveiro
  • Fórum Oceano
  • Instituto de Telecomunicações
  • Instituto Politécnico de Leiria
  • TICE.PT – Pólo das Tecnologias de Informação, Comunicação e Electrónica
  • Universidade de Aveiro
  • Universidade de Coimbra

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FEDETON – Federação Europeia de Destinos de Turismo Náutico

Fórum Oceano is a member of FEDETON – European Federation of Nautical Tourism Destinations – since 2016, representing the National Association in this European network, also composed by the Associations of France and Spain and the Members Sibenik/Croatia, Donegal/Ireland, and Assonautica Nord Sardegna/Italy.

Membership of this Federation follows the interests of the partners and the work carried out within the Nautical Portugal Dynamizing Group, which Fórum Oceano promotes. It will be up to this Group to create the necessary conditions for the establishment of Nautical Stations in Portugal.

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Fórum Oceano has belonged to the PORTUGALclusters network since its formation on 5 March 2014. Signed by 16 National Poles and Clusters recognised in 2009 by the COMPETE Management Authority, the agreement aims to bring the partners together in a cooperation network to explore synergies and projects in areas of common interest linked to innovation, internationalisation and competitiveness of entities in the different value chains. It also aims to promote training activities on clustering and contribute to the dissemination and international relations of Portuguese clusters and poles and their members.

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ENMC – European Network of Maritime Clusters

Fórum Oceano belongs to the European Network of Maritime Clusters, a confederation of clusters whose objectives are, among others, sharing good practices and promoting maritime interests to the European Commission.

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ECCP – European Cluster Collaboration Platform

The Ocean Forum is present in this online platform, developed by DG Enterprise & Industry, which integrates clusters and other organizations, allowing the promotion of networking and international cooperation in networks.

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MiTiN – Maritime Innovative Territories International Network

Fórum Oceano belongs to this international network which integrates several partners representing maritime territories, including public administration, scientific and economic institutions.

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RTA – Réseau Transnational Atlantique

Fórum Oceano is part of this cooperation platform of civil society of the Atlantic Area, officially constituted on 19 September 2003, and composed of Economic and Social Councils (ESCs) of the regions of the European Atlantic Area and, where such institutions do not exist, of equivalent entities or bodies.

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