I Summit on NBS for
the Blue Economy


“Innovative and sustainable solutions for a
resilient and committed maritime industry


February 28th 2024

Centro Tecnológico Naval y del Mar

Cartagena  (Spain)

Immerse yourself in this “I Summit on NBS for the Blue Economy”, where industry meets nature and innovation, leading the way towards marine sustainability. Explore innovative nature-based solutions, participate in discussions on the blue economy, and discover the potential of digital solutions.

Secure your participation in this event organized by the Centro Tecnológico Naval y del Mar, bringing together leaders in research, technology, and industry to transform marine and coastal conservation. Learn about challenges and contribute to the search for sustainable solutions at the intersection of nature and innovation.

Join a community dedicated to a resilient and socially responsible future for our seas!

Summit agenda

9:30 – 10:00 | Registration and Welcome Coffee


    • Mariano Jiménez Barrull, President at CTN 
    • Joaquín Gómez Gómez, Director at INFO 
    • Noelia Ortega Ortega, CEO at CTN 

10:00 – 10:30 | OPENING SESSION – Discovering Nature-Based Solutions and their Opportunities for Industry

Explore the world of Nature-based Solutions (NBS) and discover how they can be a strategic asset for businesses, fostering sustainability and resilience to contemporary challenges. We will address how Nature-based Solutions can be a strong ally in protecting our seas and oceans.


    • Rafael Sardá Borroy, Senior Scientific Researcher, CSIC

10:30 – 11:30 | SESSION 1 – Building a Resilient and Committed Marine Industry: the Role of Administration and Business Network

Get a global overview of key Administration strategies and policies, as well as the associated challenges for their effective implementation in the industry. Explore United Nations and European Union initiatives such as the Ocean Decade, the Green Deal, and the Ocean Mission. We will analyze the importance of incentives, company commitment, and Administration involvement, by analyzing the conditions that encourage Nature-based Solutions.


    • Juan Carlos García, National Contact Point for the Climate area in Cluster 5 at CDTI
    • María Cruz Ferreira Costa, Secretariat for Energy, Sustainability, and Climate Action at Murcia Region
    • Paul Holthus, Founding president and CEO at WORLD OCEAN COUNCIL
    • Isaac Nájera Cuenca, Global Senior Manager, Environmental, at REPSOL E&P


    • Noelia Ortega, CEO at CTN

11:30– 12:00 | Coffee Break

12:00 – 13:40 | SESSION 2 – Nature-Based Solutions Initiative for a Blue Economy

Participate in an enriching dialogue about initiative centered around Nature-based Solutions to foster a Blue Economy. Explore pioneering projects and strategies aimed at harmonizing sustainable industrial development with the preservation of our oceans. Discover successful case studies and experiences that highlight the crucial role of integrating Nature-based Solutions into the Blue Economy.


    • Anna Lloveras, Co-founder and Chief Scientist at OCEAN ECOSTRUCTURES 
    • Leire Arantzamendi, Senior Researcher at AZTI 
    • Manos Moraitis, Biologist and Scientist at CMMI
    • Marta Pujol Martin, Research Scientist at SINTEF OCEAN
    • Ana Torrente, Head of Sustainability Division of CARTAGENA PORT AUTHORITY


    • PhD. Ivan Felis, Head of R&D at CTN 

13:40– 14:40 | SESSION 3 – Enhancing Nature Through Digital Technologies: Ensuring Rigorous and Objective Data for Decision-Making

Immerse yourself in the digital era and discover the potential of digital technologies in evaluated Nature-based Solutions. Explore the precision of using data to formulate sustainable strategies and forecast their implementation progress. Through the application of digital twins, we will delve into the significance of these technologies in fostering the sustainable utilization of our oceans.


    • PhD. Lars O. Mortensen, Head of Offshore Biodiversity and Ecology Department at DHI
    • PhD. Antonio Novellino, Research Manager at ETT S.P.A.
    • Valeria Pizziol, R&D Project Manager at ETT S.P.A.
    • PhD. Nikolaos A.Kampanis, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas | forth · Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM)
    • Eduardo Ruiz, Security and Environmental Protection Line Manager at SAES
    • Albert Ruzafa, Aerospace Systems Engineer at SEABOTS
    • Pablo Ruiz, CTO at CTN


    • Rosa Martínez, Lead Data Scientist at CTN 

14:40– 16:00 | Networking Lunch and CTN Facility Tour

16:00 – 17:00 | SESSION 4 – At the Center of Change: Inspiring Initiatives

Join this session and showcase your organization’s initiatives, projects, and innovations that contribute to aligning industrial development with the preservation of our oceans. Share practical experiences and successful examples that highlight the essential role of Nature-based Solutions in advancing the goals of the Blue Economy. Connect with like-minded participants to foster a collaborative exchange of ideas and insights.


    • Humberto Martínez Barberá and Jesús E. Argente García, ThinkInAzul Project, University of Murcia. They will present AUV-COLLAB: Monitoring of the marine environment and ecosystems of interest using a team of underwater robots.
    • Francisco López Castejón, Researcher at University of Cartagena and founder of the Cartagena Oceanographic Research Institute (CORI).

    • Bruno López, General Manager PSP SpA Low 02

    • Phil Leblanc, Director at ECONCRETE

    • Francisco Javier Fernández Cortés, Director at CTMARMOL

    • Sofía Lorenz Fonfría, R&D&I Engineer. Energy Department at CETENMA. RAMBLA SUR Project.

    • Carlos Parra, Dr. Architect, IP of the R&D&I Advanced Construction Science and Technology Group (CTAC) of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT).

    • PhD. Nikolaos A.Kampanis, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas | forth · Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM)
    • PhD. Katerina Spanoudaki, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas | forth · Institute of Applied and Computational Mathematics (IACM)
    • Giorgos Alexandrakis, Foundation for Research and Technology – Hellas, Institute of Applied & Computational Mathematics, Post-Doc


    • Natalia Preciado, Marine Conservation Expert at CTN
    • María Crespo, Conservation and Restoration technician at CTN

17:00 – 17:30 | Sharing Insights

Share final reflection and gather the ideas and highlights of the event.

17:30 | Closing

Get ready for a day full of discoveries and inspiring dialogues! 

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Simultaneous interpretation

“I Summit on NBS for the Blue Economy” is an international event where attendees will have access to simultaneous English-Spanish translation services to ensure the smooth flow of ongoing conferences and roundtable discussions.

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