The Ocean of [my] future aims to increase awareness to the different sectors of the blue economy, also transmitting a vison of (their) future “blue careers”. The project is intended to stimulate interest in a professional future linked to the oceans, including blue entrepreneurship, highlighting job and business opportunities, namely those related to blue growth. The project is targeted at secondary school students, namely in the 12th grade, at a stage of decisive choice of their vocations.
The Project, PT-INNOVATION-0046, is financed by the EEA Grants, a multiannual financial mechanism through which Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway provide financial support to Member States of the European Union, with a budget allocation of €24 971.
The final goal is to create in young people a proactive attitude and behaviour facing the Oceans and its sustainable uses, as well as to the opportunities and challenges in (their) professional future.
The team of the project integrates:
- The Fórum Oceano, is the association gathering all relevant companies related to Blue Economy in Portugal, able to give a close insight on “the real market”.
- The Faculdade de Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, developed Mare Startup, an initiative with large experience promoting blue entrepreneurship and the FCUL pole of MARE Centre, has large and comprehensive experience, at various levels of education, with the “O MARE vai à Escola” sensitizing program.
- The Colégio Valsassina, one of the Blue Schools in Lisbon, is a Portuguese private independent school with a total of 1300 students, aged from three to eighteen.
- The GCE Ocean Technology, Norwegian partner, will display a panoply of new techniques and technologies, originated from cutting edge science, which will stimulate students for innovation.