BlueNIGHTs – A touch of Blue in the EU Researchers’ Nights for a more Sustainable Use of the Ocean


Francesca Alvisi

CESAM Responsible researcher

Daniela Figueiredo


Horizon Europe Framework Programme: HORIZON-MSCA-2022-CITIZENS-01


01/03/2022 - 29/02/2024

Funding for CESAM

57159 €

Total Funding

622834 €

Proponent Institution

Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (IT)

Participating Institutions

  • Universidade de Aveiro
  • Suomen ympäristökeskus (FI)
  • Societe D'exploitation Du Centre National De La Mer (FR)
  • Aecton Sarl (FR)
  • HOLO3 (FR)
  • Università ta’ Malta (MT)
  • Institutul Naţional de Cercetare-Dezvoltare Delta Dunării (RO)
  • Associação Portuguesa de Educação Ambiental (PT)
  • Distretto veneziano della ricerca e dell'innovazione (IT)




The main objective of the BLueNIGHTs project is to bring the many facets and faces of people working on Ocean Science & Research to the general public of Europe by organising a series of interconnected EU Blue Researchers Nights (BlueNIGHTs) to demonstrate that the Ocean can be a source of inspiration, an object of interest/study and a field of research for people with very different backgrounds, hobbies and passions, including Science, History, Technology, Sociology, Pedagogy, Economics, Art, Design, etc.
By doing so, this collective project will:

– Bring people to key objectives, principles and priorities of the European Green Deal that relate to the ocean: delivering a healthy and resilient Ocean that can support sustainable Blue Growth and respond to Societal Priorities of Europe;

– Contribute to make European citizens Ocean Literate in line with the objectives and priorities of EU4Ocean Coalition, an initiative supported by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE);

– Incentivate collective and truly European – mobilising organisations from each EU RSAs to prepare activities and events for presenting their own research/scientific activities;

– Promote Interdisciplinarity/multidisciplinarity/transdisciplinarity;

– Organise immersive, inclusive and interconnected activities by combining in situ interactive and practical experiences (doing, touching, gaming, trying, exploring) as well as interactive virtual experiences.

CESAM members in the project