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The Université de Bordeaux and the UPV/EHU progress in the design of the Ocean Innovation Platform

The Université de Bordeaux and the UPV/EHU progress in the design of the Ocean Innovation Platform

On 7th June 2016, the University of Bordeaux and the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) presented the results of the opportunity study for the design of the “Ocean Innovation Platform” project.


This initial study derives from the collaboration agreement signed in November 2015 between the two universities, the Agglomération Sud Pays Basque (ASPB), Bidasoa Activa and Eurosima (surf industry cluster). The ASPB leads the “Ocean Experiences” cross-border territorial strategy based on the economy of action and water sports that cover the Hossegor-Zarautz area. “Ocean Experiences” aims to build a cross-border ecosystem in this sector revolving around 4 themes:
-Ocean Tech (guidance of start-up from the sector through the Bluebuilder accelerator)
-Ocean Fab (with a future Fab Lab, among others, in Saint-Jean-de-Luz)
-Ocean Living Lab (first cross border living lab that seeks to create euro-regional strategic collaborations and make open innovation a development driver in this field, with the user at its heart)
-Ocean Campus Innovation (whose backbone initiative is the “ocean innovation platform” devoted to training and research led by the University of Bordeaux and the University of the Basque Country).


Iñaki Goirizelaia, Chancellor of the UPV/EHU, declared that know how and training has no borders and the UPV/EHU is committed to continue working on this project which is part of the joint strategy of the two universities. Manuel Tuñón de Lara, Chancellor of the University of Bordeaux, highlighted the responsibility of this University to promote the territory to which it belongs and the opportunity that this project offers to build an ecosystem that aspires to be an international benchmark.
Now it is a question of moving on to a feasibility stage, exploring the initial opportunities raised in this study, focusing on the design of a Master’s programme based on the existing offer and summer courses with the “Ocean Experiences” stamp. These initiatives will be developed in conjunction with companies of the sector, relating training to research in order to respond to the challenges faced (materials, management, health etc.).

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