SafeSeas regularly organises events on maritime security and ocean governance linked to our projects. We largely work in two formats. Symposia are larger events centered on a dedicated theme and usually involve the participation of high level policy makers. Ideaslabs are smaller scale events that intend to explore a particular theme with a limited amount of participants. These may be primarily academic in nature, or involve a mix of analysts and practitioners.

Announcement: Upcoming Ideaslab – Securing Britain’s Seas

Safeseas is organising an Ideaslab on 'Securing Britain's Seas' on the 28th February in Bristol. As a nation of islands, maritime security is of critical importance to the UK.
Maritime security comprises a range of important issues, including fisheries management, the migration of people, the fight against narcotics and people trafficking, marine environmental protection, the protection of critical infrastructure and counterterrorism at sea. Yet, while the UK remains a major naval power, its independent capacities for the management of maritime security in home waters are underdeveloped. UK maritime security also faces a series of new challenges in consequence of the Brexit process ...
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Maritime Security Ideaslab in Copenhagen

As part of an ongoing collaboration between the University of Sydney and the University of Copenhagen, SafeSeas co-hosted with the Center for Global Criminology an ideaslab on maritime security on the 27th of June 2019. Titled “Insecurity, Crime and Cooperation at Sea”: New Perspectives on Maritime Security” the goal of the day was to explore different ideas from international relations, security studies, and anthropology of how our thinking changes if we initiate inquiry from the sea and not the land. The day provided an opportunity to exchange views on why and how the maritime is a site and a view point from which to explore the social and political differently. In the background was the observation that the majority of social science disciplines have focused on the land and rather ignored the sea. What has been called “sea blindness”, however, is gradually changing. Increasingly the sea is not taken as ...
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Roundtable on Maritime Crime in Copenhagen

On Monday, the 27th of May, 2019 SafeSeas is organising a public roundtable titled "Uncovering Hidden Maritime Crimes - Consequences for the Shipping Industry". The event is jointly organised by Danish Shipping, the University of Copenhagen and SafeSeas. While it is maritime piracy that catches most of the attention, there is less awareness of the detrimental impact of other crimes in the maritime domain. The roundtable focuses on these hidden maritime crimes and what kind of consequences and costs they imply for the shipping industry. Focusing on stowaways, human trafficking and the smuggling of illicit goods and narcotics, the goal of the event is to situate these crimes in a broader context and discuss how they can be tackled and addressed. Panelists include Mr. Alan Cole, Head of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime Global Maritime Crime Programme, discussing smuggling, Dr. Eugenio Cusumano, Assistant Professor, Leiden University, discussing illegal ...
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Maritime Security course for master students kicks off in Copenhagen

To improve education in the field of maritime security and increase general awareness for the sea, the SafeSeas team is working on a curriculum for teaching the subject. For the first time, a course at master level is to commence this week as part of the programme of the Department of Political Science of the University of Copenhagen. Over 14 weeks, students will learn about the issues, concepts, and actors of maritime security after which they are tasked to write and/or edit a Wikipedia entry on maritime security ...
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Securing Africa’s Maritime Future. Event in Copenhagen

SafeSeas is organising an event in cooperation with the University of Copenhagen to discuss "Securing Africa’s Maritime Future". The event will be a conversation with Timothy Walker (Institute for Security Studies, South Africa) & Mark Blaine (South African Navy & University of Stellenbosch) ...
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