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Lidia Rossi and Mariachiara Sormani from our partner ForMare, the Italian maritime academy, did a great job to get the SkillSea project on the agenda of the Naples Shipping Week conference, the Festival della Diplomazia in Rome and the Business2Sea event in Portugal. Lidia and Mariachiara explained their role in our recent (internal) newsletter.

Ladies, tell us about your drive to get the SkillSea project on the agenda’s of international maritime events.

Lidia (left on photo): “Thank you for your question. We are indeed strongly committed not only in participating to existing events but also in organizing dedicated slots to present the SkillSea project at national, EU and international level. We are doing our best in order to do so, since we do believe on the need to raise awareness and spread the word on the importance of the project and its development.”

Mariachiara: “This year has been really challenging since the Covid-19 pandemic has had an impacta lso on our planned participation to events. But luckily after the initial confusing months we understood that we could convert the challenge into an opportunity to organize and join more events than those planned, via remote participation. We are all putting a lot of effort in the project and we believe it is worth spreading the news!”

Was it difficult to interest the event organizers for SkillSeaor were they familiar with the project?

Lidia: “Luckily, all the organizers that we have contacted so far were interested in our participation. I wouldn’t say that we had many difficulties in making them familiar with the project. Also, digitalization and environmental changes are the challenges of the future so this is a ‘trending topic’ for the sector.”

Mariachiara: “SkillSea is indeed an interesting project with many relevant partners. The organizers of the events are interested to know more about it.”

Did you get any feedback?

Mariachiara: “Absolutely! We always receive compliments by the audience when showcasing the project’s activities. People are interested and want to learn more about the development of the project and we can’t wait to let them know.”

Lidia: “We received positive feedbacks and reactions after all the events we have joined. This is a positive note. It means that we are managing to raise awareness and curiosity on our activities.”

Any tips for other SkillSea partnerswho want to bring the project to the attention of event organizers?

Lidia: “All the events that you consider relevant for the project are more than welcome. Each occasion can count.”

Mariachiara: “We aremore than happy if you could all help us mapping the national, EU and international events.”

This project has received funding from the European Union's Erasmus+ programme under grant agreement 2018 – 3387/ 001- 001 (Project number 601186)

"The European Commission support for the production of this publication does not constitute endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein".

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