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On June 17th 2021, in a Regional Agency DUNEA and University of Dubrovnik collaboration, a manifestation called "BLUE EVENT" has been held, where three EU projects were presented: MARLESS, BLUEfasma and SeaClear. These three projects are funded through three different programs, and the link is the topic of blue growth - marine environment as driver of sustainable development, focusing on the circular economy and the problem of marine litter, with goals that include innovative environmental solutions in marine litter monitoring, collection and management.

On the 15th and 16th of September 2021, the first tests of the SeaClear robots took place in the Dubrovnik area, Croatia. This was the first time representatives from all the partners met live after the kick-off meeting of the project, due to the on-going pandemic due to CoVID-19.

On 3-5th March 2020 in Malaga, Spain, the European Robotics Forum (#ERF2020) took place and SeaClear was present to give a high-level introduction of the project to the European robotics community, in one of its most influential meetings. The participants had a chance to get to know the SeaClear consortium and the project as a whole, whilst valuable feedback was gathered during the poster session. We were thrilled to exchange our opinions with robotics & artificial intelligence experts around Europe and to set out with the aim of becoming the first platform that uses autonomous robots for cost-effectively solving one of the world’s most critical issue, namely marine litter.

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Check out SeaClear’s poster at ERF2020

The kick-off and first meeting of SeaClear project took place on the 21st of January 2020, at the Faculty of Industrial Design of TU Delft. Members from each partner were present and discussed about the technical and practical details of the project, while setting the first steps for each work package.

Each of the partners had the opportunity to present their expertise, how they fit in the project, and what deliverables are they responsible for. This helped everyone create expectations and foresee possible exchange of knowledge on each work package.

See also the project start press release.

The Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing hosted a two-day regional workshop 'Space powering the Green Deal and the Digital Economy' that was co-organised with the European Space Agency (ESA) and Croatian Ministry of Science and Education. The workshop took place on the 5th and 6th of March 2020 and welcomed more than 200 participants, national and international experts from the public and private sectors. More than 20 lectures on different topics related to space technologies, Earth observation data, and environmental protection were presented.

This workshop was a unique opportunity for Croatian researchers and interested public to exchange information and ideas with European experts, to define further steps in strenghtening cooperation, and to explore opportunities for Croatian industry to become actively involved in ESA's programs and projects.

Assoc.prof. Ivana Palunko from LARIAT-Laboratory for intelligent autonomous systems, University of Dubrovnik presented our H2020 SeaClear Project and took part in the panel discussion.

The SEACLEAR project will co-host a technical session on the 7th International Marine Debris Conference, organized by the United Nations Environment Programme. The session is organized in collaboration with The Ocean Cleanup, The Seacleaners, and the Innoplastic MAELSTROM project. The session is titled "Innovative Technology for searching, identifying and recovering marine debris", and will be part of the 'Technology and Innovation' track.

During the event, we will bring together initiatives addressing the challenge to intercept and remove plastic pollution from waterways and the ocean, providing a platform for exchanging ideas, experience and identifying potential complementary solutions. Details of the event are still to be defined, but it will be held in a hybrid manner with remote participation possible. Stay tuned for more details about attending the event!

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 871295.

The SEACLEAR project spans four years, running from January 1st, 2020 to December 31st, 2023.


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