To usher this milestone, EMSEA ventures beyond the EU boundaries and brings its members to one of the EU's partner countries: Georgia.
The conference takes place in Batumi, a vibrant coastal city in the southeast.
At this conference, EMSEA members, organizations, and individuals that have been invaluable to marine education in the first decade will share their expertise on marine education. In Batumi, we will establish a Black Sea Literacy Network, under the framework of BRIDGE-BS (bridgeblacksea.org) project. The goal is to bring together marine scientists, educators, companies involved in the blue economy, ocean professionals, and anyone who is enthusiastic and curious about education on the Black Sea. The conference aims to showcase good education and training practices on improving knowledge of the marine environment, the blue economy, and maritime careers. Moreover, it is an opportunity to network by facilitating a regional dialogue on Ocean Literacy in the Black Sea and with the wider EMSEA community.
Advancing knowledge, delivering research, empowering citizens for sustainable and climate-neutral Black Sea BRIDGE-BS will develop the predictive tools and capabilities necessary to understand and predict the impacts of climate-driven and anthropogenic multi-stressors on the services stemming from Black Sea ecosystems.
Just minutes away from beautiful beaches, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Batumi is the perfect choice for a relaxing getaway. Enjoy striking views, as well as amenities like free Wi-Fi in one of our 168 modern rooms and suites. Or, head into central Batumi from the nearby bus stop or railway station, and discover everything this Georgian resort on the Black Sea coast has to offer.
There are 2 ways you can get to Batumi by plane. You can either fly to the Alexander Kartveli Batumi International Airport or to the adjacent Kutaisi International Airport. Both airports are well connected, however, from Western and South European countries there are not as many direct flights to Batumi as there are to Kutaisi. Flights to Batumi are mostly connection flights via Istanbul. Additionally, flights to Batumi are more expensive than to Kutaisi.
If you decide to fly to Batumi Airport, you are 10 10-minute ride away from Radisson Blu, the EMSEA conference venue. From the airport, you can either take a bus (line 10), or a taxi. Here you can find more information on how to get to the hotel from Batumi International Airport.
Kutaisi is a city adjacent to Batumi that is full of wonders, so if you choose to fly to Kutaisi we would highly recommend taking some days to enjoy it. Some of the must-sees in Kutaisi are its caves (Prometheus and Sataplia Caves), which are famous for the stalactites and stalagmites, gorgeous forests, and fossilized dinosaur footprints; as well as ancient Monasteries and vineyards. From Kutaisi you can get to Batumi in 2 hours by car or 3 hours by bus (more information here).