NorthSEE, a North Sea Perspective on Shipping, Energy and Environment Aspects in MSP

The North Sea is both an environmental asset and a source for value generation for different maritime sectors. Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) is a tool to help balance the often competing user interests as well as environmental protection aims. However, MSP can only be effective, if national Maritime Spatial Plans are coordinated and not contradictory. A lack of MSP coordination leads to spatial inefficiencies, higher costs for maritime industries and compromised environmental objects.

An Assessment of the Technological Developments in the Global Transport Sector and their Implications on Jobs and Employment by 2040

This research project aims to identify, evaluate and critically assess the impact of new technologies likely to be introduced in the global transportation sector by 2040 with a special emphasis on maritime transport. The specific focus of this project is an assessment of the implications of the new technologies and automation on jobs and the employment situation in the transport sector and how some of the negative side effects of the implementation of technologies and automation can be mitigated.


Oil spills pose a threat to society and environment in all parts of the world. There is an increased chance of large oil spills in areas with shipping, pipelines and offshore oil and gas exploitation. Minimising the risk of oil spills and also their negative impacts is a priority under United Nation Sustainable Development Goal 14 concerning the conservation and sustainable use of the oceans, seas and marine resources. 

President Doumbia-Henry Receives Best Malmö Ambassador Award

On 13 February, at the 15th annual Malmö Business Awards, President Doumbia-Henry received the honor of Best Malmö Ambassador. She was recognized for her long career in international organizations and for the recognition she has brought to the City of Malmö during her 20-month tenure as President of the World Maritime University.

Malmö Montessori School Students Learn About WMU

On 9 February, President Doumbia-Henry welcomed grade 9 students from the Malmö Montessori School to WMU. Malmö Montessori has arranged an annual visit to WMU for over a decade to learn about the University and to meet with WMU students from countries around the world. This year, 28 students visited the University and met with 15 WMU students from 15 different countries. 

Karen Purnell

Dr Karen Purnell is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry with a PhD in Chemical Physics from Bristol. She joined ITOPF as a Technical Adviser in 1994 and, having found the perfect environment in which to combine her strong principles of science-based decision making, objectivity and service to the maritime community, she moved through the ranks, becoming Managing Director in 2009.

Where: World Maritime University, Fiskehamnsgatan 1, Malmö

When: 15 March 2017, 09.30-13:00

Tentative Program, 15 March, 10.00-13.00

09.30-10.00 Registration and refreshments

10.00-10.15 Welcome and Introduction: Dr. Cleopatra Doumbia-Henry, President, World Maritime University Save Our Ocean -- SDG14 and the Swedish Government: Isabella Lövin, Minister for International Development Cooperation and Climate, and Deputy Prime Minister

10.45-11.45 Statements by experts and representatives from industry, academia, local governments and civil society

11.45-13.00 Panel discussion lead by a Moderator with Q&A