To promote the efforts made by different European ports to enhance the city port relations through innovative projects, ESPO decided in 2009 to give out an annual ESPO award on Societal Integration of Ports. After the two first editions, it was decided to focus each year on one different aspect of societal integration. 

The themes addressed so far are: Creative Strategies to Communicate the Port to the Wider Public (2011), Youth (2012), Heritage (2013), Innovative Environmental Projects (2014), Relationship with Schools and Universities (2015), Nature in Ports (2016) and Art and Cultural involvement of the port (2017). The theme of the 2018 edition will be announced in the coming months. Every year, the winner is selected by an independent jury of international experts. The award is given during a ceremony that takes place in Brussels and gathers more than 200 guests.

More than 140 port projects have been submitted to compete for the ESPO Award on societal integration of ports since its establishment in 2009.

To consult the pictures and the submitted projects of the previous editions, click here.


  • 2009 Port of Gijón (Spain) | Gijón Port & City Together 
    Special mentions: port of Genoa (Italy) Genoa Port Center –Breaking Down the “Social Distancing” of the Port.  Port of Ghent (Belgium) Project Ghent Canal Zone -Working Together on the Sustainable Development of the Ghent-Terneuzen Canal Zone
  • 2010 Port of Helsinki (Finland) | Port as Part of the City
  • 2011 Ports of Stockholm (Sweden) | Hamnvision 2015 (Portvision 2015)
  • 2012 Port of Genoa (Italy) | Citizens of the Port – Knowing and Living the Port of Genoa
  • 2013 Port of Antwerp (Belgium) | Heritage: The Breadcrumb Trail between City and Port
  • 2014 Port of Koper | No waste, just ressources
  • 2015 Port of Dublin (Ireland) | Port Communities Educational Support Programme
    Special mention for Port of Guadeloupe Discovering my port
  • 2016 bremenports (Germany) LUNEPLATE
  • 2017 Guadeloupe Ports Caraïbes (France) | Port’Art  
Shortlist 2017 Winner 2017 Previous editions: Pictures & Booklets with submitted projects


Every year, one of ESPO’s member ports hosts the annual conference.

Following 14th successful editions, ESPO’s annual conference has become a meeting point for European port industry and transport policy makers. The conference features very high quality speakers, allows for open debates on topics that are high on the ports’ agenda and includes multiple networking events in beautiful settings. It is a unique opportunity for industry, stakeholders and European political scene to meet, discuss and learn from each other.

The 14th edition of ESPO’s annual conference took place in Barcelona on 1 and 2 June 2017. 

To consult the pictures and presentations of previous editions, click here.

The 15th edition of ESPO’s annual conference will take place in Rotterdam on 31 May and 1 June 2018. The programme and the registrations will be available around mid-February.

Presentations of 2017 edition Pictures of 2017 edition