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 is "ports as a good work environment for everyone". Every year, the winner is selected by an independent jury of international experts. The 10th ESPO Award will be officially handed out during an Award Ceremony and Dinner, which will take place on 7 November 2018 in Brussels. 

More than 160 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 Port Caraïbes (France) | Port’Art  
  • 2018 Port of Rotterdam Authority (The Netherlands) | The Port of Rotterdam creates a good working environment for everyone
Pictures 2018 Winner 2018 Previous editions: Pictures & Booklets with submitted projects


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

Following 15th 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.

To consult the pictures and presentations of previous editions, click here. The pictures and presentations of the 2018 edition will be available as from 6 June. 

The 16th edition of ESPO’s annual conference is going to take place in Livorno on 23-24 May. 

Pictures 2018 Presentations of 2018 edition