ESPO conference 2023: five good reasons to join us in Bremen on 1-2 June

27 March 2023

On 1 and 2 June, the European Sea Ports Organisation is holding its Annual Conference in Bremen. We know that many of you already have it in their agendas and booked or are ready to book, but some of you may need some help in making your decision. Here are five good reasons to join us for this annual highlight of the European port industry:

1° The theme: Europe’s ports as partners in the race to net zero. We are living in turbulent times where the ambitious pathway to get to net zero by 2050 crosses many other game changers and challenges: the energy crisis, huge inflation and a very difficult geopolitical context. It is not anymore just the economy that rules the waves. Challenges always come with opportunities: incumbent and new players in the market are getting ready and striving to get most from the business opportunities that could arise from new energies, their supply chains and raw materials. Ports aim at being partners in the race to net zero. But how to plan and prepare for the future when the tectonic plates are moving constantly? Seneca said: “If one does not know to which port one is sailing, no wind is favorable”. So, it is time to sit together and try to define the story of the future. 

2° An impressive line-up of top speakers and experts: as usual, we have been selecting a series of top speakers and experts to guide us through these topics. We combine broadening the lens sessions with very hands-on discussions between ports.

The ESPO Pop-Up port academy: an ESPO Conference must not only be a forum for big speeches but must also bring concrete answers to problems and ready-to-use solutions for port managers. This year we set up a Pop-Up Port Academy in the afternoon of day one, where three questions will be answered: How to make a port masterplan and/or develop a strategy for the future in an ever-changing world? Who will be “fueling” the future ports? What is the role of ports in fueling the future?  Since tackling these never seen challenges imply important investments in ports, we will also be explaining the different funding possibilities.

The venue: The conference will take place in the magnificent heritage-listed Parkhotel, situated in the centre of Bürgerpark, the green lung of Bremen. The luxurious Parkhotel has shaped Bremen’s skyline from as far back as 1872. It started first as the ‘Parkhaus’ restaurant for day-trippers. It then became the grand hotel in 1956 and has become one of the symbols of Bremen. Situated In the Bürgerpark, Bremen’s citizen park, the Parkhotel will give all delegates plenty of opportunity to enjoy some fresh air in the beautiful gardens and for the sporty ones to go for a run before or after. On top of that, conference guests will be invited for a gala dinner in Bremen’s beautiful historic city hall.  

5° The host: our host is bremenports, one of the most important universal ports in Europe, a port group with a holistic sustainability strategy.  We cannot imagine a better host for this 19th edition of the ESPO Conference.

The programme and all practical information are available on the conference website

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