To make HIT the main and integrated Research Pole in the fields of Transport, Sustainable Mobility and Tourism in Greece and among the top 10 relevant nodes of technology and expertise in Europe.

Acronym: MATES
Project title: Maritime Alliance for fostering the European Blue economy through a Marine Technology Skilling Strategy
Duration:48 months (01/01/2018-31/12/2021)

Description: Maritime activities constitute a major factor in the European economy and in recent years (after the 2008 economic crisis) they have been increasingly focused on innovation-driven processes. In addition, socio-economic and environmental drivers impose profound changes in the maritime sector on a global scale, that result on significant challenges to the labour market. The digitalization of industrial processes (automation, robotics, Internet of Things, big-data), the rising demand for more sustainable practices, a move to low-carbon energy sources, demographic and geopolitical changes, the exponential increase in accessible knowledge and data, are the most crucial factors in the present and future context of the maritime sector. MATES project is co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union and aims to address this evolution in maritime technologies, focusing in particular on the sectors of shipbuilding and offshore renewable energy, by producing a long-term skills’ strategy and a strategic action plan to tackle skill shortages appeared due to the aforementioned reasons.

Objectives:The scope of MATES is to contribute to a more resilient labour market capable of adapting to new scenarios, ensuring the sustainability of present and future maritime-dependent communities as well as the competitiveness of the industry. The proposed long-term skills’ strategy will be based on a series of pilot case studies chosen to demonstrate the viability of the solutions identified and as such, to create a platform for a long-term action. The strategic action plan will include a time-frame, committed actors and the identification of potential funding sources. Dissemination and awareness-raising actions will multiply the impact of results and increase the sectors’ attractiveness for talent and investment. Focus will be given on the shipbuilding and off-shore energy value chains and a broad approach will be followed as many different traditional and emerging activities and stakeholders are involved. Ocean Literacy (OL) will complement the sectoral approach as the transversal area of action. Combined efforts from education and science communities with industry, society and administration will widen the perspective of relevant knowledge and skills and increase the opportunities for the labour force in an industry-led strategy.

HIT key role and responsibilities:

  • CERTH/ΗΙΤ is responsible for developing the Strategy baseline identifying present and future skills needs in a short-term (2020), mid-term (2025) and long-term (2030) time horizon.
  • CERTH/HIT is responsible for the organization of a Green Maritime Hackathon that will act as a pilot experience demonstrating the feasibility of the strategy and contributing towards the definition of the long-term action plan
  • CERTH/HIT participates in the following actions: “Identification of priorities and lines of action”, “Development of pilot experiences” and “Development of the long term action plan and sustainability”.


Contact Person:
Lefteris Sdoukopoulos
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