6th Citizen Port Meeting - Bilbao (Spain), 24-25 October 2019Register here!

For the 6th edition of the Citizen Port Meeting on 24 and 25 October 2019 we will go this time to Bilbao in Spain, where the Municipality and the Port Authority are members of AIVP. The program will be organized around three vectors related to the 10 commitments of the AIVP 2030 Agenda:

  1. [Renewed governance] Citizen participation / Living Labs
  2. [Port Culture & Identity] The cultural value of the port and how to explain it?
  3. [Human Capital] Education and contact company-school

In this meeting you will have a program with:

  • Time to exchange with colleagues and learn what other Port Centers have been doing,
  • sharing good practices, but also learning from everyone's mistakes and successes,
  • the presentation of the Bilbao Port Center and the policies it implements to improve the social commitment of the port,
  • and of course site visits, including the Port Center and the Guggenheim Museum

Port Center BilbaoBased at the Maritime Museum, the Port Center – opened in March 2018 - occupies part of the building’s second floor, around 418 m². The Port Center showcases new technologies in a fun way, explaining the realities of ports today. The port authority invested 400,000 € in the new exhibition, which is intended to complete the maritime museum’s existing exhibits. This development makes Bilbao the most recent AIVP’s port city member to adopt the Port Center as a key resource for City-Port-Citizen mediation.

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During the meeting, the Port and City Stakeholders of Bilbao will also sign the Charter of the Missions of a Port Center, reinforcing their commitment with the AIVP and the Port Center Network.

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Group limited to 40 people and reserved exclusively for AIVP members.

1st Day

8:30 Welcoming of participants
Location: ITSAS Museum, Muelle Ramón de la Sota kaia, 1

9:00 9:15 Official opening of the 6th Citizen Port Meeting

9:15-10:30 The Bilbao Experience

Introduction to the port of Bilbao
Amaia Sarasola, Jefe de la División de Marketing y Comercial, Autoridad Portuaria de Bilbao

Museographic project of the Port Center of Bilbao
Josu Larruskain, Director de Área, ORTZADAR

Solutions applied in the Port Center of Bilbao
Unai Baeza, B4B Solutions Global Manager, VIRTUALWARE

Engaging with the port community
Itziar Sabas, Jefa Departamento RR.HH, Autoridad Portuaria de Bilbao

10:30-11:00 Keynote speech: Inspirational concepts for Port Centers: The Living lab approach
Jokin Garatea - Director Proyectos Internacionales GAIA, Vicepresident Ocean Living Lab

11:00-11:15 Q & A

11:15-11:45 Coffee Break

11:45-12:00 Citizen participation for port city governance. New technologies for a central role of Port centers.
Agathe Bianchin - Chargée de développement - Cap Collectif

12:00-12:15 The Port Center as a tool for territorial value
Anne Mulligan, Responsable Marketing territorial, Lorient Agglomération and Frank Antich Y Amengual - Directeur d’étude-pôle aménagement économique - Audelor

12:15-13:00 Signing of the Port Center Charter and AIVP Agenda 2030

  • Ms. Lorea Bilbao, President of the Maritime Museum and Deputy of Culture, Provincial Council of Foral de Bizkaia
  • Mr. Ricardo Barkala, President of the Port Authority of Bilbao
  • Mr. Juan Mari Aburto, Mayor of Bilbao

13:00-14:30 Lunch

14:30 Bilbao Port Center Visit

15:30 Workshops: Discussion and exchange of ideas between participants around key questions

  • How to include citizen participation? Moderator: Agathe Bianchin
  • Human capital development? New jobs – New education? Moderator: Greta Marini
  • Engaging local stakeholders in the Port Centers. Moderator: Local Expert

17:00 - 17:15 Final thoughts - From Theory to Practice
Greta Marini, Director of the Port Center of Le Havre

17:15 - 17:30 Presentation of AIVP Doc(k) and Closing session

17:30 Walk along the riverfront – Knowing the local context

18:30 - 20:30 Guggenheim Museum Visit

20:30 Dinner Bistro Guggenheim Museum

2nd Day

8:30 Departure from Hotel Conde Duque
9:00 Bus and Boat visit to the port-city-region of Bilbao
12:30 Return to Hotel Conde Duque

Bilbao Port