During this mini-symposium, the IABR project 2050 – An Energetic Odyssey, an exploration of the possibilities of large-scale wind energy production on the North Sea and presented in the exhibition The Next Economy, will be discussed with an international group of ecologists and marine biologists. The symposium will address the issue of the ecological implications of the development of 25,000 offshore wind turbines in the North Sea. Can existing routes of migratory birds be taken into account? What species benefit from the new habitats offered by wind farms? And what is the impact of the construction of this many wind turbines on marine mammals such as the porpoise?

The results of this symposium will help give direction to the research efforts that will be made in the coming years to ensure that the roll-out of offshore wind will not happen at the expense of the marine ecology.

By Invitation only