The World Maritime University (WMU) has partnered with Region Skåne, Swedish Ports, Lighthouse Swedish Maritime Competence Centre and the City of Malmö on a cutting-edge event, Ports and Port-Cities - Post 2030, that will take place from 6 to 8 November in Malmö, Sweden.

The Conference will focus on ports and port-cities worldwide taking into consideration the multitude of functions involved as well as the significant changes currently taking place. Decision makers from across the broad spectrum of relevant stakeholders will find inspiration and guidance on a range of key topics that are shaping ports and port-cities today taking into account important future developments. The conference will strengthen the knowledge and networks for the regional development agenda. The maritime context of Malmö and Skåne will be considered providing the regional port community with the opportunity to provide input on upcoming decisions intended to promote the transfer of more cargo from roads to ships.

The conference supports the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda and in particular Goal 9: Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation. The event will also address how to ensure safe, efficient and environmentally friendly shipping in line with a number of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Delegates from ports, port authorities, port owners, terminal operators, shipping companies, ship owners, logistics companies, environmentalists, technology providers, service providers, port city/regional planners, politicians, trade unions from all levels, EU-administration and all stakeholders with an interest in ports and port-cities are invited to join the conference that will look at how to anticipate the unexpected and provide a global perspective and inspiration for what the future may hold.


Region Skåne is responsible for healthcare and public transport, business development, culture, infrastructure, social planning and environmental and climate-related issues in Skåne. With 34,000 employees, Region Skåne is one of Sweden’s biggest employers. The overarching vision for Region Skåne is “World Class Quality of Life”.

The World Maritime University (WMU) in Malmö, Sweden is a postgraduate maritime university founded in 1983 by the International Maritime Organization (IMO), a specialized agency of the United Nations. The aim of WMU is to further enhance the objectives and goals of IMO and IMO Member States through education, research, and capacity building on maritime and ocean-related affairs to ensure safe, secure, and efficient shipping on clean oceans. WMU is truly an organization by and for the international maritime community.

Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden and the home of over 300 000 people with roots in over 174 countries, speaking 150 different languages. Here you’ll find some of Europe’s best infrastructure, brightest brains and unparalleled investment opportunities. The major industrial sectors are based on R & D supported by private services, retail, construction and property.

Lighthouse gathers leading maritime stakeholders through Triple-Helix collaboration between industry, society, academia and institutes for research, development and innovation within the maritime sector. Lighthouse focus on; Competitiviness through innovation, Climate and environment, Safety and human factors.

Ports of Sweden is an industry and employers' organisation comprising 60 port companies and over 4,000 employees. Practically all Sweden's port companies are members. As an industry organisation, Ports of Sweden represents also around 15 port administrations through co-operation agreements.

Resilient Regions Association addresses urban resilience from a holistic perspective by providing a collaboration platform for public and private actors. Cities and regions are facing many different challenges. We are focusing on four; Climate change and climate adaptation, Aging Cities, Urbanization and Disruptive Technologies.

SMTF represents the full spectrum of suppliers to the shipping-, offshore- and the leisure boat industry. We strive to increase the competitiveness of Swedish shipping and its related services on a national and international level. As representatives of the maritime technology industry we facilitate the progressive development of Swedish enterprises and innovations and enable them to reach a broader market.



Ports and Port-Cities - Post 2030 is a trendspotting conference in Malmö, Sweden, November 6-8 2017.

A collaboration between The World Maritime University (WMU), Region Skåne, The City of Malmö, Lighthouse, Resilient Region Association, Swedish Maritime Technological Forum and Ports of Sweden.


Peter Askman, Maritime Affairs

Region Skåne, Sweden

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