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Application to become a European Blue School

Dear teacher,

Welcome to the application process to turn your school into a European Blue School.

Please provide us below the detailed information on the project to be developed by your students. Your application will be reviewed by the coordinating team of the Network of European Blue Schools and you will be further contacted.

In case you experience any troubles or if you have any doubts on the process please write to
Please read the handbook on the Network of European Blue School to gain more insights on how to become a European Blue School.

GPS coordinates of the city
Participating EU Blue Schools will be featured in an interactive map. We kindly ask you to provide the coordinates for the city in which your school is based in. You can use online tools to find your coordinates, i.e.
Correct format: i.e. 52.520008
Correct format: i.e. 13.404954
(max 300 words)
e.g. local companies, municipalities, NGOs, other schools, museums, science centres, universities…
e.g. creating an object, presenting a play, making a short documentary
Are other classes, teachers and schools involved ?

See descriptions

A Find the Blue project consists of several complementary activities under the umbrella of one central topic. Let students gain more in depth knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to explore and investigate an ocean topic, question, problem, or challenge they may face in the real world.
Encourage students to develop a product, object, event or service as a result of their work that can be exhibited or used as a tool for communication.  Be productive and start creating.
Students play an active role in the creation, implementation and communication of the project. The student is responsible for learning and developing the project while the teacher facilitates the learning and guides them to become independent workers, allowing to demonstrate their capabilities.
Collaborative work is key to success. Invite an expert, marine scientist, NGO, visitor center, maritime company, authorities, … to help and facilitate the creation, implementation or communication of your project.
Let students improve their communication skills and feel more engaged to their local community by talking about the project in a meaningful and informed way, starting with their own social environment and the municipalities.
Give students the opportunity to Find the Blue outside the classroom, in real-life settings. Here they can apply what they learned in class and continue to learn more in an environment that is relevant for the project.
10 Explore your topic through multiple school subjects and perspectives. The ocean provides many learning opportunities, also in non-science subjects such as languages, history, economy, arts, or (water)sports.
11 Conquer the school one classroom at a time with the Find the Blue project by engaging more teachers and students in your school or by promoting interaction or collaborative work among different age groups.
12 Seek a school on the coast or inland to foster the land-sea connection by exchanging experiences and information on the natural environment, the social/cultural aspects or the economic use. Schools can work on the project together via eTwinning.    
13 Provide cultural exchanges for the students by selecting an EU-relevant topic from the European Atlas from the Sea. Schools can also collaborate with a foreign school in the Network via eTwinning or can even travel abroad with the class via a funded exchange programme.

If you would like to provide your contact details to other schools, please enter them here. Please be aware that this information will be shown on your public project page. We suggest you to enter the email address with "at" instead of "@" to avoid spam (i.e. "info at").

Participant consent for storage and future use of data and Code of Conduct

Participant consent for storage and future use of data

•  By submitting this form, I agree that the organisers*** of the EU4Ocean coalition will collect, store and process my data for the purpose of organising and maintaining the Network of European Blue Schools.  
•  I agree to be contacted by e-mail about my membership, my project submission, and other enquiries related to the Network of European Blue Schools.
•  I agree that my personal information (name) as well as information about my project (title, description, topics, URL, logo, and other uploaded attachments) will be published on the Network of European Blue Schools public website.
•  I certify that I either own all copyrights or have obtained the permission from copyright owners of the articles, news reports, photos, music, videos or other copyrighted material that I have uploaded on the Network of European Blue Schools.
•  I certify that I have obtained a signed authorisation by the individuals who can be recognised in the visual material that I have uploaded in my application.
•  I understand that by uploading my texts, photos, videos or other material, I retain full copyright of them.
•  By submitting this form, I grant the European Commission and the organisers of the EU4Ocean Coalition*** a non-exclusive, royalty-free, worldwide licence to use, store and publish the texts, photos or other material to communicate to the public for non-commercial purposes.

Participant code of conduct
We want the Network of European Blue Schools to be a friendly experience. Therefore, by engaging with the Network of European Blue Schools, you agree to abide by this Code of Conduct.

•  Must be respectful to other members, even if they disagree with them;
•  Must not send offensive or harassing material to other members;
•  Must not undertake deliberate activities that undermine the purpose of the Network of European Blue Schools or of other members.

All entries and contributions
•  Must not plagiarise and violate copyright, privacy, trademark, database, personal or proprietary rights of any kind;
•  Must not contain unlawful, harassing, threatening, violent, defamatory, obscene, abusive, hateful, racially offensive, sexually offensive, religiously offensive content and knowingly false material about other members, any person or entity;
•  Must not reveal confidential information;
•  Must not contain unsuitable or irrelevant website addresses and URLs;
•  Must not promote illegal behaviour;
•  Must not involve flooding, spamming or advertising;
•  Are all public and may appear in public search results. Therefore, you should not post personal details or information you do not want to be available publicly.
Members who violate this Code of Conduct will be sent a notification message about the removal of the offensive contribution by the Network of European Blue Schools team. Members who repeat offenses after receiving a warning will be banned from the Network of European Blue Schools.


*** EU4Ocean is a project funded by the European Commission and implemented by a consortium of 12 partners across Europe, which includes: ACTeon (coordinator, France), Seascape Belgium (Secretariat of the European Marine Observation and Data Network and the European Atlas of the Seas, Belgium), the European Marine Board (EMB, Belgium), Nausicaá-National Sea Centre (France), the World Ocean Network (WON, France), Ciência Viva (Portugal), the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA, Belgium), Ecologic Institute (Germany), the European Centre for Information on Marine Science and Technology (EurOcean, Portugal), Secretariat of Submariners (S.Pro, Germany), MARE Nostrum (Romania), European Schoolnet (Belgium), and Farah Yasmin Obaidullah (freelance campaigner, founder & director of Women4Oceans, The Netherlands).