5 June 2024


Introduction to the Maritime Forum Event Maker

Welcome to the Maritime Forum Event Maker!

The place to be and to match! This Maritime Forum Event Maker platform has been conceived to promote and organise events for the stakeholders of the maritime forum communities. It gives the different communities the opportunity to foster exchanges between their community members and collect their feedback. This enhancement will not only permit organising in-person, virtual or hybrid events and meetings but will also facilitate networking opportunities.

It has the advantage to use an all-in-one event management software as all tools and features you need to organise your event are in one place, which means a convenient one-time login for your attendees. Moreover, participants can choose which sessions to attend from your networking event agenda and have targeted matchmaking meetings, which will enhance networking.

The event platform permits to present participants with powerful and valuable information that is easily accessible, such as a detailed agenda, bios on each speaker, essential background documents … and you can even access it from your mobile phone.

The "Introduction to the Maritime Forum Event Maker" Event

This event is organised to familiarise the Maritime Forum community managers and MARE policy officers with the new platform.

Subscribe to the different sessions to discover and learn how to create a nice event. Complete your profile, try out the match making possibilties and discover with us what will be possible for your future events!

Session 1: What B2Match and the Maritime Forum Event Maker can mean for you

Come and discover the possibilities that the Maritime Forum Event Maker has for you. This 30 minute session can make a world of difference for your communities.

By registering to the event, you are automatically subscribed to the introduction and overview of the major features, which will cover:

  • Registration of participants

  • Event space (agenda, background documents)

  • Networking (matchmaking)

  • Communications

  • Online meeting

  • Mobile event app for participants

  • Dashboard & statistic

Session 2: How to create an event step by step

Learn in a few minutes how to organise your event, handle registrations, provide useful information and engage with your participants and strenghten networking in your community.

Register to this session and learn how to create a basic event. Time to discover how you create your event step by step!

In a nutshell, this is how we will proceed:

Announce your event on the Maritime Forum and contact us. We will create the space on this platform for you and grant the necessary permissions so that you can:

  • Create sessions.

  • Add content.

  • Open and manage registrations.

  • Facilitate meetings and networking.

  • Use e-mails and notifications.

  • Monitor activities.

The event space will be closed shortly after the event. Make sure to publish the outcome and results in the Maritime Forum.

Session 3: More options

Discover the wide range of possibilities that this platform provides to you.

To tailor your event to the needs of your community, you have a vast set of possibilities within your reach. This session will give you a comprehensive view on what to use to make your event as attractive and efficient as you want.

What do you need for your event? Live streaming, real-time chat, recording, survey/poll management, the virtual lobby, room block management, exhibit/vendor management, badge printing... Or do you simply want to use your own Zoom or Web-Ex with this platform? All of this is feasible. Register and attend this session to learn more.

Session 4: Q&A

Register to this session and make use of this Q&A to get more information.

Whether you have a need that has not been addressed during the previous sessions, or you got lost in an explanation, here is the session where you can ask what you want to know.

You can use the chat to formulate your question.

Just do not ask us for extra money, as we already did our utmost to provide you this nice platform.


The Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) and more in particular the Maritime Innovation, Marine Knowledge and Investment unit (A1) is facilitating this platform to enhance contacts with stakeholders and give the Maritime Forum communities the opportunity to grow and play a more active role at this level.

Communities of the Maritime Forum can organise events by using this platform. They will promote their event by putting the announcement and invitation for registration on the Maritime Forum website.  An event space will then be opened for the event on this platform.

All events on the platform will be organised in the following way:

  • Participants must register for the event.

  • Each participant can complete the created profile with useful information and showcase needs or expectations to raise.

    A good profile will generate significantly more meeting requests.

  • Participants can browse the profiles of other attendees.

  • A participant can send and receive meeting requests.

  • Participants have their own agenda at their disposal where they complete their schedule for the event and the list of their meetings.

Results or outcome of the event will be published on the Maritime Forum website. The event space will then be closed, and content deleted.