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The European Marine Board provides a pan-European platform for its member organisations to develop common priorities, to advance marine research
and to bridge the gap between science and policy, in order to meet future marine science and societal challenges and opportunities.


The Value of Membership
EMB Value Paper

Read about the benefits of being a member of EMB and review our achievements to date in our new value paper.

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Annual Report 2014

Discover EMB's structure and governance and learn about the wide spectrum of strategic activities undertaken in 2014, bridging the gap between research, policy, industry and society.

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Rome Declaration

A consensus view of the EurOCEAN 2014 participants representing that of the European marine research community and resulting from a wide consultation at national, regional, pan-European and international levels

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How our ancestors adapted to sea-level change

A summary of the key research needs and priorities to discover and safeguard Europe’s underwater heritage

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Land beneath the waves

State of the art, key opportunities and recommendations to advance the European Continental Shelf Prehistoric Research

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Annual Report 2013

European Marine Board Annual Report 2013 outlining EMB activities and outputs against the strategic approaches of ForumStrategySynergy and Voice

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Oceans and Human Health
Linking Oceans and Human Health: A Strategic Research Priority for Europe

Key research needs and priorities to support the development of a holistic and coherent transnational oceans and human health research effort in Europe

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Navigating the Future IV

Foresight report organized around the framework of key societal challenges in the areas of climate, human health, food security, energy and safe and sustainable use of marine space

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Marine Protected Areas
Achieving Ecologically Coherent MPA Network in Europe: Science Needs and Priorities

Science needs and priorities to inform, engage and empower stakeholders in planning networks of MPAs across Europe and beyond

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Getting Ready for an Ice-free Arctic

Science Commentary calling for a sustained Arctic marine observation and data exchange system

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Marine Biodiversity
Marine Biodiversity: A Science Roadmap for Europe

Reveals gaps in our knowledge and research capacities, examines the policy landscape and includes a roadmap for European marine biodiversity research.

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Microbial Diversity
Marine Microbial Diversity and its role in Ecosystem Functioning and Environmental Change

Highlights recent advances in marine microbial research and identifies key priorities and needs for future European research.

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Monitoring Chemical Pollution
Monitoring chemical pollution in Europe's Seas - programmes, practices and priorities for research

A critical evaluation of current monitoring practices and assessment frameworks as well as mechanisms for including emerging chemicals of concern in monitoring programmes

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Marine Biotechnology
Marine Biotechnology: a Vision and Strategy for Europe

Marine biotechnology state of the art and its significant potential to contribute to scientific, societal and economic needs; and a concrete science policy strategy

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Marine Renewable Energy

An overview of how marine renewable energy can provide innovative solutions to tackle future energy challenges and to fully contribute to the EU 2020 vision

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Ecosystem Approach to Management
Science Dimensions of an Ecosystem Approach to Management of Biotic Ocean Resources

Research priorities and a work plan to achieve the objectives of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Joint EMB-ICES-EFARO publication

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A vision for an end-to-end, integrated, inter-operable and user-oriented network of European marine observation and data systems 

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Marine Mammals and Acoustics
The Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammals

Addressing a complex problem of the effects of some ocean-based human activities on the marine mammals, who rely heavily on sound for communication and social organization

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Remote Sensing
Remote Sensing of Shelf Sea Ecosystems

Summary of capabilities of satellite RS methodologies and their weaknesses, and a set of recommendations to maximise their effectiveness in monitoring shelf sea ecosystems

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Ocean Research Fleets
European Ocean Research Fleets - Towards a Common Strategy and Enhanced Use

An inventory and description of the existing fleets, and recommendations on their enhanced use and management at pan-European level

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Towards ERA
Towards a European Marine Research Area

The Marine Board strategic marine science plan for Europe, integrating all relevant dimensions of the natural and social sciences and the concerns of all end users of European seas.

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EMB delegate Mário Ruivo amongst the 2015 European Citizen Prize laureates

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Congratulations to Mário Ruivo (EMB delegate, FCT, Portugal) for being among those awarded with this year’s European Citizen Prize. The Citizen Prize honours people from across the EU for their contribution to European cooperation and the promotion of common values. Mário Ruivo is an oceanographer and leading figure in international political and civic fora for the ocean, dedicated to promoting national and international programmes for sustainability of the oceans. In addition to representing FCT on the European Marine Board, he works as Head of the Ministry for Education and Science’s Intersectorial Oceans Commissions.

14th Deep Sea Biology Symposium Programme now available online

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The programme for the upcoming 14th Deep Sea Biology Symposium (31 August – 4 September, Aveiro, Portugal) is now available. As an official side event of the symposium, EMB will launch its position paper 22 ‘Delving Deeper: Critical challenges for 21st century deep-sea research’ on 1 September. The position paper is an output of EMB WG Deep-Sea and will deliver eight high-level goals for deep-sea research in the context of expanding commercial activities, increasing human and natural pressures, and the need for effective and practicable governance frameworks to underpin the management of deep-sea activities and resources. The launch event will include presentations by MEP Ricardo Santos and WG Chair, Alex Rogers. Registration for the launch is free for DSBS conference participants. In addition to the launch event, EMB’s Karen Donaldson is giving a presentation during the symposium on ‘Investment in deep-sea research: The European landscape’ as part of a session on the stewardship of our deep oceans. WG Chair, Alex Rogers is a symposium plenary speaker with a talk titled, ‘European research needs to underpin the sustainable management of Blue Growth in the deep sea’. You can register for the Deep Sea Biology Symposium here.

Staff Changes at the EMB Secretariat (1 July, Ostend)

Wednesday, 01 July 2015

This week Karen Donaldson started in the position of Scientific Administrator with the EMB Secretariat. Previously, Karen has been working in the capacity of science officer with EMB, mainly supporting the Deep Seas working group. Her new role replaces that of EMB Administration and Coordination Officer, held by Dina Eparkhina. Throughout her 7 years in this position in Ostend, Dina has served EMB with dedication and distinction. We wish her much success in her new role as Communication and Coordination Officer with EuroGOOS and we welcome Karen to her new position.
Picture features: EMB Chair Jan Mees presenting Dina Eparkhina with a leaving gift.

Peter Haugan and Stephen Hall elected to IOC-UNESCO Executive Council (26 June, Paris)

Friday, 26 June 2015

Congratulations to Peter Haugan (former EMB vice-Chair, University of Bergen, Norway) and Stephen Hall (EMB delegate, National Oceanography Centre, UK) on their election to the IOC-UNESCO Executive Council as Chair and vice-Chair, respectively. The elections took place during the 28th session of the IOC Assembly on 24 June. The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO promotes international cooperation and coordinates programmes in marine research, services, observation systems, hazard mitigation, and capacity development, such as tsunami warning systems and the Global Ocean Observation System (GOOS). The Executive Council meets every year to review on-going work plans and make preparations for the Assemblies.
Picture features the newly elected IOC Officers meeting with Irina Bokova (Director-General of UNESCO) and Vladimir Ryabinin (Executive Secretary of IOC). Stephen Hall and Peter Haugan are pictured 2nd and 3rd from the left, respectively. Credit: UNESCO

Lora Fleming awarded the Anton Bruun Medal in recognition of her work on oceans and human health (17 June, Paris)

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Professor Lora Fleming has been awarded the prestigious Anton Bruun medal at the IOC-UNESCO Ocean Science Day in Paris. Prof. Fleming, Director of the European Centre for Environment & Human Health at the University of Exeter, UK received the medal in recognition of her work in the field of oceans and human health. In her IOC Anton Bruun Memorial lecture, Prof. Fleming highlighted the growing evidence that inextricably links the sustainability of ocean ecosystems with human health, the opportunities to promote human health and wellbeing through interactions with marine environments and the importance of fostering pro-environmental behaviours to restore and preserve marine environments. Established in 1970, the Anton Bruun medal is dedicated to the memory of the noted Danish oceanographer and first chairman of the Commission, Dr Anton Frederick Bruun. The medal is awarded to those who make important developments in the fields of solid earth studies, physical and chemical oceanography and meteorology, and marine biology during the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s Assembly, every 2 years. Prof. Fleming has worked with the European Marine Board on oceans and human health as a co-author of the EMB Position Paper ‘Linking Oceans and Human Health: A Strategic Research Priority for Europe’, based on the activities of the EMB Oceans and Human Health Working Group.

BG8 AtlantOS Project kick-off Meeting (10-12 June, Brussels)

Monday, 15 June 2015

The AtlantOS project held its kick-off meeting 10 – 12 June in Brussels. The project is a response to the Horizon 2020 call BG-8-2014: Developing in-situ Atlantic Ocean Observations for a better management and sustainable exploitation of the maritime resources. The overarching objective of AtlantOS is to achieve a transition from a loosely coordinated set of existing ocean observing activities to a sustainable, efficient, and fit-for-purpose Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System. The 4 year project contributes to the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Research Cooperation, signed in May 2013 by the EU, Canada and the United States. Within this project, EMB and KDM are leading a work package focused on engagement, dissemination and communication. AtlantOS is coordinated by oceanographer Martin Visbeck from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel with a consortium comprising 62 partners including research institutes, universities, research networks and private companies from 13 European and five non-European countries.
Picture features AtlantOS project partners