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.
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 PDF [8.63 MB]
Marine Protected Areas
Science needs and priorities to inform, engage and empower stakeholders in planning networks of MPAs across Europe and beyond PDF [5.48 MB]
Getting Ready for an Ice-free Arctic
Science Commentary calling for a sustained Arctic marine observation and data exchange system PDF [260.39 kB]
Reveals gaps in our knowledge and research capacities, examines the policy landscape and includes a roadmap for European marine biodiversity research. PDF [5.08 MB]
Highlights recent advances in marine microbial research and identifies key priorities and needs for future European research. PDF [8.71 MB]
Monitoring Chemical Pollution
A critical evaluation of current monitoring practices and assessment frameworks as well as mechanisms for including emerging chemicals of concern in monitoring programmes PDF [5.95 MB]
Marine biotechnology state of the art and its significant potential to contribute to scientific, societal and economic needs; and a concrete science policy strategy PDF [7.55 MB]
Ecosystem Approach to Management
Research priorities and a work plan to achieve the objectives of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Joint EMB-ICES-EFARO publication PDF [5.79 MB]
A vision for an end-to-end, integrated, inter-operable and user-oriented network of European marine observation and data systems PDF [6.72 MB]
Marine Mammals and Acoustics
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 PDF [5.60 MB]
Summary of capabilities of satellite RS methodologies and their weaknesses, and a set of recommendations to maximise their effectiveness in monitoring shelf sea ecosystems PDF [5.39 MB]
Climate Change Impacts
An overview of the climate change research challenges both at European and regional levels, and future research needs, in support of European climate change strategies and policies PDF [2.90 MB]
Ocean Research Fleets
An inventory and description of the existing fleets, and recommendations on their enhanced use and management at pan-European level PDF [1.88 MB]
The 4th European Marine Board Forum will take place in Brussels on 12 March 2014 (Royal Flemish Academy for Sciences and the Arts, 1 Hertogsstraat/Rue Ducale, Brussels). Jointly organized by the European Marine Board and European Polar Board as an official ICARP III event, the forum will focus on the challenges of a changing Arctic Ocean for sustainable ecosystem-based management. A key element of the forum is to discuss possible “2050” scenarios for Arctic Change and the corresponding implications for human health and well-being. Moderated by David Shukman, BBC Science Editor, the forum programme will include David Vaughan (British Antarctic Survey), Paul Connolly (President of the International Council for Exploration of the Sea), Antje Boetius (Alfred Wegener Institute for Marine and Polar Research), Stein Sandven (European Space Agency), Kári Fannar Lárusson (Arctic Council), Carlo Barbante (Italian National Research Council), Paul Wassmann (Univ. of Tromsoe), Robert Blaauw (Shell Den Haag & International Association of Oil and Gas Producers), Paul Berkman (International Maritime Organization & University of California) and Kurt Vandenberghe (European Commission DG Research & Innnovation). The event will conclude with a high-level panel discussion with participation from science, industry and policy. For further information, please visit the forum webpage. Registration (free of charge) closes on Friday 07 March at 3PM CET. Register now!
60 stakeholders and partners of the EU FP7 SEAS-ERA project are meeting today at the last edition of the SEAS-ERA Strategic Forum, organized by the EMB as project partner. At the end of the project's 48-month lifespan (SEAS-ERA is ending on 30 April), the forum provides an opportunity to showcase the key SEAS-ERA outputs to external stakeholders, discuss the project's legacy, and exchange on future mechanisms for national marine research cooperation and programming.
Further information on the forum is available on the SEAS-ERA website.
In this Forum, the EMB Secretariat delivers a report entitled “Pan-European Analysis of the SEAS-ERA Sea Basin Strategic Research Agendas” (D.1.3.2). This report analyzed the commonalities and differences of the research strategies between the Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Sea, the three sea basins of the FP7 SEAS-ERA project. The report gives a high-level summary of the research strategies published previously between 2011 and 2013 and will facilitate the uptake of the recommendations and alignment between national agencies and European coordination frameworks.
The EMB congratulates the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) Secretariat on their official inauguration today in Ostend. EMODnet is a network of organizations working together to make existing marine data resources freely available through the internet and accessible to a wide range of users, facilitating investment in sustainable coastal and offshore activities. Today, Dr Niall McDonough, the Head of the European Marine Board Secretariat, will participate in the inauguration ceremony and present on the topic of a European Ocean Observing System. The EMB has been an active supporter of the EMODnet concept since its proposal in 2006 within the EC Green Paper on maritime policy. At the 1st EMB Open Forum in May 2008 marine science, policy and industry representatives tackled the challenges of marine data transfer from observation to information. The forum message was further developed in collaboration with EuroGOOS (the European Global Ocean Observing System) through a vision document on EMODnet (Sept. 2008), as well as two open statements in response to the European Commission consultations, Roadmap for EMODnet (June 2009) and Marine Knowledge 2020 (Dec. 2012). Vision of EMODnet is also promoted in a highly regarded EMB Navigating the Future IV position paper (June 2013). The EMB is delighted to see the EMODnet take the next step in its development by opening a Secretariat to centrally coordinate all of the different EMODnet activities and thematic sub-portals. We wish them every success in their work!
Today, marine stakeholders are gathering in Brussels to discuss science-policy interfaces (SPI) supporting implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). The workshop is being organized by the FP7 STAGES project and includes stakeholders from across marine sectors, representing multiple geographical scales. The workshop, led by the European Marine Board, will focus on MSFD knowledge management and choosing the right SPI mechanisms to enhance the existing SPI capacity. This work builds on an extensive on-line stakeholder consultation on MSFD science-policy interfaces launched by the STAGES project in 2013. Results from the survey and workshop will be taken forward by STAGES to develop a proposal for an effective long-term European Science-Policy Platform to channel knowledge from European science and technology to relevant MSFD users. Final results will be published as a position paper for the European Commission and presented at the STAGES Final Conference (Q3; 2014). Featured on the picture, from left to right: Jan van Tatenhove, University of Wageningen, Marisa Fernandes, Fundación CETMAR / STAGES Coordinator, Gert Verreet, OSPAR, and Kate Larkin, European Marine Board Secretariat
The European Marine Board working group on Deep-Sea Research (WG Deep-Sea) had its kick-off meeting in Brussels on 14-15 January 2014. WG Deep-Sea, chaired by Professor Alex Rogers of the University of Oxford, UK, will bring together 12 multi-disciplinary experts to identify a powerful vision for the European deep-sea research. The WG will contribute to the aim of positioning Europe as a front-runner in matching economic opportunities with best science and governance associated with the emerging exploitation of biological and mineral resources from the deep ocean, and other expected activities such as CO2 sequestration and deposition.To achive these objectives, the EMB WG Deep-Sea will create a platform for cross-sector, interdisciplinary dialogue between deep-sea stakeholders and present expert recommendations for future research in the context of societal challenges and policy needs. Further information on WG Deep-Sea here
Marine Board wishes you Merry Chrismas and Happy New Year 2014! View our card online