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.
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 by 2020. Joint Marine Board - 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 European Marine Board will officially launch its high-level foresight report, Navigating the Future IV, on Thursday 20 June 2013 at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts in central Brussels. At the event, the Italian EU Presidency 2014 will announce EurOCEAN 2014, marine science grand challenges conference, which will take place in Rome on 7-9 October 2014.
Key-notes at the launch will be given by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science and Maria da Graça Carvahlo, MEP and Rapporteur for the Horizon 2020 Specific Programme. This event will be an opportunity to mark the setting of future strategic priorities and plans for seas and oceans research in Europe. Further information here. Download the launch programme here. To attend, register here.
This workshop, co-organized by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and the European Marine Board at request of the European Commission and the Ocean Literacy in Europe consortium, will gather experts to deliver recommendations to the European Commission DG Research & Innovation on mechanisms and initiatives to better support marine science outreach and education in the Horizon 2020 Programme and beyond. Three specific objectives are defined for this meeting: (i) identify marine topics to be the focus of dedicated ocean literacy calls in Horizon 2020; (ii) identify key transatlantic issues and actions relevant to ocean literacy which will require EU-North American (US and Canada) collaboration; and (iii) provide recommendations to the Commission on evaluation criteria for communication, education and outreach elements of Horizon 2020 marine scientific project proposals.
MESMA, an EU Framework Programme 7 project on monitoring and evaluation of spatially managed marine areas (2009-2013) will hold its final conference in Lisbon on 8-10 October 2013. Registration is open on the project's website. Deadline for submission of abstracts and outlines is 1 July 2013. Download the conference flyer here
At the Irish EU Presidency Event entitled The Atlantic - A Shared Resource, representatives of the European Union, the United States and Canada signed the 'Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation' (pdf) to join forces on the Atlantic ocean research. The goal is to better understand the Atlantic Ocean and promote the sustainable management of its resources. The Agreement aims to connect the ocean observation efforts of the three partners. The work will also study the interplay of the Atlantic Ocean with the Arctic Ocean, particularly in relation to climate change.
This European Marine Board and JPI Oceans will jointly hold a workshop at the European Maritime Day stakeholder conference in Malta, to tackle the relationships between marine environmental health and human health. Speakers will highlight the need for a coordinated oceans and human health research programme in Europe, addressing both benefits and challenges to public health associated with our interactions with the seas. Furthermore, the workshop will highlight the need for monitoring the marine environment in the context of MSFD. The workshop will take place during the European Maritime Day stakeholder conference on 22 May 2013 (from 9:30 to 11:00, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Marketing office). More information and programme here
Ruđer Bošković Institute, Croatia, joint the European Marine Board at the EMB plenary meeting in Bergen on 24 April 2013.