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.


Oceans and Human Health
Key research needs and priorities to support the development of a holistic and coherent transnational oceans and human health research effort in Europe PDF [6.93 MB]

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]

Marine Biodiversity
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]

Microbial Diversity
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
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]

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 PDF [1.65 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]

Remote Sensing
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]


EMB WG Deep-Sea 2nd meeting (24-25 April 2014, Oxford)

WG_Deepsea_2nd_mtgThe second meeting of the EMB working group on Deep-Sea (WG Deep-Sea) takes place today and tomorrow at the Somerville College in Oxford, UK. Chaired by Prof. Alex Rogers (University of Oxford), WG Deep-Sea is working to deliver a strategic position paper provisionally entitled 'Deep-Sea Research for Societal Challenges and Policy Needs'. In today's meeting, members will address the outline of each chapter of the future position paper. The meeting also includes an interactive session of the working group members with industrial representatives with expertise ranging from deep-sea fisheries, oil & gas industry, marine biotechnology and experts in high seas governance and socio-economics.


Faranda Prize to young researchers - Call for applications open!

FarandaPrize2014Early career researchers in marine science are invited to submit applications for the 2nd edition of the Faranda Prize, a biannual international competition for young researchers organized by CoNISMa in memory of its founder, Francesco Maria Faranda. Applications are invited from researchers providing outstanding but still unpublished contributions in the field of fundamental and applied interdisciplinary marine research. The winner will be awarded €5,000 at CoNISMA’s 20th anniversary celebration event on 09 October 2014, a side-event of the high-level EurOCEAN 2014 conference, organized as an official Italian EU Presidency Event in Rome. In addition, the top 10 authors will receive a €500 travel grant and free registration to attend EurOCEAN 2014. The European Marine Board is providing scientific expert support to the 2014 Faranda Prize. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2014. Download the flyer here. Further information including the application procedure can be found on the CoNISMA website.

SEAS-ERA Final Conference (8-9 April 2014, Majorca)

SEAS-ERA fnlconf2014The closing conference of the EU FP7 SEAS-ERA project starts today in Majorca, Spain. The aim of the 2-day event is to present the conclusions, impacts and future perspectives of the SEAS-ERA project which has been running for 48 months and ends on 30 April 2014. Also included in the meeting will be an overview of the first year of the 5 five projects funded by the SEAS-ERA Atlantic and Mediterranean call as well as discussions on strategic interests in the field of marine research and international relations between countries sharing oceans. Later today, EMB Executive Scientific Secretary, Dr Niall McDonough, will give a talk on ‘Structuring research in Europe’ in the conference session dedicated to SEAS-ERA in the European context. Further information on the final conference is available on the SEAS-ERA website.

2nd International Conference on Research Infrastructures (2-4 April 2014, Athens)

EOOS EMB-NFIVToday, stakeholders are gathering in Athens for ICRI 2014, the 2nd International Conference on Research Infrastructures (2-4 April 2014, Athens). Co-organised by the European Commission and the Greek Presidency of the European Union, the event is expected to attract 600 participants to discuss the essential role of global research infrastructures. On 3 April, Kostas Nittis (EuroGOOS) and Peter Haugan (University of Bergen, Norway), EMB Chair and vice-Chair respectively, will speak in a session focusing on Marine Research Infrastructures. EMB will also disseminate a strategic paper on the 'European Ocean Observation System' PDF (Chapter 11, extract from Navigating the Future IV, EMB, 2013). Other key thematic areas include cultural heritage, food security and e-science. 


EMB WG SUBLAND wrap-up meeting (1 April 2014, Athens)

WG SUBLANDwrap-upThe final meeting of the EMB working group on Submerged Landscapes and Underwater Archaeology (WG SUBLAND) takes place today at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) in Athens, Greece. Chaired by Nic Flemming (NOC, UK), WG SUBLAND is working to deliver a strategic position paper targeted at the development of collaborative and mutual knowledge between marine and social scientists to bring an improved understanding of past human response to sea level change. In today's meeting, members conducted an extensive review of each chapter of the future position paper and reviewed the results of a  survey completed by national heritage agencies. Members also discussed approaches for interacting with stakeholders and decision makers, linking to the EU Blue Growth agenda. It is anticipated that the position paper will be launched at the EurOCEAN 2014 conference in Rome, taking place on 7-9 October 2014.

4th EMB Forum, Arctic 2050: Message Released

4thEMBForumMessage Arctic2050Following on from the 4th European Marine Board Forum ‘Arctic 2050’ held in Brussels on March 12, the forum message has now been released. Five key messages emerged as a result of forum discussions which focused on how industry and science can work together to achieve sustainable management of the Arctic Ocean. The need for a strategic plan for data collection in the Arctic Ocean was identified as a top priority during these discussions. Other key messages include the need for developing a marine spatial plan, engagement of indigenous communities in research and more effective use of local and traditional knowledge, multidisciplinary and cross-sector partnerships for securing long-term strategic funding, and the need to anticipate infrastructure changes in the Arctic as a result of increased shipping and maritime activities. Further information on the 4th EMB Forum including all forum presentations is available on the forum webpage.

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