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 European Marine Board members met at the Autumn 2013 Plenary Meeting in Lisbon on 23 and 24 October, hosted by the Science and Technology Foundation (FCT). A number of important decisions were made by the Board, including the adoption of the membership application from the German Marine Research Consoritum (KDM), the election of a new EMB vice-Chair, Dr Gilles Lericolais of Ifremer, and the adoption of the terms of reference for the new activity on marine graduate training. Furthermore, strategic discussions took place on the next edition of the influencial EurOCEAN conference series, to take place from 7 to 9 October 2014 in Rome, as well as the upcoming EMB Open Forum dedicated to the challenges and opportunities of the exploration and exploitation in the Arctic (12 March 2014, Brussels). The open session of the meeting was attended by the Board's stakeholders and partners, as well as the President of the Science and Technology Foundation (FCT), Miguel C. Seabra, and the permanent observers to the Board's plenary meetings: the European Commission DG Research and Innovation, represented by Ana-Teresa Caetano, and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO, represented by Luis Valdes.
Featured on the picture: European Marine Board delegates and invited speakers and guests at the open session of the EMB Autumn 2013 Plenary Meeting (23 October 2013, Teatro Thalia, Lisbon). See the photogallery for other pictures.
Today, at the European Marine Board plenary meeting, the Board welcomed the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM) as a new EMB Member Organization. KDM represents sixteen institutions and universities of Germany in the field of marine and polar as well as coastal research. With approximately 2,200 marine research scientists and being an acknowledged national contact for marine science matters, KDM is a welcome addition to the German representation on the European Marine Board among two other members: Helmholtz Association (HGF) and the German Research Foundation (DFG).
Featured on the picture: Professor Ulrich Bathmann, KDM vice-chair / Director of Leibniz Institute for Baltic Research Warnemuende, presenting the KDM's application to become member of the European Marine Board (23 October 2013, Lisbon).
UK Marine Board members NOC (National Oceanography Centre) and NERC (Natural Environment Research Council) enjoyed a day to remember on Thursday, 10 October, when Her Royal Highness, Princess Anne, named the latest addition to the UK research fleet, RRS Discovery. Around 200 guests, including UK Science Minister, David Willets, gathered at the NOC facility in Southampton for the ceremony. The Discovery is the latest in an illustrious line of vessels bearing the name that dates back to 1602. The latest Discovery is almost 100 metres in length and can carry 24 crew and 28 scientists. Representing and investment of £75m (€88m) in UK marine science capacity, Discovery’s wide capability will allow deep-ocean research in the remotest parts of our planet, from tropical seas to polar waters. Find more information on the NOC website.
Save the date for the upcoming 2014 Gordon Research Conference in Oceans and Human Health (OHH) to take place from 1 to 6 June 2014 (University of New England, Biddeford, Maine, USA). Immediately preceding the conference (31 May to 1 June 2014), there will be a Gordon Research Seminar which is designed to include graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists within the broad inter-disciplinary area of OHH. Download the flyer here Go to the web page here
A second meeting of the EMB working group on Valuing Marine Ecosystems (WG VALMARE) was held at the Marine Institute in Dublin on 01 October. The working group, chaired by Melanie Austen of the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), is working to deliver a strategic position paper outlining what tools should be developed for the valuation of marine ecosystem services and their benefits and how these tools can be used to facilitate decision making processes towards sustainable management of the seas and oceans. Find more information on WG VALMARE here.
Featured on the picture, from left to right: Stephen Hynes, Melanie Austen, Harold Levrel, Claire Armstrong, Ralf Doring, Soile Kulmala, Peder Andersen, Adriana Resurreicao and Niall McDonough.