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.


Annual Report 2013
European Marine Board Annual Report 2013 outlining EMB activities and outputs against the strategic approaches of ForumStrategySynergy and Voice PDF [6.09 MB]

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]


EurOCEAN 2014 programme now online


The programme for the EurOCEAN 2014 conference is now available on the website. An official event of the Italian EU Presidency, EurOCEAN 2014 will provide a valuable opportunity for interaction and exchange between European marine and maritime research actors, stakeholders, policy makers and programme managers. The conference will identify future research priorities in support of blue growth, human health and wellbeing, and sustainable management of coastal seas and oceans.

With a varied and stimulating programme running over 2½ days, EurOCEAN 2014 will include:

  • Horizon-scanning presentations from leading European and international scientists;
  • Focused discussion sessions on societal, policy and regional challenges including Seas and Ocean Resources, Blue Growth, Good Environmental Status and Oceans and Human Health;
  • Dialogue on capacity building and research infrastructures, including a special session on the European Ocean Observing System dedicated to the memory of Kostas Nittis;
  • A Mediterranean Roundtable, side events and an open panel discussion moderated by Quentin Cooper, BBC Radio 4 science presenter;
  • Identification of emerging challenges and opportunities in seas and oceans research and adoption of a "Rome Declaration"

Registration for EurOCEAN 2014 is open until 30 Sept. 2014. For further information, please visit the EurOCEAN website. For specific enquiries please contact the organizing committee by This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In memoriam of Kostas Nittis

Kotas NittisThe members and Secretariat of the European Marine Board are greatly saddened by the untimely passing of our former Chair, Kostas Nittis. Representing his home institution, the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Greece, Kostas was an active EMB delegate for many years and was elected Chair in 2011. He served three years in this role with distinction, stepping down in May 2014. Among his many achievements, he led the complex process of drafting the Ostend Declaration (2010) and delivery of the Board’s Navigating the Future IV position paper (2013).
A distinguished oceanographer, Kostas was appointed Secretary General of the EuroGOOS network in 2012. But his sphere of influence extended well beyond his own research field. Through participation in multiple projects and networks, he was a leading figure in Europe for the promotion of marine science and setting the marine research agenda. Those fortunate to have known and worked with Kostas will remember his wisdom, integrity, diplomacy and a steady calmness which concealed a determination to effect positive change. Kostas will be hugely missed by an extensive network of friends and colleagues throughout Europe and beyond. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family at this difficult time.

Call for experts for Faranda Prize 2014

logoEuropean Marine Board and CoNISMa are calling for expert nominations to form the Evaluation Panel of the Faranda Prize 2014 - a biennial competition for outstanding but still unpublished contributions in the field of fundamental and applied marine sciences. Experts will evaluate 34 proposals with the following key words: 

  • trophic ecology - marine food webs, plankton / benthos ecology;
  • acidification - functional ecology - geochemistry - climate change;
  • spatial distribution marine populations - marine bioinvasions - biodiversity (integrative taxonomy) - population genetics - fishery biology;
  • biochemistry / reproductive and developmental biology / ecotoxicology - chemical ecology - biofouling;
  • marine protected areas - spatial planning - ecosystem services - integrated coastal zone management - environmental science and policy - habitat mapping, impact assessment; 
  • marine geology.

The Evaluation Panel will work remotely and meet only once to select the main winner, on 09 October 2014 (from 14:00), straight after the EurOCEAN 2014 conference. Travel and hotel to attend EurOCEAN 2014 and Faranda Prize meeting will be covered by the Faranda Prize and the EurOCEAN 2014 participant fees waived for the experts.

Further information is available on the EurOCEAN 2014 and on the CoNISMa websites and via an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Deadline for expert nominations is 15 August 2014.

Lora Fleming presented with Dr. Edouard Delcroix Prize 2013 (27 June, Ostend)

Today, ProfeProf Flemingssor Lora Fleming, Director of the European Centre for Environment & Human Health at the University of Exeter, UK is being awarded the prestigious Dr. Edouard Delcroix Prize for her innovative research on harmful algal blooms (HABs). This prize has been established in honour of Dr. Edouard Delcroix (1891-1973), Belgian orthopaedic surgeon and pioneer in thalassotherapy. The Dr. Edouard Delcroix Prize is an international award presented every three years by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and HYDRO VZW, with the 2013 award being presented for excellence in research on the links between Oceans and Human Health. Prof. Fleming is 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 European Marine Board Oceans and Human Health Working Group. She was also convener of an international workshop on Oceans and Human Health in Cornwall, UK, in March of this year. The workshop, which was co-organized by EMB, delivered the recently published EMB policy statement ‘Message from Bedruthan’, calling for a coordinated, transnational and interdisciplinary Oceans and Human Health research programme in Europe. Prof. Fleming will receive her award to the value of 25,000 EUR at a ceremony in Ostende, during which she will also present her research on Oceans and Human Health.

STAGES presents its final results (19 June, Brussels)

Stakeholders are STAGES final WS June2014meeting today in Brussels for the STAGES final workshop. The STAGES project (2012-2014) is now in it’s final phase and has delivered a number of concrete outputs to support a more efficient transfer of knowledge between science and implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). The workshop participants include representatives of national government agencies, Regional Seas Conventions, the European Commission (DG ENV, DG Research & Innovation, DG MARE & the JRC), NGOs and STAGES partners. At the event, EMB is presenting a proposal for an integrated science policy interface (SPI) for MSFD. The SPI proposal has been developed following an extensive stakeholder consultation and analysis of best practice. Through the collaborative work of STAGES, the EMB and STAGES partners have played an important role in improving the scientific evidence base to support implementation of MSFD and to underpin the future health and productivity of European seas. Further information on the STAGES project can be found on the STAGES website.

EMB Presents a European Perspective on Oceans and Human Health at the Gordon Research Conference, Maine, USA

2014 06 04 GRC USA 2014 smToday, EMB’s Executive Scientific Secretary Dr. Niall McDonough is presenting at the Gordon Research Conference in Oceans and Human Health in Maine, USA (1-6 June). The theme of the 2014 GRC is ‘Anthropogenic impacts on coastal communities and ecosystems’. The conference aims to encourage international interdisciplinary participation in Oceans and Human Health. Recognizing the strategic importance of this topic for Europe, Dr. McDonough is giving a talk on Embedding Oceans and Human Health in Science and Maritime Policy: A European Perspective in a session of the conference titled, ‘Moving Forward: Strategies for Improving OHH’. The EMB has recently published a position paper entitled, Linking Oceans & Human Health: A Strategic Research Priority for Europe (PDF), an output of the European Marine Board working group on Oceans and Human Health.  The conference delegates unanimously supported a proposal to hold the next GRC OHH conference at a location in Europe.

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