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The European Marine Board (EMB) is the leading European think tank in marine science policy.
It provides a platform to advance marine research and to bridge the gap between science and policy.

Publications

Marine Citizen Science: Towards an engaged and ocean literate society

Policy brief introduces what Marine Citizen Science has to offer to marine science research, marine policy and society.

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Annual Report 2016

Read about the wide spectrum of strategic activities undertaken by the EMB in 2016, bridging the gap between research, policy, industry and society.

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Marine Biotechnology: Advancing Innovation in Europe’s Bioeconomy
Policy brief showcases the latest scientific and technological advancements in marine biotechnology and explores future innovation. PDF icon PDF 1.12 MB (1.12 MB)
Advancing Citizen Science for Coastal and Ocean Research

Position paper aims to provide new ideas and directions to stimulate further advancement of Marine Citizen Science.

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Decommissioning of offshore man-made installation: Taking an ecosystem approach

Policy Brief assesses the role of marine science in reducing the impact of decommissioning offshore installations.

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The Ticking Time Bomb of Climate Change

Science Commentary questioning the over-emphasis in global policy discussions on 21st Century impacts of climate change

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Annual Report 2015

Read about the wide spectrum of strategic activities undertaken by the EMB in 2015, bridging the gap between research, policy, industry and society.

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The Ocean-Climate Nexus Consensus Statement

The critical role of ocean science in responding to climate change- A call from the ocean research community

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Delving Deeper (policy brief)

Key action areas for achieving sustainable management of our deep sea through integrated research

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EurOCEAN 2014 Conference Report

Key messages from EurOCEAN 2014 – a major European marine science policy conference which took place on 7-9 October 2014 in Rome, Italy.

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Delving Deeper: Critical challenges for 21st century deep-sea research

Overarching recommendations in deep-sea research to support a sustainable blue economy.

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The Value of Membership
EMB Value Paper

Read about the benefits of being a member of EMB and review our achievements to date in our new value paper.

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Annual Report 2014

Discover EMB's structure and governance and learn about the wide spectrum of strategic activities undertaken in 2014, bridging the gap between research, policy, industry and society.

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Rome Declaration

A consensus view of the EurOCEAN 2014 participants representing that of the European marine research community and resulting from a wide consultation at national, regional, pan-European and international levels

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How our ancestors adapted to sea-level change (policy brief)

A summary of the key research needs and priorities to discover and safeguard Europe’s underwater heritage

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Land beneath the waves

State of the art, key opportunities and recommendations to advance the European Continental Shelf Prehistoric Research

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Annual Report 2013

European Marine Board Annual Report 2013 outlining EMB activities and outputs against the strategic approaches of ForumStrategySynergy and Voice

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Oceans and Human Health
Linking Oceans and Human Health: A Strategic Research Priority for Europe

Key research needs and priorities to support the development of a holistic and coherent transnational oceans and human health research effort in Europe

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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

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Marine Protected Areas
Achieving Ecologically Coherent MPA Network in Europe: Science Needs and Priorities

Science needs and priorities to inform, engage and empower stakeholders in planning networks of MPAs across Europe and beyond

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Getting Ready for an Ice-free Arctic

Science Commentary calling for a sustained Arctic marine observation and data exchange system

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Marine Biodiversity
Marine Biodiversity: A Science Roadmap for Europe

Reveals gaps in our knowledge and research capacities, examines the policy landscape and includes a roadmap for European marine biodiversity research.

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Microbial Diversity
Marine Microbial Diversity and its role in Ecosystem Functioning and Environmental Change

Highlights recent advances in marine microbial research and identifies key priorities and needs for future European research.

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Monitoring Chemical Pollution
Monitoring chemical pollution in Europe's Seas - programmes, practices and priorities for research

A critical evaluation of current monitoring practices and assessment frameworks as well as mechanisms for including emerging chemicals of concern in monitoring programmes

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Marine Biotechnology
Marine Biotechnology: a Vision and Strategy for Europe

Marine biotechnology state of the art and its significant potential to contribute to scientific, societal and economic needs; and a concrete science policy strategy

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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

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Ecosystem Approach to Management
Science Dimensions of an Ecosystem Approach to Management of Biotic Ocean Resources

Research priorities and a work plan to achieve the objectives of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Joint EMB-ICES-EFARO publication

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EMODNET

A vision for an end-to-end, integrated, inter-operable and user-oriented network of European marine observation and data systems 

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Marine Mammals and Acoustics
The Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammals

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

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Remote Sensing
Remote Sensing of Shelf Sea Ecosystems

Summary of capabilities of satellite RS methodologies and their weaknesses, and a set of recommendations to maximise their effectiveness in monitoring shelf sea ecosystems

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Ocean Research Fleets
European Ocean Research Fleets - Towards a Common Strategy and Enhanced Use

An inventory and description of the existing fleets, and recommendations on their enhanced use and management at pan-European level

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Towards ERA
Towards a European Marine Research Area

The Marine Board strategic marine science plan for Europe, integrating all relevant dimensions of the natural and social sciences and the concerns of all end users of European seas.

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News

EMB Autumn Plenary Meeting (18-19 October, Galway)

Friday, 13 October 2017

The EMB Spring Plenary convened on 18-19 October 2017 in Galway, Ireland. The meeting brought together 15 delegates and was hosted by EMB member the Marine Institute. The meeting took place at the Institute in County Galway. There was interesting and fruitful discussions, and two existing members officially expanded their membership to become consortia; we welcome the Norwegian Marine University Consortium and the Romanian Black Sea Research Cluster. The members also approved two new activities on Marine Geohazards and European Research Vessels. More information will be posted in due course.

At the Open Session, a presentation was made by the local host CEO Peter Heffernan and was followed by a series of presentations providing an update on the marine science landscape in Europe and beyond on EMB, DG Research, JPI Oceans, EuroGOOS, EMODnet, the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA), the International Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the IPCC. A special session was then held on the state of play in wave energy, with presetntations given by Oliver Wragg (EMEC), Gerry Sutton (MaREI), Teresa Simas (WavEC) and Aengus Connolly (Wood Group Ireland). The Evening Lecture was given by Poul Holm (Trinity College Dublin) on "The North Atlantic Fish Revolution, c1500 AD".

Marine Citizen Science: Towards an engaged and ocean literate society

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Today we launch our new policy brief number 5 on “Marine Citizen Science: Towards and engaged and ocean literate society” (pdf). Following the release of our position paper on “Advancing Citizen Science for Coastal and Ocean Research” (pdf) in May 2017, we now present a summary of the main messages and recommendations.

Marine Citizen Science is a scientific research approach that is rapidly gaining interest and momentum. Our policy brief answers the fundamental question of “Why Marine Citizen Science?”, and presents the wide scope of applications in marine science research. It also looks at future opportunities with regard to the use of technology, as well as highlighting the potential for Marine Citizen Science to be a tool for marine policy. It finishes by presenting recommendations going forward, as both short- and long-term action areas, to ensure that Marine Citizen Science can continue to progress in Europe.

The policy brief can be downloaded here, the position paper can be found here, and the press release can be found here.

6th EMB Forum (6 December 2017)

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The 6th EMB Forum, titled "Implementing the UN 2030 Agenda: What role for marine science" will be held on Wednesday 6 December 2017, at the Royal Flemish Academy for Science and the Arts in Brussels, Belgium. Moderated by Quentin Cooper, BBC science journalist,the programme will be opened by João Aguiar Machado, Director General, Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), European Commission, and will include addresses by Joyeeta Gupta (University of Amsterdam), Vladimir Ryabinin (IOC-UNESCO), Martin Visbeck (GEOMAR), Monica Verbeek (Seas at Risk) and John Brincat (DG MARE, European Commission). The event will include high-level presentations and panel discussions with participation from diverse stakeholders including science and policy. Further information on this event and an agenda can be found here. Diverse stakeholders are cordially invited to attend and engage in dynamic discussions.

Register now using the form here. Registration is free, subject to availability of places.

Marine Biotechnology: Advancing Innovation in Europe’s Bioeconomy

Monday, 11 September 2017

The European Marine Board is pleased to announce its latest Policy Brief on Marine Biotechnology: Advancing Innovation in Europe’s Bioeconomy. This was developed in collaboration with the Marine Biotechnology ERA-NET (ERA-MBT). The Policy Brief presents the latest advancements, opportunities and challenges of marine biotechnology, as a fast growing Blue Growth area with diversified applications to human health and wellbeing. The Policy Brief summarizes key thematic areas from the ERA-MBT Marine Biotechnology Strategic and Innovation Roadmap: Insights to the future direction of European marine biotechnology, published in 2016. This includes long-term (2020-2030) opportunities where significant scientific, technological and other challenges remain. The Policy Brief also presents examples of commercial applications of marine biotechnology, the resulting high-value products and services and examples of other European projects and initiatives that are seeking to streamline the marine biotechnology pipeline.

Globally, marine biotechnology is a powerful tool contributing to the broader bioeconomy and to multiple United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) including aspects of sustainable food production systems, regulating the harvesting of marine bioresources and ending overfishing. In Europe, marine biotechnology remains a key enabler advancing Blue Growth. While products from marine biotechnology research and innovation are already widely used, the possibilities remain vast with new discoveries and diversifying applications. Today, 11 September, the Policy Brief is being presented by Dr. Steinar Bergseth (ERA-MBT Coordinator and Policy Brief co-author) at the General Assembly of the European Marine Biological Research Infrastructure Cluster (EMBRIC). The Policy Brief can be downloaded here, and the press release can be found here.

Prof. Sheila Heymans appointed as new EMB Executive Director

Friday, 25 August 2017

On Friday 25 August 2017, Prof. Sheila Heymans officially accepted the post of European Marine Board Executive Director. 

Prof. Heymans is currently Head of Science at the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) where her current research focus is the social, economic and ecological impacts of fishing in the world’s ocean. She has over 20 years’ experience in scientific research and education, with a focus on utilizing ecosystem modelling approaches to study environmental impacts of fisheries and ecosystem change. She has published more than 50 peer-reviewed publications and was a lead author on the IPBES chapter on policy support tools for modelling scenarios. Prof. Heymans is already actively involved in EMB activities, most notably as co-Chair of the running Working Group on Marine Ecosystem Modelling.

Prof. Heymans visited the EMB ivzw offices in Oostende on Friday 25 August to meet the EMB Secretariat team and to sign her contract. She will officially take up her post as Executive Director of the European Marine Board ivzw on 10 January 2018. In the intervening period, the EMB Secretariat will be overseen by Senior Science Officer Kate Larkin.

EMB bids farewell to Executive Director

Monday, 31 July 2017

Today EMB bids farewell to Executive Director, Niall McDonough, who has been with the organisation since 2009. In the words of EMB Chair, Jan Mees, "Niall has become the face of the European Marine Board and has personified its aura of scientific credibility and professionalism. In an increasingly complex landscape in European marine science and policy, and through significant changes to the membership, secretariat and the organisation itself, Niall has ensured that the quantity and quality of products delivered has been maintained at the highest possible level." The secretariat and the members of the European Marine Board sincerely thank Niall for his 7 years of dedicated service and wish him all the best in his future endeavors. Kate Larkin will step in as Acting Head of Secretariat.