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The European Marine Board provides a platform for its member organizations to develop common priorities, to advance marine research
and to bridge the gap between science and policy, in order to meet future marine science challenges and opportunities.


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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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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The Ocean-Climate Nexus video is here

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

A video summary of EMB’s 5th Forum, The Ocean-Climate Nexus has been released. In the lead-up to the COP21 talks, EMB’s 5th Forum focused on the critical role of ocean science as part of the societal response to climate change. This message is further elaborated in the Ocean Nexus Consensus Statement.



Canada publishes a briefing note on Ocean Science and Climate Change (November, Canada)

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

The Canadian Consortium of Ocean Research Universities (CCORU) was formed in 2011, aiming to coordinate ocean science research in universities, unite a body of expertise to provide advice and create a national voice for Canada’s oceans. Further to the Ocean-Climate Nexus Consensus Statement (link) released last month, Canadian researchers have also voiced their concerns on the critical part of ocean science in climate change and the need for decision-makers to take coordinated action at COP21 (download the Ocean Science and Climate Change briefing note). The EMB Secretariat and the US Consortium for Ocean Leadership have interacted during the preparation of this document to ensure our community messages are aligned.

EMB briefing on deep-sea research (11 November, Brussels)

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Today, the European Marine Board is holding a briefing event in Brussels on critical challenges for 21st century deep-sea research. The event will showcase the outputs of EMB Working Group Deep Seas, namely the “Delving Deeper” position paper 22 and the accompanying policy brief. The event is taking place as part of the 3rd Ocean of Tomorrow conference in Brussels, hosted by the European Commission. Over 130 stakeholders have registered for the event, ranging from policy makers to academia, industry and NGOs. The EMB briefing event includes interventions by Sigi Gruber, Head of Marine Resources Unit, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission and Ricardo Serrão Santos, Member of the European Parliament. Alex Rogers, EMB WG Deep Seas Chair from the University of Oxford, UK, will also be giving a presentation on the key recommendations of the Working Group, including calls for major progress in fundamental deep-sea research to underpin future management and exploitation of living and non-living deep-sea resources. The full conference agenda can be viewed here.

The Ocean Climate Nexus Consensus Statement goes on tour (27 – 29 October, Brest, Washington DC, Strasbourg)

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Following on from the launch of the Ocean Climate Nexus Statement at EMB’s 5th Forum in the European Parliament on 21 October, the Statement and messages contained therein are currently being promoted at a number of events on either side of the Atlantic. EMB Chair, Jan Mees, delivered a lecture on "The Ocean-Climate Nexus: key messages of the 5th European Marine Board Forum" at a joint session of the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC) and SaferSeas in Brest as part of  a climate change symposium titled“The Future of Science in the 21st Century : Climate change : impacts on the ocean, food production, health and the economy" on 27 October. On 28 October, EMB Executive Secretary Niall McDonough was a keynote speaker at a members meeting of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in Washington DC where he reported on The Ocean Climate Nexus event, the Consensus Statement, and next steps on the road to COP21. Also in Washington DC, in order to carry the Statement’s message on Ocean and Climate to the broader foreign policy and policymaking community, Niall is presenting the Statement and research priorities to the Council on Foreign Relations, the leading U.S. foreign policy organization, during a roundtable on “Oceans & Climate Change: Paris and Beyond”. Also on 29 October, Nan-Chin Chu of the EMB Secretariat is presenting the Ocean Climate Nexus Consensus Statement at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, as part of the Seas, Rivers, Islands & Coastal Areas European Parliament Intergroup conference on the maritime perspective of climate change prior to the COP 21 meeting. This European Parliament event provides an opportunity to discuss the role of our seas and ocean in climate negotiations with MEPs.
Picture features EMB Chair, Jan Mees, presenting on the Ocean Climate Nexus at the EURASC and SaferSeas climate change symposium in Brest.

The Ocean-Climate Nexus, EMB’s 5th Forum takes place in the European Parliament (21 October, Brussels)

Thursday, 22 October 2015

EMB’s 5th Forum, the Ocean-Climate Nexus took place yesterday in the European Parliament in Brussels. Hosted by MEP and former EMB vice-Chair, Ricardo Serrão Santos, and in the context of the upcoming COP21 talks, the Forum focused on the critical role of ocean science as part of the societal response to climate change. The Forum programme featured presentations from HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and President of the US based Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Sherri Goodman, delivered via video message. Scientific presentations covered ocean circulation and climate change (Mojib Latif, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR), Germany) and ocean acidification and its impacts on marine ecosystems (Ceri Lewis, University of Exeter, UK). A key output of the Forum was the Ocean Nexus Consensus Statement. Presented at the Forum by lead author Michael Schulz (Centre for Marine Environment Sciences (MARUM), Germany), the Consensus Statement was drafted by a working group nominated from EMB member organizations and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, and reflects a consensus view from marine research communities  in Europe and North America on the key priorities for ocean research in the context of global change. Following the presentation of the Consensus Statement a panel discussion took place featuring the speakers who were joined by Vladimir Ryabinin (Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanography Commission of UNESCO) and Andrea Tilche (Head of the Climate Action and Earth Observation Unit, European Commission). A full recording of the Ocean-Climate Nexus event is available for viewing here and a summary of the live tweeting is available here. Photos of the event can be viewed in the photo gallery.

Picture features from left to right: Andrea Tilche (European Commission), Mojib Latif (GEOMAR, Germany), MEP Ricardo Serrão Santos (European Commission), Ceri Lewis (University of Exeter, UK), Jan Mees (VLIZ, Belgium), Michael Schulz (MARUM, Germany), Vladimir Ryabinin (IOC UNESCO).

EMB European Scientific Diving Panel meet in Brussels (20 October, Brussels)

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Today, the European Scientific Diving Panel (ESDP) chaired by Dr. Martin Sayer from the Scottish Association for Marine Science in the UK, is meeting in Brussels for its 15th Plenary Meeting. As a panel of the European Marine Board, the ESDP acts as an operational platform to advance underwater scientific excellence and to promote and implement a practical support framework for scientific diving related activities. ESDP members from the UK, Belgium, France, Greece, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Italy and Portugal will share national updates in the field of scientific diving and will also discuss upcoming events such as the 2nd European Conference on Scientific Diving that will take place 9-11 May 2016 at the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The theme of the conference is coastal research using scientific diving.

Picture features: Top row from left to right – Thanos Dailianis (Greece), Jean-Pierre Féral (France), Alain Norro (Belgium), Martin Sayer (Chair – UK), Michael Schmidt (Germany). Seated row, left to right –  Noémie Wouters (EMB), Jouni Leinikki (Finland), Maria Asplund (Sweden) Skype Image: Massimo Ponti (Italy)