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The Sea Change project held its kick-off meeting in Plymouth this week. Funded under the BG13 call on Ocean Literacy, the Sea change project runs for 3 years (2015 - 2018). The overarching goal of this project is to bring about a fundamental “Sea Change” in the way European citizens view their relationship with the sea, by empowering them – as ‘Ocean Literate’ citizens - to take direct and sustainable action towards healthy seas and ocean, healthy communities and ultimately - a healthy planet. The term ‘ocean literacy’ originated in the US and is defined as an understanding of the ocean’s influence on you and your influence on the ocean. Sea Change comprises a consortium of 17 partners (including the EMB) and is coordinated by the Marine Biological Association of the UK. The kick-off meeting was held back to back with a second project funded under the BG 13 call, named ResponSEAble. Both projects will work together over the coming years to achieve the common aim of promoting ocean literacy throughout Europe. Picture features Sea Change and ResponSEAble partners.
EMB is attending the first JPI Oceans conference, where the JPI Oceans Vision and Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda 2015-2020 is being launched. Also being presented at the conference are new initiatives that JPI Oceans will be coordinating through their Pilot Actions, which include ecological aspects of deep-sea mining and the multi-use of infrastructures for monitoring in the North Sea. EMB Executive Secretary, Niall McDonough is taking part in a panel session titled, 'Horizon Scanning: Setting joint priorities for future marine & maritime research', together with Peter Heffernan, (Chief Executive, Marine Institute Ireland), Christina Abilgaard (Management Board JPI Oceans - Department Director, Research Council of Norway) and Sigi Gruber (Head of the Unit for Marine Resources, European Commission DG Research and Innovation). For more information on the conference please see the JPI Oceans website.
The EMB Spring Plenary convened for two days in Ghent, Belgium. The meeting brought together 28 EMB delegates as well as observers and guests from the European Commission, JPI Oceans, UNESCO-IOC, POGO, and the Flemish Government. The Board elected two new vice-Chairs, Jan-Stefan Fritz of KDM and Mark James of MASTS, and a new membership application from the Lithuanian Klaipeda University was approved. Furthermore, the Board approved a new activity on Citizen Science to start in late 2015. The delegates were also updated on the running activities, e.g. the Deep-Sea working group preparing for the launch of the EMB strategic position paper on 1 September, and the 5th EMB Forum, Ocean-Climate Nexus, taking place on 21 October at the European Parliament in the lead up to COP 21. The meeting included a Special Session on Changing legal and policy framework for the study and utilization of marine biodiversity, with talks from Prof. Marcel Jaspars (EU FP7 PharmaSea/Univ. of Aberdeen), Dr. John Brincat (EC DG MARE) and Dr. Arianna Broggiato (Univ. of Leuven). The evening ended with an inspiring and thought-provoking lecture on foresight and horizon-scanning by Prof. Michael Depledge (ECEHH, Univ. of Exeter Medical School).
On 16-17 April 2015 the European Marine Board joined over 200 international stakeholders in Atlantic ocean research for the conference "The Atlantic - Our Shared Resource: Making the Vision Reality". Held at the Palais d'Egmont in Brussels, the event was opened by Mr. Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation and Mr. Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. The political statements reflected on progress since the launch of an Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance and the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Research Cooperation, signed in May 2013 by the EU, Canada and the United States. The meeting launched a number of 'Galway Statement follow-up projects' funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Blue Growth calls. Speakers highlighted the importance of international cooperation with South Atlantic partners including Brazil and South Africa and followed up with a scientific workshop on Southern Atlantic marine science cooperation held on 15 April 2014 in Brussels to specifically progress this issue. The broadcast of the conference can be found here.
Today, EMB's European Scientific Diving Panel (ESDP), chaired by Dr Martin Sayer (SAMS, UK), is meeting in Stuttgart, Germany for its 14th Plenary meeting. The Plenary meeting is organised back to back with the 1st European conference on scientific diving that took place 2 -3 March in Stuttgart. The main agenda items for the meeting include national updates, discussing the next edition of the scientific diving conference that will be hosted by Sweden in 2016 and policy strategies to promote scientific diving as a discipline, emphasising its value as cost-effective high-quality research tool capable of supporting a wide range of scientific disciplines, often in complex environments.
Picture features (left to right): Juho Lappalainen (FL), Noémie Wouters (EMB), Maria Asplund (SE), Martin Sayer (UK), Pedro Neves (PT), Piotr Balzaly (PL), Dirk Schories (GER), Philipp Fischer (GER).
The EMB is pleased to announce that its 5th EMB Forum, ‘The Ocean-Climate Nexus: The critical role of ocean science in responding to climate change’, will take place in Brussels on 21 October 2015. In the context of the upcoming United Nations climate change talks at COP 21, the aim of EMB’s 5th Forum is to deliver a voice from the marine research community to key stakeholders, before COP 21, on the critical role of ocean science as part of the societal response to climate change as well as to outline the key research priorities on climate and ocean in a European context. The Forum will bring together scientists, policymakers, NGOs, think tanks and European institutions for whom ocean science and climate change is high on the agenda. Further updates will be announced on the 5th Forum webpage. Photo Credit: Cindy Huchery