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.
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 PDF [822.22 kB]
How our ancestors adapted to sea-level change
A summary of the key research needs and priorities to discover and safeguard Europe’s underwater heritage PDF [1.31 MB]
Land beneath the waves
State of the art, key opportunities and recommendations to advance the European Continental Shelf Prehistoric Research PDF [8.82 MB]
Annual Report 2013
European Marine Board Annual Report 2013 outlining EMB activities and outputs against the strategic approaches of Forum, Strategy, Synergy 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]
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]
Today, the official inauguration of Prof. Tarmo Soomere, EMB vice-Chair, as President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences is taking place. The Estonian Academy of Sciences was founded in 1938 as an association of top-level scientists and scholars with commitment and responsibility to advance scientific research and represent Estonian science nationally and internationally. Elected as President for a five-year term on 15 October 2014, it is the first time a marine scientist holds this prestigious role in the history of the Academy. Prof. Soomere graduated as a mathematician from Moscow State University in 1980, received a PhD in oceanology in 1984 and a doctorate in mathematics in 1992. His scientific interests include theory and modelling of Rossby waves, internal and surface waves, nearshore processes, wave-induced hazards and preventive methods for coastal protection. He was elected as the first Professor of Coastal Engineering in Estonia in 2005 and currently holds the position of Head of the Wave Engineering Laboratory in the Institute of Cybernetics. Prof. Soomere takes on the position of President with an impressive record of achievement. In 2002 and 2013 he received the Estonian State Research Award; in 2007 he received the Baltic Assembly Prize; he was declared Person of the Year in Estonia for 2005 by daily newspaper, The Postman, for his contribution to the forecast of a devastating storm; he was elected to Academia Europaea in 2009; he was nominated as Honorary Professor of James Cook University in 2010; he received the Estonian Science Communication Award in 2011 and the III class Order of the White Star in 2013. Furthermore, he has published >160 research papers and many popular articles. Congratulations to Prof. Toomere on his new appointment.
The EMB Working Group on Marine Graduate Training meets today and tomorrow in Brussels for its second meeting. The working group aims to shape the future of European marine science education and training. Key activities include critically evaluating current training practices and frameworks while assessing and proposing new mechanisms and recommendations towards innovative training instruments that identify and accommodate the needs of society, policy, industry and young scientists themselves. In an interactive stakeholder session this afternoon, representatives from European and international higher education training initiatives will come together with industrial representatives as potential employers of marine and maritime graduates to discuss current and future training needs for the 21st century ocean scientist. Representatives from the European Commission (DG Research & Innovation and DG MARE) will also present on challenges and perspectives on marine training with particular relevance to the EU's Blue Growth agenda.
Picture features (top row, left to right): Kate Larkin (EMB), Luís Pinheiro (University of Aveiro), Pauhla McGrane (Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology), Jeanine Olsen (University of Groningen), Guillaume Roullet (Université de Bretagne Occidentale), Tim Deprez (University of Ghent), Bev Mackenzie (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology UK), Oyvind Fiksen (University of Bergen), (bottom row left to right): Noémie Wouters (EMB), Maurizio d'Alcalà (Statione Zoologica Anton Dohrn), Magda Vincx (University of Ghent), Avan Antia (University of Kiel), Marja Koski (Technical University of Denmark).
European Marine Board wishes you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015! View our card online
Today, EMB attended a workshop on Atlantic Seabed Mapping at Dublin Castle to further discuss implementation of the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation, signed on 24 May 2013. The workshop was attended by international stakeholders from Europe, United States, Canada and Brazil representing policy, scientific and industry sectors from the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance. EMB vice-Chair and MEP, Ricardo Serrão Santos, highlighted the rich history of collaboration across the Atlantic, setting the science for a stakeholder discussion on priorities and mechanisms for a trans-Atlantic pilot initiative on Atlantic seabed mapping. Further topics included ways to align mapping and ocean observation efforts to provide the knowledge base for marine and maritime users and the knowledge gaps that are needed to improve global ocean circulation and next generation climate models. Picture features Sedlo seamount in the Northeast Atlantic.
Today, Niall McDonough, Executive Secretary of the European Marine Board is presenting the Rome Declaration at the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference in Barcelona. Niall is also part of a panel discussing successful science-policy interface. Titled ‘The science-policy interface: Scientists communicating with Decision-Makers’, the purpose of the panel is to compare approaches and success stories from across the globe regarding how to make science understandable to those who make decisions about ocean management. The active involvement of end users of scientific information, including resource managers, policy-makers, and individual citizens enhances the impact and value of research initiatives. Therefore, effective science-policy interface is critical to protecting ocean resources. Other panelists include Alan Simcock (World Ocean Assessment, UK), Carol Turley (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK) and David Vander Zwaag (Dalhousie University, Canada).
On 13-14 November 2014, deep-sea experts from academia, industry and NGO sectors are meeting at the University of Lisbon for the final meeting of the EMB Working Group Deep Seas. The working group is assessing European and national investment in deep-sea research together with identifying future needs, gaps and priorities that will drive a new era of discovery and understanding of this vast, largely unknown ecosystem into the next decade. Such fundamental knowledge is also crucial for a growing deep-sea user community to underpin ecosystem-based management of deep sea resources in light of emerging commercial activities such as deep sea mining. In a round-table discussion, stakeholders assessed the need to balance blue growth with sustainability in the deep sea, noting the crucial role of deep-sea research as the evidence base for establishing baselines, monitoring impact and informing sustainability goals for the deep ocean and high seas. This interdisciplinary working group will deliver a EMB position paper in 2015 with recommendations for developing a deep-sea research strategy for Europe in the context of societal challenges and policy needs.
Picture features (top row, left to right): Marina Cunha (University of Aveiro), Pierre-Marie Sarradin (Ifremer), Henry Ruhl (NOC, Southampton), Bruno Sommer Ferreira (Biotrend), Fernando Barriga (University of Lisbon), Alf Håkon Hoel (IMR), Ralph Spickerman (UK Seabed Resources), Sybille van den Hove (MEDIAN SCP), Gui Menezes (University of the Azores), Niall McDonough (EMB), (bottom row left to right): Helena Vieira (University of Lisbon), Colin Devey (GEOMAR), Alex Rogers (University of Oxford), Kate Larkin (EMB), Monica Verbeek (Seas at Risk), Mário Ruivo (FCT).