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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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EMB establishes its own legal organization (20 January, Brussels)

Thursday, 21 January 2016

On 20 January 2016, the European Marine Board formed its own legal entity as an international non-profit association under Belgian law (IVZW). An important day in the history of the Board, eight founding members signed the deed in the presence of a Notary Public at a dedicated founding meeting in Brussels (see picture). The EMB was originally formed as an expert board of the European Science Foundation and has operated as such for almost 20 years. During that time the EMB has flourished under the European Science Foundation, expanding its membership, activities and gaining a reputation for providing high-quality science policy advice to underpin the marine research agenda in Europe. Although EMB will remain for the time being associated to ESF, the foundation of a non-for-profit association in Belgium is the first step in a process to eventually become a fully independent legal entity and to secure the future of EMB as the primary marine science foresight and strategy think tank in Europe.
Picture features the EMB IVZW founding members, directors, secretariat, and notary public. Top row left to right: Yves-Marie Paulet (UBO), Colin Brown (NUIG), Karen Donaldson (EMB), Slawomir Sagan (IOPAN), Nan-Chin Chu (EMB), Jan de Leeuw (NIOZ), Veronica French (EMB), Lars Horn (RCN), Arturas Razinkova-Baziukas (KU), Notary Public. Bottom row left to right: Erlend Moksness (IMR), Jan-Stefan Fritz (KDM), Niall McDonough (EMB), Jan Mees (EMB Chair), Gilles Lericolais (Ifremer), Mark James (MASTS), Tarmo Soomere (EAS)

CoCoNet end user meeting & related funding information

Monday, 18 January 2016

The FP7 project, “Towards coast to coast network of marine protected areas (from the shore to the high and deep sea) coupled with sea-based wind energy potential in the Mediterranean and the Black Sea” (CoCoNet, 2012-2016), presented its achievements at their end-user meeting in Brussels (14 Jan. 2016).  The project proposed the concept of “Cells of Ecosystem Functioning” as a conservation and management unit to help in the development of a coherent network of MPAs and to identify suitable area for offshore wind farms. Further details can be found on the project webpage and documentary films. Their results are in line with previous EMB recommendations for an ‘ecosystem-based marine spatial management’ (EMB PP18) and a holistic approach to continue biodiversity research (EMB FSB1). The project also stressed the need for biological ocean observation and human capacity building. In 2016, the EMB will address both topics: to kick off an expert working group (website) and to publish a Future Science Brief on Marine Graduate Training based on the work of WG Training (website).

Related funding information:

DG MARE/EASME issued/will issues calls related to MPA, MSP and training:

  • Call for Tenders: Study on the economic benefits of Marine Protected Areas (deadline 14 March 2016) (EC website)
  • Call for Proposals: Projects on Maritime Spatial Planning (MSP) (deadline 31 March 2016) (EASME website)
  • DG MARE will launch a call for proposals (€3,4 million allocated) on ‘Blue Careers in Europe’ under the EMFF in 2016. (EMFF Work Programme)

The Sea Change Project’s ‘Think Big, Think Ocean Video Contest’ is Now Open

Wednesday, 13 January 2016

To increase Ocean Literacy in Europe, the Sea Change project is looking for innovative concepts for events, campaigns or any other activities that could help to increase people’s awareness and appreciation of the ocean. To enter, simply make a video to illustrate your creative, innovative idea and submit it online. Your idea will be in with a chance of becoming a reality and you could also win one of seven unique experiences, including ‘behind the scenes’ days at aquaria and science centres across Europe, or an exciting chance to experience a day in the life of a marine scientist. The closing date for entries is 20 March 2016. The winning entries will be chosen based on public vote as well as the innovation, feasibility and potential impact of the idea. The Sea Change project will release one short video every week for the next five weeks through social media to provide further inspiration. For more information on the Think Big, Think Ocean video contest, see: For queries related to the Think Big, Think Ocean contest, please contact: Mieke Sterken ( or Jan Seys (

EMB is at COP21 supporting the advancement of the ocean and climate change agenda (3-4 December, Paris)

Thursday, 03 December 2015

EMB is attending COP21 and participating in a number of events aimed at raising the profile of the integral role of the ocean in our response to climate change. On 3 December, Nan-Chin Chu is giving a presentation at an underwater cultural heritage event hosted by UNESCO. During this event Nan-Chin will highlight the Ocean-Climate Nexus Consensus Statement  and recent EMB publications on continental shelf prehistoric research as part of her presentation on ‘Projecting the climate future by understanding the past: Rescue historical data through maritime cultural heritage.’ The Ocean-Climate Nexus Statement will be further promoted during EMB’s participation in the Ocean & Climate Forum (3 December) and Oceans Day at COP21 (4 December). Activities during Oceans Day will report on the science of oceans and climate change; showcase successful efforts in policies on oceans and climate, identify key actions on oceans and climate change to be addressed through the UNFCCC process; and identify what the oceans community can do to advance the oceans and climate change agenda outside of the UNFCCC process. The expected result of Oceans Day is an action plan for the ocean and climate change agenda for the next five years. 

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.