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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.


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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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 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.

Charlotte Simon has started as EMB Junior Science Officer Trainee

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

On Monday 17 July, Charlotte Simon joined the EMB Secretariat as a Junior Science Officer Trainee. Charlotte obtained a Masters degree in Organisms’ Biology and Ecology from the Free University of Brussels and worked for three years as a Nature Policy Officer at the “European Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation” where she focused on the interface between hunting activities and nature conservation at EU level. In continuity of her Masters thesis studying the impact of climate change on benthic species, she got involved in a 2-months trainee ship as “Green Fins coordinator” in the Philippines, where she worked with diving centres to decrease their impact on coral reefs. Charlotte will work on diverse topics within the EMB Secretariat until mid December 2017.

Launching the Belem Statement

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Today sees the launch of the Belem statement, a joint Declaration on Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Cooperation between the European Union, Brazil and South Africa. This follows the Galway statement for the North Atlantic cooperation, signed in 2013, and reflects a significant move towards a joined up, integrated approach to research and development across the whole Atlantic Ocean and its bordering countries. The high-level Ministerial and scientific event is hosted by Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and is part of a three day conference titled 'A new era of blue enlightenment'. Updates from the meeting can be followed on Twitter using #AtlanticAll. Representatives of the European Marine Board ExCom, Board and Secretariat are participating in the event, which includes workshops on building an Atlantic research community with topics spanning ocean literacy to ocean observation (e.g. AtlantOS).

EMB launches activity in end-to-end marine ecosystem modelling

Wednesday, 05 July 2017

Today, 7 July 2017, the European Marine Board launches a new activity on end-to-end marine ecosystem modelling with a horizon scanning workshop ‘Shaping Future Research Agendas’ at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (Marine Matters Centre), United Kingdom. Chaired by Morten Skogen (IMR, Norway) and Sheila Heymans (SAMS, U.K.), the workshop brings together international experts from 12 countries in marine ecosystem modelling for interactive discussions. Experts will identify Research and Development gaps and needs for increasing the capability of end-to-end marine ecosystem models and, crucially, increase their impact and uptake as a tool in marine ecosystem-based management and environmental policy.  The full agenda is available here and the workshop is facilitated by the EMB Secretariat. The workshop directly follows, and is in collaboration with, the AMEMR (Advances in Marine Ecosystem Modelling Research). Community-driven recommendations and key messages from the workshop, together with the latest state-in-the-art in end-to-end marine ecosystem modelling, will be developed into a EMB Policy Brief. This will be communicated to wider stakeholders, including research funders, marine managers and policy makers to increase awareness of opportunities for using marine ecosystem models as a tool in ecosystem based management and research and development requirements for next generation capabilities. This gap analysis will also contribute to the development of a more coordinated and comprehensive European Ocean Observing System (EOOS).

Biological Observations Working Group kick-off meeting (22-23 June, Pisa)

Friday, 23 June 2017

EMB’s newest expert working group on ‘Strengthening Europe's Capability in Biological Ocean Observation’ (WG BIO OBS) held its kick-off meeting on 22 and 23 June in Pisa (Italy) at the Rectorate of the University of Pisa, home institution of the Chair Prof. Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi. This working group has been convened to recommend gaps and priorities for enhancing the current biological ocean observing capacity as a component of the wider European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) that is fit-for-purpose in the context of user needs and societal benefits. Comprising 12 expert on marine biological observations, the group foresees the publication of a Future Science Brief in Spring 2018.

 Picture features Working Group BIO OBS members. Back row, left to right: Jacco Kromkamp (NIOZ), Antoine Grémare (University of Bordeaux), Asbjørn Christensen (DTU Aqua), Isabel Sousa Pinto (CIIMAR), Adriana Zingone (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn), Francisco Hernandez (VLIZ), Niall McDonough (EMB secretariat). Bottom row, left to right: Elena Maggi (University of Pisa), Tasman Crowe  (University College Dublin), Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi (University of Pisa), Ángel Muñiz Piniella (EMB secretariat).

EMB is seeking a new Executive Director

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The European Marine Board (EMB) invites applications for the position of Executive Director. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a dynamic, professional Secretariat to promote and advance marine science on behalf of the EMB membership of institutions from across Europe. We are seeking an innovative and collaborative leader to oversee the EMB work programme and to bring new ideas for optimising the success and impact of EMB as a leading provider of high-quality marine science policy advice to the European institutions, national governments and funding agencies. The successful candidate will have a strong track record of leadership and achievement in marine research; research management; the management of people and resources; and science writing and communication. Further information and guidelines for applicants are available on our Vacancies page.