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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.

Publications

Training the 21st Century Marine Professional

Future Science Brief presents a vision for the future of marine graduate education and training in Europe.

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Annual Report 2017
Read about the wide spectrum of strategic activities undertaken by the EMB in 2017, bridging the gap between research, policy, industry and society. PDF icon PDF 3.17 MB (3.17 MB)
6th Forum Proceedings

The 6th EMB Forum Proceedings Implementing the UN 2030 Agenda: What role for marine science? (6 December 2017, Brussels)

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6th Forum Message
Message highlighting the needs for marine science to be at the core of the ocean governance debate, and 8 specific commitments EMB is making to support future development. PDF icon PDF 2.15 MB (2.15 MB)
Marine Citizen Science: Towards an engaged and ocean literate society

Policy brief introduces what Marine Citizen Science has to offer to marine science research, marine policy and society.

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Annual Report 2016

Read about the wide spectrum of strategic activities undertaken by the EMB in 2016, bridging the gap between research, policy, industry and society.

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Marine Biotechnology: Advancing Innovation in Europe’s Bioeconomy
Policy brief showcases the latest scientific and technological advancements in marine biotechnology and explores future innovation. PDF icon PDF 1.12 MB (1.12 MB)
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. The short policy paper is based largely on an article published in Nature Climate Change in February 2016 by a group of scientists led by Peter U. Clark of Oregon State University, USA. The authors argue that carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from human activity will remain in the atmosphere and continue to affect the Earth’s climate for tens to hundreds of thousands of years. Many of the resulting long-term impacts are now unavoidable. Sea level, in particular, exhibits a much slower response time than rises in air temperature. If we look 10,000 years into the future, it is proposed that even a modest emissions scenario will result in a global mean sea-level of rise of 28 m, causing inundation of many of the world’s most densely populated coastal cities and regions and displacing billions of people. Advances in ocean and climate modelling make it possible to look much further into the future and the picture that emerges for future generations is one of catastrophic climate change. This longer-term perspective tells us that we urgently need to move towards complete decarbonisation of the world’s energy systems. It places a much greater onus on policy makers to react to the threat of climate change, starting with meeting the ambitious targets set out in the Paris Climate Agreement. Put another way, the decisions we make in the next 10 years could profoundly affect the next 10,000.

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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. The paper highlights that human health and well-being is intrinsically connected to, and impacted by, the seas and oceans which surround our continental landmass. To manage this relationship, we need an effective policy framework, linking maritime and public health policies. While Europe has made significant strides in developing an Integrated Maritime Policy, we do not yet take sufficient account of human health aspects in maritime policy-making. Hence the concerted European research effort advocated by this paper does not just represent and interesting scientific challenge, but is essential to ensure that improving public health and achieving Good Environmental status in European seas are linked and mutually supportive policy objectives. The paper was pre-released at the dedicated workshop on Oceans and Human Health co-organized by the EMB and JPI Oceans during the European Maritime Day (EMD) Stakeholder Conference 2013 in Malta. Since its presentation at the EMD, the report has generated several follow-up activities, including a dedicated multi-disciplinary expert workshop on Oceans and Human Health in Cornwall, UK, in March 2014. Furthermore, report’s messages have been taken up by several national research and education initiatives

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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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EMODNET

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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News

Commissioner Vella meets European ocean research leaders for third time

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries is meeting today with ocean research leaders at the European Commission’s Berlaymont building, to discuss perspectives on the future of marine research in Europe. After two successful meetings on 2 March 2016 and 8 July 2016, heads of several EMB member national ocean research institutes are discussing with  Commissioner Vella their perspectives on the recommendations from the SAM High Level Group report Food from the Oceans, and on how to bring research outcomes closer to market. In addition, an update on European ocean observation, the preparations for the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030), and future marine research priorities for the upcoming EU Research and Innovation Framework Programme Horizon Europe, are on the agenda  for discussion today.

12 representatives of EMB Member Organizations, including the EMB Chair Jan Mees (VLIZ), attended together with representatives from the European Commission DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and DG Research and Innovation. The EMB Secretariat was represented by Executive Director, Sheila J. J. Heymans and Senior Science Officer, Kate Larkin

The meeting with Commissioner Vella marks the third in a series and is an important platform for the ocean research community represented by EMB to communicate directly with the Commissioner on ocean research issues.

SOPHIE Project website launched

Monday, 09 July 2018

Research in the field of Oceans and Human Health gets a big boost this week, as the Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe project launches its new website. Designed to encourage debate between different sectors, Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe (SOPHIE for short) will build a community of researchers and practitioners to explore the links between our oceans and our health. The new website will share information about the project and provide a platform for bringing marine specialists together with experts from medicine and public health. The site also provides wider opportunities for the public to get involved, with researchers keen to hear from those with an interest in marine issues, ‘blue’ tourism, or healthcare. In one example, members of the public are being encouraged to share their experiences of interventions which harness the benefits of interacting with the ocean, in the hope of inspiring similar initiatives. EMB is leading on foresight and community building related activities for the project, which has attracted €2 million in funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 programme. It is a collaboration between several partners across Europe.

You can view the new website at https://sophie2020.eu and follow SOPHIE on Twitter here https://twitter.com/@OceansHealthEU. More information on EMB's role in the project can also be found here.

Paying Tribute to Professor Mário Ruivo

Wednesday, 06 June 2018

Today the marine science community is paying tribute to Professor Mário Ruivo at a commemorative event organised by EurOcean in Brussels, entitled "Your Ocean, Your Future". In his role as EMB Chair and Director of Flanders Marine Instiutute (VLIZ), Prof. Jan Mees is giving a presentation on "A science perspective on Mário Ruivo's legacy: future challenges for European marine research in a global context". The event also includes other current and former EMB members.

For many years, Prof. Ruivo was an active Delegate of EMB, representing the Portuguese Foundation for Science and Technology (FCT) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). Throughout his long career, Prof. Ruivo was a champion of ocean issues. First and foremost, he was a biologist and oceanographer, an accomplished scientist and teacher. But he was also a gifted politician, and he put his political skills to use in promoting a greater appreciation of the ocean among the general public, and in advancing the political case for better management and governance of ocean resources. Prof. Ruivo leaves a significant legacy in bringing ocean affairs and environmental issues to the fore in political discourse both in Portugal and internationally. Everyone who knew him will remember his generosity of spirit, his integrity, his vast historical knowledge and his passion for the ocean.

You can find more information about the event on the EurOcean website.

AtlantOS European Strategy Workshop

Tuesday, 05 June 2018

On 4-5 June, the European H2020 project AtlantOS held a workshop to develop a European strategy for the future Atlantic Ocean Observing System in Brussels, hosted by EuroGOOS.

This was co-organized by EMB together with EuroGOOS, IOC and GEOMAR with the aim to deliver a European contribution to the wider Blueprint for the Atlantic Ocean Observing System.

More than 20 experts actively discussed key components of a future basin-scale observing system, from user-driven requirements, data and products, to infrastructures, capacity building and resource mobilization. Cross-cutting all of these is effective coordination and governance. The European Commission (DG Research and Innovation) joined discussions from the Marine Resource Unit, Earth Observation Unit and Executive Agency EASME. The workshop will deliver a strategy paper by the end of 2018 on Europe’s contribution to the AtlantOS legacy. This has strong links with the developing European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) framework, which has a public consultation running until 15 June 2018. More information is available in the 3rd AtlantOS Newsletter. Key messages from the workshop will also be taken forward in a EMB-led foresight paper on ocean observing coordination and governance linking European and Atlantic developments (see Task 10.6).

European Research Vessels Working Group Kicks Off

Thursday, 17 May 2018

The EMB Working Group on "Next Generation European Research Vessels" formally kicked off activities on 15-16 May 2018 at a meeting kindly hosted by Chair Per Nieuwjaar at the Havforskningsinstituttet (Institute of Marine Research, IMR) in Bergen, Norway. This activity is a collaboration with the European Research Vessel Operators (ERVO), who are also a former Marine Board panel.

In March 2007, the Marine Board - ESF Position Paper 10 European Ocean Research Fleets – Towards a Common Strategy and Enhanced Use" was published. This Position Paper included an inventory and description of the existing fleets, and recommendations on their enhanced use and management at pan-European level. Ten years on, the research landscape has evolved and there have been significant technological advancements adding new methods for autonomous sampling and observing our ocean. This also includes the Deep Sea and Polar frontiers. It is therefore timely and opportune for a EMB Working Group to produce an updated foresight report on European Research Vessels, assessing the progress made towards collaboration and interoperability and taking into account the latest technology and emerging areas of activity.

You can find more information on the Working Group and it's activities here. A position paper is expected to be published in 2019.

Have your say on the future of EOOS - Consultation 2018 on Strategy and Implementation Plan

Wednesday, 25 April 2018

On 25 April, EOOS stakeholder consultation is launched to collect feedback on the draft strategy and implementation plan 2018-2022. Stakeholder co-design and engagement are key to achieving a truly integrated and sustained ocean observing framework, EOOS. In 2017, an open consultation took place to collect stakeholders’ feedback on the EOOS consultation document developed by the EOOS Steering Group. Based on this survey and the EOOS forum 2018, draft EOOS strategy and implementation plan were developed. Those are now released for an open consultation running from 25 April to 25 June. The results will be released on this website and the documents finalized for adoption at the EOOS conference 2018 (21-23/11, Brussels).

Go to the consultation page to read the EOOS draft strategy and implementation plan and submit your feedback.

EMB are working with EuroGOOS and related organizations and stakeholders to facilitate the development of EOOS. More background could be found here.