The European Marine Board develops common positions on research priorities and strategies for European marine science, facilitating enhanced cooperation between stakeholders involved in supporting, delivering and using marine research and technology.
Marine Board stakeholders include the Board’s members, partner European and international networks, policymakers, strategy developers and programme managers at national, European and international level, as well as the marine and maritime science community at large.
As an independent non-governmental advisory body, the European Marine Board provides the essential components for transferring knowledge from the scientific community to decision makers, promoting Europe’s leadership in marine research and technology. Adopting a strategic role, the Board provides a unique forum to develop marine research foresight, initiating state-of-the-art analyses and studies and translating these into clear policy recommendations to national agencies and governments as well as to the European institutions.
The European Marine Board operates via four principle approaches underpinning the Board’s main objective of bridging the gap between science and policy:
In 2017, the European Marine Board is a unique strategic pan-European Forum for seas and oceans research and technology. The Board's collaborations reach far beyond its 30-member-strong membership, bringing together a diversity of partners and stakeholders from the marine and maritime communities, European networks, as well as policy and decision makers.
Picture below: European Marine Board members, observers and secretariat at the Spring 2015 Plenary Meeting, April 2015, Ghent, Belgium