The Marine Board Biennial Open Forum is one of the European Marine Board's four principle approaches to bridging the gap between science and policy. The Forums act as a platform to bring together a wide range of marine science stakeholders (scientists, European and national policymakers, pan-European and regional networks etc.) to discuss and share knowledge, identify common priorities, develop common positions and collaborate. The Forum bridges the gap between the scientific community and policymakers and prepares a joint vision and recommendations to advance the issue at hand.
The Forums are organized on a biennial basis with the exception of the 5th EMB Forum, which took place in 2015 so as to better influence discussions in the lead up to and at COP 21.