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Navigating the Future

The Marine Board Navigating the Future series provides regular pan-European summaries of the current status of marine research, priority recommendations and future scientific challenges in the context of European societal needs. Navigating the Future is a blueprint to guide both the research and the science policy agendas at European and national level.

Since 2001 when the first Navigating the Future position paper was published, the series has been widely recognized, both by researchers and science policymakers, as providing critical periodic foresight and recommendations on emerging marine science topics and needs, and associated societal challenges and opportunities.

Previous Navigating the Future reports are available for download on the publications page.

In November 2017, EMB began work on the new installment of this flagship series, Navigating the Future V.

Navigating the Future IV

Navigating the Future IV is designed to inform the Commission calls under the forthcoming Horizon 2020 programme. The paper is 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. NFIV also addresses strategic and enabling issues such as European Ocean Observing System (EOOS), training, the science-policy interface and ocean literacy.

Navigating the Future IV (Marine Board Position Paper 20) was launched on 20 June 2013 at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts (KVAB) in central Brussels. The event also launched EurOCEAN 2014, high-level conference on marine research, technology and innovation (7-9 October 2014, Rome), organized as an official event of the Italian EU Presidency. 

Launch programme: download

Press release: download 

NFIV is available for download on the publications' page