EMB presents at two Ocean Conferences, Business2Sea 2016 and CdM ISC ‘16 (16-18 November, Porto and Vila Real, Portugal)
Wednesday, 16 November 2016
The 6th edition of Fórum do Mar, now known as Business2Sea, commences today in Porto. The central theme of Business2Sea 2016 is ‘Grow and Internationalise the Maritime Economy’ and the purpose of the event is to present results of the main maritime activity sectors in Portugal, with a focus on the northern region, as well as to facilitate networking, projects and business developments among the participants. The programme includes a celebration of National Maritime Day in the presence of the Portuguese Minister of the Sea, Ana Paula Vitorino. During this celebratory event, EMB Executive Secretary, Niall McDonough will provide an international perspective with a presentation addressing the main challenges that the ocean faces in the future; the main implications of these challenges in terms of technology and science, and; the main opportunities for economic development. Following Business2Sea, on 17 November, Niall McDonough features as a plenary speaker at the Campus do Mar International Science Conference 2016, where he will give a keynote address on ‘The ocean and human health: an emerging integrated meta-discipline’. The conference serves as a forum for presenting and discussing new research developments in marine science, technology and management. The theme of the conference is "Oceans: Future sustainability challenges", reflecting the growing understanding of the importance of ocean sustainability in crucial areas for human wellbeing, namely in the environmental, economic and social dimensions imperative for a better tomorrow.
EMB Autumn Plenary Meeting (19-20 October, Glasgow)
Monday, 24 October 2016
The EMB Autumn Plenary convened on 19-20 October in Glasgow, UK. The meeting brought together 28 delegates and was hosted by EMB member MASTS (Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland). Guests attended from The Swedish Research Council Formas, the University of Bangor, the European Commission and JPI Oceans. The Autumn Plenary open session was included as part of the 2016 MASTS Annual Science Meeting and featured presentations by Mark James (MASTS), Murray Roberts (University of Edinburgh), Beth Scott (University of Aberdeen), Jan de Leeuw (NIOZ), Marco Weydert, (European Commission), Iain Shepherd (European Commission), David Mills (Bangor University) and Alan Evans (NOC). At the plenary reception two young researchers from MASTS provided flash presentations on their PhD research investigating the effects of anthropogenic noise on the blue mussel (Mytilus edulis) and marine spatial planning and innovation in governance. EMB delegates, guests and participants of the MASTS Annual Science Meeting also joined together for a session of traditional Scottish ceilidh dancing. You can read more about the highlights of the Autumn Plenary here.
EMB takes part in panel at Blue Economy Business and Science Forum 1st Summit (12-13 September, Hamburg)
Tuesday, 13 September 2016
The first summit of the Blue Economy Business and Science Forum is currently taking place in Hamburg. The Summit’s purpose is to address the challenges of Blue Growth by bringing together business, science, finance and policy representatives to exchange knowledge and experience, discuss opportunities and barriers for innovation in the blue economy and celebrate scientific and industrial achievements. An anticipated outcome of the Summit is the provision of recommendations to the European Commission on how to benefit from already existing research, innovation and technology achievements to speed-up commercialization of marine technologies; how to bring science and business communities closer; how to encourage cross-sectoral collaboration; and what regulatory and financial measures the European Commission should take to boost investments in the Blue Economy. Speaking today in the closing plenary session, Executive Secretary of the EMB, Niall McDonough, outlined actions that would increase collaboration between science and industrial sectors. These included: updating the metrics of success for publicly-funded scientists so that they extend beyond publication records to include other measures of success such as knowledge transfer, IP generation and participation in policy advice; improving marine graduate training in order to maximize opportunities to develop the Blue Economy; and improving mechanisms for data sharing between science, public institutions and the private sector. The Summit agenda is available online.
EMB represented at International Symposium on World Ocean Research (12-13 September, Moscow)
Monday, 12 September 2016
To celebrate its 70th anniversary, the P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IO RAS) is hosting the International Symposium, “70 years of World Ocean Research.” The main objectives of IO RAS lie in researching the World Ocean and the Russian seas in a broad sense, including the investigation of physical, chemical, biological and geological processes, laying scientific foundations for forecasting the Earth’s climate variability, marine resource use and safeguarding ecological security in the interests of sustainable development. In keeping with the Institute’s broad oceanographic research remit, the symposium programme features a variety of presentations spanning sustainable development, physical oceanography, biological oceanography, education, perception and capacity building, as well as acoustic studies and marine technology. The European Marine Board is represented by Chair, Jan Mees, who is presenting the work of the EMB in Advancing Seas and Ocean Science for Europe.
Building a European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) discussed at the European Parliament (8 September, Brussels)
Friday, 09 September 2016
European policy and decision makers came together with the ocean observing community at the European Parliament in Brussels yesterday (agenda available here) to discuss plans for EOOS (a European Ocean Observing System), a system which aims to unite the existing ocean observation capacity in Europe. The vision for EOOS (presented by Glenn Nolan, Secretary General of EuroGOOS, the European Global Ocean Observing System) is that it will be a coordinating framework designed to align and integrate Europe’s ocean observing capacity in the long-term; to promote a systematic and collaborative approach to collecting sustained information on the state and variability of our seas; and to underpin sustainable management of the marine environment and its resources. In this way, EOOS will bring a real added value to existing observing efforts, empowering those who are working to advance ocean observing in Europe, catalyzing new initiatives in a strategic way, targeting identified gaps and speaking with a wide range of stakeholders. Speakers and panelists discussed the value of ocean observing for Europe, highlighting societal benefits, as well as the existing observation gaps and the bottlenecks that are currently hindering such an observation system. Niall McDonough, Executive Secretary of the EMB, presented a draft consultation document titled ‘Towards an end-to-end, integrated and sustained ocean observing system for Europe’. This document forms the basis for an open stakeholder consultation on EOOS which will be launched in October. An overview of the main outputs of the EOOS event is available online. Picture features speakers and panelists at the European Parliament event hosted by MEP Ricardo Serrao Santos.
Building a European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) - 8 September, Brussels
Friday, 19 August 2016
On 8 September 2016, Ricardo Serrao Santos, MEP, is hosting a European Parliament event to bring European policy and decision makers together with the ocean observing community, to engage in a direct dialogue and discussions on needs and ambitions for a strong and integrated European ocean observing capacity. This event will help build the foundation of the future EOOS, a light and flexible coordinating framework to help manage and improve the existing observing effort, making it more efficient and effective at different geographical scales, and for different end-users. At the event, a draft Consultation for the EOOS implementation will be launched for a wider stakeholder consultation. Registration is open until 25 August 2016, and further information on EOOS, including the process so far and the event's Agenda, can be found here.
EMB opens recruitment for a new Science Officer
Tuesday, 16 August 2016
EMB is seeking a suitably qualified candidate to fill the position of Science Officer with the EMB Secretariat. A brochure with a full job specification can be downloaded here. The successful candidate will join the EMB Secretariat based at the InnovOcean campus in the port of Ostend, Belgium. This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a dynamic, professional Secretariat to promote and advance marine science on behalf of the EMB membership of institutions from across Europe. The post involves regular visits to Brussels and some international travel. Applications including a full CV, short cover letter and a motivational statement (500 words max.) should be sent in electronic format to the EMB Executive Secretary, Dr. Niall McDonough (
), by 17.00 CET on 16 September 2016. Please include the reference EMB SO16 in the subject line of the email.
Human Health and the Ocean Factsheet Set now available
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
EMB, together with the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) have developed a set of factsheets explaining the links between human health and the ocean as part of the EU Horizon 2020 funded Sea Change project. The purpose of the factsheets is to communicate that the marine environment, its structure and processes have a major bearing on current and future health and wellbeing, and public health more broadly. In addition, they spread the message that we all share the responsibility of looking after the ocean and that by taking small actions and changing our habits we can make a big difference. Each of the 5 factsheets explores a different topic and suggests ‘ocean-friendly’ actions connected to each topic. The factsheets accompany the ocean and human health animation. After viewing these products we welcome your feedback via a short survey on the factsheets and on the animation. The survey will be open to complete until 31 August 2016.
The Sea Change project launches “Our Ocean, Our Health” campaign
Monday, 18 July 2016
The Sea Change project invites you to take simple steps towards protecting our ocean by joining its new “Our Ocean, Our Health” campaign to raise awareness of the interconnectedness of ocean and human health. Sea Change is an EU Horizon 2020-funded project which aims to raise European citizens’ awareness of the intrinsic links between ocean and human health, and to empower us, as “Ocean Literate” citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet. To start the campaign, Sea Change has launched a video highlighting the ocean’s contribution to the oxygen we breathe. Watch “Our Ocean Our Oxygen” on the Sea Change Vimeo channel. The “Our Ocean, Our Health” campaign emphasises the vital role of the ocean in making life on Earth possible, for example through climate regulation and food provision. Central to the campaign is the fact that human activity and our way of life is affecting the ocean’s health. Therefore, if we don’t take care of the ocean, we endanger our own survival. In addition to the video, the campaign web page contains a number of actions you can take to help protect the ocean. Sea Change encourages you to take action by pledging to make a “sea change” in your daily behaviour and sharing your commitment online using #OurOceanOurHealth. Even by making small changes in our activities, together we can achieve big results to tackle the marine issues of plastic debris, acidification, pollution and depletion of fish stocks. Read the press release for the campaign launch here.
Watch a summary of Commissioner Karmenu Vella's visit to the European Marine Board (8 July, Ostend)
Monday, 11 July 2016