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The Ocean-Climate Nexus video is here

Wednesday, 25 November 2015

A video summary of EMB’s 5th Forum, The Ocean-Climate Nexus has been released. In the lead-up to the COP21 talks, EMB’s 5th Forum focused on the critical role of ocean science as part of the societal response to climate change. This message is further elaborated in the Ocean Nexus Consensus Statement.



Canada publishes a briefing note on Ocean Science and Climate Change (November, Canada)

Tuesday, 17 November 2015

The Canadian Consortium of Ocean Research Universities (CCORU) was formed in 2011, aiming to coordinate ocean science research in universities, unite a body of expertise to provide advice and create a national voice for Canada’s oceans. Further to the Ocean-Climate Nexus Consensus Statement (link) released last month, Canadian researchers have also voiced their concerns on the critical part of ocean science in climate change and the need for decision-makers to take coordinated action at COP21 (download the Ocean Science and Climate Change briefing note). The EMB Secretariat and the US Consortium for Ocean Leadership have interacted during the preparation of this document to ensure our community messages are aligned.

EMB briefing on deep-sea research (11 November, Brussels)

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Today, the European Marine Board is holding a briefing event in Brussels on critical challenges for 21st century deep-sea research. The event will showcase the outputs of EMB Working Group Deep Seas, namely the “Delving Deeper” position paper 22 and the accompanying policy brief. The event is taking place as part of the 3rd Ocean of Tomorrow conference in Brussels, hosted by the European Commission. Over 130 stakeholders have registered for the event, ranging from policy makers to academia, industry and NGOs. The EMB briefing event includes interventions by Sigi Gruber, Head of Marine Resources Unit, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission and Ricardo Serrão Santos, Member of the European Parliament. Alex Rogers, EMB WG Deep Seas Chair from the University of Oxford, UK, will also be giving a presentation on the key recommendations of the Working Group, including calls for major progress in fundamental deep-sea research to underpin future management and exploitation of living and non-living deep-sea resources. The full conference agenda can be viewed here.

The Ocean Climate Nexus Consensus Statement goes on tour (27 – 29 October, Brest, Washington DC, Strasbourg)

Thursday, 29 October 2015

Following on from the launch of the Ocean Climate Nexus Statement at EMB’s 5th Forum in the European Parliament on 21 October, the Statement and messages contained therein are currently being promoted at a number of events on either side of the Atlantic. EMB Chair, Jan Mees, delivered a lecture on "The Ocean-Climate Nexus: key messages of the 5th European Marine Board Forum" at a joint session of the European Academy of Sciences (EURASC) and SaferSeas in Brest as part of  a climate change symposium titled“The Future of Science in the 21st Century : Climate change : impacts on the ocean, food production, health and the economy" on 27 October. On 28 October, EMB Executive Secretary Niall McDonough was a keynote speaker at a members meeting of the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in Washington DC where he reported on The Ocean Climate Nexus event, the Consensus Statement, and next steps on the road to COP21. Also in Washington DC, in order to carry the Statement’s message on Ocean and Climate to the broader foreign policy and policymaking community, Niall is presenting the Statement and research priorities to the Council on Foreign Relations, the leading U.S. foreign policy organization, during a roundtable on “Oceans & Climate Change: Paris and Beyond”. Also on 29 October, Nan-Chin Chu of the EMB Secretariat is presenting the Ocean Climate Nexus Consensus Statement at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, as part of the Seas, Rivers, Islands & Coastal Areas European Parliament Intergroup conference on the maritime perspective of climate change prior to the COP 21 meeting. This European Parliament event provides an opportunity to discuss the role of our seas and ocean in climate negotiations with MEPs.
Picture features EMB Chair, Jan Mees, presenting on the Ocean Climate Nexus at the EURASC and SaferSeas climate change symposium in Brest.

The Ocean-Climate Nexus, EMB’s 5th Forum takes place in the European Parliament (21 October, Brussels)

Thursday, 22 October 2015

EMB’s 5th Forum, the Ocean-Climate Nexus took place yesterday in the European Parliament in Brussels. Hosted by MEP and former EMB vice-Chair, Ricardo Serrão Santos, and in the context of the upcoming COP21 talks, the Forum focused on the critical role of ocean science as part of the societal response to climate change. The Forum programme featured presentations from HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco and President of the US based Consortium for Ocean Leadership, Sherri Goodman, delivered via video message. Scientific presentations covered ocean circulation and climate change (Mojib Latif, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR), Germany) and ocean acidification and its impacts on marine ecosystems (Ceri Lewis, University of Exeter, UK). A key output of the Forum was the Ocean Nexus Consensus Statement. Presented at the Forum by lead author Michael Schulz (Centre for Marine Environment Sciences (MARUM), Germany), the Consensus Statement was drafted by a working group nominated from EMB member organizations and the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, and reflects a consensus view from marine research communities  in Europe and North America on the key priorities for ocean research in the context of global change. Following the presentation of the Consensus Statement a panel discussion took place featuring the speakers who were joined by Vladimir Ryabinin (Executive Secretary of the Intergovernmental Oceanography Commission of UNESCO) and Andrea Tilche (Head of the Climate Action and Earth Observation Unit, European Commission). A full recording of the Ocean-Climate Nexus event is available for viewing here and a summary of the live tweeting is available here. Photos of the event can be viewed in the photo gallery.

Picture features from left to right: Andrea Tilche (European Commission), Mojib Latif (GEOMAR, Germany), MEP Ricardo Serrão Santos (European Commission), Ceri Lewis (University of Exeter, UK), Jan Mees (VLIZ, Belgium), Michael Schulz (MARUM, Germany), Vladimir Ryabinin (IOC UNESCO).

EMB European Scientific Diving Panel meet in Brussels (20 October, Brussels)

Tuesday, 20 October 2015

Today, the European Scientific Diving Panel (ESDP) chaired by Dr. Martin Sayer from the Scottish Association for Marine Science in the UK, is meeting in Brussels for its 15th Plenary Meeting. As a panel of the European Marine Board, the ESDP acts as an operational platform to advance underwater scientific excellence and to promote and implement a practical support framework for scientific diving related activities. ESDP members from the UK, Belgium, France, Greece, Germany, Sweden, Finland, Italy and Portugal will share national updates in the field of scientific diving and will also discuss upcoming events such as the 2nd European Conference on Scientific Diving that will take place 9-11 May 2016 at the Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. The theme of the conference is coastal research using scientific diving.

Picture features: Top row from left to right – Thanos Dailianis (Greece), Jean-Pierre Féral (France), Alain Norro (Belgium), Martin Sayer (Chair – UK), Michael Schmidt (Germany). Seated row, left to right –  Noémie Wouters (EMB), Jouni Leinikki (Finland), Maria Asplund (Sweden) Skype Image: Massimo Ponti (Italy) 

EMB Autumn Plenary Meeting (14-15 October, Split)

Friday, 16 October 2015

The EMB Autumn Plenary took place over two days in Split, Croatia. The meeting, hosted by the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, brought together 26 EMB delegates as well as guests from the European Commission, JPI Oceans, ICES, IUCN, EurOcean and the Pelagic Freezer-Trawler Association. The meeting included a Special Session on New paradigms in science-based fisheries management, with talks from Nedo Vrgoč (Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Croatia), Kenneth Patterson (EC DG MARE), Yvonne Walther (ICES Science Committee), Martin Pastoors (Pelagic Freezer-trawler Association, the Netherlands) and Serge Garcia (Fisheries Expert Group of the IUCN Commission on Ecosystem Management). Young researchers from the Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries, Croatia, provided flash presentations on their current research, covering the study of meteorological tsunamis, Adriatic ichthyofauna and Anisakis, a genus of parasitic nematodes. The Autumn Plenary evening lecture focused on the Marine Strategy Framework Directive’s descriptors of Good Environmental Status and was presented by Ferdinando Boero, Professor of Zoology at the University of Salento, Italy.

Action on marine litter and deep-sea mining prioritized at meeting of G7 Science Ministers (8 – 9 October, Berlin)

Friday, 09 October 2015

The 2015 meeting of the G7 science ministers and EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, took place in Berlin, 8-9 October, hosted by Germany who have held presidency since June 2014. The G7, comprising the United States, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, and the United Kingdom, meet annually to discuss issues such as global economic governance, international security, and energy policy. This year, the four priorities discussed at the G7 meeting of the science ministers were: poverty-related infectious diseases, clean energy, research infrastructure and the future of the seas. Under the topic of the future of the seas, particular attention was paid to marine litter and deep-sea mining, previously identified as challenges to the preservation and sustainable use of the marine environment by G7 Leaders at the G7 summit in June. Acknowledging existing activities by organisations such as JPI-Oceans and work under the Galway Statement initiative, the G7 science ministers committed to coordinating with the G7 countries on the G7 Action Plan to Combat Marine Litter. The plan includes strengthening research efforts to better understand the extent and impacts of plastic waste in the seas and oceans; encouraging a joint analysis identifying the priority research areas that can provide options to reduce the intrusion of plastics in the seas and oceans and; encouraging the development of a concerted interdisciplinary research, education, and literacy programme. In accordance with the findings of EMB’s recent position paper 22 on deep-sea research, the ministers acknowledged that not enough is known about the impacts of deep-sea mining on deep-sea ecosytems and habitats and encouraged further research in this area. The next meeting of the G7 science ministers takes place in Japan in 2016.

EMBCP holds Marine Science Communication Workshop at EMSEA 2015 (28 September – 1 October, Crete)

Thursday, 01 October 2015

The European Marine Board Communications Panel (EMBCP) were well represented at the recent EMSEA 2015 conference (European Marine Science Educators Association), 28 September – 1 October at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Crete. The focus of EMSEA 2015 was how Ocean Literacy is being incorporated into formal and informal education and shaping the way forward for Ocean Literacy in Europe and beyond. As part of the conference, the EMBCP ran a marine science communication workshop. Titled ‘Speed Course in Marine Science Communication’, the workshop was targeted at young marine scientists that are tasked with communication activities that they have often not been trained for. The aim of the workshop was to lay the foundations for science communications expertise and specifically dealt with the following four challenges: organizing public events, dealing with the media, the use of social media and citizen science projects.  

WG SUBLAND in the Parliament

Monday, 28 September 2015

European Marine Board former Vice Chair, Prof. Ricardo Serrão Santos MEP, is hosting a scientific briefing (Thursday 1 October) at the European Parliament on underwater cultural heritage organized by the European Commission and UNESCO. The work from EMB WG SUBLAND is listed as references to this information meeting. Several working group experts and scientists from the community will attend and discuss with policy makers about its protection and opportunities (further information pdf).