Science Policy facilitation | European Marine Board

Science Policy facilitation

The European Marine Board is the leading European think-tank in marine science policy. We facilitate the transfer of the best scientific knowledge available to the core of marine research policy.

Our science policy facilitation is provided by interacting directly with decision makers, and steering discussions between scientists and policy makers on various relevant topics. We represent the European marine scientific community at different events and our network is our primary pool of experts.

In addition to our regular events (EMB Forums, EurOCEAN conferencesEMB Plenary Meetings), we organise other activities to assist the interaction between marine science and policy, namely:

  • Direct interaction with policy makers. We highlight the European marine research community's priorities directly to the core of relevant policy making processes, through regular discussions with representatives from the European Commission, the European Parliament, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and other organisations at global, European, regional and national level.

  • Brown Bag Lunches. These events are informal informative events on topics important for current European marine policy discussions. Held over lunch in a venue in Brussels (Belgium), a scientific expert provides a short and provocative view on a specific policy topic, followed by an open discussion with the participants. Participants are mainly policy makers from the European Commission and representatives from different associations and networks. Brown Bag Lunches have focused on the topics Food from the Oceans and Marine Spatial Planning.

  • European Parliament events. In collaboration with the Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas (SEARICA) Intergroup of the European Parliament or with an interested Member of the European Parliament (MEP), EMB organises conferences on topics important to the European Parliament discussions at the European Parliament. These events consists of presentations on perspectives/ views from different communities on topics, such as marine graduate training or the Ocean-Climate Nexus.

  • Provide experts for different events. Through our extensive pan-European scientific network, EMB virtually covers all expertise on marine and maritime research and we are considered as a voice representing the European marine research community. The Chair of EMB, the Executive Director of the Secretariat or a selected expert from the network often sit on panels or provide presentations at different national, European or international events and meetings.