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Project Type Coordinated Support Action (CSA), BG-06-2017: Interaction between people, oceans and seas: a strategic approach towards healthcare and well-being
Duration 30 Months (2017-2020)
Budget 2 million Euros
Consortium 8 partners
Coordinator European Centre for Environmental and Human Health, University of Exeter Medical School, UK
Website In development
EMB Role Leader of WP6: Building a Future Policy-Relevant Oceans and Human Health Research Effort in Europe










The central aim of the proposed Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe (SOPHIE) CSA is to advance significantly the coordination of multidisciplinary research and training in Europe to better manage the risks and opportunities presented by the complex interactions between the marine environment and human health and wellbeing. In doing so,
SOPHIE will bring together researchers and practitioners from across two largely disparate communities: (i) the marine and maritime community; and (ii) the medical and public health community. SOPHIE will create a platform for these communities to work together to better understand both the potential threats to human health from degraded marine
environments and the opportunities for human health promotion from sustainable interactions with coastal or ‘blue’ environments. In doing so, SOPHIE will build in Europe a coordinated community of researchers and practitioners within the relatively new and integrated meta-discipline of ‘Oceans and Human Health’ (OHH).

SOPHIE’s primary aims are to: a) deliver a clear, evidence-informed Oceans and Human Health Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) within the European context, based on extensive involvement by diverse stakeholders; and b) ensure that the structures needed to develop and implement this SRA are in place and will exist as a legacy beyond the life of the project.

These aims will be achieved by:

  • systematic synthesis of the current evidence base
  • developing and coordinating a European community of OHH stakeholders
  • identification of innovative solutions to sustainably reduce risks and promote benefits
  • scenario modelling and horizon scanning
  • knowledge exchange through bespoke training and skills programmes
  • a global OHH Conference to present SOPHIE’s findings and enhance European leadership and global cooperation in OHH research

European Marine Board Role:

EMB is leader of Work Package 6 “Building a Future Policy-Relevant Oceans and Human Health Research Effort in Europe” and will also contribute to WP1, WP2 and WP3 .

EMB Secretariat representative: Paula Kellett Email