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European offshore renewable energy: Towards a sustainable future

EMB Future Science Brief No. 9 provides an overview of the technology and European deployment status in the offshore renewable energy sector. It discusses the environmental and socioeconomic considerations, and presents the key knowledge, research, and capacity gaps that must be addressed to ensure sustainable delivery of the EU Green Deal. It closes with key policy, research, capacity, and data recommendations to take the sector forward.

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Marine Science Communication in Europe: a way forward

New Ocean challenges and opportunities fuel the need for enhanced marine and solution-oriented science communication. This Future Science Brief highlights the critical need to strengthen the marine science communication capacity in Europe, as well as develop dedicated training programs, engage in deeper and wider collaboration with stakeholders, and ensure close interaction with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) and the EU Mission: Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030. 

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EMB Annual Report 2021

Although the impact of the pandemic continued to be noticeable for all, we can look back on a successful 2021 in the end. This year marked the start of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, to which the EMB proudly became the very first Implementing Partner. This news was shared during EMB's 8th Open Forum, organized as a hybrid event in Brussels and online, where a wide variety of Ocean stakeholders were brought together. EMB was able to publish three publications and launch the impact video for the NFV document. Find out all about our activities in the EMB Annual Report 2021.

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Uncovering the hidden threat of Marine Geohazards in Europe

Today, our society depends on critical coastal and marine infrastructure such as ports, telecommunication cables and renewable energy installations. With increasing human activities conducted in the marine environment and an increasing population living at the coast, society is becoming more exposed and vulnerable to the impacts of marine geohazards. This Policy Brief raises awareness about dormant geological risks in European coastal regions, and makes recommendations for future research and policy. It summarises the main messages and recommendations from the recent EMB Position Paper Nº26 on “Marine Geohazards: Safeguarding Society and the Blue Economy from a Hidden Threat”, published in December 2021. 

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8th EMB Forum Proceedings

The 8th EMB Forum took place in Brussels and online on 1 December 2021, and was on the topic of "Supporting the Ocean Decade in Europe". Over 100 participants from Europe and further afield engaged both online and in person, representing academia, early career researchers, policy-makers, industry, and NGOs. This document is a summary of the discussions, and full recordings of the sessions are available on the EMB YouTube Channel.


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Meet the new EMBracing the Ocean artists (2023-2024)

Two new artist teams have been selected for the 2023 – 2024 edition of the EMBracing the Ocean programme: Studio ThinkingHand and Sonia Levy. They both have plans for innovative projects that not only have artistic value, but which also contribute to scientific research, and are expected to have a wide audience reach. We are looking forward to their work over the coming year, increasing the visibility of past and present marine life from the deep sea to shallow lagoons.
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Launch of offshore renewable energy publication

Today EMB launches its Future Science Brief No. 9 “European offshore renewable energy: Towards a sustainable future”. To achieve the EU Green Deal vision, the amount of installed offshore renewable energy generating capability in European must increase 30-fold compared to current installed capacity. However, in the rush to develop and install new offshore renewable energy devices across the European sea basins, we cannot ignore the potential environmental and societal impacts that they could have. This document highlights which steps need to be taken to ensure that the expansion of this sector is managed sustainably, responsibly and equitably. 

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EMB announces new EMB Young Ambassadors for 2023

We are delighted to introduce our two new EMB Young Ambassadors! We can now announce that Alexandra Hahn, a PhD at EMB Member GEOMAR, Germany and Riwan Leroux, a PostDoc at EMB Member IFREMER, France have been selected! You can find out more about them here. We look forward to working with them.

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EMB Working Group on Blue Carbon meets for the second time

On 8 March 2023, the EMB Working Group on Blue Carbon met for the second time online to discuss the first draft of the Policy Brief. The aim of this working group is to produce a Policy Brief on Blue Carbon which will be launched in late 2023.
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EMB Working Group on Deep Sea and Ocean Health kicks-off

On 8-9 February 2023, the new EMB Working Group on Deep Sea and Ocean Health met for the first time during the kick-off meeting held at the InnovOcean site in Ostende (Belgium) and online. The meeting was chaired by Sylvia Sander, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel (GEOMAR, Germany) and Christian Tamburini, Institut Méditerranéen d'Océanologie (MIO, France).
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Upcoming events

Ocean oxygen: The role of the Ocean in the oxygen we breathe and the threat of deoxygenation

13 June 2023

On 13 June 2023 the European Marine Board (EMB) is organising a webinar to present the new EMB Future Science Brief N°10 “Ocean oxygen: the role of the Ocean in the oxygen we breathe and the threat of deoxygenation”. This 1.5-hour online webinar will include a presentation of the document and its main messages, a panel discussion, and an opportunity for Q&A. 

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EMB Science Webinar - Ecosystem effects of offshore windfarms: understanding and use for a sustainable future

15 June 2023

On Thursday 15 June 2023, EMB will host its 30th Third Thursday Science Webinar featuring Prof. Beth Scott who will speak about the ecosystem effects of offshore windfarms, linked to the science behind the EMB Future Science Brief No. 9 on 'European offshore renewable energy: towards a sustainable future'.
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EurOCEAN 2023

10 October 2023 to 11 October 2023

The EurOCEAN 2023 conference will take place on 10-11 October 2023 as an in-person event at the Auditorio y Palacio de Congresos Mar de Vigo, Vigo, Galicia, Spain.
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The European Marine Board (EMB) is the leading European think tank in marine science policy. It provides a platform to advance marine research and to bridge the gap between science and policy.