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EMB Annual Report 2022

In 2022, the EMB Secretariat moved to the brand-new InnovOcean campus in Ostend (Belgium), where many valuable interactions and discussions have already taken place. Throughout the year, EMB organised a range of impactful initiatives, such as the CommOCEAN conference, a Brown Bag Lunch, and the launch of three new foresight publications. EMB also took a new turn by launching 'EMBracing the Ocean', an artist-in-residence programme which stimulated collaboration between Ocean scientists and artists, leading to remarkable artworks that reflect the deep connection between art and ocean sciences. To learn more about EMB’s activities and achievements, dive into the EMB's 2022 Annual Report.

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Report from foresight workshop on ensuring accurate climate related predictions in Europe in 2035

The European Marine Board Secretariat organized a foresight workshop on the sustainability of the ocean observing and forecasting system, supported by the EU Innovation Action EuroSea, on 15-16 March 2023 at the Museum of Natural Sciences, Brussels (Belgium). The workshop aimed to gather key recommendations or considerations for possible future mechanisms to sustainably fund and coordinate ocean observation, prediction and information delivery in Europe.
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Ocean oxygen: The role of the Ocean in the oxygen we breathe and the threat of deoxygenation

EMB Future Science Brief No. 10 highlights the most recent science on Ocean oxygen, including causes, impacts and mitigation strategies of Ocean oxygen loss, and whether “every second breath we take comes from the Ocean”. It closes with key policy, management and research recommendations to address Ocean deoxygenation and communicate more accurately about the role of the Ocean in Earth’s oxygen.  

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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 Young Ambassadors Training Workshop 2023

On 15-16 June 2023, the EMB Young Ambassadors attended a training workshop in Ostend, Belgium. 

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Launch of Ocean oxygen publication

On 8 June 2023, World Ocean Day, EMB launched its Future Science Brief No. 10 “Ocean oxygen: The role of the Ocean in the oxygen we breathe and the threat of deoxygenation”. Ocean deoxygenation is increasing, with significant consequences for marine life and ultimately humans. This new EMB Future Science Brief highlights causes, impacts and mitigation strategies to tackle Ocean deoxygenation, and discusses whether “every second breath we take comes from the Ocean”. It ends with recommendations for policy, management, research and monitoring.  

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How would the European Ocean Observing and Forecasting System look like in 2035?

It is the year 2035. Extreme weather events such as heavy rainfall, floods and heatwaves have become the new norm all around Europe, and timely ocean information is critical to respond to the crisis. This is the future scenario that was presented at the EuroSea foresight workshop titled “Ensuring accurate climate related predictions in Europe by 2035”, organized by the European Marine Board. The event took place on 15-16 March 2023 at the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels, Belgium.
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EMB Secretariat at the European Maritime Day

EMB Executive Director, Sheila Heymans, and Science Officer, Ángel Muñiz Piniella, represented EMB at the European Maritime Day in Brest, France (24-25 May 2023), the annual two-day event during which Europe’s maritime community meet to network, discuss and outline joint action on maritime affairs and sustainable blue economy.
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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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Upcoming events

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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Online launch of EMB Position Paper No. 27 'Building Coastal Resilience in Europe'

19 October 2023

The online lauch for EMB's Position Paper No. 27 'Building Coastal Resilience in Europe' will take place on Thursday 19 October. The webinar will feature Dr. Sebastian Villasante who will present the key messages from the Position Paper, followed by a panel discussion with guest panelists and Q&A with members of the working group.
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Events Overview

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.