Ambassador Programme Background | European Marine Board

Ambassador Programme Background

The EMB Young Ambassador Programme is a 2-year programme in order to increase awareness and engagment from early career scientists for marine science-policy issues and make their voices be heard in EMB activities.

What does the EMB Young Ambassador Programme entail?

EMB Young Ambassadors can be a PhD student or post-doc (maximum four years post-PhD) with experience in marine-based research that are willing to use their creativity, imagination, communication and interpersonal skills to help promote marine science and EMB activities. EMB Young Ambassadors engage with EMB for a period of 2 years to promote various activities amongst their peers. This long-term programme helps the ambassadors to get involved in EMB projects from start to finish, and meet and liaise with European and international experts throughout. Given this longer period, we mainly engage with PhD & Post-doc students who are at the begining of their contract.

Engaging with the EMB ambassador programme takes up ca. 120 hours per year. EMB ambassadors are requested to participate in various activities, including attending and participating in one or more EMB Plenary meeting(s) and/or other external events or workshops. This includes travel within Europe for a duration of ca. 2-3 days. EMB will refund reasonable travel and subsistence for these events up to a total amount of 3,000 EUR for the 2 year programme. Furthermore, ambassadors will receive a total grant of 2,000 EUR (to be paid in parts per semester, upon delivery of demonstrable outputs).

In order to get familiar with the European marine science policy landscape, ambassadors are offered a training workshop (at the EMB offices in Ostend, Belgium where possible) to increase their knowledge on EMB activities and operations, the European marine science policy landscape and to provide insight into working at the science policy interface.

Benefits for the EMB ambassadors:

The EMB ambassador programme creates a unique opportunity to:

  • network with European and international senior marine science and policy experts from EMB member organisations and wider stakeholder networks;
  • attend and participate in high level expert marine science events;
  • put into practice your intercultural, networking, project planning and professional skills in real science communication projects;
  • receive first hand updates on our progress and insight into our future plans and hot topics;
  • help promote ocean literacy and gain the satisfaction of making the world a better place;
  • receive a grant of up to 5,000 EUR spread over the 2-year period; and
  • be promoted as a young ambassador on the EMB website and via social media.


What is next?

The initial call for two EMB Ambassadors was launched in March 2019, and subsequent calls have been made annually in the spring. Ambassadors join the programme for a two-year term and then join the Alumni programme. In this way, EMB will establish an alumni of Young EMB Ambassadors that will carry our actions forward to the next generations.

Fun facts of the EMB Young Ambassador applications

You can find an overview of Ambassador applicants for each year here.