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The European Marine Board Biennial Open Forum bridges the gap between the scientific community and policymakers and prepares a joint vision and recommendations to advance the issue at hand.

The European Marine Board Forum is one of our four principle approaches to bridging the gap between science and policy. The Forums act as a platform to bring together a wide range of marine science stakeholders (scientists, European and national policymakers, pan-European and regional networks etc.) to discuss and share knowledge, identify common priorities, develop common positions and collaborate.



7th EMB Forum

The 7th EMB Forum will be on the topic of Big Data in Marine Science. It aims to foster discussion and collaboration between diverse stakeholders to work towards solutions enabling the development of Big Data to support marine science. Talks and panel discussions will include representatives from science, industry, policy, governance, data services and NGOs. Key challenges and recommendations will be discussed relating to societal challenges including sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, climate change and the oceans, and ocean observations. Cross-cutting issues of data acquisition, data handling and management, service interoperability, data accessibility, computing infrastructure, data sharing, big data analytics, training networks and collaboration will be explored. The event has been postponed and will now be held on 23rd October 2020 at BluePoint Brussels.

More details on the programme and registration can be found here.

Launch of EMB Future Science Brief no 6

The EMB Future Science Brief no6 ‘Big Data in Marine Science’ will be launched during a dedicated webinar on 29 April 2020 from 13h00-15h00 (Brussels time). The webinar will include short talks by authors of the Future Science Brief: Federica Foglini (CNR, Italy), Ketil Malde (IMR, Norway), Matthias Obst (Univ. Gothenburg, Sweden) and Jerry Tjiputra (NORCE, Norway) followed by a question and answer session with working group members. You can register to attend the webinar via this link and find the webinar agenda here.

The document provides an assessment of the current status, challenges and solutions for implementing big data to support marine science through case-studies covering aquaculture, marine protected area (MPA) planning and monitoring, climate and marine biogeochemistry, and biological observations. This document is the output from the EMB expert working group on Big Data in Marine Science led by Lionel Guidi, Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche-sur-Mer, France (Chair) and Antonio Fernandez Guerra, Lundbeck Foundation GeoGenetics Centre, The Global Institute, University of Copenhagen, Denmark (Co-Chair).

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