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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.

Publications

Marine Citizen Science: Towards an engaged and ocean literate society

Policy brief introduces what Marine Citizen Science has to offer to marine science research, marine policy and society.

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Annual Report 2016

Read about the wide spectrum of strategic activities undertaken by the EMB in 2016, bridging the gap between research, policy, industry and society.

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Marine Biotechnology: Advancing Innovation in Europe’s Bioeconomy
Policy brief showcases the latest scientific and technological advancements in marine biotechnology and explores future innovation. PDF icon PDF 1.12 MB (1.12 MB)
Advancing Citizen Science for Coastal and Ocean Research

Position paper aims to provide new ideas and directions to stimulate further advancement of Marine Citizen Science.

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Decommissioning of offshore man-made installation: Taking an ecosystem approach

Policy Brief assesses the role of marine science in reducing the impact of decommissioning offshore installations.

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The Ticking Time Bomb of Climate Change

Science Commentary questioning the over-emphasis in global policy discussions on 21st Century impacts of climate change

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Annual Report 2015

Read about the wide spectrum of strategic activities undertaken by the EMB in 2015, bridging the gap between research, policy, industry and society.

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The Ocean-Climate Nexus Consensus Statement

The critical role of ocean science in responding to climate change- A call from the ocean research community

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Delving Deeper (policy brief)

Key action areas for achieving sustainable management of our deep sea through integrated research

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EurOCEAN 2014 Conference Report

Key messages from EurOCEAN 2014 – a major European marine science policy conference which took place on 7-9 October 2014 in Rome, Italy.

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Delving Deeper: Critical challenges for 21st century deep-sea research

Overarching recommendations in deep-sea research to support a sustainable blue economy.

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The Value of Membership
EMB Value Paper

Read about the benefits of being a member of EMB and review our achievements to date in our new value paper.

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Annual Report 2014

Discover EMB's structure and governance and learn about the wide spectrum of strategic activities undertaken in 2014, bridging the gap between research, policy, industry and society.

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Rome Declaration

A consensus view of the EurOCEAN 2014 participants representing that of the European marine research community and resulting from a wide consultation at national, regional, pan-European and international levels

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How our ancestors adapted to sea-level change (policy brief)

A summary of the key research needs and priorities to discover and safeguard Europe’s underwater heritage

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Land beneath the waves

State of the art, key opportunities and recommendations to advance the European Continental Shelf Prehistoric Research

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Annual Report 2013

European Marine Board Annual Report 2013 outlining EMB activities and outputs against the strategic approaches of ForumStrategySynergy and Voice

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Oceans and Human Health
Linking Oceans and Human Health: A Strategic Research Priority for Europe

Key research needs and priorities to support the development of a holistic and coherent transnational oceans and human health research effort in Europe

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Navigating the Future IV

Foresight report organized around the framework of key societal challenges in the areas of climate, human health, food security, energy and safe and sustainable use of marine space

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Marine Protected Areas
Achieving Ecologically Coherent MPA Network in Europe: Science Needs and Priorities

Science needs and priorities to inform, engage and empower stakeholders in planning networks of MPAs across Europe and beyond

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Getting Ready for an Ice-free Arctic

Science Commentary calling for a sustained Arctic marine observation and data exchange system

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Marine Biodiversity
Marine Biodiversity: A Science Roadmap for Europe

Reveals gaps in our knowledge and research capacities, examines the policy landscape and includes a roadmap for European marine biodiversity research.

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Microbial Diversity
Marine Microbial Diversity and its role in Ecosystem Functioning and Environmental Change

Highlights recent advances in marine microbial research and identifies key priorities and needs for future European research.

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Monitoring Chemical Pollution
Monitoring chemical pollution in Europe's Seas - programmes, practices and priorities for research

A critical evaluation of current monitoring practices and assessment frameworks as well as mechanisms for including emerging chemicals of concern in monitoring programmes

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Marine Biotechnology
Marine Biotechnology: a Vision and Strategy for Europe

Marine biotechnology state of the art and its significant potential to contribute to scientific, societal and economic needs; and a concrete science policy strategy

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Marine Renewable Energy

An overview of how marine renewable energy can provide innovative solutions to tackle future energy challenges and to fully contribute to the EU 2020 vision

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Ecosystem Approach to Management
Science Dimensions of an Ecosystem Approach to Management of Biotic Ocean Resources

Research priorities and a work plan to achieve the objectives of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive. Joint EMB-ICES-EFARO publication

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EMODNET

A vision for an end-to-end, integrated, inter-operable and user-oriented network of European marine observation and data systems 

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Marine Mammals and Acoustics
The Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammals

Addressing a complex problem of the effects of some ocean-based human activities on the marine mammals, who rely heavily on sound for communication and social organization

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Remote Sensing
Remote Sensing of Shelf Sea Ecosystems

Summary of capabilities of satellite RS methodologies and their weaknesses, and a set of recommendations to maximise their effectiveness in monitoring shelf sea ecosystems

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Ocean Research Fleets
European Ocean Research Fleets - Towards a Common Strategy and Enhanced Use

An inventory and description of the existing fleets, and recommendations on their enhanced use and management at pan-European level

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Towards ERA
Towards a European Marine Research Area

The Marine Board strategic marine science plan for Europe, integrating all relevant dimensions of the natural and social sciences and the concerns of all end users of European seas.

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News

6th EMB Forum on the Role of Marine Science

Wednesday, 06 December 2017

Today, over 150 participants from Europe and beyond gather in the Royal Flemish Academy for Science and the Arts in Brussels to attend the 6th EMB Forum - Implementing the UN 2030 Agenda: What role for marine science? Speakers and participants from a wide range of backgrounds and stakeholder groups will discuss the role that marine science does and should play in international ocean governance, and the ways in which science could help to improve the institutional frameworks.

Moderated by BBC Journalist Quentin Cooper, the programme will encourage all attendees to engage in this critical and timely debate. The full agenda can be seen here, and the speaker profiles can be found here. Following this Forum event, EMB will take forward the key messages, highlights and recommendation and publish these in a Forum Message. More information will be posted here in due course.

You can join the conversation by following us on twitter @EMarineBoard, and by using #EMBForum. More information on the Forum can be found here.

New EU Project on Ocean and Human Health

Thursday, 23 November 2017

We are delighted to announce that EMB will be participating in a new Horizon 2020 Framework Project to further research into the links between Ocean and Human Health. Led by the University of Exeter Medical School and with 2 million Euros of funding, the Seas, Oceans and Public Health in Europe (SOPHIE) project launches in December 2017 and will run for 2.5 years.

The project will deliver a clear road map for the future direction of Oceans and Human Health research in Europe, and builds on the recommendations of the European Marine Board Position Paper on “Linking Oceans and Human Health” and the calls outlined in the Message from Bedruthan. It also aims to build a diverse network of stakeholders across Europe involved in Oceans and Human Health, and to create a legacy that will advance this field across the world and beyond the end of the Project.

SOPHIE will explore the complex interplay between the health of the marine environment and that of humans, and through a series of forums and events, aims to build a network of researchers and practitioners from two traditionally distinct groups; marine and maritime specialists; and the medical and public health community.

The project consortium includes 8 partners from academia, small and medium sized businesses, and government, with the team holding particular expertise in developing and implementing public health and environmental policies. More information will be posted online in due course. A press release with more details can be downloaded here.

Work begins on Navigating the Future V

Thursday, 02 November 2017

EMB is this week officially starting work on the next installment of its flagship Navigating the Future series, number V. This series provides regular pan-European summaries of the current status of marine research, priority recommendations and future scientific challenges in the context of European needs. Navigating the Future is a blueprint to guide both the research and the science policy agendas at European and national level. You can read more about this series here, and all previous documents are available for download here.

On 8-9 November 2017, 19 leading European marine science and policy experts gathered in Brussels to attend a two-day foresight workshop which was led by professional facilitator Lizzie Crudgington. This workshop will select the topics that will form the core of the Navigating the Future V document. More information on this document and the topics selected will be made public in early 2018.

EMB Autumn Plenary Meeting (18-19 October, Galway)

Friday, 13 October 2017

The EMB Spring Plenary convened on 18-19 October 2017 in Galway, Ireland. The meeting brought together 15 delegates and was hosted by EMB member the Marine Institute. The meeting took place at the Institute in County Galway. There was interesting and fruitful discussions, and two existing members officially expanded their membership to become consortia; we welcome the Norwegian Marine University Consortium and the Romanian Black Sea Research Cluster. The members also approved two new activities on Marine Geohazards and European Research Vessels. More information will be posted in due course.

At the Open Session, a presentation was made by the local host CEO Peter Heffernan and was followed by a series of presentations providing an update on the marine science landscape in Europe and beyond on EMB, DG Research, JPI Oceans, EuroGOOS, EMODnet, the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance (AORA), the International Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the IPCC. A special session was then held on the state of play in wave energy, with presetntations given by Oliver Wragg (EMEC), Gerry Sutton (MaREI), Teresa Simas (WavEC) and Aengus Connolly (Wood Group Ireland). The Evening Lecture was given by Poul Holm (Trinity College Dublin) on "The North Atlantic Fish Revolution, c1500 AD".

Marine Citizen Science: Towards an engaged and ocean literate society

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Today we launch our new policy brief number 5 on “Marine Citizen Science: Towards and engaged and ocean literate society” (pdf). Following the release of our position paper on “Advancing Citizen Science for Coastal and Ocean Research” (pdf) in May 2017, we now present a summary of the main messages and recommendations.

Marine Citizen Science is a scientific research approach that is rapidly gaining interest and momentum. Our policy brief answers the fundamental question of “Why Marine Citizen Science?”, and presents the wide scope of applications in marine science research. It also looks at future opportunities with regard to the use of technology, as well as highlighting the potential for Marine Citizen Science to be a tool for marine policy. It finishes by presenting recommendations going forward, as both short- and long-term action areas, to ensure that Marine Citizen Science can continue to progress in Europe.

The policy brief can be downloaded here, the position paper can be found here, and the press release can be found here.

6th EMB Forum (6 December 2017)

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

The 6th EMB Forum, titled "Implementing the UN 2030 Agenda: What role for marine science" will be held on Wednesday 6 December 2017, at the Royal Flemish Academy for Science and the Arts in Brussels, Belgium. Moderated by Quentin Cooper, BBC science journalist,the programme will be opened by João Aguiar Machado, Director General, Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), European Commission, and will include addresses by Joyeeta Gupta (University of Amsterdam), Vladimir Ryabinin (IOC-UNESCO), Martin Visbeck (GEOMAR), Monica Verbeek (Seas at Risk) and John Brincat (DG MARE, European Commission). The event will include high-level presentations and panel discussions with participation from diverse stakeholders including science and policy. Further information on this event and an agenda can be found here. Diverse stakeholders are cordially invited to attend and engage in dynamic discussions.

Register now using the form here. Registration is free, subject to availability of places.