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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.


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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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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Biological Observations Working Group kick-off meeting (22-23 June, Pisa)

Friday, 23 June 2017

EMB’s newest expert working group on ‘Strengthening Europe's Capability in Biological Ocean Observation’ (WG BIO OBS) held its kick-off meeting on 22 and 23 June in Pisa (Italy) at the Rectorate of the University of Pisa, home institution of the Chair Prof. Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi. This working group has been convened to recommend gaps and priorities for enhancing the current biological ocean observing capacity as a component of the wider European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) that is fit-for-purpose in the context of user needs and societal benefits. Comprising 12 expert on marine biological observations, the group foresees the publication of a Future Science Brief in Spring 2018.

 Picture features Working Group BIO OBS members. Back row, left to right: Jacco Kromkamp (NIOZ), Antoine Grémare (University of Bordeaux), Asbjørn Christensen (DTU Aqua), Isabel Sousa Pinto (CIIMAR), Adriana Zingone (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn), Francisco Hernandez (VLIZ), Niall McDonough (EMB secretariat). Bottom row, left to right: Elena Maggi (University of Pisa), Tasman Crowe  (University College Dublin), Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi (University of Pisa), Ángel Muñiz Piniella (EMB secretariat).

EMB is seeking a new Executive Director

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The European Marine Board (EMB) invites applications for the position of Executive Director. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a dynamic, professional Secretariat to promote and advance marine science on behalf of the EMB membership of institutions from across Europe. We are seeking an innovative and collaborative leader to oversee the EMB work programme and to bring new ideas for optimising the success and impact of EMB as a leading provider of high-quality marine science policy advice to the European institutions, national governments and funding agencies. The successful candidate will have a strong track record of leadership and achievement in marine research; research management; the management of people and resources; and science writing and communication. Further information and guidelines for applicants are available on our Vacancies page.

EMB Workshop on Marine Ecosystem Modelling

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

The workshop will focus on E2E Marine Ecosystem Modelling: Current capabilities and R&D needs for Ecosystem-Based Management.

On 7 July 2017, the European Marine Board, in association with AMEMR (Advances in Marine Ecosystem Modelling Research), will organize the workshop: Shaping future research agendas in Marine Ecosystem Modelling in Plymouth, UK.  This workshop will act is the kick off for our newest Working Group on Ecosystem Modelling. The working group will be chaired by Morten Skogen (IMR, Norway) and Sheila Heymans (SAMS, UK) will be the co-chair. More information as well as the registration option (open to all interested parties) is available on the conference website. The final output of the working group will be a new EMB policy brief foreseen to be launched in Spring 2018.

EMB launches new Position Paper on Marine Citizen Science

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Today EMB is launching the latest installment in its Position Paper series. Number 23 is entitled “Advancing Citizen Science for Coastal and Ocean Research” (pdf) and aims to provide new ideas and directions to stimulate further advancement of Marine Citizen Science.

Citizen Science, where members of the general public collaborate with scientists to generate and use data relating to the natural world, is a powerful research methodology that should not be overlooked. It’s potential to further marine science research and knowledge is significant. The sheer scale of coastal and ocean environments mean that it is almost impossible for scientist to gather the requisite data alone, and hence the ability to mobilise large numbers of willing and interested people with whom to collaborate is invaluable.  Nor are the benefits of Citizen Science limited to scientists. Marine Citizen Science enables the general public not only to engage in scientific research and gain knowledge and skills, but also empowers them to help preserve their local environments and to provide input to the scientific knowledge-base which will inform future marine policy.

Now, more than ever, marine science research is needed to understand the impacts of a world undergoing change. The rise of Marine Citizen Science to help address this need is therefore timely. This paper highlights opportunities, challenges and best practice in Marine Citizen Science, and sets out a list of high-level strategic recommendations for the future development of Marine Citizen Science in Europe.

The paper is being launched this afternoon at a dedicated workshop on “Citizen Science and the Future of Coastal Monitoring” being run as part of the European Commission’s European Maritime Day 2017.

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

EMB Launches New Policy Brief on Decommissioning

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

A new EMB publication, Policy Brief 3 entitled “Decommissioning of offshore man-made installation: Taking an ecosystem approach” (pdf), assesses the role of marine science in reducing the environmental impact of decommissioning and highlights the scientific questions that need to be answered to settle the debate on what should be done with these structures.

Recent estimates suggest that there are currently around 1,350 oil and gas installations in the North Sea and North Atlantic regions and 1,800 offshore wind turbines in North Sea region alone; and this number is rising. The total cost of full decommissioning of oil and gas installations in the North Sea alone for the period 2015 to 2040 is estimated at between US$70 and US$82 billion. The numbers of installations requiring decommissioning is also set to increase dramatically as renewable energy devices begin reaching the end of their operational life, and as plans for exploiting renewable energy sources in the near future grow. Globally, industry and governments are embracing different decommissioning approaches. Ultimately, appropriate decisions need to be made in the very near future regarding the decommissioning of oil and gas and renewable energy structures. At present, there remains a need for more scientific research to better inform the decision-making process regarding their fate.

The publication was launched at European Maritime Day 2017, in Poole, UK. The EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella received a copy from the EMB Executive Director, Niall McDonough on 18 May 2017 (picture). Niall McDonough also spoke at a workshop on the subject of involving industry in marine data initiatives entitled “Blue Growth Data Challenge Part 2: Offshore Energy Case Studies”. Held on the afternoon of Thursday 18 May 2017, the workshop was jointly organized by the EU ATLAS project and the INSITE programme, which is featured in the new publication. You can download the Policy Brief here, and the Press Release can be found here.

EMB Workshop and Position Paper Launch at European Maritime Day 2017

Monday, 15 May 2017

EMB will be hosting a dedicated workshop on Marine Citizen Science on Thursday 18 May to launch the new Position Paper (#23) on Marine Citizen Science.

The annual European Commission-run European Maritime Day will take place on 18-19 May 2017 in Poole, UK. European Marine Board will be hosting a 90-minute workshop at European Maritime Day, running from 15:15-16:45 on Thursday 18 May, on “Citizen Science and the Future of Coastal Monitoring”. This workshop will introduce Citizen Science and promote best practice in Marine Citizen Science initiatives and data collection to support marine management and policy, and to promote Ocean Literacy.  The workshop will also be the official launch event for the new Position Paper.

The workshop will feature three speakers from the EMB Working Group on Citizen Science -  Gro I. van der Meeren (Co-Chair), Jane Delany and Julia A. Busch, as well as Jon Parr from the Marine Biological Association and coordinator of the H2020 Sea Change project, of which EMB is also a partner. The workshop will be chaired by EMB Executive Director, Niall McDonough, and will include significant audience participation and panel discussion.

This presents an ideal opportunity to launch the latest addition to the EMB Position Paper series. Number 23, “Advancing Citizen Science for Coastal and Ocean Research”, aims to provide new ideas and directions to stimulate further advancement of Marine Citizen Science.

EMB will also have a strong present throughout the event via an exhibition stand.

The European Maritime Day 2017  involves both an exhibition and a 2-day conference, with interactive workshops on the themes of “Innovation & Growth”, “People & Skills”, “Safety & Security” and “Sustainability & Governance” forming a major part of the conference.

Registration for the European Maritime Day 2017 event is still open.

We hope to see you there!