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. 

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 2-day training workshop at the EMB offices in Ostend (Belgium) 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 listed as a young ambassador on the EMB website.

 

What is next?

The initial call for EMB Ambassadors (now closed) was launched in March 2019. An evaluation of the EMB Young Ambassador programme is foreseen in Spring 2020. Depending on the outcomes of the evaluation, a new call for additional Young EMB Ambassadors might be launched in 2020. This way, it is hoped to establish an alumni of Young EMB Ambassadors that will carry our actions forward to the next generations.