EMB Young Ambassador Programme | European Marine Board

EMB Young Ambassador Programme

The European Marine Board is looking for two enthusiastic, engaged and creative young ambassadors that are willing to play an important role in advocating for EMB and promoting the role and relevance of marine science and the ocean in general.

The EMB Ambassador Programme will:

  • challenge you to use and showcase your talent to increase general awareness about marine science and the role that EMB plays in promoting marine science;
  • create excitement about the launch of one of EMB’s flagship strategic publications (e.g. Navigating the Future) or events;
  • promote and communicate specific marine science foresight activities amongst your peers, professional network and the wider community.

Who is our ideal EMB ambassador and what is expected?

Any PhD or post-doc student (maximum of four years post-PhD at the time of application) preferably from an EMB Member Organisation who can show experience in marine-based research, and is willing to use their creativity, imagination, communication and interpersonal skills to help promote marine science and EMB activities is welcome!

The EMB Young Ambassador programme will kick-off in April 2019. EMB ambassadors should be able to engage with EMB for a period of 2 years. This long-term programme will help the ambassador to get involved in the assigned project from start to finish, and meet and liaise with European and international experts throughout.  Engaging with the EMB ambassador programme should take up ca. 120 hours per year. Applicants should be proficient in English, with a high level of skill in both spoken and written forms.

EMB ambassadors will be 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 will include travel within Europe for a duration of 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, the Ambassador will receive a total grant of 2,000 EUR (to be paid in parts per semester, upon delivery of demonstrable outputs).

Ambassadors will be offered a 2-day training workshop at the EMB offices in Ostend (Belgium) to increase their knowledge on EMB activities, the European marine policy landscape and to provide insight into working at the science policy interface.  The training workshop will be held in April 2019. EMB will contact the selected Ambassadors to fix the exact dates.

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 2,000 EUR spread over the 2-year period; and
  • be listed as a young ambassador on the EMB website.


How to apply for the EMB Ambassador programme?

You can apply for the EMB Young Ambassador Programme by sending the following information to info@marineboard.eu by Friday 15 March 2019:

  • Your CV;
  • The filled out application form including a short description on how you believe the ambassadorship could impact your career and what you would contribute to promoting the work of EMB, including a recommendation and/or approval from their supervisors to engage in the EMB Young Ambassador programme.


The exact topic(s) the Ambassador will support will be agreed between the Ambassador and the EMB Secretariat, however if the applicant is particularly interested in one of our current activities, then we can already provide more details on that specific activity. To get more information on a specific current EMB topic that you would like to work on, you can contact the EMB Secretariat via info@marineboard.eu to request the Terms of Reference from that specific Working Group.

We’ll review the application and be in touch by Friday 22 March 2019!

Application deadline: Friday 15 March 2019

Selection of Young Ambassadors: Friday 22 March 2019

Ambassador training workshop: April 2019 (exact dates to be confirmed with the selected candidates)