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European marine Board Communication Panel - EMBCP

The European Marine Board Communication Panel (EMBCP) provides a pan-European platform for marine science communicators to promote Marine Board activities, to synergize outreach activities and to advocate for ocean literacy.

Background

Dissemination, outreach and communication of scientific knowledge is very important in today’s society, where social inclusion is an integral part of environmental protection and sustainable development. This is particularly true for the world of ocean research, a world that is largely hidden from our view, representing an added challenge to the communication of marine research. From its inception, the Ocean Literacy movement has advocated closer interaction between marine scientists, educators and other stakeholders (the public, policy-makers, private sector), and inspired new events and networks all over the world.
 

Panel Objectives

  • Exchange ideas on events, communication methods and best practice;
  • Mutually assist its members in promoting and communicating marine science across Europe;
  • Be (re)present(ed) at major European (marine) science events;
  • Communicate European Marine Board activities and outputs at national level through press releases and twinning activities;
  • Popularize marine science by advocating more Ocean Literacy.

 

Panel activities

The European Marine Board Communication Panel exchange ideas and practices during their meetings, organized twice a year. EMBCP members also contributes to the dissemination of European Marine Board publications, and advice on communication activities to increase the uptake and impact of our publications. The panel members participate regularly in conferences and events, to promote the importance of communication and ocean literacy. In addition, the EMBCP organizes sessions on science communication at events, forums and conferences, and the members are involved in the communication of different research projects.

  • 3rd International Marine Science Communication Conference (CommOCEAN 2018: 4-5 December, Southampton, UK)

CommOCEAN 2018 conference programme combines hands-on exercises in current science communication skills for disseminating ocean research and technology, with plenty of expertise-sharing, social interaction and fascinating marine science along the way. http://www.commocean.org/
CommOCEAN focuses on a target audience of young marine scientists and communicators who want to be trained in science communication skills. The 3rd event, organized and hosted by the National Oceanography Centre (NOC) in Southampton, UK, will offer inspiring and insightful addresses from leasers in marine science communication, presentations and workshops covering communication techniques and platforms, and examples of marine science research communications campaigns. You can also follow the discussions via Twitter (@CommOCEANConf).

  • 2nd International Marine Science Communication Conference (CommOCEAN 2016: 6-7 December, Bruges, Belgium)

On 6 and 7 December 2016, the European Marine Board and its Communication Panel, the IODE Project Office for IOC/UNESCO and the Flanders Marine Institute organized the CommOCEAN2016 conference on marine science communication. The conference (in Bruges, Belgium) was aimed at marine scientists and communicators. The program promoted the exchange of good practice in modern ocean science communication, dissemination and outreach, as well as learning about current marine science research. The conference programme comprised four major sessions: the fundamentals of science communication/reaching out to the public; optimizing impact; social media & graphics and; thinking out of the box, new formats & creativity.
In addition, on 8 December an Ocean Teacher training course on ocean communication was organized by the IODE Project Office for IOC of UNESCO in Ostend for 50 people. Materials from the conference can be found on the dedicated conference website.

  • 1st International Marine Science Communication Conference (IMSCC 2014)

The 1st International Marine Science Communication Conference (IMSCC 2014, 8-9 September, Porto) focused on tools and practices for scientists and marine science communicators to develop their skills and improve dialogue with a range of target audiences including the general public and decision-makers. The concept of a conference dedicated to marine science communication was first proposed by the EMBCP and the conference was jointly organized by CIIMAR (Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research of the University of Porto), the EMBCP and Ciência Viva (Portuguese National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture). Presentations and workshops covered a broad spectrum of marine science communication issues including the use of tools such as social media and infographics, tips for dealing with the media and case studies of successful outreach programmes employing best practice.

  • Ocean Literacy conference

The EMBCP co-organized the First Conference on Ocean Literacy in Europe in Bruges, Belgium on 12 October 2012. The conference was attended by 110 participants from 15 countries. The programme included high-profile speakers from European and international organizations with a strong interest in ocean education and marine science communication. This event highlighted a crucial need for public support towards achieving a sustainable maritime economy and knowledge-based society.

  • EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2012

The EMBCP organized a workshop “Atlantic Ocean Literacy : a Grand Challenge for Marine Science Communication and Education” during the https://www.euroscience.org/) 2012 in Dublin, on 12 July 2012. This event, bringing together European and North American experts in marine science communication and education, delivered valuable recommendations for future trans-Atlantic cooperation in the area of Ocean Literacy. The session was coordinated by Albert Gerdes (EMBCP/MARUM, Germany), speakers: Jan Seys (EMBCP/VLIZ, Belgium), Evy Copejans (EMSEA/VLIZ, Belgium), Ana Norona (Ciencia Viva, Portugal) and Peter Tuddenham (College of Exploration, USA).

  • European Geosciences Union (EGU) 2009

The EMBCP session on “The Significance of Marine Technology in Science Communication – Challenges and Opportunities” (21/04/09, Vienna) allowed fruitful discussions moderated by Heike Langenberg, Nature Geoscience Editor.

  • EuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2008

The EMBCP session “Revealing the hidden map of Europe” (21/07/08, Barcelona) brought together professional science communicators across Europe to present how scientific findings from the deep are used to science communication efforts. The debate was moderated by Holger Wormer, Professor for Science Communication at Dortmund University and former science editor of Germany biggest daily newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung Munich. Download press release here.


Meetings

  • 6 December 2018, Southampton, UK
  • 15-16 May 2018, Matosihnos, Portugal
  • 16-17 October 2017, Galway, Ireland
  • 3-4 May 2017, Genova, Italy
  • 8 December 2016, Ostend, Belgium
  • 25-26 April 2016, Sopot, Poland
  • 13 October 2015, Split, Croatia
  • 27 April 2015, Athens, Greece
  • 10 September 2014, Porto, Portugal
  • 15 May 2014, Brest, France
  • 4-5 November 2013, Hamburg, Germany
  • 22-23 April, Bergen, Norway
  • 15-16 October 2012, Texel, Netherlands
  • 19-20 April 2012, Bruges, Belgium
  • 25-26 October 2011, Trieste, Italy
  • 11 May 2011, Tallinn, Estonia
  • 29-30 November 2010, Lisbon, Portugal
  • 29-30 March 2010, Southampton, UK
  • 12-13 October 2009, Sopot, Poland
  • 2-3 February 2009, Paris, France
  • 14 May 2008, Ostend, Belgium
  • 13-14 November 2007, Brussels, Belgium

 

Panel Members

 

Panel Steering Group

  • Chair - Lucy Calvert, NOC
  • Deputy Chair - Andreas Villwock, KDM
  • Jan Seys, VLIZ
  • Martha Papathanassiou, HCMR
  • Dominique Simon, Marine Universities of France
  • Marco Faimali, CNR-ISMAR

 

Contact at European Marine Board Secretariat: Ángel Muñiz Piniella Email