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Navigating the Future V

Navigating the Future V will give a birds-eye big-picture view of marine science and will look into the future (2030 and beyond) to identify key topics/themes that are set to significantly advance our understanding of the marine and broader earth and climate systems; and will be of increasing importance to societal wellbeing in decades to come.


NFV will be published on 11 June 2019 at the EurOCEAN 2019 conference.

Navigating the Future V in infographics.

Main themes

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A four-dimensional and connected ocean
A multi-stressed and rapidly changing ocean
Science of surprises
Sustainability science for the ocean

 Ocean Technologies





In November 2017, EMB began work on the new installment of its flagship series, Navigating the Future V (NFV). A central goal of NFV is to provide robust, independent scientific advice and expert opinion on future seas and ocean research to 2030 and beyond. 20 leading European experts in the field of marine science and related disciplines were nominated by EMB Member Organizations.

On 8 - 9 November 2017, the Navigating the Future V Foresight Workshop took place at the Hotel Metropole in Brussels, and after 2 days of intense discussion and negotiation, experts produced an agreed high-level Table of Contents for NFV.  You can find a press release on this here.

In early 2018, writing groups were stablished to draft the different chapters of NFV. Throughout 2018, EMB is communicating the main messages from NFV, and the final publication is expected in Spring 2019. The resulting Navigating the Future V publication will be written by the marine scientific community in a format accessible to International, European and national research programme managers, policy-makers, industry and the marine and wider earth system science community itself. It will be communicated widely to stakeholders and should be regarded as an authoritative foresight report on European marine science.

A generic presentation on NFV is available for download here.


The Chapters, Lead Authors and Co-Authors of NFV are: (please consider the titles of the chapters are indicative and may change during the drafting of NFV)

  1. Introduction
    Lead author: Peter Haugan (University of Bergen, Norway)
    Co-authors: Sybille Van den Hove (Bridging for Sustainability, Belgium), Ferdinando Boero (University of Salento, Italy), Jan Mees (VLIZ, Belgium)
  2. Role and Relevance of the Ocean
    Lead author: Anne-Marie Tréguier (IUEM, France)
    Co-authors: Katja Philllipart (NIOZ, The Netherlands), Luis Menezes Pinheiro (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Jeremy Gault (UCC, Ireland)
  3. A four-dimensional and connected Ocean
    Lead author: Ferdinando Boero (University of Salento, Italy)
    Co-authors: Jan Marcin Węslawski (IO PAN, Poland), Sukru Besiktepe (Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey), David Paterson (MASTS, United Kigdom)
  4. A multi-stressed and rapidly changing Ocean 
    Lead author: Jeremy Gault (UCC, Ireland)
    Co-authors: Michiel Vandegehuchte (VLIZ, Belgium), Marin LeTissier (UUC, Ireland), Colin Janssen (University of Gent, Belgium), Carlos García Soto (IEO, Spain), Marta Coll (CSIC, Spain)
  5. Science of surprises 
    Lead author: Katja Philllipart (NIOZ, The Netherlands)
    Co-authors: Anne-Marie Tréguier (IUEM, France), Heidrun Kopp (GEOMAR, Germany), Kevin Horsburgh (NOC, United Kingdom)
  6. Sustainability science for the Ocean 
    Lead author: Valerie Cummins (IMERC, Ireland)
    Co-authors: Francesca Malfatti (OGS, Italy), Sebastian Villasante (University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain), Gerald Schernewski (IOW, Germany)
  7. Novel technologies, data and modelling for ocean research 
    Lead author: Geir Huse (IMR, Norway)
    Co-authors: Francesca Malfatti (OGS, Italy), Jan Mees (VLIZ, Belgium), Sukru Besiktepe (Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey), Edward Hill (NOC, United Kingdom)
  8. New frontiers, gaps and the unknown 
    Lead author: Ralph Schneider (University of Kiel, Germany)
    Co-authors: Denis Lacroix (Ifremer, France), Luis Menezes Pinheiro (University of Aveiro, Portugal), Edward Hill (NOC, United Kingdom), Carlos García Soto (IEO, Spain)

The European Marine Board members nominated the following experts to participate at Navigating the Future V Foresight Workshop:

Sukru Besiktepe (Dokuz Eylul University, Turkey), Ferdinando Boero (CoNISMa, Italy), Valerie Cummins (IMERC, Ireland), Jan de Leeuw (NIOZ, The Netherlands), Carlos García Soto (IEO, Spain), Jeremy Gault (University College Cork, Ireland), Edward Hill (NOC, United Kingdom), Geir Huse (IMR, Norway), Colin Janssen (Ghent University, Belgium), Denis Lacroix (Ifremer, France), Francesca Malfatti (OGS, Italy), Jan Mees (FWO, Belgium), Luis Menezes Pinheiro (University of Aveiro, Portugal), David Paterson (MASTS, United Kingdom), Katja Philippart (NIOZ, The Netherlands), Ralph Schneider (KDM, Germany), Anne-Marie Tréguier (IUEM, France), Sybille Van den Hove (Bridging for Sustainability, Belgium), Jan Marcin Węslawski (IO PAN, Poland).