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Marine Board publishes Future Science Brief on Marine Biodiversity

Friday, 05 October 2012

Marine Board Future Science Brief 1, Marine Biodiversity: A Science Roadmap for Europe, is now finalized and available for download (click on the link above). The document is designed to promote continued support for marine biodiversity research in Europe. It sets out a science roadmap and calls for improvement in key research capacities such as taxonomic expertise and biological observations. The importance of effective science-policy interfaces is also addressed.

Future Science Briefs (FSBs) are a new series of Marine Board publications which will rasie the profile and inform the European research agenda on topics of identified importance. Designed to be understood by a non-expert reader, FSBs have a similar function and target audience to Marine Board position papers but are much shorter in length (25-35 pages).

New science officer joins the Marine Board Secretariat

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Dr. Nan-Chin Chu joined the Marine Board Secretariat as a Science Officer on 22 August following the departure of Maud Evrard in June 2012. Nan-Chin has worked previously at the French Research Institute for Exploration of the Sea (IFREMER), University of Oxford and National Oceanography Centre (NOC, UK). Her full profile is available on the Secretariat page.

New Integrated Marine Plan for Ireland

Thursday, 02 August 2012

On 31st July 2012, the Irish Prime Minister, (An Taoiseach) Enda Kenny, TD, launched an ambitious Government plan to double the value of Ireland’s ocean economy by 2030. The plan "Harnessing Our Ocean Wealth", based on wide stakeholder consultation, identifies 39 actions to be taken by government to create the conditions to enable this target to be achieved. Implementation of the plan will be overseen by an Inter-Departmental (Ministerial) Co-ordination Group, involving nine key government departments (Ministries), chaired by the Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Simon Coveney, TD. Progress against set targets will be reviewed in 2014 and annually thereafter. Read more here

Marine Board showcase research challenges at European Maritime Day 2012

Tuesday, 22 May 2012


Today, the European Marine Board held a joint workshop with JPI Oceans at the European Maritime Day in Gothenburg, entitled Seas and Oceans Research in Europe: Addressing critical societal and policy challenges. The workshop, moderated by Niall McDonough, Marine Board Executive Scientific Secretary, addressed the question of how seas and oceans research can tackle European societal challenges, with chairs of Marine Board working groups presenting recent foresight studies. Dr Patrick Roose (MUMM, Belgium) launched a position paper on marine chemical pollution that critically evaluates current monitoring practices and emerging chemicals of concern in marine environments. Prof. Dr Frank Oliver Glöckner (Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Germany) presented the new Marine Board position paper on marine microbial diversity as a pre-release to tie in with International Biodiversity Day. The position paper, entitled, Marine Microbial Diversity in Ecosystem Functioning and Environmental Change, provides an overview of the European marine microbial research state-of-the-art and a gives a set of high-level research recommendations to guide research in the medium term (to 2020).

SEAS-ERA Joint Call 2012

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

EU FP7 SEAS-ERA Open Call for transnational R&D proposals focusing on three marine sciences topics in the Atlantic and Mediterranean basins (deadline: 24th May 2012, 5:00 p.m. GMT)

A 4.4 M€ joint call for transnational proposals in the Atlantic sea and Mediterranean regions is open in the three following topics:  

  • Ecosystem approach and ecosystem models for the North Atlantic Ocean  
  • Risk assessment of invasive alien species - changes in marine biodiversity  
  • Development of indicators and science support and management tools for the determination of Good Environmental Status in the Mediterranean Sea    

Further information here

3rd Marine Board Forum highlights new technologies for a Blue future

Thursday, 19 April 2012

On 18 April 2012, experts from academia, industry and policy from over 70 organizations gathered at the 3rd Marine Board Forum in Brussels to discuss future and emerging “blue technologies”. The Forum highlighted Europe’s position as a world leader in marine and maritime sectors, showcasing state-of-the-art developments, including environmental MicroSensors and innovative ways to increase the efficiency of marine renewable energy. Bio-inspired breakthroughs in sustainable materials, anti-fouling strategies and hybrid data infrastructure were all presented as emerging technologies for unlocking next generation marine knowledge... Read more 

Press release - 3rd Marine Board Forum

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

3rd Marine Board Forum will take place on 18 April 2012 in Brussels. The Marine Board has convened this flagship event on the understanding that technology is the key to unlocking the secrets of the oceans which will allow us to manage, protect and sustainably benefit from their vast resources. Read press release here Download here Go to the 3rd Marine Board Forum webpage 

Press release - Chemical pollution in Europe’s Seas: the monitoring must catch up with the science

Tuesday, 20 March 2012

New Marine Board-ESF position paper 'Monitoring Chemical Pollution in Europe's Seas' sheds light on the gaps in our efforts to monitor and regulate chemical pollution in Europe’s seas. According to a recent poll of more than 10,000 citizens from ten European countries, pollution is the primary concern of the public at large among all issues that threaten the marine environment. A new Marine Board position paper shows that such public concern is not misplaced and is supported by scientific evidence... Read the press release here Download here

2012 Daniel Jouvance Scientific Award for young researchers - Submission Open

Monday, 19 March 2012

Submission is open for the Scientific Award of Daniel Jouvance Institut de France Fundation. The  prize is  specifcally intended for young scientists working in marine biology or oceanography. The topic of the 2012 prize is 'Marine nano-structures' and 'Marine  bio-inspired nano technologies'. Deadline for submissions: 30 April 2012. Download the call flyer: here Further information (in French): here

DG MARE Blue Growth Public Consultation

Friday, 16 March 2012

European Commission Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries opens a public consultation on 'Blue Growth: Sustainable Growth from the Oceans, Seas and Coasts'. The Blue Growth initiative recognises the great potential of marine resources in realising the Europe 2020 strategy towards smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. This consultation aims at gathering the opinion of individuals and stakeholders that have an interest in and would like to shape the EU actions in the marine and maritime sectors. Deadline for submissions: 11 May 2012. Further information: here

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