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SEAS-ERA WP4 (Infrastructures) presented at EU Atlantic Forum (Cork, 4 March 2013)

Friday, 08 March 2013

SEAS-ERA partner Jean-François Masset (IFREMER) presented the directory of Atlantic Marine Research Infrastructures, compiled as part of WP4, to the EU Atlantic Forum Workshop Marine Research and Innovation in Cork on 4 March. The Atlantic Fora Workshops, a series of 5 Regional Workshops (Horta, Brest, Bilbao, Cardiff, Cork), are designed to inform the EU Strategy for the Atlantic (EUSA) Action Plan (2013-2020) identifying key research and investment needs to promote Blue Growth in the region. Geoffrey O'Sullivan (Marine Institute) who chaired the R&I Workshop said that the SEAS-ERA contribution, identifying the major marine research infrastructures in the region, represented an important reference document that would prove invaluable in planning and implementing an Atlantic Action Plan. Further information is available on the DG MARE webpage here

In memoriam of Carlo Heip

Monday, 18 February 2013

The members and Secretariat of the European Marine Board have been greatly saddened by the news that our esteemed colleague, Carlo Heip, passed away on Friday 15 February. As a representative of NIOZ (the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research), Carlo has been an active member and vice-Chair of the Marine Board for many years. He contributed generously of his time, his leadership and his outstanding intellect to advance marine science in Europe and globally. He was lead author of the most recent Marine Board science policy paper, Marine Biodiversity: A Science Roadmap for Europe, and has led the significant efforts in Europe to advance our knowledge and understanding of marine biodiversity and ecosystem functioning, not least as Coordinator of the formative MarBEF Network of Excellence. Carlo’s scientific achievements are too numerous to detail but the many messages from Marine Board colleagues remind us that  he was also a generous and warm person and that it has been a great pleasure and a privilege to work with him. We offer our heartfelt condolences to Carlo’s family at this difficult time.

Global Ocean Commission launch

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

International leaders will meet in London tonight for the launch of the Global Ocean Commission, an independent body set up to provide strategic advice for governance in the high seas - waters outside of national jurisdiction more than 200 nautical miles offshore. The Global Ocean Commission will provide recommendations on governance frameworks for managing threats and pressures such as overfishing and climate change in this vast and highly productive region. Final recommendations are due in early 2014, when the UN General Assembly will enter discussions on protecting high seas biodiversity.

Ireland to host final EU Atlantic Forum Workshop: Cork, 4 – 5 March 2013

Tuesday, 12 February 2013

The fifth and last of five Regional Consultative Atlantic Forum Workshops (e.g. Horta, Brest, Bilbao, Cardiff) will be held in Cork (Ireland) on 4-5 March 2013. The Workshop will input to the definition of the European Union Strategy for the Atlantic Action Plan (2014-2020)... [more]

Commission release report on European Integrated Ocean Observation

Thursday, 24 January 2013

The European Commission's Expert Group on Marine Research Infrastructures (MRI) has released their final report proposing 13 key recommendations in the areas of ocean observation governance, socio-economic value, technological developments and data management. The MRI Expert Group was established in 2010 to pursue the EU Strategy for Marine and Maritime Research objective of promoting European marine research infrastructures. Organized by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, the MRI Expert Group brought together European marine scientists and data managers, with invited stakeholders including the European Marine Board, European Environment Agency and JPI 'Oceans'

Season's greetings

Thursday, 20 December 2012

EMB seasons greetings 2013

Marine Board respond to the Marine Knowledge 2020 Consultation

Friday, 14 December 2012

The European Marine Board submitted its response to the European Commission consultation, Marine Knowledge 2020: From seabed mapping to ocean forecasting.

The Marine Board supports the efforts of the European Commission to achieve a seamless multi‐resolution digital seabed map of European waters by 2020 which will have far‐reaching benefits across the wider marine and maritime community and society at large. There are key ways that the research community can contribute to achieve this flagship project through innovative application of science and developing state‐of‐the‐art technology for data collection and management. However, mobilization of multi‐stakeholder efforts is crucial so that the cost of this exercise does not compromize existing budgets for competitive innovative research (e.g. The Framework Programme funding mechanism). Coordination at a pan‐European scale is vital to ensure a standardized, high quality approach, and to ensure further cost savings by reducing duplication of effort... more here

High-level conference: Challenges and Opportunities for Marine Biotechnology in Europe, 11-12 March 2013, Brussels

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

European Marine Board in collaboration with the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) are organizing a high-level conference on marine biotechnology, entitled Challenges and Opportunities for Marine Biotechnology in Europe. The event, organized as a final Conference of the CSA MARINEBIOTECH project, will take place on 11-12 March 2012 at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts in Brussels.

This international conference will bring together scientists, industry representatives, policy makers/advisors and other key stakeholders involved or interested in marine biotechnology research in Europe to discuss policy, scientific and industry perspectives relevant to various geographic scales (pan-European, macro-regional, national, sub-national regional) and inform future policy and coordination efforts. Conference sessions will address among others: (i) research collaboration challenges and opportunities, (ii) science policy and coordination: progress and remaining issues, and (iii) industry-academic collaborations: lessons learned for the future.

More information about the conference and registration: Registration deadline is 1 March 2013.

This conference is organised by the European Marine Board and Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) for th EU FP7 CSA MARINEBIOTECH project.

2nd SEAS-ERA Strategic Forum, 6 February 2013, Brussels

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

2nd SEAS-ERA Strategic Forum will take place on 6 February 2013 in Brussels. SEAS-ERA regional Strategic Research Agendas for three sea basins (Atlantic, Mediterranean and Black Sea) to be presented together for the first time. The research strategy of the Baltic Sea BONUS initiative will also be presented. The presentations of the research agendas will be followed by a number of structured presentations from key stakeholders and the event will conclude with a panel discussion. Participants will have an opportunity to learn about and discuss the key research priorities which have been identified for the four regional seas basins, and to contribute to the debate on how these research agendas can be best utilized in guiding regional and pan-European science policy.

Further information and registration here

This Forum is organized by the European Marine Board for the EU FP7 SEAS-ERA project.

Consortium of Irish Universities joins the Marine Board

Monday, 29 October 2012

The Marine Board welcomed a new member at its plenary meeting on 16-17 October in the Netherlands. Professor Colin Brown (pictured left), Director of the Ryan Institute at the National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), presented the application on behalf of a consortium of Irish Universities. The consortium is made up initially of NUIG and University College Cork, two of Ireland's leading Universities in marine research. NUIG is home to the Ryan Institute for Marine, Environmental and Energy Research while UCC is a founding partner of the Irish iMERC initiative, a major maritime and energy resource cluster based at Ringaskiddy in SW Ireland.

It is proposed that the NUIG/UCC consortium will open up by invitation to several other third-level institutions in both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. The Irish Universities Consortium will join the Irish Marine Institute as a second Irish Marine Board member. The new Irish member was warmly welcomed by the existing members of the Board. "We very much look forward to the participation of the Irish Universities as an active Marine Board member of the future", stated Marine Board Chair, Kostas Nittis, in welcoming Professor Brown to the meeting.