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European Scientific Diving meeting brings together 13 Member States

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

On 20-21 March 2013, the Marine Board European Scientific Diving Panel (ESDP) will meet at the International Centre for Underwater Archaeology in Zadar, Croatia. Bringing together 13 Member States, the 2-day programme will include networking activities to strengthen the visibility and capability of Scientific Diving as a tool for marine research across Europe. Further information on the ESDP here

Research Highlight: The complete genome of a mulicellular red seaweed sequenced for the first time

Friday, 15 March 2013

Young Chondrus  CrispusAn international consortium, including scientists from the Station Biologique de Roscoff of the CNRS, French Marine Board member, has sequenced the complete genome of the red seaweed, Chondrus crispus, throwing light on 1500 million years of plant evolution. As a result of this research it is now thought that red algae went through an evolutionary bottleneck, where many genes were lost and others reduced in size. Without this bottleneck, our planet’s green land-plants, trees and flowers would have been red...The analysis of the genome has also improved understanding of how red algae are related to other organisms, how they have adapted to their environment and how they produce biomolecules, such as carrageenans, and it will greatly accelerate efforts to understand the biology of these fascinating organisms in the coming years.

Worldwide use of red algae is valued at more than US$2,000 million per annum. Carrageenans extracted from Chondrus crispus are widely used in the food industry for their gelling, thickening and stabilizing properties, for example, in ice-cream where they are listed in the ingredients as E407. Picture credit: Jonas Collen. Further information and press release here

CSA MarineBiotech Final Conference is a success (11-12 March 2013, Brussels)

Tuesday, 12 March 2013

145 representatives of scientific community, industry and policy have joined at the Final Conference of the CSA MarineBiotech (11-12 March 2013, Brussels). The conference, featuring 14 keynote speakers and 13 panellists, has presented some current pan-European, regional and national intiatives in Marine Biotechnology, discussed the gaps and challenges to be addressed and looked forward towards a future ERA-NET in Marine Biotechnology. Further information is available on the CSA website

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