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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.

Limassol Declaration: A milestone for EU Integrated Maritime Policy

Friday, 12 October 2012

On 7-8 October 2012, European Ministers and the European Commission gathered in Nicosia, Cyprus, for an informal Ministerial meeting under the auspices of the Cyprus EU Presidency. A major output was the adoption of the Limassol Declaration on a Marine and Maritime Agenda for growth and jobs which is set to be a milestone for future development of the EU Integrated Maritime Policy. 

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