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EMB bids farewell to Executive Director

Monday, 31 July 2017

Today EMB bids farewell to Executive Director, Niall McDonough, who has been with the organisation since 2009. In the words of EMB Chair, Jan Mees, "Niall has become the face of the European Marine Board and has personified its aura of scientific credibility and professionalism. In an increasingly complex landscape in European marine science and policy, and through significant changes to the membership, secretariat and the organisation itself, Niall has ensured that the quantity and quality of products delivered has been maintained at the highest possible level." The secretariat and the members of the European Marine Board sincerely thank Niall for his 7 years of dedicated service and wish him all the best in his future endeavors. Kate Larkin will step in as Acting Head of Secretariat.

Charlotte Simon has started as EMB Junior Science Officer Trainee

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

On Monday 17 July, Charlotte Simon joined the EMB Secretariat as a Junior Science Officer Trainee. Charlotte obtained a Masters degree in Organisms’ Biology and Ecology from the Free University of Brussels and worked for three years as a Nature Policy Officer at the “European Federation of Associations for Hunting and Conservation” where she focused on the interface between hunting activities and nature conservation at EU level. In continuity of her Masters thesis studying the impact of climate change on benthic species, she got involved in a 2-months trainee ship as “Green Fins coordinator” in the Philippines, where she worked with diving centres to decrease their impact on coral reefs. Charlotte will work on diverse topics within the EMB Secretariat until mid December 2017.

Launching the Belem Statement

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Today sees the launch of the Belem statement, a joint Declaration on Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Cooperation between the European Union, Brazil and South Africa. This follows the Galway statement for the North Atlantic cooperation, signed in 2013, and reflects a significant move towards a joined up, integrated approach to research and development across the whole Atlantic Ocean and its bordering countries. The high-level Ministerial and scientific event is hosted by Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, and is part of a three day conference titled 'A new era of blue enlightenment'. Updates from the meeting can be followed on Twitter using #AtlanticAll. Representatives of the European Marine Board ExCom, Board and Secretariat are participating in the event, which includes workshops on building an Atlantic research community with topics spanning ocean literacy to ocean observation (e.g. AtlantOS).

EMB launches activity in end-to-end marine ecosystem modelling

Wednesday, 05 July 2017

Today, 7 July 2017, the European Marine Board launches a new activity on end-to-end marine ecosystem modelling with a horizon scanning workshop ‘Shaping Future Research Agendas’ at the Plymouth Marine Laboratory (Marine Matters Centre), United Kingdom. Chaired by Morten Skogen (IMR, Norway) and Sheila Heymans (SAMS, U.K.), the workshop brings together international experts from 12 countries in marine ecosystem modelling for interactive discussions. Experts will identify Research and Development gaps and needs for increasing the capability of end-to-end marine ecosystem models and, crucially, increase their impact and uptake as a tool in marine ecosystem-based management and environmental policy.  The full agenda is available here and the workshop is facilitated by the EMB Secretariat. The workshop directly follows, and is in collaboration with, the AMEMR (Advances in Marine Ecosystem Modelling Research). Community-driven recommendations and key messages from the workshop, together with the latest state-in-the-art in end-to-end marine ecosystem modelling, will be developed into a EMB Policy Brief. This will be communicated to wider stakeholders, including research funders, marine managers and policy makers to increase awareness of opportunities for using marine ecosystem models as a tool in ecosystem based management and research and development requirements for next generation capabilities. This gap analysis will also contribute to the development of a more coordinated and comprehensive European Ocean Observing System (EOOS).

Biological Observations Working Group kick-off meeting (22-23 June, Pisa)

Friday, 23 June 2017

EMB’s newest expert working group on ‘Strengthening Europe's Capability in Biological Ocean Observation’ (WG BIO OBS) held its kick-off meeting on 22 and 23 June in Pisa (Italy) at the Rectorate of the University of Pisa, home institution of the Chair Prof. Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi. This working group has been convened to recommend gaps and priorities for enhancing the current biological ocean observing capacity as a component of the wider European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) that is fit-for-purpose in the context of user needs and societal benefits. Comprising 12 expert on marine biological observations, the group foresees the publication of a Future Science Brief in Spring 2018.

 Picture features Working Group BIO OBS members. Back row, left to right: Jacco Kromkamp (NIOZ), Antoine Grémare (University of Bordeaux), Asbjørn Christensen (DTU Aqua), Isabel Sousa Pinto (CIIMAR), Adriana Zingone (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn), Francisco Hernandez (VLIZ), Niall McDonough (EMB secretariat). Bottom row, left to right: Elena Maggi (University of Pisa), Tasman Crowe  (University College Dublin), Lisandro Benedetti-Cecchi (University of Pisa), Ángel Muñiz Piniella (EMB secretariat).

EMB is seeking a new Executive Director

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

The European Marine Board (EMB) invites applications for the position of Executive Director. This is an exciting opportunity to lead a dynamic, professional Secretariat to promote and advance marine science on behalf of the EMB membership of institutions from across Europe. We are seeking an innovative and collaborative leader to oversee the EMB work programme and to bring new ideas for optimising the success and impact of EMB as a leading provider of high-quality marine science policy advice to the European institutions, national governments and funding agencies. The successful candidate will have a strong track record of leadership and achievement in marine research; research management; the management of people and resources; and science writing and communication. Further information and guidelines for applicants are available on our Vacancies page.

EMB Workshop on Marine Ecosystem Modelling

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

The workshop will focus on E2E Marine Ecosystem Modelling: Current capabilities and R&D needs for Ecosystem-Based Management.

On 7 July 2017, the European Marine Board, in association with AMEMR (Advances in Marine Ecosystem Modelling Research), will organize the workshop: Shaping future research agendas in Marine Ecosystem Modelling in Plymouth, UK.  This workshop will act is the kick off for our newest Working Group on Ecosystem Modelling. The working group will be chaired by Morten Skogen (IMR, Norway) and Sheila Heymans (SAMS, UK) will be the co-chair. More information as well as the registration option (open to all interested parties) is available on the conference website. The final output of the working group will be a new EMB policy brief foreseen to be launched in Spring 2018.

EMB launches new Position Paper on Marine Citizen Science

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Today EMB is launching the latest installment in its Position Paper series. Number 23 is entitled “Advancing Citizen Science for Coastal and Ocean Research” (pdf) and aims to provide new ideas and directions to stimulate further advancement of Marine Citizen Science.

Citizen Science, where members of the general public collaborate with scientists to generate and use data relating to the natural world, is a powerful research methodology that should not be overlooked. It’s potential to further marine science research and knowledge is significant. The sheer scale of coastal and ocean environments mean that it is almost impossible for scientist to gather the requisite data alone, and hence the ability to mobilise large numbers of willing and interested people with whom to collaborate is invaluable.  Nor are the benefits of Citizen Science limited to scientists. Marine Citizen Science enables the general public not only to engage in scientific research and gain knowledge and skills, but also empowers them to help preserve their local environments and to provide input to the scientific knowledge-base which will inform future marine policy.

Now, more than ever, marine science research is needed to understand the impacts of a world undergoing change. The rise of Marine Citizen Science to help address this need is therefore timely. This paper highlights opportunities, challenges and best practice in Marine Citizen Science, and sets out a list of high-level strategic recommendations for the future development of Marine Citizen Science in Europe.

The paper is being launched this afternoon at a dedicated workshop on “Citizen Science and the Future of Coastal Monitoring” being run as part of the European Commission’s European Maritime Day 2017.

The position paper can be downloaded here, and the press release can be found here.

EMB Launches New Policy Brief on Decommissioning

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

A new EMB publication, Policy Brief 3 entitled “Decommissioning of offshore man-made installation: Taking an ecosystem approach” (pdf), assesses the role of marine science in reducing the environmental impact of decommissioning and highlights the scientific questions that need to be answered to settle the debate on what should be done with these structures.

Recent estimates suggest that there are currently around 1,350 oil and gas installations in the North Sea and North Atlantic regions and 1,800 offshore wind turbines in North Sea region alone; and this number is rising. The total cost of full decommissioning of oil and gas installations in the North Sea alone for the period 2015 to 2040 is estimated at between US$70 and US$82 billion. The numbers of installations requiring decommissioning is also set to increase dramatically as renewable energy devices begin reaching the end of their operational life, and as plans for exploiting renewable energy sources in the near future grow. Globally, industry and governments are embracing different decommissioning approaches. Ultimately, appropriate decisions need to be made in the very near future regarding the decommissioning of oil and gas and renewable energy structures. At present, there remains a need for more scientific research to better inform the decision-making process regarding their fate.

The publication was launched at European Maritime Day 2017, in Poole, UK. The EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu Vella received a copy from the EMB Executive Director, Niall McDonough on 18 May 2017 (picture). Niall McDonough also spoke at a workshop on the subject of involving industry in marine data initiatives entitled “Blue Growth Data Challenge Part 2: Offshore Energy Case Studies”. Held on the afternoon of Thursday 18 May 2017, the workshop was jointly organized by the EU ATLAS project and the INSITE programme, which is featured in the new publication. You can download the Policy Brief here, and the Press Release can be found here.

EMB Workshop and Position Paper Launch at European Maritime Day 2017

Monday, 15 May 2017

EMB will be hosting a dedicated workshop on Marine Citizen Science on Thursday 18 May to launch the new Position Paper (#23) on Marine Citizen Science.

The annual European Commission-run European Maritime Day will take place on 18-19 May 2017 in Poole, UK. European Marine Board will be hosting a 90-minute workshop at European Maritime Day, running from 15:15-16:45 on Thursday 18 May, on “Citizen Science and the Future of Coastal Monitoring”. This workshop will introduce Citizen Science and promote best practice in Marine Citizen Science initiatives and data collection to support marine management and policy, and to promote Ocean Literacy.  The workshop will also be the official launch event for the new Position Paper.

The workshop will feature three speakers from the EMB Working Group on Citizen Science -  Gro I. van der Meeren (Co-Chair), Jane Delany and Julia A. Busch, as well as Jon Parr from the Marine Biological Association and coordinator of the H2020 Sea Change project, of which EMB is also a partner. The workshop will be chaired by EMB Executive Director, Niall McDonough, and will include significant audience participation and panel discussion.

This presents an ideal opportunity to launch the latest addition to the EMB Position Paper series. Number 23, “Advancing Citizen Science for Coastal and Ocean Research”, aims to provide new ideas and directions to stimulate further advancement of Marine Citizen Science.

EMB will also have a strong present throughout the event via an exhibition stand.

The European Maritime Day 2017  involves both an exhibition and a 2-day conference, with interactive workshops on the themes of “Innovation & Growth”, “People & Skills”, “Safety & Security” and “Sustainability & Governance” forming a major part of the conference.

Registration for the European Maritime Day 2017 event is still open.

We hope to see you there!