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EMB represented at International Symposium on World Ocean Research (12-13 September, Moscow)

Monday, 12 September 2016

To celebrate its 70th anniversary, the P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IO RAS) is hosting the International Symposium, “70 years of World Ocean Research.” The main objectives of IO RAS lie in researching the World Ocean and the Russian seas in a broad sense, including the investigation of physical, chemical, biological and geological processes, laying scientific foundations for forecasting the Earth’s climate variability, marine resource use and safeguarding ecological security in the interests of sustainable development. In keeping with the Institute’s broad oceanographic research remit, the symposium programme features a variety of presentations spanning sustainable development, physical oceanography, biological oceanography, education, perception and capacity building, as well as acoustic studies and marine technology. The European Marine Board is represented by Chair, Jan Mees, who is presenting the work of the EMB in Advancing Seas and Ocean Science for Europe.

Building a European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) discussed at the European Parliament (8 September, Brussels)

Friday, 09 September 2016

European policy and decision makers came together with the ocean observing community at the European Parliament in Brussels yesterday (agenda available here) to discuss plans for EOOS (a European Ocean Observing System), a system which aims to unite the existing ocean observation capacity in Europe. The vision for EOOS (presented by Glenn Nolan, Secretary General of EuroGOOS, the European Global Ocean Observing System) is that it will be a coordinating framework designed to align and integrate Europe’s ocean observing capacity in the long-term; to promote a systematic and collaborative approach to collecting sustained information on the state and variability of our seas; and to underpin sustainable management of the marine environment and its resources. In this way, EOOS will bring a real added value to existing observing efforts, empowering those who are working to advance ocean observing in Europe, catalyzing new initiatives in a strategic way, targeting identified gaps and speaking with a wide range of stakeholders. Speakers and panelists discussed the value of ocean observing for Europe, highlighting societal benefits, as well as the existing observation gaps and the bottlenecks that are currently hindering such an observation system. Niall McDonough, Executive Secretary of the EMB, presented a draft consultation document titled ‘Towards an end-to-end, integrated and sustained ocean observing system for Europe’. This document forms the basis for an open stakeholder consultation on EOOS which will be launched in October. An overview of the main outputs of the EOOS event is available online. Picture features speakers and panelists at the European Parliament event hosted by MEP Ricardo Serrao Santos.

Building a European Ocean Observing System (EOOS) - 8 September, Brussels

Friday, 19 August 2016

On 8 September 2016, Ricardo Serrao Santos, MEP, is hosting a European Parliament event to bring European policy and decision makers together with the ocean observing community, to engage in a direct dialogue and discussions on needs and ambitions for a strong and integrated European ocean observing capacity. This event will help build the foundation of the future EOOS, a light and flexible coordinating framework to help manage and improve the existing observing effort, making it more efficient and effective at different geographical scales, and for different end-users. At the event, a draft Consultation for the EOOS implementation will be launched for a wider stakeholder consultation. Registration is open until 25 August 2016, and further information on EOOS, including the process so far and the event's Agenda, can be found here.

EMB opens recruitment for a new Science Officer

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

EMB is seeking a suitably qualified candidate to fill the position of Science Officer with the EMB Secretariat. A brochure with a full job specification can be downloaded here. The successful candidate will join the EMB Secretariat based at the InnovOcean campus in the port of Ostend, Belgium. This is an exciting opportunity to work as part of a dynamic, professional Secretariat to promote and advance marine science on behalf of the EMB membership of institutions from across Europe. The post involves regular visits to Brussels and some international travel. Applications including a full CV, short cover letter and a motivational statement (500 words max.) should be sent in electronic format to the EMB Executive Secretary, Dr. Niall McDonough ( ), by 17.00 CET on 16 September 2016. Please include the reference EMB SO16 in the subject line of the email.

Human Health and the Ocean Factsheet Set now available

Wednesday, 27 July 2016

EMB, together with the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) have developed a set of factsheets explaining the links between human health and the ocean as part of the EU Horizon 2020 funded Sea Change project. The purpose of the factsheets is to communicate that the marine environment, its structure and processes have a major bearing on current and future health and wellbeing, and public health more broadly. In addition, they spread the message that we all share the responsibility of looking after the ocean and that by taking small actions and changing our habits we can make a big difference. Each of the 5 factsheets explores a different topic and suggests ‘ocean-friendly’ actions connected to each topic. The factsheets accompany the ocean and human health animation. After viewing these products we welcome your feedback via a short survey on the factsheets and on the animation. The survey will be open to complete until 31 August 2016.  

The Sea Change project launches “Our Ocean, Our Health” campaign

Monday, 18 July 2016

The Sea Change project invites you to take simple steps towards protecting our ocean by joining its new “Our Ocean, Our Health” campaign to raise awareness of the interconnectedness of ocean and human health. Sea Change is an EU Horizon 2020-funded project which aims to raise European citizens’ awareness of the intrinsic links between ocean and human health, and to empower us, as “Ocean Literate” citizens, to take direct and sustainable action towards a healthy ocean, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet. To start the campaign, Sea Change has launched a video highlighting the ocean’s contribution to the oxygen we breathe. Watch “Our Ocean Our Oxygen” on the Sea Change Vimeo channel. The “Our Ocean, Our Health” campaign emphasises the vital role of the ocean in making life on Earth possible, for example through climate regulation and food provision. Central to the campaign is the fact that human activity and our way of life is affecting the ocean’s health. Therefore, if we don’t take care of the ocean, we endanger our own survival. In addition to the video, the campaign web page contains a number of actions you can take to help protect the ocean. Sea Change encourages you to take action by pledging to make a “sea change” in your daily behaviour and sharing your commitment online using #OurOceanOurHealth. Even by making small changes in our activities, together we can achieve big results to tackle the marine issues of plastic debris, acidification, pollution and depletion of fish stocks. Read the press release for the campaign launch here.

Watch a summary of Commissioner Karmenu Vella's visit to the European Marine Board (8 July, Ostend)

Monday, 11 July 2016


Commissioner Vella consults CEOs of European Marine Board member institutes on priorities for advancing ocean observation and seabed mapping (8 July, Ostend)

Friday, 08 July 2016

Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries is meeting with ocean research leaders at the European Marine Board offices in Ostend, Belgium, today to discuss ocean research challenges. The meeting with Commissioner Vella follows on from a previous consultation, held in March, which identified ocean observation and seabed mapping as crucially important for managing human activities in European seas and across the global ocean. Today’s meeting will advance the discussions on ocean observing and seabed mapping in Europe (set within a global context), by identifying critical gaps in our capability, investment needs and potential funding sources for the future. “The ocean research community in Europe has led the development of ocean observing technologies and programmes which deliver valuable data for a range of scientific, commercial and public users” explains Dr. Niall McDonough, Executive Secretary of the European Marine Board. “But there are big gaps in the system. Commissioner Vella is showing his commitment in advocating for adequate investment for ocean research and technology development and we welcome the opportunity to present the views of the marine research community to the Commissioner and his team.” The meeting with Commissioner Vella marks the second in a series and is an important platform for the ocean research community to communicate directly with the Commissioner on ocean research issues. The meeting agenda and press release are both available online. Picture features Commissioner Vella with CEOs and representatives of European Marine Board member institutes.

European Marine Board prepares for meeting with Commissioner Vella (7 July, Ostend)

Thursday, 07 July 2016

Tomorrow, the European Marine Board will host a meeting with Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for the Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. In preparation for the meeting, the CEOs of EMB member institutes are gathered at the EMB offices in Ostend today, to discuss ocean research challenges, with a specific focus on the perspectives of the marine research community on advancing ocean observation and seabed mapping to support Blue Growth, Europe’s long term strategy to support sustainable growth in the marine and maritime sectors. The EU Blue Growth Strategy will only be sustainable if we understand, manage and minimise the impacts of commercial activities on the health and productivity of Europe’s seas. To achieve this, coordinated ocean observation and seabed mapping is considered crucial. EMB member institutes will present their views to the Commissioner during his visit tomorrow. The meeting agenda is available on the European Commission’s Maritime Forum website.

AtlantOS holds its second Annual Meeting (28 June - 1 July, Kiel)

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

This week, more than 160 scientists from Europe, North America, South America, and Africa met in Kiel, Germany for the second Annual Meeting of the AtlantOS project. AtlantOS (Optimising and Enhancing the Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System) is a BG 8 research and innovation project that proposes the integration of ocean observing activites across all disciplines for the Atlantic, considering European as well as non-European partners. Discussions during the meeting covered ongoing activities within each Work Package, and included a workshop on biodiversity and fisheries within ocean observation. EMB co-leads WP 10 "Engagement, Dissemination and Communication". Further information on activities can be found on the AtlantOS website. Picture features AtlantOS project partners.