WG Marine Graduate Training kick-off meeting (15-16 September, Ghent)
Monday, 15 September 2014
Today and tomorrow, the kick off meeting of EMB's expert group on Marine Graduate Training (WG Training) is taking place in Ghent, Belgium. The meeting is hosted by Prof. Magda Vincx, the Chair of the expert group in the venue 'Het Pand' at the University of Ghent. Eleven experts in marine graduate training will address the current graduate training landscape in marine science with a focus on identifying major shortcomings, hurdles and solutions. At the kick-off meeting the group will take part in a brainstorming session regarding the structure and scope of the future policy paper that will be prepared by WG Training members. Working group members will also discuss consultation with additional expertise from key stakeholders such as relevant DG's from the European Commission and future employers within both academia and industry.
EMBCP takes part in IMSCC 2014 (8-9 September, Porto)
Tuesday, 09 September 2014
The European Marine Board Communication Panel (EMBCP) is currently taking part in the 1st International Marine Science Communication Conference (IMSCC 2014) in Porto. The conference aims to highlight new tools and practices for scientists and marine science communicators in developing their skills and improving dialogue with a range of target audiences including the general public and decision-makers. The concept of a conference dedicated to marine science communication was first proposed by the EMBCP. As a result, IMSCC 2014 has been jointly organized by CIIMAR (Interdisciplinary Centre of Marine and Environmental Research of the University of Porto), the EMBCP and Ciência Viva (Portuguese National Agency for Scientific and Technological Culture). Presentations and workshops cover a broad spectrum of marine science communication issues including the use of tools such as social media and infographics, tips for dealing with the media and case studies of successful outreach programmes employing best practice. The full programme is available on the IMSCC 2014 website.
Featured on the picture: Jan Seys, EMBCP Chair/VLIZ, Belgium (right), speaking at the opening of IMSCC 2014.
Sea Tech Week (13-17 October 2014, Brest, France)
Wednesday, 03 September 2014
Sea Tech Week, held in Brest every two years, brings together international experts from a diverse range of disciplines associated with the marine science and technology sector. Researchers, economists, legal experts and representatives of industry and institutions meet to provide an update on the latest scientific discoveries, technological advances as well as economic and legal issues. Sea Tech Week provides a unique forum for exchange, which is further enhanced by parallel sessions, workshops, professional trade fair and technology presentations. Sea Tech Week 2014 (13-17 October) will focus in particular on deep sea challenges, through the organization of the main conference Deep Blue Days. More information and registration at: http://www.seatechweek.com
EurOCEAN 2014 programme now online
Tuesday, 12 August 2014
The programme for the EurOCEAN 2014 conference is now available on the website. An official event of the Italian EU Presidency, EurOCEAN 2014 will provide a valuable opportunity for interaction and exchange between European marine and maritime research actors, stakeholders, policy makers and programme managers. The conference will identify future research priorities in support of blue growth, human health and wellbeing, and sustainable management of coastal seas and oceans.
With a varied and stimulating programme running over 2½ days, EurOCEAN 2014 will include:
- Horizon-scanning presentations from leading European and international scientists;
- Focused discussion sessions on societal, policy and regional challenges including Seas and Ocean Resources, Blue Growth, Good Environmental Status and Oceans and Human Health;
- Dialogue on capacity building and research infrastructures, including a special session on the European Ocean Observing System dedicated to the memory of Kostas Nittis;
- A Mediterranean Roundtable, side events and an open panel discussion moderated by Quentin Cooper, BBC Radio 4 science presenter;
- Identification of emerging challenges and opportunities in seas and oceans research and adoption of a "Rome Declaration"
Registration for EurOCEAN 2014 is open until 30 Sept. 2014. For further information, please visit the EurOCEAN website. For specific enquiries please contact the organizing committee by email.
In memoriam of Kostas Nittis
Wednesday, 30 July 2014
The members and Secretariat of the European Marine Board are greatly saddened by the untimely passing of our former Chair, Kostas Nittis. Representing his home institution, the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Greece, Kostas was an active EMB delegate for many years and was elected Chair in 2011. He served three years in this role with distinction, stepping down in May 2014. Among his many achievements, he led the complex process of drafting the Ostend Declaration (2010) and delivery of the Board’s Navigating the Future IV position paper (2013).
A distinguished oceanographer, Kostas was appointed Secretary General of the EuroGOOS network in 2012. But his sphere of influence extended well beyond his own research field. Through participation in multiple projects and networks, he was a leading figure in Europe for the promotion of marine science and setting the marine research agenda. Those fortunate to have known and worked with Kostas will remember his wisdom, integrity, diplomacy and a steady calmness which concealed a determination to effect positive change. Kostas will be hugely missed by an extensive network of friends and colleagues throughout Europe and beyond. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his family at this difficult time.
Call for experts for Faranda Prize 2014
Thursday, 24 July 2014
European Marine Board and CoNISMa are calling for expert nominations to form the Evaluation Panel of the Faranda Prize 2014 - a biennial competition for outstanding but still unpublished contributions in the field of fundamental and applied marine sciences. Experts will evaluate 34 proposals with the following key words:
- trophic ecology - marine food webs, plankton / benthos ecology;
- acidification - functional ecology - geochemistry - climate change;
- spatial distribution marine populations - marine bioinvasions - biodiversity (integrative taxonomy) - population genetics - fishery biology;
- biochemistry / reproductive and developmental biology / ecotoxicology - chemical ecology - biofouling;
- marine protected areas - spatial planning - ecosystem services - integrated coastal zone management - environmental science and policy - habitat mapping, impact assessment;
- marine geology.
The Evaluation Panel will work remotely and meet only once to select the main winner, on 09 October 2014 (from 14:00), straight after the EurOCEAN 2014 conference. Travel and hotel to attend EurOCEAN 2014 and Faranda Prize meeting will be covered by the Faranda Prize and the EurOCEAN 2014 participant fees waived for the experts.
Further information is available on the EurOCEAN 2014 and on the CoNISMa websites and via an email to
. Deadline for expert nominations is 15 August 2014.
Lora Fleming presented with Dr. Edouard Delcroix Prize 2013 (27 June, Ostend)
Friday, 27 June 2014
Today, Professor Lora Fleming, Director of the European Centre for Environment & Human Health at the University of Exeter, UK is being awarded the prestigious Dr. Edouard Delcroix Prize for her innovative research on harmful algal blooms (HABs). This prize has been established in honour of Dr. Edouard Delcroix (1891-1973), Belgian orthopaedic surgeon and pioneer in thalassotherapy. The Dr. Edouard Delcroix Prize is an international award presented every three years by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and HYDRO VZW, with the 2013 award being presented for excellence in research on the links between Oceans and Human Health. Prof. Fleming is a co-author of the EMB Position Paper ‘Linking Oceans and Human Health: A Strategic Research Priority for Europe’, based on the activities of the European Marine Board Oceans and Human Health Working Group. She was also convener of an international workshop on Oceans and Human Health in Cornwall, UK, in March of this year. The workshop, which was co-organized by EMB, delivered the recently published EMB policy statement ‘Message from Bedruthan’, calling for a coordinated, transnational and interdisciplinary Oceans and Human Health research programme in Europe. Prof. Fleming will receive her award to the value of 25,000 EUR at a ceremony in Ostende, during which she will also present her research on Oceans and Human Health.
STAGES presents its final results (19 June, Brussels)
Thursday, 19 June 2014
Stakeholders are meeting today in Brussels for the STAGES final workshop. The STAGES project (2012-2014) is now in it’s final phase and has delivered a number of concrete outputs to support a more efficient transfer of knowledge between science and implementation of the EU Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD). The workshop participants include representatives of national government agencies, Regional Seas Conventions, the European Commission (DG ENV, DG Research & Innovation, DG MARE & the JRC), NGOs and STAGES partners. At the event, EMB is presenting a proposal for an integrated science policy interface (SPI) for MSFD. The SPI proposal has been developed following an extensive stakeholder consultation and analysis of best practice. Through the collaborative work of STAGES, the EMB and STAGES partners have played an important role in improving the scientific evidence base to support implementation of MSFD and to underpin the future health and productivity of European seas. Further information on the STAGES project can be found on the STAGES website.
EMB Presents a European Perspective on Oceans and Human Health at the Gordon Research Conference, Maine, USA
Thursday, 05 June 2014
Today, EMB’s Executive Scientific Secretary Dr. Niall McDonough is presenting at the Gordon Research Conference in Oceans and Human Health in Maine, USA (1-6 June). The theme of the 2014 GRC is ‘Anthropogenic impacts on coastal communities and ecosystems’. The conference aims to encourage international interdisciplinary participation in Oceans and Human Health. Recognizing the strategic importance of this topic for Europe, Dr. McDonough is giving a talk on Embedding Oceans and Human Health in Science and Maritime Policy: A European Perspective in a session of the conference titled, ‘Moving Forward: Strategies for Improving OHH’. The EMB has recently published a position paper entitled, Linking Oceans & Human Health: A Strategic Research Priority for Europe (PDF), an output of the European Marine Board working group on Oceans and Human Health. The conference delegates unanimously supported a proposal to hold the next GRC OHH conference at a location in Europe.
Jan Mees elected Chair of the European Marine Board
Friday, 23 May 2014
Prof. Dr. Jan Mees, Director of the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) in Belgium, has been elected as the new Chair of the European Marine Board. Professor Mees has represented FWO, the Flemish research funding agency, as a Marine Board delegate since 2001 and served as EMB vice-Chair from 2006 to 2011. Professor Mees represents Flanders on several other international networks including the IOC of UNESCO, POGO, MARS and EurOcean and is also a part-time Professor of Marine Biology at Ghent University. The election of Professor Mees at the EMB plenary meeting on 14 May in Brest has been warmly welcomed by the EMB members and partners across the European marine science community. In his address to the EMB members, Professor Mees committed to work on behalf of the EMB members to reaffirm the EMB’s key role and added value as the primary foresight and strategy network for marine science in Europe. Professor Mees replaces the outgoing EMB chair, Dr. Kostas Nittis, who served for three years. Dr. Nittis’s contribution to the EMB during his tenure was warmly commended by the EMB members.