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Launch of Ocean Literacy animation developed by EMB and CoExploration Ltd. for Sea Change Project

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Today, an animation on Ocean Literacy developed by EMB and CoExploration Ltd., was launched on the Sea Change website. The short animation titled, ‘Sea Change-Increasing Ocean Literacy’,  introduces the concept of Ocean Literacy and outlines the medical, economic, social, and environmental importance of the sea to Europe and indeed to the rest of the world. The video highlights the importance of protecting the ocean by making choices that are more “ocean-friendly”. The animation was produced for the Sea Change project, 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 and seas, healthy communities and ultimately a healthy planet. The Sea Change partnership are designing Ocean Literacy related activities and materials focused on education, community, and governance actors, and directly targeted at citizens. This animation is one of the first outputs of Sea Change and will be used throughout the project. You can watch the “Sea Change: Increasing Ocean Literacy” video below and subscribe to the Sea Change Vimeo channel at



The Ocean-Climate Nexus Forum at a 'ciné-débat'

Friday, 18 September 2015

The coming film 'Ice & Sky' featured an ex-member of European Committee for Ocean and Polar Sciences (ECOPS, root of today's EMB, see history), Claude Lorius, glaciologist. EMB Secretariat (Nan-Chin Chu) will take part in its footage preview and discussion at Cinema Vendôme in Brussels on 21 September (info) as part of an 'ocean-climate awareness' event organized by Surfrider Foundation Europe (programme pdf). The EMB 5th Forum Ocean-Climate Nexus initiative will be presented in this science-policy-citizen dialogue event.   See website for more information about the EMB 5th Forum on 21 October at the European Parliament.

Norway to promote its marine research in Brussels

Tuesday, 08 September 2015

Two forthcoming events will provide science stakeholders in Brussels an insight into Norwegian marine research and how it contributes to European policy objectives. On 20 October 2015, the Institute of Marine Research will showcase its research with a seminar at Norway House on “New Frontiers for Blue Growth.” A programme for the morning event and instructions on how to register are available here.

Three other Norwegian research institutes will soon increase their voice in Brussels with the opening of a joint office on Rue du Trone. The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU Oceans), the University of Bergen and SINTEF will mark the occasion with a series of seminars on 22-23 September (view programme). To register for the ocean Science and Technology Workshop complete the online survey.

Launch of EMB Position Paper on deep-sea research

Tuesday, 01 September 2015

Today the European Marine Board launched its 22nd position paper, Delving Deeper: Critical challenges for 21st century deep-sea research at an official side event of the 14th Deep Sea Biology Symposium in Aveiro, Portugal. The paper is the output of the EMB Working Group “Deep Seas" and outlines 8 goals and key action areas to address research challenges in the deep sea. The Working Group brought together 14 experts from 8 countries with expertise ranging from natural science, socioeconomics and law and the study also consulted the wider stakeholder community on the deep-sea research landscape and investments across Europe.

The Launch included interventions by MEP Prof. Ricardo Serrão Santos, Consultant to the President of Portugal on the Environment, Science and the Sea Dr. Tiago Pitta e Cunha and a presentation by Working Group Chair, Prof. Alex Rogers, University of Oxford. The press release is available online.

EMB delegate Mário Ruivo amongst the 2015 European Citizen Prize laureates

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Congratulations to Mário Ruivo (EMB delegate, FCT, Portugal) for being among those awarded with this year’s European Citizen Prize. The Citizen Prize honours people from across the EU for their contribution to European cooperation and the promotion of common values. Mário Ruivo is an oceanographer and leading figure in international political and civic fora for the ocean, dedicated to promoting national and international programmes for sustainability of the oceans. In addition to representing FCT on the European Marine Board, he works as Head of the Ministry for Education and Science’s Intersectorial Oceans Commissions.

14th Deep Sea Biology Symposium Programme now available online

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

The programme for the upcoming 14th Deep Sea Biology Symposium (31 August – 4 September, Aveiro, Portugal) is now available. As an official side event of the symposium, EMB will launch its position paper 22 ‘Delving Deeper: Critical challenges for 21st century deep-sea research’ on 1 September. The position paper is an output of EMB WG Deep-Sea and will deliver eight high-level goals for deep-sea research in the context of expanding commercial activities, increasing human and natural pressures, and the need for effective and practicable governance frameworks to underpin the management of deep-sea activities and resources. The launch event will include presentations by MEP Ricardo Santos and WG Chair, Alex Rogers. Registration for the launch is free for DSBS conference participants. In addition to the launch event, EMB’s Karen Donaldson is giving a presentation during the symposium on ‘Investment in deep-sea research: The European landscape’ as part of a session on the stewardship of our deep oceans. WG Chair, Alex Rogers is a symposium plenary speaker with a talk titled, ‘European research needs to underpin the sustainable management of Blue Growth in the deep sea’. You can register for the Deep Sea Biology Symposium here.

Staff Changes at the EMB Secretariat (1 July, Ostend)

Wednesday, 01 July 2015

This week Karen Donaldson started in the position of Scientific Administrator with the EMB Secretariat. Previously, Karen has been working in the capacity of science officer with EMB, mainly supporting the Deep Seas working group. Her new role replaces that of EMB Administration and Coordination Officer, held by Dina Eparkhina. Throughout her 7 years in this position in Ostend, Dina has served EMB with dedication and distinction. We wish her much success in her new role as Communication and Coordination Officer with EuroGOOS and we welcome Karen to her new position.
Picture features: EMB Chair Jan Mees presenting Dina Eparkhina with a leaving gift.

Peter Haugan and Stephen Hall elected to IOC-UNESCO Executive Council (26 June, Paris)

Friday, 26 June 2015

Congratulations to Peter Haugan (former EMB vice-Chair, University of Bergen, Norway) and Stephen Hall (EMB delegate, National Oceanography Centre, UK) on their election to the IOC-UNESCO Executive Council as Chair and vice-Chair, respectively. The elections took place during the 28th session of the IOC Assembly on 24 June. The Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO promotes international cooperation and coordinates programmes in marine research, services, observation systems, hazard mitigation, and capacity development, such as tsunami warning systems and the Global Ocean Observation System (GOOS). The Executive Council meets every year to review on-going work plans and make preparations for the Assemblies.
Picture features the newly elected IOC Officers meeting with Irina Bokova (Director-General of UNESCO) and Vladimir Ryabinin (Executive Secretary of IOC). Stephen Hall and Peter Haugan are pictured 2nd and 3rd from the left, respectively. Credit: UNESCO

Lora Fleming awarded the Anton Bruun Medal in recognition of her work on oceans and human health (17 June, Paris)

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Professor Lora Fleming has been awarded the prestigious Anton Bruun medal at the IOC-UNESCO Ocean Science Day in Paris. Prof. Fleming, Director of the European Centre for Environment & Human Health at the University of Exeter, UK received the medal in recognition of her work in the field of oceans and human health. In her IOC Anton Bruun Memorial lecture, Prof. Fleming highlighted the growing evidence that inextricably links the sustainability of ocean ecosystems with human health, the opportunities to promote human health and wellbeing through interactions with marine environments and the importance of fostering pro-environmental behaviours to restore and preserve marine environments. Established in 1970, the Anton Bruun medal is dedicated to the memory of the noted Danish oceanographer and first chairman of the Commission, Dr Anton Frederick Bruun. The medal is awarded to those who make important developments in the fields of solid earth studies, physical and chemical oceanography and meteorology, and marine biology during the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission’s Assembly, every 2 years. Prof. Fleming has worked with the European Marine Board on oceans and human health as 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 EMB Oceans and Human Health Working Group.

BG8 AtlantOS Project kick-off Meeting (10-12 June, Brussels)

Monday, 15 June 2015

The AtlantOS project held its kick-off meeting 10 – 12 June in Brussels. The project is a response to the Horizon 2020 call BG-8-2014: Developing in-situ Atlantic Ocean Observations for a better management and sustainable exploitation of the maritime resources. The overarching objective of AtlantOS is to achieve a transition from a loosely coordinated set of existing ocean observing activities to a sustainable, efficient, and fit-for-purpose Integrated Atlantic Ocean Observing System. The 4 year project contributes to the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Research Cooperation, signed in May 2013 by the EU, Canada and the United States. Within this project, EMB and KDM are leading a work package focused on engagement, dissemination and communication. AtlantOS is coordinated by oceanographer Martin Visbeck from the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel with a consortium comprising 62 partners including research institutes, universities, research networks and private companies from 13 European and five non-European countries.
Picture features AtlantOS project partners