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EMB Spring Plenary Meeting (29-30 April, Ghent)

Thursday, 30 April 2015

The EMB Spring Plenary convened for two days in Ghent, Belgium. The meeting brought together 28 EMB delegates as well as observers and guests from the European Commission, JPI Oceans, UNESCO-IOC, POGO, and the Flemish Government. The Board elected two new vice-Chairs, Jan-Stefan Fritz of KDM and Mark James of MASTS, and a new membership application from the Lithuanian Klaipeda University was approved. Furthermore, the Board approved a new activity on Citizen Science to start in late 2015. The delegates were also updated on the running activities, e.g. the Deep-Sea working group preparing for the launch of the EMB strategic position paper on 1 September, and the 5th EMB Forum, Ocean-Climate Nexus, taking place on 21 October at the European Parliament in the lead up to COP 21. The meeting included a Special Session on Changing legal and policy framework for the study and utilization of marine biodiversity, with talks from Prof. Marcel Jaspars (EU FP7 PharmaSea/Univ. of Aberdeen), Dr. John Brincat (EC DG MARE) and Dr. Arianna Broggiato (Univ. of Leuven). The evening ended with an inspiring and thought-provoking lecture on foresight and horizon-scanning by Prof. Michael Depledge (ECEHH, Univ. of Exeter Medical School). You can read more about the highlights of the EMB Spring Plenary here.

EMB attends Atlantic Ocean Research conference (16-17 April, Brussels)

Friday, 17 April 2015

On 16-17 April 2015 the European Marine Board joined over 200 international stakeholders in Atlantic ocean research for the conference "The Atlantic - Our Shared Resource: Making the Vision Reality". Held at the Palais d'Egmont in Brussels, the event was opened by Mr. Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation and Mr. Karmenu Vella, EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries. The political statements reflected on progress since the launch of an Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance and the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Research Cooperation, signed in May 2013 by the EU, Canada and the United States. The meeting launched a number of 'Galway Statement follow-up projects' funded by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 Blue Growth calls. Speakers highlighted the importance of international cooperation with South Atlantic partners including Brazil and South Africa and followed up with a scientific workshop on Southern Atlantic marine science cooperation held on 15 April 2014 in Brussels to specifically progress this issue. The broadcast of the conference can be found here.

EMB European Scientific Diving Panel meet in Germany (4 March, Stuttgart)

Wednesday, 04 March 2015

Today, EMB's European Scientific Diving Panel (ESDP), chaired by Dr Martin Sayer (SAMS, UK), is meeting in Stuttgart, Germany for its 14th Plenary meeting. The Plenary meeting is organised back to back with the 1st European conference on scientific diving that took place 2 -3 March in Stuttgart. The main agenda items for the meeting include national updates, discussing the next edition of the scientific diving conference that will be hosted by Sweden in 2016 and policy strategies to promote scientific diving as a discipline, emphasising its value as cost-effective high-quality research tool capable of supporting a wide range of scientific disciplines, often in complex environments. 

Picture features (left to right): Juho Lappalainen (FL), Noémie Wouters (EMB), Maria Asplund (SE), Martin Sayer (UK), Pedro Neves (PT), Piotr Balzaly (PL), Dirk Schories (GER), Philipp Fischer (GER).

5th EMB Forum, ‘The Ocean-Climate Nexus: The critical role of ocean science in responding to climate change’, to take place on 21 October 2015, Brussels

Thursday, 12 February 2015

The EMB is pleased to announce that its 5th EMB Forum, ‘The Ocean-Climate Nexus: The critical role of ocean science in responding to climate change’, will take place in Brussels on 21 October 2015. In the context of the upcoming United Nations climate change talks at COP 21, the aim of EMB’s 5th Forum is to deliver a voice from the marine research community to key stakeholders, before COP 21, on the critical role of ocean science as part of the societal response to climate change as well as to outline the key research priorities on climate and ocean in a European context. The Forum will bring together scientists, policymakers, NGOs, think tanks and European institutions for whom ocean science and climate change is high on the agenda. Further updates will be announced on the 5th Forum webpage.  Photo Credit: Cindy Huchery

Tarmo Soomere inaugurated as President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences (28 January, Tallinn)

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

Today, the official inauguration of Prof. Tarmo Soomere, EMB vice-Chair, as President of the Estonian Academy of Sciences is taking place. The Estonian Academy of Sciences was founded in 1938 as an association of top-level scientists and scholars with commitment and responsibility to advance scientific research and represent Estonian science nationally and internationally. Elected as President for a five-year term on 15 October 2014, it is the first time a marine scientist holds this prestigious role in the history of the Academy. Prof. Soomere graduated as a mathematician from Moscow State University in 1980, received a PhD in oceanology in 1984 and a doctorate in mathematics in 1992. His scientific interests include theory and modelling of Rossby waves, internal and surface waves, nearshore processes, wave-induced hazards and preventive methods for coastal protection. He was elected as the first Professor of Coastal Engineering in Estonia in 2005 and currently holds the position of Head of the Wave Engineering Laboratory in the Institute of Cybernetics. Prof. Soomere takes on the position of President with an impressive record of achievement. In 2002 and 2013 he received the Estonian State Research Award; in 2007 he received the Baltic Assembly Prize; he was declared Person of the Year in Estonia for 2005 by daily newspaper, The Postman, for his contribution to the forecast of a devastating storm; he was elected to Academia Europaea in 2009; he was nominated as Honorary Professor of James Cook University in 2010; he received the Estonian Science Communication Award in 2011 and the III class Order of the White Star in 2013. Furthermore, he has published >160 research papers and many popular articles. Congratulations to Prof. Soomere on his new appointment.

EMB WG Marine Graduate Training - 2nd meeting (14-15 January, Brussels)

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

The EMB Working Group on Marine Graduate Training meets today and tomorrow in Brussels for its second meeting. The working  group aims to shape the future of European marine science education and training. Key activities include critically evaluating current training practices and frameworks while assessing and proposing new mechanisms and recommendations towards innovative training instruments that identify and accommodate the needs of society, policy, industry and young scientists themselves. In an interactive stakeholder session this afternoon, representatives from European and international higher education training initiatives will come together with industrial representatives as potential employers of marine and maritime graduates to discuss current and future training needs for the 21st century ocean scientist. Representatives from the European Commission (DG Research & Innovation and DG MARE) will also present on challenges and perspectives on marine training with particular relevance to the EU's Blue Growth agenda. 

Picture features (top row, left to right): Kate Larkin (EMB), Luís Pinheiro (University of Aveiro), Pauhla McGrane (Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology), Jeanine Olsen (University of Groningen), Guillaume Roullet (Université de Bretagne Occidentale), Tim Deprez (University of Ghent), Bev Mackenzie (Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology UK), Oyvind Fiksen (University of Bergen), (bottom row left to right): Noémie Wouters (EMB), Maurizio d'Alcalà (Statione Zoologica Anton Dohrn), Magda Vincx (University of Ghent), Avan Antia (University of Kiel), Marja Koski (Technical University of Denmark).  

Season's greetings 2014

Wednesday, 17 December 2014

European Marine Board wishes you Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015! View our card online

Atlantic Seabed Mapping Workshop takes place as part of Galway Statement implementation (2 December, Dublin)

Tuesday, 02 December 2014

Sedlo NewToday, EMB attended a workshop on Atlantic Seabed Mapping at Dublin Castle to further discuss implementation of the Galway Statement on Atlantic Ocean Cooperation, signed on 24 May 2013. The workshop was attended by international stakeholders from Europe, United States, Canada and Brazil representing policy, scientific and industry sectors from the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance. EMB vice-Chair and MEP, Ricardo Serrão Santos, highlighted the rich history of collaboration across the Atlantic, setting the science for a stakeholder discussion on priorities and mechanisms for a trans-Atlantic pilot initiative on Atlantic seabed mapping. Further topics included ways to align mapping and ocean observation efforts to provide the knowledge base for marine and maritime users and the knowledge gaps that are needed to improve global ocean circulation and next generation climate models. Picture features Sedlo seamount in the Northeast Atlantic.

EMB presents Rome Declaration and contributes to panel discussion on effective science-policy interface at the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference (17-21 November, Barcelona)

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

TodayNiall at IORC, Niall McDonough, Executive Secretary of the European Marine Board is presenting the Rome Declaration at the 2nd International Ocean Research Conference in Barcelona. Niall is also part of a panel discussing successful science-policy interface. Titled ‘The science-policy interface: Scientists communicating with Decision-Makers’, the purpose of the panel is to compare approaches and success stories from across the globe regarding how to make science understandable to those who make decisions about ocean management. The active involvement of end users of scientific information, including resource managers, policy-makers, and individual citizens enhances the impact and value of research initiatives. Therefore, effective science-policy interface is critical to protecting ocean resources. Other panelists include Alan Simcock (World Ocean Assessment, UK), Carol Turley (Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK) and David Vander Zwaag (Dalhousie University, Canada).

EMB WG Deep Seas host stakeholder event ‘Balancing blue growth and sustainability in the deep sea’ (13-14 November, Lisbon)

Friday, 14 November 2014

WG Deep Sea wrap-upOn 13-14 November 2014, deep-sea experts from academia, industry and NGO sectors are meeting at the University of Lisbon for the final meeting of the EMB Working Group Deep Seas. The working group is assessing European and national investment in deep-sea research together with identifying future needs, gaps and priorities that will drive a new era of discovery and understanding of this vast, largely unknown ecosystem into the next decade. Such fundamental knowledge is also crucial for a growing deep-sea user community to underpin ecosystem-based management of deep sea resources in light of emerging commercial activities such as deep sea mining. In a round-table discussion, stakeholders assessed the need to balance blue growth with sustainability in the deep sea, noting the crucial role of deep-sea research as the evidence base for establishing baselines, monitoring impact and informing sustainability goals for the deep ocean and high seas. This interdisciplinary working group will deliver a EMB position paper in 2015 with recommendations for developing a deep-sea research strategy for Europe in the context of societal challenges and policy needs.

Picture features (top row, left to right): Marina Cunha (University of Aveiro), Pierre-Marie Sarradin (Ifremer), Henry Ruhl (NOC, Southampton), Bruno Sommer Ferreira (Biotrend), Fernando Barriga (University of Lisbon), Alf Håkon Hoel (IMR), Ralph Spickerman (UK Seabed Resources), Sybille van den Hove (MEDIAN SCP), Gui Menezes (University of the Azores), Niall McDonough (EMB), (bottom row left to right): Helena Vieira (University of Lisbon), Colin Devey (GEOMAR), Alex Rogers (University of Oxford), Kate Larkin (EMB), Monica Verbeek (Seas at Risk), Mário Ruivo (FCT).