Today, the European Marine Board is attending the seventh edition of European Maritime Day in Bremen, Germany (19 & 20 May). European Maritime Day brings together Europe’s maritime community and policymakers to discuss, debate and exchange best practices. The 2014 Conference focuses on innovation in the maritime sector with a packed agenda of high-level sessions and stakeholder workshops, as well as exhibitions, public events and networking events. The European Marine Board is supporting a workshop organized by EMODnet and EuroGOOS focusing on key components of a functional end-to-end system for European ocean observation, emphasising the need for close collaboration between science and industry for new technologies and new services in support of Blue Growth. In line with the workshop on European ocean observation, EMB are disseminating their strategic paper on a 'European Ocean Observation System' PDF (Chapter 11, extract from Navigating the Future IV, EMB, 2013).