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Call for experts for Faranda Prize 2014

Thursday, 24 July 2014

logoEuropean 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nominations to form the Evaluation Panel of the Faranda Prize 2014 - a biennial competition for outstanding but still unpublished contributions in the field of fundamental and applied marine sciences.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, ProfeProf Flemingssor 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 STAGES final WS June2014meeting 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

2014 06 04 GRC USA 2014 smToday, 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.

EMB at European Maritime Day (19-20 May, Bremen, Germany)

Monday, 19 May 2014

Today, the European Marine Board is attending the seventh edition of EEMD-weburopean 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).

EMB Spring 2014 Plenary Meeting (14-15 May, Brest, France)

Friday, 16 May 2014

EMB Spring 2014 Plenary BrestThe European Marine Board Spring Plenary took place in Brest this week. As a result of the ExCom elections held in the closed session on 14 May, Jan Mees (FWO/VLIZ, Belgium) was elected as new chair of the European Marine Board. Erlend Moksness (IMR, Norway), was elected as vice-chair. Kostas Nittis (HCMR, Greece) and Peter Haugan (UiB, Norway) stepped down as, respectively, chair and vice-chair of the Board after completion of their full three-year terms. The open session held on the afternoon of 14 May, featured presentations on the EMB working group on deep-sea research (by Prof. Alex Rogers, University of Oxford, UK), the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans, POGO (by Sophie Seeyave, Assistant Director), EuroMarine (by Catherine Boyen, Vice-Chair) and IPCC AR5 (by Michael Schulz, MARUM, Germany). Yves-Marie Paulet updated the meeting on the activities of the Uiversité de Bretagne Occidentale and Universités Marines (the French Marine University Consortium). Permanent EMB plenary observers, IOC and European Commission were represented by Wendy Watson Wright (IOC Executive Secretary) and Ana Teresa Caetano (DG R&I Marine Unit Project Officer), with Ana Teresa Caetano presenting an update on Horizon 2020. The European Marine Board gratefully acknowledges the warm and impeccably organized support to the meeting by the plenary hosts, Universités Marines, represented on the Board by Yves-Marie Paulet (Director of IUEM, UBO, France) and supported by Dominique Simon (international project coordinator at IUEM). UBO President, Pascal Olivard, and Vice-President of Bretagne Region Council, Pierre Karleskind, welcomed the Board at the reception in the city hall of Brest, organized on the occasion of the EMB plenary. Featured on the picture: EMB delegates, secretariat team, and plenary observers, 14 May, Brest. Credit: Sebastien Hervé/UBO. View meeting pictures here

EurOCEAN 2014 - Registration open!

Friday, 09 May 2014

EurOCEAN2014 crEurOCEAN 2014, entitled Connecting Science, Policy and Peoplewill 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. As a key theme, EurOCEAN 2014 will discuss mechanisms to achieve cross-disciplinary approaches in addressing complex societal challenges. The conference will also focus on the goal of connecting science, policy and people.

With a varied and stimulating programme running over 2½ days, EurOCEAN 2014 will include:Q.Cooper creditVLIZcap

• Keynote horizon-scanning presentations from leading European and international scientists;
• Focused discussion sessions on societal, policy and regional challenges including maritime policy,ocean resources, managing marine space, and linking oceans and human health;
• Dialogue on capacity building including research infrastructures, ocean observing systems and human capital;
• A Mediterranean roundtable, dedicated 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.

Registration is now open on the website:  
Download the conference flyer

EMB WG Deep-Sea 2nd meeting (24-25 April 2014, Oxford)

Thursday, 24 April 2014

WG_Deepsea_2nd_mtgThe second meeting of the EMB working group on Deep-Sea (WG Deep-Sea) takes place today and tomorrow at the Somerville College in Oxford, UK. Chaired by Prof. Alex Rogers (University of Oxford), WG Deep-Sea is working to deliver a strategic position paper provisionally entitled 'Deep-Sea Research for Societal Challenges and Policy Needs'. In today's meeting, members will address the outline of each chapter of the future position paper. The meeting also includes an interactive session of the working group members with industrial representatives with expertise ranging from deep-sea fisheries, oil & gas industry, marine biotechnology and experts in high seas governance and socio-economics.


Faranda Prize to young researchers - Call for applications open!

Thursday, 17 April 2014

FarandaPrize2014Early career researchers in marine science are invited to submit applications for the 2nd edition of the Faranda Prize, a biannual international competition for young researchers organized by CoNISMa in memory of its founder, Francesco Maria Faranda. Applications are invited from researchers providing outstanding but still unpublished contributions in the field of fundamental and applied interdisciplinary marine research. The winner will be awarded €5,000 at CoNISMA’s 20th anniversary celebration event on 09 October 2014, a side-event of the high-level EurOCEAN 2014 conference, organized as an official Italian EU Presidency Event in Rome. In addition, the top 10 authors will receive a €500 travel grant and free registration to attend EurOCEAN 2014. The European Marine Board is providing scientific expert support to the 2014 Faranda Prize. The deadline for applications is 31 May 2014. Download the flyer here. Further information including the application procedure can be found on the CoNISMA website.