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Recent Publications

Marine Science Communication in Europe: a way forward

New Ocean challenges and opportunities fuel the need for enhanced marine and solution-oriented science communication. This Future Science Brief highlights the critical need to strengthen the marine science communication capacity in Europe, as well as develop dedicated training programs, engage in deeper and wider collaboration with stakeholders, and ensure close interaction with the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) and the EU Mission: Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030. 

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EMB Annual Report 2021

Although the impact of the pandemic continued to be noticeable for all, we can look back on a successful 2021 in the end. This year marked the start of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, to which the EMB proudly became the very first Implementing Partner. This news was shared during EMB's 8th Open Forum, organized as a hybrid event in Brussels and online, where a wide variety of Ocean stakeholders were brought together. EMB was able to publish three publications and launch the impact video for the NFV document. Find out all about our activities in the EMB Annual Report 2021.

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Uncovering the hidden threat of Marine Geohazards in Europe

Today, our society depends on critical coastal and marine infrastructure such as ports, telecommunication cables and renewable energy installations. With increasing human activities conducted in the marine environment and an increasing population living at the coast, society is becoming more exposed and vulnerable to the impacts of marine geohazards. This Policy Brief raises awareness about dormant geological risks in European coastal regions, and makes recommendations for future research and policy. It summarises the main messages and recommendations from the recent EMB Position Paper Nº26 on “Marine Geohazards: Safeguarding Society and the Blue Economy from a Hidden Threat”, published in December 2021. 

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8th EMB Forum Proceedings

The 8th EMB Forum took place in Brussels and online on 1 December 2021, and was on the topic of "Supporting the Ocean Decade in Europe". Over 100 participants from Europe and further afield engaged both online and in person, representing academia, early career researchers, policy-makers, industry, and NGOs. This document is a summary of the discussions, and full recordings of the sessions are available on the EMB YouTube Channel.


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Marine geohazards: Safeguarding society and the Blue Economy from a hidden threat

Considering that marine geohazards are unavoidable and will certainly continue to occur in the future, it is crucial to improve and expand our knowledge of those events. EMB Position Paper Nº26 presents an overview of the type, distribution and impact of marine geohazards on the European coastal regions and Blue Economy sectors. It highlights novel scientific approaches that broaden our understanding of their processes, trigger mechanisms and precursors. The document points towards relevant actions that would ensure the development of effective risk-mitigation and science-based management practices and policies, thereby contributing to protect coastal population and economic activities at sea.

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Launching new training video to promote Respect at Sea

In cooperation with EMB and other international partners, today the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) launches a new training video to promote Respect at Sea. The video is being made available for all maritime institutions to use as part of their onboard training. 

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EMB Working Group on Ocean Oxygen kicks-off

On 21 and 22 June 2022, the new EMB Working Group on Ocean Oxygen met for the first time during the kick-off meeting held at the InnovOcean site in Ostende (Belgium) and online. The meeting was chaired by Sheila Heymans (EMB Executive Director) and the Working Group Chairs: Marilaure Grégoire (University of Liège, Belgium) and Andreas Oschlies (GEOMAR, Germany). 

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Marine Science Communication in Europe – new EMB Future Science Brief

Today, EMB launches its Future Science Brief N°8 ‘Marine Science Communication in Europe: a way forward’ in a dedicated webinar. Over the coming decade, marine science communication will become even more critical to achieving a more Ocean literate and sustainable society. Increased scientific dissemination and specialized communication will be required to support this increase in Ocean awareness. This document has been developed by the European Marine Board Communications Panel (EMBCP) and is underpinned by surveys among 80 European experts, 1861 students and 23 EMB Member organizations. 

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EMB at the UN Ocean Conference

The 2022 of the UN Ocean Conference will be taking place on 27 June - 1 July, in Lisbon, Portugal. As an accredited organization, EMB will be represented in person by Executive Director Sheila Heymans, Science Officer Britt Alexander, and EMB Young Ambassadors Rebecca Zitoun and Juliette Aminian Biquet. 

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EMB Young Ambassador blog on empathy and stakeholders

In his new blog, EMB Young Ambassador Dr Alfredo García de Vinuesa gives his views on the importance of empathy when working with stakeholders. 

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Upcoming events

ECOP Wednesdays - Mission Oriented R&I for a Healthy Ocean

07 September 2022

On Wednesday 7 September 2022, EMB will host its 3rd ECOP Wednesday series event featuring Ana-Maria Stan who will speak about Mission Oriented R&I for a Health Ocean. The event will be 1 hour long and will take place from 12:00 - 13:00 CEST. 

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EMB Science Webinar - Unlocking Marine Genetic Resources

15 September 2022

On Thursday 15 September 2022, EMB will host its 23rd Third Thursday Science Webinar featuring Dr Jane Collins who will speak about Unlocking Marine Genetic Resources: Streamlining the Legal, Policy and Business Aspects of the Marine Biodiscovery Pipeline.

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EMB Autumn Plenary 2022

26 October 2022 to 27 December 2022

The EMB Autumn Plenary meeting will take place on  Wednesday 26 and Thursday 27 October 2022. The meeting will take place in Ostend, Belgium, hosted by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ).
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CommOCEAN 2022 - 5th International Marine Science Communication Conference

29 November 2022 to 01 December 2022

On 30 November and 1 December 2022, the European Marine Board Communication Panel and the University of Montpellier will organise the fifth international marine science communications conference: CommOCEAN 2022, as a hybrid event.
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The European Marine Board (EMB) is the leading European think tank in marine science policy. It provides a platform to advance marine research and to bridge the gap between science and policy.