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8th EMB Forum - Supporting the Ocean Decade in Europe

The 8th EMB Forum was a hybrid event which took place in person at BluePoint Brussels and online on 1 December 2021. The topic was “Supporting the Ocean Decade in Europe” and the aim of the Forum was to facilitate discussion between relevant European Ocean Decade stakeholders, including the science community and policy makers. We discussed how we can best deliver a successful Ocean Decade.


At the end of the first year of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, the 8th EMB Forum discussed European efforts in support of the Ocean Decade. This was an important time to reflect on what has already been achieved in this first year, and what needs to be adapted and developed further as we progress through the Ocean Decade. Following a formal opening, the Forum comprised of three main sessions on the role of Early Career Ocean Professionals, current science and communication activities, and how we can bridge science and policy in support of the Ocean Decade.

We invited Ocean Decade stakeholders from science & academia, industry, policy & governance, NGO’s and the public to join us at the 8thEMB Forum to:

  • Hear what “the Ocean we want” means to a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Discuss the role of Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs) in the Ocean Decade, and how links to ECOPs can be developed;
  • Find out what EMB and its network are already doing to support “the Ocean we want”;
  • Discuss how we can better inspire and engage wider stakeholders with the Ocean Decade; and
  • Discuss how we can bridge science and policy at European and National level to support the Ocean Decade.


This event was officially endorsed as an Ocean Decade activity.



The 8th EMB Forum took place on Wednesday 1st December 2021 from 09:30 - 16:00 CET.



The 8th EMB Forum took place as a hybrid event. The in-person component took place at BluePoint, 80 Boulevard Auguste Reyers, 1030 Brussels, Belgium. The closest public transport stops are Mesier and Diamant.

The event was also livestreamed with active online participation.

You can find practical information here.



You can download the agenda for the 8th EMB Forum here and access the full programme here.

The full event was recorded and is available on the EMB YouTube ChannelYou can also watch a short overview video presenting the key event messages and perspectives from the speakers here.

You can find the presentations that were given below:


European Marine Board Secretariat contact: Paula Kellett Email

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