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Recent Publications

Building Coastal Resilience in Europe

European coasts face multiple, interacting and cumulative pressures including those resulting from increasing greenhouse gas emissions (e.g. sea-level rise, Ocean warming, Ocean acidification, extreme events) and localised activities such as fishing, aquaculture, waste disposal and coastal urbanisation. These create a unique set of context-specific issues that need to be addressed holistically using a systems approach, considering the dynamics between both coastal societies and ecosystems as part of interconnected social-ecological systems. EMB Position Paper No. 27 ‘Building Coastal Resilience in Europe’ presents key policy, scientific and community recommendations on how to build coastal resilience and enhance capacity to cope with impacts from climate change and other coastal pressures.
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Blue Carbon: Challenges and opportunities to mitigate the climate and biodiversity crises

Blue Carbon ecosystems are a Nature-based Solution that can help mitigate the climate and biodiversity crises, while stabilising livelihoods, protecting coasts, and supporting other societal needs such as food security from the Ocean. EMB Policy Brief No. 11 describes different types and benefits of Blue Carbon ecosystems, and discusses uncertainties and challenges for the conservation and restoration of Blue Carbon ecosystems as a climate change solution. The document also highlights the wider role of the Ocean in mitigating climate change through the carbon cycle, and closes with key research and management recommendations.
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EMB Annual Report 2022

In 2022, the EMB Secretariat moved to the brand-new InnovOcean campus in Ostend (Belgium), where many valuable interactions and discussions have already taken place. Throughout the year, EMB organised a range of impactful initiatives, such as the CommOCEAN conference, a Brown Bag Lunch, and the launch of three new foresight publications. EMB also took a new turn by launching 'EMBracing the Ocean', an artist-in-residence programme which stimulated collaboration between Ocean scientists and artists, leading to remarkable artworks that reflect the deep connection between art and ocean sciences. To learn more about EMB’s activities and achievements, dive into the EMB's 2022 Annual Report.

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Report from foresight workshop on ensuring accurate climate related predictions in Europe in 2035

The European Marine Board Secretariat organized a foresight workshop on the sustainability of the ocean observing and forecasting system, supported by the EU Innovation Action EuroSea, on 15-16 March 2023 at the Museum of Natural Sciences, Brussels (Belgium). The workshop aimed to gather key recommendations or considerations for possible future mechanisms to sustainably fund and coordinate ocean observation, prediction and information delivery in Europe.
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Ocean oxygen: The role of the Ocean in the oxygen we breathe and the threat of deoxygenation

EMB Future Science Brief No. 10 highlights the most recent science on Ocean oxygen, including causes, impacts and mitigation strategies of Ocean oxygen loss, and whether “every second breath we take comes from the Ocean”. It closes with key policy, management and research recommendations to address Ocean deoxygenation and communicate more accurately about the role of the Ocean in Earth’s oxygen.  

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EMB is looking for an Executive and Finance Officer

The European Marine Board (EMB) invites applications for the position of Executive and Finance Officer. The EMB Executive and Finance Officer is employed by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) as part of a package of support provided by the Government of Flanders in hosting EMB at the InnovOcean site. The successful candidate will join the EMB Secretariat based at the InnovOcean campus in the port of Ostend, Belgium.

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EMB in new project on scaling up offshore solar

EMB is a partner in a new project with Oceans of Energy and 14 other leading European partners to scale up offshore solar to Gigawatts.
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EMB seeks 2 new Ambassadors

EMB is looking for two enthusiastic, engaged, and creative early career marine scientists to join their Ambassador Programme. The Ambassadors will play an important role in advocating for EMB and promoting the societal and political relevance of all aspects of the Ocean and marine sciences, including natural sciences, social sciences, policy, and humanities, within their own communities, and to a wide diversity of stakeholders in Europe. The two new Ambassadors will collaborate and liaise with our current Ambassadors and recent Alumni to share experiences and ideas, and work on activities together. They will also ensure the continuation of the EMB ECOP Network.
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Call open for EMBracing the Ocean Artists: 2024 - 2025 programme

The European Marine Board is looking for two new artists/groups of artists for the 2024 – 2025 edition of our ‘EMBracing the Ocean’ artist-in-residence programme.
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EMB attends the EcoScope General Assembly in Cyprus

On 6-9 November 2023, EMB Executive Director, Sheila Heymans, attended the third General Assembly of the EU funded EcoScope project, which was held in Larnaca, Cyprus.

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Upcoming events

ECOP Wednesdays March 2024

13 March 2024

On Wednesday 13 March 2024, EMB and its Young Ambassadors will host an ECOP Wednesday series event on DTOECOPs Warm-Up: Shaping early careers' perspectives of Digital Twins of the Ocean. The session will feature three speakers: Chloe Delpont-Ramat and Audrey Hasson from Mercator Ocean international, and Babis Ipektsidis from Netcompany-Intrasoft. The talks will be followed by an interactive Q&A discussion. The event will be one hour long, from 16:00 - 17:00 CET. 

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Implementing Ocean Sound as an Essential Ocean Variable for the Global Ocean Observing System

21 March 2024

On Thursday 21 March 2024, EMB will host its 38th Third Thursday Science Webinar featuring Peter Tyack who will speak on the topic of "Implementing Ocean Sound as an Essential Ocean Variable for the Global Ocean Observing System".
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Ocean Decade Conference Satellite Event: Supporting a global collective vision for ocean science by matching regional priorities

11 April 2024

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Events Overview

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.