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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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Fiona Grant elected Chair of the European Marine Board

Dr Fiona Grant, Head of International Programmes at the Marine Institute in Ireland, has been elected as the new Chair of the European Marine Board. Dr Grant has represented the Marine Institute at the European Marine Board since 2014, and has served as EMB vice-Chair since 2020.

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EMB welcomes new EMB Ambassadors for 2024

We are delighted to introduce our two new EMB Young Ambassadors! We can now announce that Virginia Morejón, a PhD candidate at University College Dublin and funded by EMB Member the Marine Institute, Ireland and Laura Ciriminna, a PostDoc at University of Palermo which is part of EMB Member the CoNISMa consoritum, Italy have been selected! You can find out more about them here. We look forward to working with them.

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European Marine Board participates in 2024 Ocean Decade Conference in Barcelona

The European Marine Board (EMB) is actively supporting the ongoing efforts of the Ocean Decade to advance ocean science and sustainability, as evidenced by its presence at the 2024 Ocean Decade Conference and satellite events held in Barcelona from 8 to 12 April 2024. EMB Executive Director Sheila Heymans, and Science Officers Britt Alexander and Ángel Muñiz Piniella, participated in the conference and in multiple satellite events, emphasising the importance of global cooperation for ocean science.
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New EMBracing the Ocean artists

Elise Guillaume and Ruwanthi Gajadeera have been selected as the two new artists for the 2024 - 2025 edition of the EMBracing the Ocean programme.
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EMB ECOP Network Forum Proceedings Published

The Proceedings are now available for the first EMB ECOP Network Forum which was held in Santiago de Compostela on 8-9 October 2023. The in-person event was organised by the EMB Ambassadors. The Proceedings outline what took place, and present the main messages and outcomes of the Forum.

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Upcoming events

ECOP Wednesdays June 2024

05 June 2024

On Wednesday 5 June 2024, EMB and its Young Ambassadors will host an ECOP Wednesday series event on Social-Ecological Network Modeling of Fish Invasions in the Panama Canal. The session will feature Michelle Hübel as speaker. The talk will be followed by an interactive Q&A discussion. The event will be one hour long, from 12:00 - 13:00 CEST. 

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Brown Bag Lunch N° 7: Marine habitat mapping to meet biodiversity, conservation and restoration objectives

17 June 2024

On Monday 17th June 2024, EMB will host its next Brown Bag Lunch on the topic of marine habitat mapping to meet biodiversity, conservation and restoration objectives.
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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.