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Ambassador Activities

The EMB Ambassadors are cooperating with EMB on diverse activities for a 2-year period. Read all about their activities and where you might run into them below.











25 March 2021: Ambassadors speak to students at the MASTS Graduate Retreat (Online)

On 25 March 2021, two of the EMB Young Ambassadors, Natalija Dunić and Alessandro Cresci, will speak about their experiences as EMB Young Ambassadors, and about the benefits of engaging in wider science and policy activities at the graduate retreat organized for their students by EMB member MASTS, UK.

18 March 2021: EMB Science Webinar featuring Alba González and Liam Lachs (Online)

On 18 March 2021, the two outgoing EMB Young Ambassadors, Alba González and Liam Lachs, will present their research and experiences during the EMB Science Webinar on Submerged volcanoes, and coral reefs under climate change: Early career perspectives from EMB Young Ambassadors. You can find out more about this webinar here.

22-24 February 2021: Engaging in the BlueMed Project Final Conference (Online)

On 22-24 February 2021, Natalija Dunić will participate in and speak at the BlueMed project final conference, and in particular in a session engaging with the project's own Young Ambassadors

January 2021: Liam Lachs engages in EMB working group activities

Liam Lachs will be a member of the new EMB working group on Coastal Resilience, which kicks off activities on 29 January 2021, as his work on coral reef ecology and restoration is very relevant to this topic.

4-5 November 2020: Participating in the EMB Autum Plenary Meeting 2020 (Online)

On 4-5 November 2020, all four of EMB Ambassadors participated in the various sessions of the EMB Autumn Plenary Meeting 2020, including the open session which discussed COVID-19 and the impacts on marine science.

23 October 2020: Natalija Dunić, Alba González and Liam Lachs speak at the 7th EMB Forum (Online)

On 23 October 2020, three of the EMB Ambassadors gave a speech outlining their ideas on supporting the ocean system with integrated big data during the opening session of the EMB 7th Forum on Big Data in Marine Science. You can find out more about this event here and rewatch the session online

October 2020: Blogs on COVID-19

The EMB Ambassadors wrote blog posts about their experiences of the COVID-19 and its impacts on their professional and personal lives as early career researchers, providing interesting and insightful insights. You can read all four of the blogs here.


June 2020: Alba González and Alessandro Cresci engage in EMB working groups

Since June 2020, Ambassadors Alba González and Alessandro Cresci have been engaging actively in current EMB working groups, as their research is closely related to the topics being addressed. Alba is providing input to the working group on Marine Geohazards and the Blue Economy, while Alessandro is a member of the working group on Underwater Noise.

27 May 2020: Video update at the EMB Plenary Meeting (online)

On 27 May 2020, EMB Young Ambassadors Liam Lachs, Alba González, Natalija Dunić and Alessandro Cresci gave an update on their activities as video recordings during the EMB Spring Plenary Meeting 2020. You can watch the videos on the EMB YouTube channel.

10-13 December 2019: Liam Lachs hosts an EMB stand at the British Ecological Society Annual Meeting 2019 (Belfast, Northern Ireland)

This large-scale event by the British Ecological Society focused on celebrating global ecology. Liam attended and hosted an EMB stand on the first day of the event in order to disseminate EMB publications to a wider audience as well as raise awareness about the work that EMB does.

1-4 October 2019: Alba González attends and speaks at II Congreso de Jóvenes Investigadores del Mar (Malaga, Spain)

II Congreso de Jóvenes Investigadores del Mar is an event aimed at early career researchers. Alba spoke during a session on young marine researcher networks where the discussions focused on ways to involved early career researchers in the marine science and policy landscape. She also used the opportunity to speak to peers about the work of EMB and to distribute publications.

24-27 September 2019: Alba González presents EMB and her own work at the ICYMARE Conference (Bremen, Germay)

ICYMARE is the “International Conference for Young MArine REsearchers” which is organized voluntarily by and for young marine researchers. The conference is an event of the “Bremen Society for Natural Sciences”. Alba was able to attend and present her own PhD work along with the work of EMB, and also disseminate copies of EMB publications at a stand.

23-27 August 2019: Liam Lachs participates in the All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador Summer School (Galway, Ireland)

EMB was very happy to hear that Liam and Alba were asked to participate in the first All-Atlantic Ocean Youth Ambassador Summer School that took place from 23-27 August 2019 in Galway, Ireland, and Liam was able to attend. Only 25 places were available for this summer school, so it was a great honour for them to be asked to participate in this. Liam had the opportunity to speak about his exteriences as EMB Ambassador at this 5-day workshop, which focused on how to fulfil commitments to the Galway and Belém Statements for a sustainable ocean. It was also a great opportunity to network with other early career researchers and to share future advocacy plans.

13 June 2019: Liam Lachs and Alba González give a presentation at the EMB Spring Plenary meeting (Paris, France)

After the EurOCEAN conference, our Ambassadors participated in the EMB Spring Plenary Meeting 2019 to meet and greet with the EMB Delegates, and to hear about the ongoing EMB activities. Alba will be closely following the new EMB Working Group on Marine Geohazards, to be launched by the end of 2019. Liam has shown a particular interest in a possible new Working Group on Coastal conservation, restoration and adaptation that EMB will pick up in the coming year and prepared a short background note to pitch this new topic to the Board.

11-12 June 2019: Liam Lachs and Alba González give a closing speech at the EurOCEAN 2019 Conference (Paris, France)

The EMB Young Ambassadors, Liam Lachs and Alba González, presented their vision for future marine science at the closing session of the EurOCEAN 2019 conference. The speech was a result of liaising with the 10 selected PhD-poster presenters in the weeks before and during the conference to discuss their vision for the future of the oceans and the future of marine science. They identified 5 key issues that are fundamental to a sustainable future: open access science; the science policy interface; stakeholder engagement and science communication; education; and gender equality. The contribution and engagement from the young marine scientists during the event was highly appreciate by the conference participants.

21-22 May 2019: EMB Ambassador Training Workshop (Ostend, Belgium)

On 21-22 May 2019, our Young Ambassadors came to Ostend for a training workshop on what the European Marine Board is all about, where we fit in the European marine science-policy landscape, what the trending topics are and which activities they could get involved in.