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Universities Consortium Panel - UCP

The Universities Consortium Panel (UCP) is designed to provide a framework within which those Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) who currently exist or are in development can exchange information, ideas and best practice and lay the groundwork for more direct collaborations as and where appropriate.

The UCP can also provide advice to other national or regional University groups interested in forming national consortia and becoming EMB members.


Across Europe a number of Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) have formed distinct consortia to bring together institutions with interests in marine science. Under the auspices and with the support of the European Marine Board (EMB), there is a desire amongst some of these country or regionally based consortia to explore areas of mutual interest with regards to both research and education in the broadest sense.

Panel Objectives

The objectives of the EMB Universities Consortium Panel are:

  • Establish a forum for HEI consortia that exist or are in development to meet;
  • Help identify and share best practice with respect to the governance and operation of these consortia;
  • Identify and share opportunities for HEI consortia to collaborate across the EU or internationally;
  • Promote each other’s consortiums both nationally and internationally;
  • Identify where the respective resources and networks that exist within these consortia can add value to existing and future EMB activities;
  • Provide a common voice from the Consortium members at EMB Board meetings.


You can read the Terms of Reference for this panel, updated in 2021, here.


  • 18 November 2021, Online
  • 7 May 2021, Online
  • 23 October 2018, Trieste, Italy
  • 19 October 2017, Galway, Ireland
  • 27 April 2017, Tenerife, Spain
  • 20 October 2016, Glasgow, UK
  • 28 April 2016, Sopot, Poland


Panel Chair (2021-2022) - Jeremy Gault, Irish Marine University Consortium

Contact at European Marine Board Secretariat: Paula Kellett Email