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European Marine Board (EMB)

The European Marine Board is a pan-European platform of marine scientific organisations aimed at developing common priorities and bridging the gap between science and policy. VLIZ has been given the mandate from the Flemish Region to accommodate and support the EMB secretariat.

The European Marine Board (EMB) is recognised as the leading multidisciplinary European marine sciences forum. It was founded in 1995 to promote closer collaboration between the European organisations involved in marine sciences (research institutes, research funders and national consortia of marine institutes). For instance, EMB is developing a common understanding of the research priorities and strategies for marine sciences in Europe.

Currently, EMB has 35 members from 20 countries. Belgium is represented by the Belgian Federal Science Policy Office (BELSPO), Fonds de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS) and Fonds Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek – Vlaanderen (FWO).

The EMB working groups bring European scientists and other experts together in order to draw up a policy advice document on a marine topic of strategic importance for Europe. Such an advice document formulates scientific recommendations and strategic policy suggestions to strengthen the current and future national and European research agendas. Since its foundation EMB has initiated and facilitated over a dozen of such working groups regarding a wide variety of scientific research.

The EMB publications are aimed at European and national research programme managers, strategic developers, policymakers and the marine research community. The publications analyse the state of affairs of the research area in question and provide a phased plan with concrete recommendations to improve European research in this field. EMB publications are intended to steer future European as well as national marine research agendas and programmes, ancillary coordination actions and the marine scientific and maritime policy in the right direction.

In addition, EMB organises various events in which experts from the academic community, industry and policy come together to identify common research priorities and to make recommendations to promote European marine scientific research,  among other things.

EMB also participates in European projects that catalyse cooperation between European marine and maritime stakeholders.

One of the special tasks of VLIZ is to ensure the accommodation and support of the European Marine Board (EMB) secretariat. This mandate started in 2007 when the institution moved from Strasbourg to Ostend. This means that VLIZ hosts the project office at the InnovOcean site and annually spends € 100,000 on the operation and on the recruitment of one employee.


Read more about EMB’s activities of last year in the VLIZ annual report.

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