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EurOCEAN Conferences are major European marine science policy conferences providing a forum for policy makers and strategic planners both at European and Member State level to interface with the marine research community and marine and maritime stakeholders.

The EurOCEAN 2010 Conference is the 7th Conference in the very successful series of EurOCEAN / MAST Days Conferences which started more than 15 years ago. Previous EUROCEAN conferences were held in Brussels (1994), Sorrento (1996), Lisbon (1998), Hamburg (2000), Galway (2004), and Aberdeen (2007).

The EurOCEAN 2004 Conference was jointly organised by the European Commission, the 2004 Irish Presidency of the European Union and the Marine Board-ESF. Aside from presenting a wide range of Marine Science challenges and opportunities, it reviewed progress towards a European Research Area for marine science and technology and examined ways to achieve further integration in Europe. The high-level messages from the EUROCEAN 2004 Conference were communicated for the first time through a Conference Declaration, which became known as the “Galway Declaration”.

The EurOCEAN 2007 Conference (Aberdeen, Scotland, 22nd June 2007), took place during the final phase of a public consultation process on the EU Green Paper “Towards a future for the Union: A European Vision for the Oceans and Seas”, and provided a unique opportunity for the European Marine and Maritime Science Communities to respond through the Aberdeen Declaration.

The messages from both the Galway (2004) and Aberdeen (2007) Declarations were primarily targeted at the European Commission. The overarching goal of the Galway Declaration was to ensure that critical areas in marine science were adequately supported in the 6th and 7th Framework Programmes. The overarching goal of the Aberdeen Declaration was to embed marine science as a central pillar of a future Integrated Maritime Policy (IMP) for Europe and to call for a European Strategy for Marine and Maritime Research as an integral part the IMP.


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