Creating a long-term infrastructure for MARine Biodiversity research
in the European economic area and the Newly Associated states
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 The implementation and further development of marine biodiversity research at the European scale has been supported by several initiatives of e.g. the European Marine Research Stations network (MARS), including the EU concerted action BIOMARE and the EU-FP5 projects M@RBLE (2001), and MARBENA (2002-2004).

general overview of the MARBENA project

the MARBENA electronic conferences:

The electronic conferences will be held before each of four European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy meetings. Extra information is available for four of these:

The objectives of the e-conferences are:

These five electronic conferences will also be used to discuss issues relevant to MARBENA where appropriate.

E-conference chairs are coupled with the EU presidency and organization of the EPBRS meeting: in order to reach participants form the nations that host the coming EPBRS meetings (Spain, Denmark, Greece, UK), the chair of the respective e-conferences is conveyed to a scientist resident of these countries.

The results of the M@RBLE e-conference were presented at the European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy Meeting under the Belgian EU Presidency (Brussels 2001).

European Platform for Biodiversity Research Strategy (EPBRS) - past meetings:

General coordination: Carlo Heip ,Herman Hummel and Pim van Avesaath
Web site and conference hosted by VLIZ