Outreach
Bringing the Ocean to Society
28 Feb 2020
EurOcean comes of age
We are 18 today!

28 February 2002 was the day the European Centre for Information on Marine Science and Technology was officially created.

We started by cataloguing Europe’s research vessels fleet and then we include all sorts of marine research infrastructures on it. That was how our Research Infrastructures Database (RID) was born.

We also started gathering all the marine projects funded by the EC in one single online database: the Marine Knowledge Gate (KG).

One day we asked ourselves what was the point of having the most complete catalogues about marine research in Europe if society did not know about them? The next day we started working on marine science communication and outreach.

And now, at 18 and after many European projects fuelled by our online databases, our network's ability to mobilise marine stakeholders and our communication expertise, EurOcean is an unparalleled organisation in Europe. A broker of marine science and technology information, cooperation and collaboration that keeps true to its history and legacy, while innovates and evolves to tackle the new challenges faced by our ocean.

As we celebrate this symbolic milestone, we take a moment to acknowledge the vision, courage, support and hard work of our founders, FCT and Ifremer, all our Members and Cooperating Members who joined us along the way, all our Presidents and Executive-Directors, and, last but absolutely not least, all our current and past Staff members.

We are readier than ever to support Europe sailing towards a bluer horizon, and our arms are wide open to any marine institution who believes in our mission.

So join us for the next 18 years, at least!

Click here to read EurOcean's inaugural press release.

Click here to watch EurOcean’s first institutional video.

Click here to watch EurOcean's current institutional video.

EurOcean's first Executive-Director, Laurent d'Ozouville, and first President, Mário Ruivo, by the time EurOcean was beggining to leave a mark on the Eurpean marine sphere.

EurOcean's first Executive-Director, Laurent d'Ozouville, and first President, Mário Ruivo, by the time EurOcean was beginning to leave a mark on the European marine sphere.

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