Bringing the Ocean to Society
29 Jan 2019
And it's goodbye from Ned
EurOcean's former Executive-Director Ned Dwyer passes the torch.

The time has come for me to say goodbye to our EurOcean newsletter readers. After four years at the helm of the organisation, I am now handing over as Executive-Director to Sérgio Bryton to steer the EurOcean ship forward!

It has been a fascinating and enjoyable four years. I have learned a lot about areas of marine science and technology that I was not so aware of. Moreover I have also become familiar with how we can all do more effective stakeholder engagement and communication of our projects and activities. 

I would like to invite you to listen to this recent radio interview I did for the Irish national radio station (RTE) in which I spoke of a few of the many projects and initiatives that we got involved in over the last four years and how EurOcean is contributing to a better informed and more sustainable society.  

EurOcean really does offer a unique set of services in Europe through its marine Research Infrastructures Database and its Marine Knowledge Gate. I am delighted that we have managed to carry out major upgrades and improvements of both of these databases, and I look forward to seeing their public launch in the next few months.

A highlight of my time at EurOcean has to be the Commemoration event that we organised for our founder and first President, Professor Mário Ruivo in Brussels in June 2018. It was great to be able to bring together members of his family, former colleagues and collaborators to reflect on Mário’s legacy to marine science but also to discuss the challenges we now face in terms of safeguarding the Ocean for future generations.

A huge thank you to all the staff in the office in Lisbon. Without their unstinting hard work, commitment and bright ideas, it would have been near impossible to do this job. It has been great working with you all.

It has been a pleasure working with the EurOcean Member organisations and I am grateful for the constant support and commitment of all the Member Representatives who give of their time freely to give direction and practical contributions to the organisation.

I am staying in Portugal and working as a freelancer in the area of marine science applications and Earth observations. So please feel free to get in touch with me. I will now become a subscriber to the monthly EurOcean newsletter so I can keep up to date with the latest developments in Marine Science and Technology in Europe.

By Ned Dwyer