Bringing the Ocean to Society
26 Jul 2018
Marine Research Directors meet Commissioner Vella to discuss the future of marine research in Europe
Find out what the EMB research directors addressed with EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries.

On Tuesday 10 July 2018, research directors from European Marine Board Member organisations (six of whom are also members of EurOcean)  met with Karmenu Vella,  EU Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, to discuss their perspectives on the future of marine research in Europe.

Commissioner Vella noted that he was keen to hear the EMB members perspectives and scientific views on future priorities and that this was an excellent opportunity for the commission to listen to what the research community had to say. This meeting marks the third in a series of round table discussions between Commissioner Vella and EMB member organisations. More information on the previous 2 meetings, which took place on 2 March 2016 and on 8 July 2016 can be found on the EMB and the Commission website

At this third meeting, representatives from European Marine Board Member Organizations; the EMB Secretariat and the European Commission DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, and DG Research and Innovation discussed the progresses on Ocean Observation (EOOS), its economic benefits and how to move forward, e.g. by developing applications from ocean observing; as well as the different perspective and potential scientific action points regarding Food from the Oceans.

One of the key questions was how to bring science closer to the markets. The Commission highlighted that it would be beneficial to take science and research a step further to an application approach, and come up with concrete actions to connect ocean science to the market.

Further, ideas were discussed on the Horizon Europe programme and an Ocean Mission; and how this could be aligned with the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development. It was noted that there is broad support form the marine science community for the Decade of Ocean Science, and that the European Marine Board will make this a key topic at the EurOCEAN 2019 Conference to be organised in Spring 2019.

As the European Marine Board was identified as a key marine stakeholder for the Horizon Europe planning, a follow-up meeting will be planned in Autumn 2018 to discuss this topic more in depth.

The full agenda and the discussed presentations are available on the Commission website.