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European Marine Board launches ‘Navigating the Future IV’


European Marine Board launches ‘Navigating the Future IV’

In a special event held in Brussels on 20th June 2013, the European Marine Board launched a new position paper that serves as a compass for scientists, policy makers and marine stakeholders towards the future of seas and oceans research.

The new position paper ‘Navigating the Future IV’ scans the horizon to anticipate emerging societal challenges and corresponding future research priorities concerning the seas and oceans. The paper demonstrates the key role of marine science in addressing societal challenges and supporting blue growth. It outlines the tools and technologies that will be needed to realize these opportunities including the next generation of ocean observation infrastructure. It also examines the training and skills that will be required by tomorrow’s marine experts, and the importance of creating better interaction between marine scientists, policy makers and the general public.

The official launch took place at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium on 20th June 2013, together with the launch of EurOCEAN 2014 conference, to be held in Rome next 7-9 October 2014, which focus on the grand challenges in marine science. The event was attended by representatives of 44 stakeholder organisations and with speeches by Máire Geoghegan-Quinn, EU Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science; Maria da Graça Carvalho, Member of the European Parliament and Rapporteur for the EU Horizon 2020 Programme; Enrico Brugnoli, European Marine Board delegate for the National Research Council in Italy (CNR); and Kostas Nittis, Chair of the European Marine Board.

You can find the press release of the event here and the ‘Navigating the Future IV’ paper and other Marine Board’s publications here.

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