EMB Message to the Board - Dec 2017

Upcoming events:

1.    Sea Change Final Conference, 15 February 2018 - Paris (France)

Sea Change is one of two first Horizon 2020 projects aimed at increasing Ocean Literacy capacity in Europe, in cooperation with US and Canada through the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance, to empower citizens to take direct and sustainable action towards healthy seas and ocean by understanding their reciprocal relationship with the sea. On 15 February 2018 the project will demonstrate the outputs, materials, tools and results available at the UNESCO Headquarters, in Paris. Registration of your interest in participating can be done to jpar@mba.ac.uk (Jon Parr, Project Coordinator, Marine Biological Association, UK).

2.    Save the date: 53rd European Marine Biology Symposium, 17-21 September 2018 - Ostend (Belgium)

From 17-21 September 2018, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and LifeWatch Belgium will be organizing the 53rd edition of the European Marine Biology Symposium (EMBS53) in Ostend, Belgium. This edition will focus on ‘Marine Biology research from a Historical Perspective’, ‘Science in a Modern Era’, ‘Marine and Coastal Citizen Science’ and ‘Science in the North Sea’. Registration and abstract submission will be opened from 15 January 2018. More information is available on www.embs53.org.

3.    Save the date: Ocean OBS’19 Conference, 16-20 September 2019 – Honolulu, Hawaii (USA)

The OceanObs’19 Conference will be organised from 16-20 September 2019 in Honololu, Hawaii (USA). The goal of the conference is to chart the next decade of ocean observing “connecting observers with users”. The Conference is part of the decadal conference series, and aims to galvanize ocean observing communities to improve coordination of regional and national efforts to better observe the global ocean, to better respond to the joint scientific and societal needs of a fit-for-purpose ocean observing system, and maximize the overall benefit of more integrated observing. A call for abstracts will be launched on 18 December 2017. You will be able to submit white papers on one of the 7 conference themes until September 2018.  Registration for the conference will open by the end of 2018. Check the conference website for updates.




1.    Mission orientation in FP9, European Commission stakeholder consultation

Tasked by the European Commission DG RTD, the Joint Institute for Innovation Policy (JIIP) is asking via a consultation, the stakeholders views on the relevance of the objectives, on the key characteristics of a possible mission-oriented approach in FP9 and certain questions on how this could be implemented. Mission-oriented policies differ from the 'societal challenges' approach (as deployed in Horizon 2020) in that they have clearly stated objectives (if possible quantifiable) and a target date to achieve the objectives. JIIP will define and conceptualise Mission Oriented R&I and how such an approach could be implemented in Framework Programme 9 (FP9 – post 2020). The survey can be accessed via this link. Deadline for submission is 22 December 2017. The EMB Secretariat has submitted a response last week; due to the short notice we haven’t pursued a consolidated response; now all EMB Members Organisations are invited to submit an organisation response if relevant.


2.    Register of EMFF experts in Blue Growth

The commission is looking for expert evaluators or project implementation monitors for EU project proposals in the area of blue growth economy under the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF). This is open to both academics and non-academics with knowledge and experience in:


-                Innovation, SME business development or Maritime Clusters

-                Marine Litter or Marine Ecosystem Restoration

-                Cooperation with non-EU countries in the Mediterranean or Community-Led Local Development.


You can register via this link before 31 December 2017 to participate in the next evaluation process planned for March – July2018.


3.    BBC Academy offering free media familiarisation for women with particular expertise, who are interested in appearing as contributors or presenters on television, radio and online

BBC Scotland is looking for women willing to appear on TV, on radio and online, who can talk knowledgeably about Science Technology Engineering and Maths, aka STEM subjects. In conjunction with the BBC Academy and STV, BBC Scotland is offering a free media familiarisation day to help people unsure about appearing in the media, to help give them the confidence and skills to participate in BBC programming. Participants are invited to submit an application including a CV, a short two-minute video and answering questions about their area of expertise. Applicants must be available to attend the familiarisation day, which takes place on 13 March 2018 at the BBC Scotland HQ in Glasgow. Full details of the application requirements, the video specifications and details of the familiarisation day can be found on the BBC website and applications sent to: expert.women@bbc.co.uk


4.    Government and Expert Review of the IPCC Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C

Following an IPCC call for nominations in October 2016 to member governments and observer organizations for experts to participate in the Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C, Coordinating Lead Authors, Lead Authors and Review Editors were selected in February 2017. The First Order Draft (FOD) of Special Report on Global Warming of 1.5°C was available for expert review from 31 July 2017 to 24 September 2017. The report has now been revised by the authors in response to comments received and the Second Order Draft (SOD) will undergo simultaneous review by governments and experts. The government and expert review of the SOD will take place from 8 January 2018 to 25 February 2018. Prospective expert reviewers can apply via the online registration until 16 February 2018 midnight (GMT +1), one week before the end of the review period. Additional information on the role of Expert Reviewer is available in Annex 1 of Appendix A to the Principles Governing IPCC Work.