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Marine Board-ESFThe Marine Board-ESF, established in 1995, facilitates enhancedcooperation between its member marine science organisations(both research funding organisations and research institutes), andthe development of research strategies for marine science in Europe.In 2008, the Marine Board represents 30 Member Organisationsfrom 20 countries.The Marine Board’s main activities are developed around the four pillarsof the Marine Board, as a focal point for marine science providing:• Forum: to bring together European marine research performing andfunding organisations to share information, to identify common issuesand approaches, to develop common positions and perspectives,and to cooperate.• Synergy: to foster European added-value to component national programmes, facilitating access and shared use ofnational marine research facilities, and promoting synergy with international programmes and organisations.• Strategy: to identify and prioritise emergent disciplinary and interdisciplinary marine scientific issues of strategicEuropean importance, initiating analysis and studies (where relevant, in close association with the EuropeanCommission) in order to contribute to a European strategy for marine research.• Voice: to express a collective vision of the future for European marine science in relation to developments in Europeand world-wide.European Science FoundationThe ESF was established in 1974 to create a common Europeanplatform for cross-border cooperation in all aspects of scientificresearch. With its emphasis on a multidisciplinary and pan-Europeanapproach, the ESF provides the leadership necessary to open newfrontiers in European science.IcelandThe Marine Board’s activities are reviewed every five years by anexternal panel of globally renowned experts.Portugal2 Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008


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Message from the ChairAs is evident from ourAnnual Activity Report,the Marine Board continuedto strengthen itsrole throughout 2008as a platform to developmarine research prioritiesand policies for bothresearch performing andresearch funding organisationsthroughoutEurope. The productionof four publications ontopics as diverse as Remote Sensing of Coastal andShelf Seas (Position Paper 12), Impacts of AnthropogenicSound on Marine Mammals (Position Paper 13),EMODNET (vision Document), Strategic Analysis forNew Activities (MarinERA Publication 7) and the 2007Marine Board Annual Activity Report was a majoraccomplishment of the Marine Board in 2008.Recognition of the Marine Board’s role as a reputablethink-tank for stimulating and developing policy atthe European level is evident from, inter alia: thedoubling of the Member Organisations’ financialinvestment, approved requests for membershipfrom four new Member Organisations (to a total of30 Member Organisations from 20 European countries),and the record number of 37 meetings organised bythe Marine Board Secretariat in 2008.2008 also saw the organisation of the 1 st Marine BoardForum (15 May, Ostend). The 1 st Forum Marine DataChallenges: from Observation to Information wasattended by circa 100 participants and deemeda major success, setting a high standard for futuremarine and maritime science fora.The other important development of 2008 was theEuropean Commission’s publication in September ofA European Strategy for Marine & Maritime Research.This publication is the embodiment of the sciencepillar of the Integrated Maritime Policy for theEuropean Union (October 2007) and the tool to delivera “dynamic maritime economy, in harmony with theenvironment and supported by excellence in marinescience and technology”.This concept has been a major message andobjective of the Marine Board since its establishmentin 1995, and has been nurtured by the Marine Boardthrough its role in organising and participating ininitiatives such as the EurOCEAN Conferences inHamburg (2000), Galway (2004) and Aberdeen (2007),the Galway and Aberdeen Declarations, and in producingStrategic Position Papers such as the Navigating theFuture Series (2001, 2003, 2006). It is satisfying tosee the recommendations from the marine sciencecommunity, as voiced by the Marine Board, reflected inthe new strategy.Without doubt, the most important highlight in2008 was the Official Inauguration of our newMarine Board offices at the InnovOcean site in Ostend,provided to the Board by the Flemish Government.During the inauguration ceremony, the new office plaquewas unveiled in the presence of Mr Koen verlaeckt,Secretary-General of the Flemish Department ofForeign Affairs and Dr John Marks, ESF Director ofScience and Strategy. I would like to thank in particularDr Rudi Herman, Senior Researcher at the FlemishDepartment of Economy, Science and Innovation,for his support in making the move to Ostenda reality.Partnership is one of the key enablers of the EuropeanStrategy for Marine and Maritime Research. In 2008, theMarine Board strengthened its cooperation with otherorganisations, including producing a Vision Documenton the European Marine Observation and Data Network(EMODNET) with EuroGOOS, and contributing to theFEUFAR Report The Future of European Fisheries andAquaculture Research with a consortium of Europeanfisheries and aquaculture research centres. The MarineBoard maintained the momentum of the EurOCEAN2007 Science Policy Conference by establishing theAberdeen+ Interest Group, which will aim at investigatingoptions to make concrete the concept of theMarine and Maritime Science Partnership. With fiveWorking Groups and Panels of experts in operation6 Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008


Message from the Chairin 2008, the Board secured the foundations for thedevelopment of highly relevant strategic advice in theyears to come.Finally, on behalf of the Board, I would like to thank theSecretariat for their continued hard work, dedicationand high level of professionalism. Their work is highlyappreciated. As Dr Niamh Connolly will leave us early2009, special thanks goes to her. Her dedication,experience and insight have been instrumental to theMarine Board’s success.Mr Lars HornResearch Council of NorwayChair Marine Board-ESFMarine Board Annual Activity Report 2008 7


Executive Scientific Secretary’s ReportThe first year of operationfrom the Secretariat’sextensive new facilitiesat the InnovOcean sitein Ostend representedan exceptional year forthe Marine Board. Withfive full-time staff membersat the Secretariatfor the first time, thelevel of activity in 2008almost doubled that of2007, following the increasing trend of recent years.This is evidence of the Secretariat’s commitment todeliver both on the decision of the Board to relocateto Ostend, and on the substantial investment of theGovernment of Flanders in providing the facilities.The Marine Board increased its interactions with otherorganisations in 2008, evident from the 40 invitedpresentations given at a broad range of meetings.2008 also represented a peak in the Marine Board’sforesight role, with five Working Groups and Panels ofexperts in operation, including two new Working Groups:the Working Group on Chemical Pollutants (WG POl),and the Working Group on Science dimensions ofEcosystem Approach to Management of Biotic OceanResources (WG SEAMBOR), the latter is co-chaired byan ICES representative. The vision Group establishedin association with EuroGOOS produced a visionDocument on the European Marine Observation DataNetwork (EMODNET). The launch of the EMODNETvision Document included its presentation toCommissioner J. Borg responsible for Maritime Affairsand Fisheries during the French EU PresidencyConference BioMarine 2008 (24 October 2008, Marseille).The publication was formally welcomed byEC DG MARE’s Director General F. Fotiadis, and hasprovided input into the EC Advisory group on EMOD-NET (MODEG), and associated EMODNET Roadmap.The affiliation of the European Scientific Diving Panelto the Marine Board was approved in 2008, while theMarine Board Communications Panel organised ahighly successful debate at the EuroScience Open Forum(ESOF) 2008 on the interactions between marinescientists and the media (21 July 2008, Barcelona).The Secretariat produced and edited five publicationsin 2008: the 2007 Marine Board Annual Activity Report;Remote Sensing of Coastal and Shelf Seas (PositionPaper 12), Impacts of Anthropogenic Sound on MarineMammals (Position Paper 13), EMODNET (visionDocument), and Strategic Analysis for New Activities(MarinERA Publication 7). More than 5,000 copies ofMarine Board publications were actively disseminated,including distribution at 16 conference booths. TheSecretariat produced official statements in responseto three European Commission consultations on:Renewable Ocean (Wind) Energy, WISE-Marine, andInvasive Alien Species. The Secretariat also produced12 press-releases highlighting publications and keyevents.Coinciding with the inauguration of the Secretariat’snew facilities at the InnovOcean site in May 2008, theMarine Board organised and hosted six events duringa week of meetings and workshops. This includedthe first in a planned series of Marine Board Fora. Thelevel of interest in, and the successful delivery of this1 st Marine Board Forum Marine Data Challenges: fromObservation to Information, with 16 leading expertspeakers, and representatives from 50 organisations(marine and maritime networks, intergovernmentalorganisations, three departments of the EuropeanCommission), emphasised the role and reputationof the Marine Board. This central position in marineresearch policy issues was acknowledged during theinauguration ceremony speech by the representativeof the European Commission (Kathrine Angell-Hansen,DG MARE), when she referred to the challenging rolethat the Marine Board willingly adopted in responseto the development of the European Maritime Policy,bringing together marine and maritime knowledgecommunities, to speak with one voice across theirsectors.As this is my final Annual Activity Report as ExecutiveScientific Secretary for the Marine Board (having servedseven years), I take this opportunity to thank the MarineBoard Member Organisations and Delegates for theircommitment to, and investment in, the concept and8 Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008


Executive Scientific Secretary’s Reportpurpose of the Marine Board, and the Chair andExecutive Committee for their continuous involvementand support to the Secretariat in delivering the Board’sobjectives. The Marine Board experienced extensivedevelopment and increased recognition during thisperiod. The professional delivery of output on behalfof the Board has only been possible by the enormouscommitment from the team at the Secretariat. I takethis opportunity to thank each of them - AurélienCarbonnière, Maud Evrard, Dina Eparkhina and Jan-Bart Calewaert - for their individual efforts, enthusiasmand perseverance throughout.Dr Niamh ConnollyExecutive Scientific SecretaryMarine Board-ESFMarine Board Annual Activity Report 2008 9


Marine Board Structure and OrganisationThe Marine Board, established in 1995, is an associationof 30 Marine Research Organisations from 20 Europeancountries. Marine Board Member Organisations aremajor national marine scientific institutes, fundingagencies and research councils (Annex I). The main aimof the Marine Board is to facilitate cooperation betweenits Member Organisations and promote the profile anddevelopment of marine science in Europe.Plenary Meetings are held twice yearly in spring andautumn to decide on activities and plan collaborativeinitiatives. The Marine Board Secretariat is fundedthrough Marine Board Member Organisations’contributions, and external contracts.Marine Board Delegates at the Spring 2008 Marine Board Plenary Meeting (13-14 May 2008, Ostend)Governance of the Marine Board is undertaken by anExecutive Committee composed of a Chair and sixvice-Chairs, elected by the Marine Board Delegates.The Executive Scientific Secretary, the Head of theMarine Board Secretariat, is also a member of theExecutive Committee.The Executive Committee Members (2008) are:Lars Horn(May 2006 – May 2011, re-elected inMay 2009)Jan Mees(May 2006 – May 2011, re-elected inMay 2009)Jan De Leeuw(May 2004 – May 2009, re-elected in 2007)Kostas Nittis(May 2006 – May 2009)Antoine Dosdat(May 2007 – May 2010)(photo: European Commission)Geoffrey O’Sullivan(October 2008 – October 2011)Ed Hill(May 2007 – May 2010)Niamh Connolly(Marine Board-ESF)(since 2002)10 Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008


Marine Board-ESF Structure & OrganisationThe Marine Board Secretariat develops activities onbehalf of the Marine Board. The Secretariat (2008)includes three Science Officers and one Administrator,headed by the Executive Scientific Secretary, totallingfive FTE paid for by the Member Organisations andexternal contracts.The Marine Board Secretariat in front of the seaharbour in Ostend (from bottom left clockwise):Dina Eparkhina (Administrator), Jan-Bart Calewaert(Science Officer), Niamh Connolly (ExecutiveScientific Secretary), Maud Evrard and AurélienCarbonnière (Science Officers).Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008 11


The Marine Board in a nutshellMarine Board ActivitiesIn 2008, Marine Board activities further increased in comparison withprevious years, almost doubling in productivity.180160140120100806040202002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008Committee meetingsRepresented at mtgs, Invited presentationsMarine Board Vision, Working Groups & PanelsEU contractsResponse to EC consultationsMeetings organisedConferences organised (incl. MB Forum)Publications (incl. pending)External panels*CommunicationMarine Board2008in figuresMember Organisations 30Member Countries 20New Member Organisations2008Meetings organised(including jointly organised)437Presentations to Meetings 40Meetings at whichthe Marine Board wasrepresentedPosition Papersand publications editedand publishedResponses to ECconsultations submitted86Press Releases issued 12Conference boothsparticipated atNumber of Secretariat FTEs(including FP6 contracts)53165*Including: HERMES (SPP), Waterborne TP (Observer), Biomarine (SC)Marine Board Secretariat level of activities (2002-2008)Marine Board key uptake and impact in 2008• Waterborne TP invited Marine Board as partner in its FP7 EMAR 2 RES project proposal (project awarded in2009)• Marine Board invited as Observer to EC KBBE-Net Collaborative Working Group on Marine Biotechnology• Commissioner Borg acknowledges Marine Board’s “valuable contribution” to developing the EuropeanStrategy for Marine and Maritime Research• Director General Fotiadis thanks Marine Board: EMODNET publication “extremely useful”• 1 st Marine Board Forum feeds into EC initiatives in the realm of EMODNET and Marine Spatial Planning• Funding secured for Marine Biotechnology Conference in 2010• US Navy, Royal Dutch Navy, and UK DEFRA take up Marine Board Position Paper 13’s recommendations• National Marine Programme Committees take up Marine Board’s MarinERA Publication 7’s foresightrecommendations• MarinERA call: € 4.6M funding for five projects• External Marine Board contracts secured (EMAR 2 RES): € 180 K• Extension of MarinERA project secured funding: € 220 K12 Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008


ForumMarine Board Plenary meetingsMarine Board Plenary Meetings, held twice a year inspring and autumn, provide a platform for Marine BoardMember Organisations to reflect and agree on topicalmarine science and technology issues, and proposefuture strategic actions. During these meetings,Marine Board Delegates benefit from interactions witheach other, with invited speakers and guests, as wellas with Marine Board Observers from the EuropeanCommission’s DG RTD and DG MARE.Marine Board Delegates at the Autumn 2008Plenary Meeting (20-21 October, Toulon)(Photo: Misjel Decleer)The Spring 2008 Plenary Meeting (13-14 May,Ostend, Belgium) formally approved membershipapplications from the University of Bergen (UiB -Norway), the Leibniz Institute of Marines Sciences(IFM-GEOMAR - Germany), and the National Institutefor Marine Research and Development “Grigore Antipa”(INCDM - Romania). The Spring Plenary was held inOstend (hosted by VLIZ - Belgium) to coincide with the1 st Marine Board Forum and the Official Inauguration ofthe Marine Board’s facilities at the InnovOcean site.The Autumn 2008 Plenary Meeting (20-21 October,Toulon, France), approved a membership applicationfrom the Centre of Marine and Environmental Research(CIMAR - Portugal), and offered observer status to theInteruniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat (IUI- Israel). Geoffrey O’ Sullivan (Irish Marine Institute) wasformally elected as a vice-Chair of the Marine Board.The Autumn Plenary (hosted by Ifremer - France)was held in Toulon, back to back with the French EUPresidency event BioMarine 2008.A full list of Marine Board Member Organisations,Delegates and Observers can be found in Annex I.Marine Board Biennial ForaThe 1 st Marine Board Forum took place on 15 May 2008at the Marine Board facilities in Ostend. The topic ofthe Forum, Marine Data Challenges: from Observationto Information, found a resonance among the scientificcommunity and policy officers and was consideredvery timely, especially with regard to the developmentof the European Marine Observation Data Network(EMODNET) initiative. Circa 100 representatives from50 organisations took part, including representativesfrom oil, gas and shipping industries (Total, Shell andWaterborne TP), the European Commission (DGs RTD,MARE and ENV), international organisations (IOC), andFlemish Government officials.1 st Marine Board Annual Forum (15 May,InnovOcean site, Ostend) (Photo: Misjel Decleer)The Forum received media coverage with twoarticles in Research Europe, a podcast featuring aninterview with Lars Horn (Marine Board Chair), severalpress releases, as well as publications on partners’websites.Under the moderation of Geoffrey O’Sullivan (IrishMarine Institute) and Kostas Nittis (MedGOOS) fourkey challenges were identified:i. Make the necessary observations, recognisingthat much of the ocean is under-sampled and thatmonitoring is expensive, technically challenging andrequires a long-term, sustained commitment;ii. Store the observation data with associated qualitycontrol and metadata;iii. Make the observation data accessible;iv. Produce the information and services required atlocal, regional, European and global scales that meetidentified commercial, societal, and environmentalneeds in a cost-efficient way.Voice Strategy Synergy ForumMarine Board Annual Activity Report 2008 13


ForumMarine Board Vision GroupsVoice Strategy Synergy Forum1 st Marine Board Forum: Kostas Nittis, HansDahlin, Jean-François Minster and Alan Edwards(15 May 2008, Ostend) (Photo: Misjel Decleer)Speakers at the Forum included Alan Edwards (DGRTD), Jean-François Minster (Total S.A.), Hans Dahlin(EuroGOOS), Peter Pissierssens (UNESCO/IOC Projectoffice for IODE), Carlo Heip (MarBEF and NIOZ), DickM.A. Schaap (Maris/SeaDataNet), Antoine Dosdat(Ifremer), Michael Diepenbroek (MARUM), Gerd Hubold(ICES), Violeta Vinceviciene (DG ENV), Willem Laros(Waterborne TP), Laurent d’Ozouville (EurOcean),Chris Shaw (OGP and Shell International), and IainShepherd (DG MARE).The Proceedings of the 1 st Marine Board Forum (May2009), and all the presentations are downloadablefrom the Forum webpage.Web: www.esf.org/marineboard/forum1 st Marine Board Forum. Welcome address by LarsHorn (15 May 2008, Ostend) (Photo: Misjel Decleer)In order to best support the policy-making processand to be at the forefront of initiatives in the marineresearch domain, the Marine Board establishes ad hocgroups of key European experts to investigate crucialscientific issues of strategic importance with the aimof developing a focussed Vision Document in a shorttime span. The resulting Vision Document is publishedin an attractive format to be widely distributed amonggroups of stakeholders (decision makers, civil society,and scientists).In 2008, the Marine Board, in association withEuroGOOS, established a Vision Group on theEuropean Marine Observation and Data Network(EMODNET) to prepare a Vision Document to profileEMODNET as “an end-to-end, integrated and interoperablenetwork of systems of European marineobservations and data communications, managementand delivery systems, supported by a comprehensiveuser oriented toolkit to enable implementation of theIntegrated Maritime Policy for Europe” (see Membershipof Vision Group on EMODNET in Annex II).Marine Board Working GroupsMarine Board Working Groups (WG) (see Annex III) gatherkey European experts to address specific topical issuesidentified by the Board as warranting expert assessmentand foresight. A Working Group is established for a 12- to18-month period usually resulting in a strategic PositionPaper. To date (2008) the Marine Board has produced13 Strategic Position Papers (see list of Marine Boardpublications in Annex V).In 2008, on-going Working Groups include:• Risk Assessment and Monitoring of Existing andEmerging New Chemicals in the European Marineand Coastal Environment (WG POL);• Science dimensions of Ecosystem Approach toManagement of Biotic Ocean Resources (WGSEAMBOR).14 Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008


ForumMarine Board PanelsMarine Board Panels are established on an open-endbasis to address operational issues in areas where thepanel members, and by extension their institutions,benefit from interacting with each other (see list ofMarine Board Panel Members in Annex IV).Active Marine Board Panels (2008) include:• Marine Board Communications Panel (MBCP),established in 2002, consists of professional sciencecommunicators from 11 marine organisations andaims to mutually assist its members in promotingand communicating marine science across Europeand exchanging ideas on events, communicationmethods and best practice.In 2008, the MBCP organised a very successfulsession on communicating marine science at theEuroScience Open Forum (ESOF) 2008 (21 July,Barcelona). Speakers from Germany, Ireland,Norway, Poland and the UK shared their experienceand perspectives with scientists and journalists. Thesession received logistical support from the TotalFoundation for Biodiversity and the Sea.John Joyce (MBCP Chair) presents at ESOF 2008(21 July, Barcelona)Water sampling(Photo: Giorgio Caramanna, University of Rome)• The Marine Board European Scientific DivingPanel (MB ESDP) was launched on 5 December2008, Brussels. The Panel aims at networking andexchanging knowledge and best practices in thefield of scientific diving, and promoting it as a relevantresearch tool in support of management initiatives.The Marine Board European Scientific Diving Pannelaims to:i. Emphasise the best methods of observation andmonitoring of the littoral and coastal environment, andmanagement of the collected data;ii. Initiate and develop synergies, and to fill in gaps withother scientific techniques through networks (e.g.OFEG, ERVO);iii. Facilitate a pan-European framework that encouragessectoral best practice;iv. Promote links with industry;v. Promote links with interdisciplinary research in themarine environment.Voice Strategy Synergy ForumMarine Board Annual Activity Report 2008 15


SynergyVoice Strategy Synergy ForumOne of the principal objectives of the Marine Boardis to foster European added-value in national andregional programmes and to promote synergy withregional and international programmes.Marine Board at InnovOcean2008 was the first year the Marine Board Secretariatmade full use of its new facilities at the InnovOceansite in Ostend. The Official Inauguration of theMarine Board facilities in Ostend marked animportant step towards strengthening links andimproving interactions with other key marine researchnetworks and institutions and relevant policy groups,some of which are located at the InnovOcean site orhave representation in Brussels. The Inaugurationattracted over 120 guests from 54 organisations(research councils, agencies, FP projects, EC, as wellas individual scientists, and Flemish authorities).Inauguration of the Marine Board offices at theInnovOcean site (14 May 2008, Ostend). From leftto right: Jan Mees (VLIZ, Marine Board), KathrineAngell-Hansen (DG MARE), Rudy Herman (EWI -Flemish Government), John Marks (ESF), NiamhConnolly (Marine Board), Koen Verlaeckt (FlemishDepartment of Foreign Affairs), Lars Horn (MarineBoard), Jean-François Minster (Total S.A.).(Photo: Misjel Decleer)In her speech at the inaugural ceremony, KathrineAngell-Hansen (DG MARE) accentuated thatInnovOcean is “a demonstration of the changing world,the location being turned into an office to serve themarine knowledge economy through amongst othershosting ESF-Marine Board”. She also pointed out “avaluable contribution [of the Marine Board] facilitatingfor the various stakeholders in the marine and maritimeknowledge communities to come together, worktogether on equal terms and start making commonpriorities and goals on how the partners could bestsupport the maritime policy development and speakwith one voice across their sectors”.Guests at the Official Inauguration of the MarineBoard facilities in Ostend, Belgium(Photo: Misjel Decleer)The relocation of the Marine Board Secretariat tothe InnovOcean site stimulates the generation ofnew scientific and policy ideas, increases the pool ofexpertise and the exchange of best practices. Thefacilities provided by the Flemish Government enablethe Secretariat to regularly organise and host Europeanand regional workshops and conferences. This alreadymaterialized in the year 2008 during which the MarineBoard organised and hosted 12 meetings and eventsat InnovOcean. The success of the Inauguration ofMarine Board Offices and the 1 st Marine Board Forumillustrated the added-value of collaboration within theInnovOcean site, receiving support from UNESCO/IOC Project Office for IODE and the Flanders MarineInstitute (VLIZ).16 Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008


SynergyMarine Board FrameworkProgramme ActivitiesIn 2008, the Marine Board was an active partner in anumber of high profile synergistic activities.MarinERAThe FP6 ERA-NET MarinERA (2004-2009) is a network of 16 MarineResearch Funding Organisations in13 countries established to facilitatecollaboration between national andregional marine RTD programmes in Europe. TheMarine Board is Deputy Coordinator of MarinERA(Ifremer – France is Coordinator), and provides theproject Secretariat.In 2008, MarinERA key achievements include:• MarinERA Call for Proposal Regional Drivers ofEcosystem Change: Five collaborative researchprojects across five countries received fundingtotalling € 4.6 million.• MarinERA Databases:- Database of nationally funded projectshttp://marinedb.marinera.net/- Atlantic Marine Research Centre Database http://marineinstitutes.marinera.net/• MarinERA Regional Workshops:- Baltic Workshop (15-16/04/2008, Tallinn, hostedby Estonian Science Foundation);- Atlantic Workshop (27-28/05/2008, Oslo, hostedby Research Council of Norway);- Mediterranean and Black Sea Workshop (4-5/06/2008, Athens, hosted by Hellenic Centre forMarine Research).The Workshops aimed to update the MarinERADatabases, and explore opportunities for futurecooperation. Marine Board acting as the MarinERASecretariat, co-organised those workshops withthe Irish Marine Institute, and BONUS for the BalticWorkshop.• MarinERA Publication 7 Future Looks:Strategic Analysis for New Activities,prepared and edited by the Marine Board,identifies current and future researchpriorities, from science to management andpolicy, on a national and pan-Europeanlevel.MarinERA website: www.marinera.netThe Marine Board also contributes to other FP6 Projects:AMPERA and FEUFAR.AMPERAThe FP6 ERA-NET AMPERA (2005–2009) is a consortiumof ten partners from nine European countries aiming tofoster cooperation in the prevention and best practice inrelation to responses to accidental marine pollution. Asa Task leader in AMPERA, the Marine Board providesa collaborative platform for marine and environmentalERA-NETs, through the organisation of annual fora onspecific topics of interest. AMPERA is coordinated by theSpanish Ministry of Science and Innovation (MICINN).In 2008, AMPERA key achievements include:• 4 th Marine / Environmental ERA-NET Forum,organised by the Marine Board (3 April 2008, Brussels)focused on the regional dimension in the ERA. Itinformed the subsequent preparation of the futuremarine ERA-NET project based on the sea-basinsapproach and enabled to highlight the new EC marineand maritime vision on regional priorities.The Forum was attended by 25 participantsrepresenting 20 different research fundingorganisations and EC DGs.• 1 st AMPERA transnational Call for Proposals,launched in May 2007, resulted in approval of sixprojects for funding totalling € 2.25 million. A kickoffmeeting, with the participation of all principalinvestigators took place on 30 September 2008, Oslo.AMPERA website: www.ampera-net.infoVOICE STRATEGy SyNERGy FORUMMarine Board Annual Activity Report 2008 17


SynergyVoice Strategy Synergy ForumFEUFARFEUFAR (Future of European Fisheries and AquacultureResearch) (2007–2008) is an FP6-funded SpecificSupport Action (SSA), coordinated by IMARES (theNetherlands). The objective of FEUFAR is to develop anagenda defining the research required in the mediumterm (ten years) to enable a sustainable exploitationand farming of aquatic resources. The Marine Boardprovided its expertise to address marine scienceas whole in the frame of that project, in particular insupport of the workshops.In 2008, FEUFAR key achievements include:• FEUFAR publication Future of European Fisheriesand Aquaculture Research (September 2008) -Marine Board’s contribution as Consortium Parner.• The final FEUFAR Workshop (17-18 June 2008,Crete) focused on translating future scenarios fordevelopment of the fisheries and aquaculture sectorinto research needs. The Marine Board invited expertsand ran parallel work sessions at this Workshop.The project was completed in August 2008. The finalreport of FEUFAR was presented at the EuropeanParliament (09/09/08, Brussels) and submitted to- andformally welcomed by the Commission.FEUFAR website: www.feufar.euMarine and Maritime SciencePartnerships• Towards an Integrated Marine and MaritimeScience Community (MARCOM+)As a follow-up to the Aberdeen Declaration (2007)and the European Strategy for Marine and MaritimeResearch (Communication, September 2008), theEuropean Commission launched a call under FP7,to support the establishment of a Marine PartnershipForum that would contribute to developing interactionsbetween partners (Member States, the researchcommunity, industry and other stakeholders) inter-aliathe development and implementation of an ambitiousEuropean strategy and programme on marine andmaritime research to support the future EuropeanIntegrated Maritime Policy.Throughout 2008, the Marine Board worked incooperation with other representative organisations(the Aberdeen+ Interest Group and subset Task Force)to prepare a proposal entitled MARCOM+. If grantedthe project would investigate options for such aPartnership Forum.• Cooperation between the Communities ofEuropean MARine and MARitime REsearch andScience (EMAR 2 RES)Resulting from earlier collaborations during theinfluential EurOCEAN conference series and the Lisbon2007 Conference, the Marine Board was invited by themaritime research community to participate in the FP7proposal EMAR 2 RES.The FP7 Support Action EMAR 2 RES involves, asconsortium partners, the European Associationsrepresenting the major waterborne R&D stakeholdersand the Marine Board, as key representativeof the Marine Science Research Community.The proposal was developed to investigateand develop cooperation between Marine andMaritime Research Communities with a focus on18 Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008


SynergyMaritime Transport (Coordinator: CESA). The projectis to set up an appropriate, efficient and streamlinedcooperation framework to realise the concept ofsustainable development (in the context of climatechange) while achieving the Lisbon agenda.This framework would be developed by identifying:• Areas of common interest;• Areas of possible synergies (between stakeholders,funding programmes or specific policies);• Possible structures for long lasting cooperationand potential integration operational feasibilityand economical sense should be used along withenvironmental and social impacts to properlyassess the overall impact of particular policy/politicaldecisions.The EMAR 2 RES Work Packages will be addressing aregular set of deliverables over the 28-month period ofthe project. The project is due to start autumn 2009with a total budget of € 500,000.Merchant shipping activities have increasedconsiderably over the last 25 years.(Photo: Dan Barnes)Voice Strategy Synergy ForumMarine Board Annual Activity Report 2008 19


uobStrategyMarine Board publicationsVOICE STRATEGy SyNERGy FORUMThe Marine Board produces various publications inresponse to developments at regional and Europeanscales. The Marine Board publications include strategicreports (Marine Board Position Papers), Marine Boardresponses to EC consultations, vision Documents andforum / conference proceedings. All Marine BoardPosition Papers are subject to external peer reviewand review by the ESF.In 2008, the Marine Board published two new strategicPosition Papers and one vision Document.Marine Board Position Paper 12 Remote Sensingof Shelf Sea Ecosystems (February 2008)This report provides an overview of the researchand infrastructure needs and future scientificchallenges associated with remote sensing of shelfsea ecosystems. The contextfor the output of the WorkingGroup, coordinated by theMarine Board Secretariat, is theincreasingly urgent requirementfor regular monitoring of shelfsea ecosystems in order to meetinternational treaty obligationsfor protecting the health statusof European coastal waters.Official launch of Position Paper 12 at the 1 st MarineBoard Forum on 15 May 2008, Ostend. From leftto right: Jan-Bart Calewaert (Marine Board), larsHorn (Marine Board Chair), Kevin Ruddick (RemoteSensing WG Member), Alan Edwards (DG MARE)and Niamh Connolly (Marine Board). (Photo: MisjelDecleer)Marine Board Position Paper 13 The Effects ofAnthropogenic Sounds on Marine Mammals (June2008)This report is based on the activitiesand proceedings of a WorkingGroup on anthropogenic soundand marine mammals convened ata joint Marine Board and NationalScience Foundation (US) Workshop(4-8 October 2005, Oxford)with logistical and financial support from theMarine Board, and coordinated by the Marine BoardSecretariat. The report recommends the use of a fourstepanalytical risk framework process adapted to theissue of marine mammals and anthropogenic sound toassess and identify priority research topics for reducinguncertainty. Position Paper 13 was welcomed by thescientific community: its recommendations have beentaken up by the research programmes of US Navy,Royal Netherlands Navy, and UK DEFRA.Marine Board - EuroGOOS Vision Document onEMODNET (September 2008)In 2008, Marine Board published itsfirst vision Document in associationwith EuroGOOS.Position Paper 13The effects of anthropogenic soundon marine mammalsA draft research strategyJune 2008www.esf.org/marineboardEMODNETThe European Marine Observation and Data NetworkFurther to the Aberdeen Declaration(June 2007), supporting theEuropean Marine Observationand Data Network (EMODNET)initiative, a joint Marine Board -EuroGOOS short-term vision Group was establishedto prepare a vision Document emphasising the criticalEMODNET is essential for the EU to improvethe quantity, quality and accessibility ofmarine observation and information forevidence-based ocean governance and toopen up new economic opportunities in themarine and maritime sectors of Europe, for theultimate benefit of the European citizen and theglobal community.20 Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008


Strategyimportance of finding an appropriate balance betweenin-situ data collection, data management andprocessing, and public access and dissemination.The Vision Group, facilitated by the Marine BoardSecretariat, produced a Vision Document addressingwhat an integrated inter-operable marine monitoringand observation system might look like in the next fiveto ten years. The Vision Document was launched ata dedicated session organised by the Marine BoardSecretariat with Commissioner Joe Borg duringthe French EU Presidency Event Biomarine 2008(24 October 2008, Marseille) and was formallywelcomed by DG MARE’s Director General FokionFotiadis.Other publications:In 2008, Marine Board also published• Marine Board Annual Report 2007• MarinERA Publication 7 Future Looks: StrategicAnalysis for New Activities (November 2008) (Also,see p. 9)An overview of Marine Board publications can befound in Annex V.Web: www.esf.org/marineboard/publicationsVoice Strategy Synergy ForumMarine Board Annual Activity Report 2008 21


VoiceVoice Strategy Synergy ForumA core strategy of the Marine Board is to facilitate andprovide a collective vision on the future direction ofEuropean marine science and technology.A European Strategy for Marineand Maritime ResearchIn September 2008, the Commission published theEuropean Strategy for Marine and Maritime Research:A coherent European Research Area framework insupport of a sustainable use of oceans and seas. TheResearch Strategy is one of 65 key actions designed tosupport the implementation of the Integrated MaritimePolicy for the European Union (October 2007).The Marine Board welcomed the Strategy as an essentialinitiative supporting the aims and objectives of theIntegrated Maritime Policy, namely “the developmentof a dynamic maritime economy in harmony with theenvironment supported by sound marine science andtechnology”. The Marine Board, through EurOCEAN2004 (Galway) and 2007 (Aberdeen) conferences,various submissions and strategic Positions Papers,provided key inputs into the development of thisStrategy.Marine Board responsesto EC consultationsIn 2008, the Marine Board prepared scientific responsesto three European Commission’s consultations:• EU action to promote offshore wind energy;• WISE-Marine;• Invasive Alien Species – A European concern.Web: www.esf.org/marineboard/statementsOfficial launch of Marine Board-EuroGOOS VisionDocument on EMODNET. From left: Maud Evrardand Niamh Connolly (Marine Board), CommissionerJoe Borg (DG MARE), Lars Horn (Marine Board),Director General Fokion Fotiadis (DG MARE),Geoffrey O’Sullivan (Irish Marine Institute).(Photo: European Commission)BioMarine 2008The French EU Presidency Event BioMarine 2008 (20-24 October, 2008) provided an international forum thatbrought together business, science, government, civilsociety and media to advance ocean sustainability.The Marine Board was represented on the BioMarineSteering Committee and suggested speakers andsessions to the conference. Lars Horn (Marine BoardChair) presented the Marine Board views on the marineand maritime partnership perspectives during a parallelsession organised by Ifremer - France.The BioMarine 2008 provided an appropriate venueto present the Marine Board - EuroGOOS VisionDocument on EMODNET to Commissioner Joe Borgand Director General Fokion Fotiadis, who welcomedthe publication.The comb jelly or sea walnut (Mnemiopsis leidyi)originally native to the western Atlantic coastalwaters was accidentally introduced to the BlackSea in the early 1980s where it had a catastrophiceffect on the entire ecosystem. (Photo: EuropeanCommission)22 Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008


VoiceCommunicationIn 2008, the Marine Board Secretariat highlighted theBoard’s key events and activities through:• Conference booths: Marine Board strategicpublications were represented at 16 Conferencebooths (Annex VIII);• Newspaper articles: two articles in Research Europe(15/05/2008 and 20/05/2008) covered the successof the 1 st Marine Board Forum;• Web lifecast of the 1 st Marine Board Forum wasavailable on the day (15 May, 2008);• Web podcast featuring interview with Lars Horn(Marine Board Chair) on the occasion of the 1 st MarineBoard Forum (available on Marine Board website);• Press releases: 12 Press releases prepared bythe Secretariat, were published on the ESF frontwebpage;• Leaflet was produced by the Secretariat for theMBCP session at ESOF 2008;• Website: www.esf.org/marineboard.In 2008, the Marine Board Secretariat provided inputsto the following ESF Communication instruments:• ESF Newsletters to the Member Organisations (Mayand October 2008);• About ESF 2008, 2009;• ESF Annual Report 2007;• ESF At Glance (September 2008).Poster panels, computer simulations and a dummyArgo float at the Marine Board Inaugural Exhibition(Ostend, May 2008)Marine Board InauguralExhibitionOn the occasion of the inauguration of the new MarineBoard facilities (14 May 2008, Ostend) and the 1 stMarine Board Forum, the Marine Board Secretariatorganised an exhibition illustrating marine researchactivities in various fields such as marine biodiversityand biotechnology, impacts of climate change onEuropean seas and coastal areas, remote sensing andmarine data management. The exhibition was createdwith contributions from various partner organisationsand projects including: Census of Marine Life (CoML),Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans(POGO), Marine Board Member Organisations andpartners, the European Commission - DG RTD, theEuropean Seafloor Observatory Network (ESONET),Hotspot Ecosystem Research on the Marginsof European Seas (HERMES), UNESCO IOC’sInternational Oceanographic Data and InformationExchange (IODE).Voice Strategy Synergy ForumMarine Board publications booth at the InnovOceansite, Ostend.Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008 23


Marine Board Annual Accounts 2008IncomeThe Marine Board’s annual budget for the staffingand operation of the Secretariat and its activities isbased on:• Direct contributions from its Member Organisationsfor the core Marine Board’s activities;• Special contributions from its MemberOrganisations;• FP contracts in support to the Marine Board’sactitivities related to these contracts.The call for Member Organisations’ contributions in2008 resulted in a Membership income of € 249,908.In 2008, special contributions were received from:• EuroGOOS (€1,000) in support to Marine Board-EuroGOOS Vision Document on EMODNET;• Ifremer (€ 1,000) in support to Marine Board-EuroGOOS Vision Document on EMODNET;• IMR (€ 10,000) in support to Marine Boardpublications 2008;• Marine Institute (€ 4,000) in support to Marine BoardPosition Paper 12, and Marine Board-EuroGOOSVision Document on EMODNET;• NOCS (€ 1,000) in support to Marine Board PositionPaper 12;• RCN (€ 55,000) in support to Marine Board WG POL(see below)*;• Total Foundation (€ 1,500) in support to the logisticsof the Marine Board Communications Panel’s sessionat ESOF 2008;• GKSS - in kind: printing of the Marine Board-EuroGOOS Vision Document on EMODNET.*According to an agreement (contract from 1/01/2008),RCN supports the new Marine Board Working Groupon Emerging and Existing Chemical Pollutants (WGPOL). In 2008, RCN contributed € 55,000 in supportto this WG.One Secretariat FTE (Administrator) is supportedcontinuously as a contribution in kind from VLIZ.Available funds on coreMarine Board activities2008Direct MO contributions € 249,908Special MO contributions € 73,500Carried over from previousyearProvision for commitmentsmade in previous yearTotal availablefunds 2008Use of funds 2008Expenditure on core MarineBoard activitiesSecretariat’s employmentcosts (1.8 FTE)Meetings (TS staff, logistics,WG POL)€ -51,497.53€ 15,655.11€ 287,565.582008€ 89,857.12€ 32,441.07Publications € 24,931.95Office running costs € 15,935.96Equipment € 745.13Overheads to ESF € 12,495Depreciation of fixed assets € 718.80Provision for depts € 3,814.80Total Expenditure 2008 € 180,939.83Balance carriedover to 2009*€ 106,625.75*The carry over from 2008 will be used to secureemployment costs in 2010-2012.24 Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008


Marine Board Annual Accounts 2008The Marine Board Secretariat is engaged, on behalf of its Member Organisations, in the following EC-funded FP6contracts:• MarinERA – Marine Board is Deputy Coordinator;• AMPERA – Marine Board is Task Leader;• FEUFAR – Marine Board is Partner.Income received from these projects covers some of the Secretariat’s activities related to them, including: employmentcosts, organisation of meetings, and production of publications.The following table represents total budgets of the Marine Board FP6 contracts, for their entire duration.FP6 Project Start date End date Total budget Overheads to ESFMarinERA 01/11/2004 30/04/2009 € 1,040,679 * € 172,113AMPERA 01/04/2005 31/03/2009 € 49,374 € 7,562FEUFAR 01/01/2007 31/08/2008 € 49,673 € 8,031Total FP6 budgets € 1,139,726 € 187,706*The MarinERA contract was extended until 30 April 2009 (the reporting period: until 15 June 2009). In recognitionof the Marine Board Secretariat’s work (Deputy Coordinator of MarinERA, providing project’s Secretariat), € 220,000will be re-allocated from the Partners’ budgets to the Marine Board Secretariat. This re-allocation will secure theoperation of MarinERA, employment costs, and final reporting. The re-allocation amount to be included in the totalamount of the Marine Board’s MarinERA budget.In 2008, the expenditure on FP6 activities amounted to € 369,559.09. See the table below.Expenditure 2008 MarinERA AMPERA FEUFAREmployment costs € 232,232.20 € 4,091.20 € 27,909.09Meetings and travel € 16,855.92 € 254.54 € 752.00Publications(including dissemination)Miscellaneous (running expenses,non eligible costs)€ 6,870.24 € 0 € 6,204.00€ 11,723.04 € 1,199.48 € 1,860.44Overheads to ESF € 51,700.00 € 966.13 € 6,941.81Total Expenditure 2008 € 319,381.40 € 6,510.35 € 43,667.34Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008 25


Annex I. Marine Board Member Organisations,Delegates and Observers 2008BELGIUM• Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (FNRS)/National Fund for Scientific ResearchJean-Marie Beckers• Fonds voor Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek -Vlaanderen (FWO) / Fund for Scientific Research –FlandersJan Mees, Marine Board vice-Chaircyprus• Cyprus Oceanography CenterGeorgios GeorgiouDENMARK• Forskningsradet for Natur og Univers (FNU) / NaturalScience Research CouncilBo Riemann (until 12/10/2008);Kirsten Christoffersen (from 13/10/2008)ESTONIA• Eesti Teaduste Akadeemia / Estonian Academy ofSciencesTarmo SoomereFINLAND• Suomen Akatemia / Academy of FinlandJaana LehtimakiFRANCE• Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)/ National Centre for Scientific ResearchPatrick Monfray• Institut Francais de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de laMer (Ifremer) / French Research Institute for Exploitationof the SeaAntoine Dosdat, Marine Board vice-ChairGERMANY• Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) / GermanResearch Society• Hermann-von-Helmholtz-Gemeinschaft deutscherForschungszentren (HGF) / Association of NationalResearch CentresKarin Lochte and Bodo von Bodungen• Leibniz-Institut für Meereswissenschaften an derUniversität Kiel (IFM-GEOMAR) / Leibniz Institute ofMarines SciencesPeter HerzigGREECE• Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)Kostas Nittis, Marine Board vice-ChairIRELAND• Marine InstituteGeoffrey O’Sullivan, Marine Board vice-ChairITALY• Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR) / NationalResearch CouncilAnnalisa Griffa• Istituto Nazionale diOceanografia e di GeofisicaSperimentale (OGS) / National Institute ofOceanography and Experimental GeophysicsAlessandro CriseNORWAY• Havforskningsinstituttet / Institute of MarineResearchTore Nepstad; Alternates: Ole Arve Misund, ErlendMoksness• Norges Forskningsradet / The Research Council ofNorwayLars Horn, Marine Board Chair• Universitetet I Bergen (UiB) / University of BergenPeter Haugan26 Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008


Annex I. Marine Board Member Organisations,Delegates and Observers 2008POLAND• Polska Akademia Nauk (PAN) / Polish Academy ofSciencesJerzy DeraPORTUGAL• Centro de Investigação Marinha e Ambiental (CIMAR)/ Centre of Marine and Environmental ResearchJoao Coimbra• Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) /Science and Tecnology Foundation.Mario RuivoROMANIA• Institutul National de Cercetare - Dezvoltare Marina“Grigore Antipa” (INCDM) / National Institute for MarineResearch and Development “Grigore Antipa”Vasile PatrascuSPAIN• Consejo Superiorde Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC) /Council for Scientific ResearchBeatriz Morales-Nin• Instituto Espanolde Oceanografia (IEO) / Spanish Instituteof OceanographyGregorio ParrillaSWEDEN• Vetenskapsradet / Swedish Research CouncilKerstin JohannessonTHE NETHERLANDS• Koninklijke NederlandseAkademie van-Wetenschappen (KNAW) / Royal Netherlands Academyof Arts and Sciences.Jan W. de Leeuw, Marine Board vice-Chair• Nederlandse Organisatie voor WetenschappelijkOnderzoek(NWO) / NetherlandsOrganisation for Scientific Research.Raymond SchornoTURKEY• Türkiye Bilimsel ve Teknik Arastirma Kurumu(TUBITAK) / The Scientific and Technological ResearchCouncil of TurkeySevcan Colpan Polat-BekenUNITED KINGDOM• Natural Environment Research Council (NERC)Mike Webb• National Oceanography Centre, Southampton (NOCS)Edward Hill, Marine Board vice-Chair; Alternate: JackyWoodObservers• European Commission DG ResearchPierre Mathy• European Commission DG Maritime Affairs andFisheriesKathrine Angell-Hansen• Israel - Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat(IUI)Aaron KaplanMarine Board Annual Activity Report 2008 27


Annex II. Marine Board Vision Group Members 2008Marine Board — EuroGOOS VisionGroup on EMODNETAntoine Dosdat, Marine Board – co-ChairPeter Ryder, EuroGOOS – co-ChairPatrick Berthou, Ifremer, FranceTaco de Bruin, NIOZ, The NetherlandsHoward Cattle, NOCS, UKFranciscus Colin, GKSS, GermanyMichael Gillooly, Marine Institute, IrelandJohnny Johannessen, NERSC, NorwayJuha Markku Leppanen, FIMR, FinlandGiuseppe Manzella, ENEA, ItalySylvie Pouliquen, Ifremer, FranceRoger Proctor, POL, UKDick M.A. Schaap, MARIS, NLGeoffrey O’Sullivan, Marine Institute, IrelandMarine Board Vision Group science officers: NiamhConnolly, Maud Evrard28 Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008


Annex III. Marine Board Working Group Members 2008Risk assessment and monitoringof existing and emerging newchemicals in the Europeanmarine and coastal environment– WG POL (launched in 2008)Colin Janssen, Ghent University, Belgium - ChairJoan Albaiges, CSIC, SpainMaria João Bebianno, University of Algarve, PortugalKees Camphuysen, NIOZ, The NetherlandsMargot Cronin, Marine Institute, IrelandJan de Leeuw, NIOZ, The Netherlands (Marine Boardvice-Chair)Geir Wing Gabrielsen, Norwegian Polar Institute,NorwayTom Huchinson, Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UKKetil Hylland, University of Oslo, NorwayBo Jansson, Stockholm University, SwedenMunro Bjørn Jenssen, NTNU, NorwayAntonio Marcomini, University of VenicePatrick Roose, MUMM, BelgiumDetlef Schulz-Bull, Baltic Sea Research Institute-Warnemuende, GermanyScience dimensions ofEcosystem Approach toManagement of Biotic OceanResources – WG SEAMBOR(launched in 2008)Fatima Borges, IPIMAR, PortugalAnthony Grehan, NUI, IrelandAndrew Kenny, Cefas, UKHarald Loeng, IMR, NorwayFrancesc Maynou, CSIC, SpainChristian Möllmann, Hamburg University, GermanyJake Rice, DFO, CanadaAdriaan Rijnsdorp, WUR, The NetherlandsRicardo Santos, FCT, PortugalHein Rune Skjoldal IMR, NorwayOlivier Thébaud, Ifremer, FranceVasiliki Vasilopoulou, HCMR, GreeceFilip Volckaert, Universiteit Leuven, BelgiumMarine Board Working Group science officers: NiamhConnolly, Aurélien CarbonnièrePiotr Szefer, Medical Univerisity of Gdansk, PolandMarine Board Working Group science officers: NiamhConnolly, Jan-Bart CalewaertMarine Board Annual Activity Report 2008 29


Annex IV. Marine Board Panel Members 2008Marine Board CommunicationsPanel – MBCP (established in2002)John Joyce, Marine Institute, Ireland - ChairFernando Barriga, Universidade de Lisboa, PortugalJan Boon, NIOZ, The NetherlandsAnne Ditlefsen, RCN, NorwayAlbert Gerdes, MARUM, GermanyPascale Pessey-Martineau, Ifremer, FranceKim Marshall Brown, NOCS, United KingdomGregorio Parilla, Instituto Español de Oceanografía,SpainSlawomir Sagan, IOPAN, PolandJan Seys, VLIZ, BelgiumYvonne Robberstad, IMR, NorwayMarine Board Panel science officers: Niamh Connolly,Maud EvrardMarine Board EuropeanScientific Diving Panel – MBESDP (established in 2008)Jean-Pierre Féral, CNRS/INSU, FR - ChairMartin Sayer, SAMS/NERC, UK – Deputy ChairPhilipp Fischer, AWI, Germany – Deputy ChairAlain Norro, RBINS/MUMM, BelgiumRoger Lindblom, GU, SwedenDan Tchernov, Interuniversity Institute for MarineScience in Eilat - IsraelAndré Cattrijsse, VLIZ, BEJouni Leinikki, Alleco Oy., Tervalampi, Suomentutkimussukelluksen ohjauskomitea, FinlandG.Caramanna, ItalyMarine Board Panel science officers: Niamh Connolly,Aurélien Carbonnière30 Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008


Annex V. Marine Board Publications (1995-2008)Marine Board Position Papers:Vision Document Marine Board – EuroGOOS VisionDocument on EMODNET (September 2008)Position Paper 13 The Effects of AnthropogenicSounds on Marine Mammals (June 2008)Position Paper 12 Remote Sensing of Shelf SeaEcosystems (February 2008)Position Paper 11 Marine Board Responses to theEC’s Green Papers on: Maritime Policy, and the ERA(November 2007)Position Paper 10 European Ocean Research Fleets– Towards a Common Strategy and Enhanced Use(March 2007)Position Paper 9 Impacts of Climate Change onthe European Marine and Coastal Environment –Ecosystems Approach (March 2007)Position Paper 8 Navigating the Future III (November2006)Position Paper 7 Modelling in Coastal and Shelf Seas– European Challenges (June 2005)Position Paper 6 Navigating the Future II. Summary ofIntegrating Marine Science in Europe (March 2003)Position Paper 5 Integrating Marine Science in Europe(November 2002)Position Paper 4 Marine Biotechnology – A EuropeanStrategy for Marine Biotechnology (December 2001)Position Paper 3 Navigating the Future – Towards aMarine European Research Area (March 2001)Position Paper 2 Towards a European MarineResearch Area (December 2000)Position Paper 1 Establishing a Framework for theImplementation of Marine Biodiversity Research inEurope (May 2000)Report: A European Science Plan on MarineBiodiversity. European Marine & Polar Board (EMaPS)(April 1998)Report: European Initiatives in Science and Technologyfor Deep-sea Coring and Drilling. European Marine &Polar Board (EMaPS) (June 1997)Report: A Future Step in the Coordination of Marineand Polar Science in Europe (1995)Other Publications:MarinERA Publication No.7 Future Looks: StrategicAnalysis for New Activities (November 2008)Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2007EurOCEAN 2007: Conference Report and AberdeenDeclaration. Edited by O’Sullivan, G., Angell Hansen,K., Connolly, N. (2007). Marine Institute, IrelandInvestigating Life in Extreme Environments – AEuropean Perspective. Joint Marine Board - ESFReport (2007)EurOCEAN 2004 European Conference on MarineScience & Ocean Technology. Conference Proceedings.Edited by Cie_likiewicz, W., Connolly, N., Ollier G. &O’Sullivan G. . (2007). Office for Official Publications ofthe European CommunitiesEurOCEAN 2004 Rapporteurs’ Report. Edited byO’Sullivan, G., Connolly, N., Ollier, G (2007). MarineInstitute, IrelandTransdisciplinary Euroconference on CoastalManagement Research Extended abstracts volume(December 1997)Transdisciplinary Euroconference on CoastalManagement Research Conference report (December1997)Mediterranean Forecasting Grand Challengesfor European Cooperation in Forecasting theBehaviour and Characteristics of the Oceans 1996Conference proceedings. (October 1996)European Scientific Strategies for Deep-Sea DrillingSouthampton (7-8 November 1996). Conferenceproceedings (1996)European Initiatives for New Deep-Sea DrillingTechnologies Strasbourg (14-15 October 1996)Conference proceedings (1996)Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008 31


Annex VI. Meetings, Conferences and Events organised bythe Marine Board Secretariat in 2008 (includingjointly organised)16 January 2008 Marine Board ExCom Meeting (Brussels)16 January 2008 Meeting of Marine Board ExCom with NoEs representatives (Brussels)21 January 2008 Meeting with Waterborne TP representatives (Ostend)23 January 2008 BONUS and MarinERA Coordination Teams’ Meeting (Brussels)23 January 2008 MarinERA pre-TC Meeting (Brussels)28 January 2008 Marine Board Meeting with EuroFleet (Brussels)28-29 January 2008 Marine Board Working Group on Pollutants Kick-off Meeting (Brussels)1 February 2008 Meeting with Waterborne TP representatives (Ostend)6 February 2008 Marine Board Secretariat Meeting with ESF CEO (Ostend)18 February 2008 Marine Board – EuroGOOS Panel on EMODNET Kick-off Meeting (Brussels)26 February 2008 MarinERA Technical Committee Meeting (7) (Brussels)2 April 2008 Aberdeen+ Interest Group Meeting (Brussels)3 April 2008 4 th Marine / Environmental ERA-NET Forum (Brussels)15-16 April 2008 MarinERA – BONUS Baltic Workshop (Tallinn)17 April 2008 Marine Board-EuroGOOS Panel on EMODNET Meeting (Brussels)17 April 2008 Marine Board Working Group SEAMBOR Kick-off Meeting (Brussels)13 May 2008 Marine Board ExCom Meeting (Ostend)13-14 May 2008 Marine Board Spring 2008 Plenary Meeting (Ostend)13-17 May 2008 Exhibition on Marine Research Initiatives (Ostend)14 May 2008 Marine Board Communications Panel Meeting (Ostend)14 May 2008Official Inauguration of the Marine Board facilities at the InnovOcean site(Ostend)15 May 2008 1 st Marine Board Forum (Ostend)15 May 2008 Official Launch of the Marine Board Position Paper 12 (Ostend)27-28 May 2008 MarinERA Atlantic Workshop (Oslo)4-5 June 2008 MarinERA Mediterranean / Black Sea Workshop (Athens)5-6 June 2008 Marine Board Working Group on Pollutants Meeting (Ostend)12 June 2008 Marine Board – EuroGOOS Panel on EMODNET Meeting (Brussels)32 Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008


Annex VI. Meetings, Conferences and Events organised bythe Marine Board Secretariat in 2008 (includingjointly organised)9 July 2008 Marine Board ExCom Meeting (Brussels)21 July 2008 Marine Board Communications Panel’s Session at ESOF 2008 (Barcelona)16-17 September 2008 MarinERA Technical Committee Meeting (8) (Majorca)8 October 2008 Marine Board ExCom Meeting (Brussels)20-24 October 2008 BioMarine 2008 (Toulon, Marseille) – Marine Board on the Steering Committee20 October 2008 Marine Board ExCom Meeting (Toulon)20-21 October 2008 Marine Board Autumn 2008 Plenary Meeting (Toulon)24 October 2008Official Launch of the Marine Board – EuroGOOS Vision Document onEMODNET (Marseille)17-18 November 2008 Marine Board WG SEAMBOR Meeting (Brussels)5 December 2008 Marine Board European Scientific Diving Panel Kick-off Meeting (Brussels)Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008 33


Annex VII. Presentations to meetings by Marine BoardExecutive Committee Members and Secretariatin 200816 January 200828-29 January 200828-29 January 200818 February 200820 February 2008Meeting of Marine Board ExCom with NoEsrepresentatives (Brussels)Marine Board Working Group on PollutantsKick-off Meeting (Brussels)ECORD-NET Deep-Sea Frontier InitiativeSteering Committee Meeting (Berlin)Marine Board Panel on EMODNET Kick-offMeeting (Brussels)Meeting with Waterborne TP representatives(Brussels)Niamh ConnollyMaud EvrardJan-Bart CalewaertNiamh ConnollyNiamh ConnollyMaud EvrardAurélien Carbonnière5 March 2008 ESF Meeting of Chairs (Paris) Lars Horn2 April 20083 April 2008Aberdeen+ Interest Group Meeting(Brussels)4 th Marine / Environmental ERA-NET Forum(Brussels)Niamh ConnollyJan-Bart CalewaertAurélien CarbonnièreMaud EvrardNiamh ConnollyJan-Bart CalewaertAurélien CarbonnièreMaud Evrard15-16 April 2008 MarinERA – BONUS Baltic Worshop (Tallinn) Maud Evrard17 April 200814 May 2008Marine Board Working Group SEAMBORKick-off Meeting (Brussels)Official Inauguration of the Marine Boardfacilities at the InnovOcean site (Ostend)Niamh Connolly AurélienCarbonnièreLars HornJan Mees15 May 2008 1 st Marine Board Forum (Ostend) Lars Horn19 May 2008 European Maritime Day (Brussels) Ed Hill27-28 May 2008 MarinERA Atlantic Workshop (Oslo) Maud Evrard28-29 May 2008 EFARO General Assembly (Montpellier) Aurélien Carbonnière4-5 June 2008MarinERA Mediterranean / Black SeaWorkshop (Athens)Maud Evrard13 June 2008 CPMR Conference (Deauville) Aurélien Carbonnière13 June 2008 VLIZ Annual Meeting (Ostend) Jan-Bart Calewaert17-18 June 2008Aberdeen + Task Force Meeting(Copenhagen)Niamh Connolly34 Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008


Annex VII. Presentations to meetings by Marine BoardExecutive Committee Members and Secretariatin 20089-10 July 2008New Marine Overarching ERA-NETPreparatory Meeting (Paris)Maud Evrard11-12 August 2008 NFTC2008 Conference (Trondheim) Lars Horn15 August, 2008 Visit to the Marine Institute Ireland (Galway) Niamh Connolly8 September 200816-17 September 200817-18 September 200818 September 2008Aberdeen+ Task Force Meeting(Copenhagen)MarinERA Technical Committee Meeting(Majorca)New Marine Overarching ERA-NETPreparatory Meeting (Majorca)EC KBBE-NET CWG on MarineBiotechnology (Brussels)Niamh ConnollyMaud EvrardNiamh ConnollyJan-Bart CalewaertAurélien CarbonnièreMaud EvrardNiamh ConnollyJan-Bart CalewaertAurélien CarbonnièreMaud EvrardJan-Bart Calewaert25 September 2008 ESF Meeting of Chairs (Strasbourg) Lars Horn14 October 2008COST Seminar on Marine Board Activities(Brussels)Niamh Connolly14 October 2008 CPMR Aquamarina WG Meeting (Brussels)15 October 2008 Aberdeen+ Task Force Meeting (Brussels)Aurélien CarbonnièreMaud EvrardNiamh ConnollyJan Bart CalewaertMaudEvrard20-21 October 2008Marine Board Autumn 2008 Plenary Meeting(Toulon)Niamh ConnollyJan-Bart CalewaertAurélien CarbonnièreMaud EvrardMarine Board Annual Activity Report 2008 35


Annex VII. Presentations to meetings by Marine BoardExecutive Committee Members and Secretariatin 200823 October 200824 October 200817 November 200817-18 November 2008Ifremer session – side event BioMarine2008 Knowledge at the service of society(Marseille)Official Launch of the Marine Board –EuroGOOS Vision Document on EMODNET(Marseille)MARCOM+ Preparatory Meeting(Copenhagen)Marine Board WG SEAMBOR Meeting(Brussels)Lars HornLars HornGeoffrey O’SullivanLars HornMaud EvrardAurélien Carbonnière26 November 2008 ESF Meeting of Chairs (Stockholm) Lars Horn26-28 November 2008ESF Science Policy Conference and GeneralAssembly (Stockholm)Lars Horn3 December 2008 SEAS-ERA Preparatory Meeting (Brussels)Jan-Bart CalewaertAurélien CarbonnièreMaud Evrard3 December 2008 EMAR 2 RES Meeting (Brussels) Aurélien Carbonnière5 December 2008Marine Board European Scientific DivingPanel Kick-off Meeting (Brussels)Aurélien Carbonnière36 Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008


Annex VIII. Conference booths at which the Marine Boardpublications were presented in 2008EGU Genaral Assembly(13-18 April 2008, Vienna)Inauguration of Marine Board-ESF facilities at theInnovOcean site(14 May 2008, Ostend)1 st Marine Board Forum(15 May 2008, Ostend)Marine Board exhibition on marine researchactivities(14-17 May 2008, Ostend)InnovOcean site Open House(17 May 2008, Ostend)European Maritime Day(19-20 May 2008, Brussels)ESOF 2008 (18-22 July 2008, Barcelona)OceanOptics 2008 Conference(6-10 October 2008, Barga)COST seminar(14 October 2008, Brussels)CPMR General Assembly(14 October 2008, Brussels)Biomarine 2008 Conference(20-24 October 2008, Toulon and Marseille)Seas at Risk Conference(5 November 2008, Brussels)Sea-bed mapping Seminar organised by EP(6 November 2008, Brussels)ESF Science Policy Conference and GeneralAssembly(26-28 November 2008, Stockholm)ESF EuroBioForum(17-19 September 2008, Strasbourg)MERIS User Workshop(22-26 September 2008, Frascati)Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008 37


ANNEX IX. Member Contributions 2008Marine Board Member Contributions 2008Member organisation Contribution €FNRS, Belgium 5,000FWO, Belgium 5,000OC, Cyprus 7,000FNU, Denmark 10,000EAS, Estonia 7,000AKA, Finland 10,000CNRS, France 14,000Ifremer, France 14,000DFG, Germany 14,000HGF, Germany 14,000HCMR, Greece 7,908Marine Institute, Ireland 10,000CNR, Italy 14,000OGS, Italy 14,000NWO - KNAW, The NetherlandsKNAW, The NetherlandsRCN, NorwayIMR, Norway15,00015,000PAN, Poland 7,000FCT, Portugal* 7,000CSIC, Spain 7,500IEO, Spain 7,500VR, Sweden 10,000TUBITAK, Turkey 7,000NERC, UKNOCS, UK28,000Total Contributions received € 249,908*In 2008, the full contribution for Portugal f 14,000. FCT were invoicedfor 50% of the Portuguese contribution as GRICES disbanding was notstated at the moment of the call issue.38 Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008


Annex X. Marine Board Secretariat Team 2008Dr Niamh Connolly, Head of the Secretariat,Marine Board Executive Scientific SecretaryMr Jan-Bart Calewaert, Science OfficerMr Aurélien Carbonnière, Science OfficerMs Dina Eparkhina, AdministratorMs Maud Evrard, Science OfficerMarine Board Annual Activity Report 2008 39


Annex XI. List of AcronymsAKA ................................ Academy of FinlandAMPERA ........................ FP6 ERA-NET project on Marine Accidental PollutionAWI................................. Science and Innovation Administration (Flanders, Belgium)BONUS........................... FP6 ERA-NET for the Baltic Sea Science – Network of Funding AgenciesCEFAS............................. Centre for Environment, Fisheries & Aquaculture ScienceCEO................................ Chief Executive OfficerCIMAR............................ Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (Portugal)CNRS.............................. National Center for Scientific Research (France)COST.............................. European Cooperation in the field of Scientific and Technical ResearchCPMR............................. Conference of Peripheral Maritime RegionsCREST............................ Scientific and Technical Research Committee of the European UnionCSIC................................ National Research Council (Spain)DEFRA............................ Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (United Kingdom)DFO-MPO....................... Fisheries and Oceans CanadaDG ENV........................... DG Environment (European Commission)DG MARE....................... DG Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (European Commission)DG RTD........................... DG Research and Technological Development (European Commission)DG................................... Directorate General (European Commission)EC................................... European CommissionECORD-Net ................... FP6 ERA-NET for Ocean Research DrillingEFARO............................ European Fisheries and Aquaculture Research OrganisationsEGU................................. European Geosciences UnionEMaPS............................ European Marine and Polar ScienceEMAR 2 RES..................... Support Action to initiate cooperation between the Communities of EuropeanMARine and MARitime REsearch and ScienceEMODNET...................... European Marine Observation and Data NetworkENEA............................... National Agency for New Technologies, Energy and the Environment (Italy)EP................................... European ParliamentERA................................. European Research AreaERA-NET........................ European Research Area NetworkERVO.............................. European Research Vessel OperatorESDP............................... European Scientific Diving Panel (Marine Board-ESF)ESF CEO......................... European Science Foundation Chief Executive OfficerESF................................. European Science FoundationESOF............................... Euroscience Open ForumEU................................... European UnionEuroGOOS...................... European Global Ocean Observing SystemsEUROFLEETS................. FP7 I3 Towards an alliance of European fleetsFCT................................. Foundation for Science and Technology (Portugal)FEUFAR.......................... Future of European Fisheries and Aquaculture ResearchFIMR............................... Finnish Institute of Marine ResearchFP.................................... Framework Programme (FP6 and FP7)FTE.................................. Full-Time EquivalentGKKS.............................. Research Centre for coastal and materials research (Germany)HCMR............................. Hellenic Centre for Marine ResearchHERMES......................... FP6 IP Hotspot Ecosystem Research on the margins of European seasI3..................................... Integrated Infrastructure Initiative (FP scheme)40 Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008


Annex XI. Glossary of AcronymsICES................................ International Council for the Exploration of the SeaIFM-GEOMAR................ Leibniz Institute of Marine Sciences at the University of Kiel (Germany)Ifremer............................ French Sea Research InstituteIMARES.......................... Institute for Marine Resources & Ecosystem StudiesINCDM............................ National Institute for Marine Research and Development “Grigore Antipa”IOC.................................. International Oceanographic Commission (UNESCO)IODE............................... International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (UNESCO/IOC)IOPAN............................. Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of SciencesIP..................................... Integrated Project (FP scheme)IPIMAR............................ Institute for fisheries research (Portugal)IUI................................... Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences at Eilat (Israel)KBBE-Net....................... Knowledge Based Bio-EconomyKNAW............................. Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and SciencesMarBEF........................... Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning (FP6 NoE)MARCOM+..................... Towards an Integrated Marine and Maritime Science CommunityMarinERA....................... FP6 ERA-NET project on Marine RTDMARIS............................. Marine Information Service private company (the Netherlands)MARUM.......................... Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences (Germany)MB ESDP........................ Marine Board European Scientific Diving PanelMBCP............................. Marine Board Communications PanelMI.................................... Irish Marine InstituteMUMM............................ Management Unit of the North Sea Mathematical Modelsand the Scheldt estuary (Belgium)NERC.............................. Natural Environment Research CouncilNIOZ............................... Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea ResearchNOCS.............................. National Oceanography Centre, SouthamptonNoE................................. Network of Excellence (FP6)NTNU.............................. University of Science and Technology (Norway)NUI.................................. National University of IrelandOFEG.............................. Ocean Facilities Exchange GroupOGP................................ International Association of Oil and Gas ProducersPOL................................. Proudman Oceanographic Laboratory (UK)R&D................................. Research and DevelopmentRCN................................ Research Council of NorwayRTD................................. Research and Technological DevelopmentSEAS-ERA...................... FP7 overarching marine ERA-NET (proposal)SSA................................. Specific Support Action (FP Scheme)TP.................................... Technology PlatformTS.................................... Travel and subsistenceUK................................... United KingdomUNESCO......................... United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural OrganizationVLIZ................................ Flanders Marine InstituteWG ................................. Working GroupWG ECOGENE................ Marine Board Working Group on Marine Eco-GenomicsWG MPA......................... Marine Board Working Group of Marine Protected AreasWG POL.......................... Marine Board Working Group on Existing and Emerging Chemical Pollutantsin the Marine EnvironmentWG SEAMBOR............... Marine Board Working Group on Science Dimensions of Ecosystem Approachto Management of Biotic Ocean ResourcesWISE............................... Water Information System for EuropeMarine Board Annual Activity Report 2008 41


Credit for pictures on the coverFrom upper left to bottom right:• Common dolphin; Mick Mackey• Research Vessel Hesperides in Antarctica; CSIC• Fish catch; Mick Mackey• Scientific diving:settlement panel retrieval; Martin Sayer (NERC)• Marine Board Flag; Dina Eparkhina (Marine Board)• Marine Board Delegates at the Marine Board Spring2008 Plenary Meeting in Oostende; Marine BoardEditorial team• Niamh Connolly – manager• Jan-Bart Calewaert and Dina Eparkhina – realisation42 Marine Board Annual Activity Report 2008


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