The European Marine Board provides a pan-European platform for its member organizations to develop common priorities, to advance marine research, and to bridge the gap between science and policy in order to meet future marine science challenges and opportunities.
The aims of EMB are to ‘facilitate enhanced cooperation between European organizations involved in marine science towards the development of a common vision on the research priorities and strategies for marine science in Europe. The Board provides the essential components for transferring knowledge from the scientific community to decision makers, promoting Europe’s leadership in marine research and technology. Adopting a strategic role, the European Marine Board serves its member organizations by providing a unique forum within which marine research policy advice to national agencies and to the European Commission is developed, with the objective of promoting the establishment of the European marine Research Area. In summary, the main list of EMB competencies that match the tasks in the proposal are the following:
• Marine science strategy
• Science foresight
• Science-policy interface
• Marine/Maritime policy
• Marine science communication & ocean literacy
• Coordination of European marine research partners
• Access to European marine science network – Research Performing Organisations, Research Funding Organisations and stakeholders
Our profile and competencies mean that EMB is well-placed to provide an introduction to and review of the concept of ocean literacy as well as to review the current status of ocean literacy in the three ‘pillars’ of the project, i.e., educate, engage, and governance. The reviews will serve to support the three mobilisation work packages. The listed competencies of EMB also allow for EMB to contribute to and support other work packages in the proposal where needed.
Key Personnel Involved:
Dr. Niall McDonough is Head of the European Marine Board and a member of the senior management team at the European Science Foundation. The Marine Board is Europe’s foremost marine science policy think-tank, delivering strategy and foresight to advance European research focused on seas and oceans. Niall originally trained as a marine biologist, with research interests in aquaculture, fisheries and marine resource management. He has previously held management roles with the Environmental Change Institute at NUI Galway, and the Centre for Marine Resources and Mariculture at Queen’s University Belfast, attracting significant research funding to both centres and coordinating a number of national and international research projects. While with Queen’s he provided scientific advice to the Northern Ireland Government and chaired the Northern Ireland Review of Inshore Fisheries in 2005-2006. From 2007 to 2009 he worked with the Irish Marine Institute’s International Co-operation Programme, developing Ireland’s international collaborative research efforts in marine science and technology.
Dr. Veronica French joined the European Marine Board in 2014. Prior to working at the European Marine Board, Veronica carried out a PhD as a joint student of Charles Darwin University (Australia), the Australian Institute of Marine Science, and Plant and Food Research New Zealand, investigating concentrations of microcontaminants (eg. pharmaceuticals and personal care products, hormones and pesticides) in a tropical estuarine environment and impacts on the tropical marine snail Telesopium telescopium. Veronica has worked on a range of marine science projects including Healthy Marine Harvests - a study assessing the health of shellfish for consumption, and water quality monitoring with respect to coastal development. Previously, Veronica graduated from University College Dublin (Ireland) with an MSc in World Heritage Management after completing a thesis on the natural and cultural heritage values of a tropical river system and from Trinity College Dublin (Ireland) with a BSc in Zoology.
Dr. Nan-Chin Chu is a Science Officer at the European Marine Board since 2012. She is responsible for a range of science policy activities, including topics such as climate change and maritime cultural heritage. She also participates in the coordination of strategic research agendas for the regional seas. She studied geology (BSc, National Taiwan University) and isotope geochemistry (PhD, University of Southampton/ National Oceanography Centre, UK). Her previous research subjects cover analytical chemistry (ion chromatography and mass spectrometry), palaeo-oceanography, marine geology (ferromanganese crusts, cold-seep carbonates and vent chimneys), biogeochemistry (diagenesis of bones and hydrothermal shrimps) and archaeology (dairy consumption of prehistoric humans). She was previously awarded a World University Network scholarship (University of Wisconsin-Madison, USA), Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship (University of Oxford, UK) and an EU Marie Curie Fellowship (IFREMER, France).