8th EMB Forum – Supporting the ocean decade in Europe

Date: 1st December 2021

Time: 09:30 – 16:00 CET

The 8th EMB Forum will be a hybrid event taking place in person at BluePoint Brussels and online on 1 December 2021. The topic will be “Supporting the Ocean Decade in Europe” and the aim of the Forum will be to facilitate discussion between relevant European Ocean Decade stakeholders, including the science community and policy makers. We will discuss how we can best deliver a successful Ocean Decade.


At the end of the first year of the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development, the 8th EMB Forum will discuss European efforts in support of the Ocean Decade. This is an important time to reflect on what has already been achieved in this first year, and what needs to be adapted and developed further as we progress through the Ocean Decade. Following a formal opening, the Forum will comprise of three main sessions on the role of Early Career Ocean Professionals, current science and communication activities, and how we can bridge science and policy in support of the Ocean Decade.

We invite Ocean Decade stakeholders from science & academia, industry, policy & governance, NGO’s and the public to join us at the 8thEMB Forum to:

  • Hear what “the Ocean we want” means to a wide range of stakeholders;
  • Discuss the role of Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs) in the Ocean Decade, and how links to ECOPs can be developed;
  • Find out what EMB and its network are already doing to support “the Ocean we want”;
  • Discuss how we can better inspire and engage wider stakeholders with the Ocean Decade; and
  • Discuss how we can bridge science and policy at European and National level to support the Ocean Decade.


The 8th EMB Forum will take place as a hybrid event. The in-person component will take place at BluePoint, 80 Boulevard Auguste Reyers, 1030 Brussels, Belgium. The closest public transport stop is Diamant.

The event will also be livestreamed with active online participation.


You can register for both in-person and online participation here. 

For in-person participation, we will comply with the COVID rules that are in place in Belgium at the time of the event. Please note that at present, a COVID pass is required.

Both the in-person and online events will be free of charge.

The event language will be English. There will not be any translation available.


You can download a draft programme for the 8th EMB Forum here.

European Marine Board, 20 September 2021. More information.

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