EurOcean (European Marine Board)
EurOCEAN conferences are major European marine science policy conferences. They provide a forum for the marine and maritime research community and wider stakeholders to interface with European and Member State policymakers and strategic planners, to consider, discuss and respond to new marine science and technology developments, challenges and opportunities.
The distinctive feature that characterizes EurOCEAN conferences is the focus on bringing the stakeholders together to speak with one voice towards policy. Since EurOCEAN 2004, conference delegates have delivered joint policy statements, EurOCEAN Declarations, to raise decision makers’ awareness of the marine research priorities and propose concrete actions. These statements have been critical drivers of research and policy developments in Europe since.
EurOCEAN 2014 (07-09 October 2014, Rome, Italy) highlighted the importance of Blue Growth and commercially-driven research, equally emphasizing that a growing and sustainable maritime economy will also require a much greater knowledge and understanding of marine ecosystem functioning and resilience. As key output, EurOCEAN 2014 delivered the Rome Declaration (PDF) - a common vision on achieving an ecosystem approach to the management of Europe’s marine resources as a fundamental requirement for sustainable Blue Growth and European leadership in marine science and technology.