Overview

EuroMarine is a European marine science network launched in 2014. It represents the merger of the scientific communities of three former European Networks of Excellence:

  • EUR-OCEANS
  • Marine Genomics Europe
  • MarBEF.

It was designed by the EuroMarine preparatory project (2011-13; funded under the seventh European Framework Programme) as a bottom-up organization and meant to be a voice for the European marine scientific community. It is intended as a durable structure and was established as a consortium for an initial duration of 10 years. A Legal Entity will be established in 2016 as a support structure under the control of the Consortium. EuroMarine initially counted 66 (founding, 2014) member organisations (MOs), 55 of which were 'full voting' members contributing to the 2014 budget.

The primary goals of EuroMarine are to support the identification and initial development of important emerging scientific topics or issues and associated methodologies in marine sciences, as well as to foster new services relevant to the marine scientific community.

EuroMarine will achieve these goals through internal competitive calls for proposals, funded from the EuroMarine budget. It is expected that support for these activities and their outcomes will help to leverage larger projects under European, national or joint research funding programmes.

EuroMarine also intends to advocate for marine science and to contribute improving the science-governance interface, providing expertise and transferring knowledge.