Call for candidates - EuroMarine working group for research infrastructuresInternal

Call Overview

Call Category: Expertise
Managing Body: EuroMarine
Preannouncement: January 22, 2018
Opening: January 22, 2018
Closing: February 11, 2018
Outcome: March 10, 2018

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Dear EuroMarine Members,

We are launching a working group for research infrastructures (RIs) for the network to improve our interactions and awareness of existing services, platforms, and opportunities that the RIs offer. We are launching the call for candidates to represent EuroMarine (EM) in this initiative.


The EuroMarine Business Plan and Strategy Document both highlight the importance for EuroMarine (EM) as a bottom-up organisation to establish ties with RIs that provide hardware and services for research. RIs are set to play an important role in the research landscape over the coming decades, and become hubs for excellent science in Europe. They represent state-of-the-art facilities and services that will help push the frontiers of science. It is thus crucial to establish good and lasting links between the user community of marine researchers and the operators of the RIs.

Bringing together researchers and RIs from across the marine domain will also help to strengthen research ties and facilitate and enable interdisciplinary research by putting scientist and their platforms from physics, chemistry and biology together around the same table to set a common, shared research agenda. This will simultaneously allow RIs to validate their service offers and communicate directly with a core component of their user community.

EM Representation

As part of the working group we will nominate five EM representatives: One EM Chair to represent the interests of the network as a whole and four elected members of the community, each representing one of the four principal research community in EM: oceanography, marine biology and ecology, biodiversity, and fisheries and aquaculture. Each of these representatives will be tasked with consulting, communicating and representing that community in the working group.

Invited Parties

The research infrastructures and service providers that we intend to invite are as follows:

  • Euro-Argo
  • EMSO
  • AquaExcel
  • AquaCosm
  • Jerico-Next
  • Open-Aire
  • ENVRI+

Call for candidates

In order to choose the right candidates, we are now asking for nominations from each of the four core communities: oceanography, marine biology and ecology, biodiversity, and fisheries and aquaculture.

In order to qualify as a representative, the candidate must fulfil the following criteria:

  • Be from a full, paying member of the EM network (list of full members)
  • Can only represent one of the core communities
  • Be nominated by at least two members of the community they wish to represent
  • All nominations should be accompanied by a short CV and 5 most relevant publications
  • Candidate nominations should be sent to nicolas [dot] padeatsorbonne-universite [dot] fr, paulonatmba [dot] ac [dot] uk, dominique [dot] durandatcovartec [dot] eu; Subject: EMGRI Candidate

Mandates are for a three-year term, renewable once.               

Election process

Online voting will be used to choose the representatives. The General Assembly Representatives from all EM full paying organisations will be able to cast one vote for each of the four communities.


  • 22 January – 11 February: Call for candidates
  • 12 February: Announcement of candidates
  • 20 February – 4 March (Midnight): Online voting
  • 10 March: Announcement of successful candidates
  • TBC: Invitation and Doodle for all participants

We will aim to have the first meeting in April-May which will determine the structure, terms of reference, and mechanism of operation, and set a date for the next meeting.

We look forward to receiving your candidates.

Kind regards,

Nicolas Pade

Dominique Durand

Paul Lonsdale

The call for candidates saw 13 individuals put forward for the four core communities (biodiversity, marine biology & ecology, oceanography, and fisheries and aquaculture).

For the election process, 21 EuroMarine members voted for their candidates of choice. It was a very tight race with two of the candidates being decided by single votes. The vote count was done by three different people and triple checked.

The successful candidates are as follows:

  • Biodiversity (4 candidates) Stefano Piraino (CoNISMa; Italy; elected with 9/21 votes)
  • Marine Biology and Ecology (5 candidates)Cèlia Marrasé (CSIC, Spain; elected with 7/21 votes)
  • Oceanography (3 candidates)Anna Sanchez-Vidal (U. Barcelona, Spain; elected with 15/21 votes)
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture (1 candidate)Elisabete Maciel (U. Aveiro, Portugal; elected with 21/21 votes)

The candidates have been informed of the outcome on 9 March and a general announcemement and message from the organisers has been posted on 14 March. General Assembly representatives wishing to consult detailed results (which will be included in the 2018 EuroMarine activity report) can contact the EMGRI organisers.