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EMB ECOP Network Forum

The 1st EMB Early Career Ocean Professional (ECOP) Network Forum will be held on 8-9 October 2023 at the Cidade da Cultura in Santiago de Compostela, Spain with the generous support of IIM-CSIC. The Forum is planned to take place back-to-back with the EurOCEAN conference 2023 in Vigo, so attending ECOPs can also take advantage of this major marine science-policy conferences in Europe after the forum. We will welcome 70 ECOPs, i.e. two ECOPs from each of the EMB member organizations.

As Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs) are interested to engage in the marine science-policy discussions, the European Marine Board Ambassadors are organizing a 2-day EMB ECOP Network Forum to provide both training and a space for intergenerational dialogue between EMB ECOPs and European policy makers, experts, as well as senior scientists. The event will take place in person only on Sunday 8 and Monday 9 October 2023 at the Cidade da Cultura, Santiago de Compostela, Spain.

During this unique forum, participants will be able to:

  1. Participate in training sessions on the European marine science policies landscape, science communication tools to make your science more impactful for policy, and collaboration strategies 
  2. Meet and network with other ECOPs from different institutions across Europe to create an interdisciplinary EMB ECOP community 
  3. Exchange and open dialogue with policy-makers, experts, as well as senior scientists
  4. Have the opportunity to speak with one voice by providing recommendations on how to improve ECOP engagement in the current marine-science policy landscape. These recommendations will be communicated to European science and policy organizations through the EMB.

Call for participants closed

44 ECOPs will be joining us from EMB Member organisations:

BELSPO, CIIMAR, CNR, CoNISMa, DELTARES, FCT, FNRS, GEOMAR, HCMR, IEO-CSIC, IFREMER, IO-PAN, IOF, Irish Marine Universities Consortium, Konsortium Deutsche Meeresforschung, Marine Institute, MASTS, NOC, NORCE, Norwegian Marine University Consortium, OGS, Romanian Black Sea Research Consortium, SINTEF Ocean, SZN, TÜBITAK, UGOT,  Universities Marines, and VLIZ (Flanders Marine Institute)


Travel expenses can potentially be covered by your institution (ask your supervisor and/or contact us in case of questions:

On-site catering and accommodation is covered by the EMB and additional funding from the Marine Institute and a Sustainable Ocean Alliance grant. The participation of TUBITAK ECOPs is covered by a travel grant from the Scientific Committee of Oceanic Research (SCOR). IIM-CSIC and the Cidade da Cultura of Galicia provide support and the venue of the forum.



Preliminary agenda

Sunday 8 October 2023 - Building the network

Morning  9:00-13:00

09:00 - 09:30 Breakfast

09:30 - 10:00 Presentation: What is the European Marine Board?

10:00 - 10:30 Presentation: What is the ECOP network?

10:30 - 11:00 Coffee break

11:00 – 13:00 Presentation: Current science-policy landscape in Europe

Lunch 13:00-14:30

Afternoon 14:30-17:00

14:30 – 16:00 Discussion: how to engage ECOPs in the policy landscape.

16 :00 – 17 :00 Discussion: The ECOP network future.

Evening 17:30- 19:30

Team building and Informal get-together: traditional music, dance and drinks

Monday 9 October 2023 - Training

Morning 9:00-13:00

09:00 - 09:30 Breakfast

09:30 - 10:30 Presentation: Communication: how to make your science more policy friendly and impactful

10 :30 - 11 :00 Coffee break

11:00 - 12:30 Exercise session 1: create a policy brief from a selected paper

12:30 - 13:00 Exercise 1 feedback

Lunch 13:00-14:30

Afternoon 14:30-17:00

14:30 - 15:30 Exercise session 2:  provide a consultation feedback on a policy document

15:30 - 16:00 Exercise 2 feedback

16:00 -16:15 Coffee break

16:15 - 17:00 Network action: discussion session about EMB working groups and voting

17:00 - 17:30 Meeting close : next steps for the EMB ECOP network