EMB Brown Bag Lunch: How marine stations address societal challenges?

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Why are 21st century marine stations essential to address societal challenges?

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Dr. Matthew Frost, MBA Deputy Director and President of the European Network of Marine Stations (MARS) will spark the conversation on this topic at EMB's 3rd Brown Bag Lunch Session that will be organised on Wednesday 2 October at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels.

There is an ongoing challenge to maintain sustained ocean observations. This is partly due to funding issues linked to a lack of understanding among non-specialists as to their importance. There are also challenges around coordination and oversight, which can be confusing as we attempt to maintain time-series over large temporal and spatial scales. The challenges are even more pronounced when we consider biological as opposed to oceanographic observatories.

This talk will highlight some of the extremely important work that has come out of biological observatories, often linked to some of the approximately 1400 marine laboratories located around the world’s coastlines. It also highlights why long-term biological observations are vital for addressing some of society’s most important issues today and puts forwards some ideas for ensuring they are recognised as a vital long-term resource for policy-makers.

Anyone who is interested to find out more on this topic is invited to join the discussion for a lively and informal interaction.

A sandwich lunch will be provided by the European Marine Board.

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