The NMBAQC Scheme was set up to provide quality control/assurance to the macrobenthic invertebrate elements of the Clean Seas Environmental Monitoring Programme (CSEMP; formerly the NMMP); it has since provided the external quality assurance for statutory monitoring to report to Government and the EU. These reporting requirements have led to the NMBAQC diversifying into other biological disciplines. The elements of the Scheme are detailed in the NMBAQC website.
Partnership for Observation of the Global Ocean (POGO) will be offering a number of shipboard fellowship opportunities onboard research vessels during 2019. This programme is designed to promote training and capacity building leading towards a global observation scheme for the oceans.
ICRS 2020, also known as the 14th International Coral Reef Symposium, is the primary international conference on coral reef science, conservation and management, bringing together more than 2,500 of the world's leading coral reef scientists, young career researchers, experts, policy makers, conservationists and reef managers.
IPBES (the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) calls for the nomination of experts on invasive species by governments or organisations and stakeholders. In order to reinforce the presence of marine experts in IPBES assessments , and as for previous IPBES calls for experts or collaboration, the EuroMarine Steering Committee strongly encourages marine scientists to apply for their nomination, either by their government, or by an organisation.
The Blue Invest in the Mediterranean Conference, which will take place on 24 January 2019, has a call opportunity available.
The call is a call for an expression of interest to pitch a presentation for the event. The rules and guidelines for calls can be seen below:
Rules and Guidelines
The European Commission reserves the right to decide whether the proposed pitch will be presented at the Blue Invest in the Mediterranean 2019 event. All European Commission decisions are final.
The 3rd edition of the EKLIPSE Call for Requests is now open. This call openly invites policy makers and other individuals involved in marine science to identify topics or evidence needs relating to biodiversity and ecosystem services which are of EU policy relevance, requiring in-depth analysis and a consolidated view from science and other knowledge holders.
To be eligible for the call, applicants must not be from organisations that are part of the EKLIPSE consortium, their request must be relevant to ongoing or future European policy processes or ecosystem services.
EKLIPSE is inviting applications to join the Knowledge Coordination Body (KCB) until October 2019. The KCB organises and accompanies the knowledge synthesis processes within EKLIPSE. The KCB also coordinates other tasks required to set up a self-sustaining mechanism for evidence-based and evidence-informed policy on biodiversity and ecosystem services.
The main tasks will involve contributing to selecting and scoping requests from policy and other societal actors, overseeing evidence processes and coordinating identification of research priorities.
The IPBES fellowship programme provides an opportunity for outstanding early-career individuals from all backgrounds and disciplines working on biodiversity and ecosystem services to fully participate in IPBES assessments. The fellows gain first-hand experience in participating in major multidisciplinary scientific assessments while working with, and being mentored by, leading experts.
IPBES is currently seeking fellows to participate in two assessments to be launched in 2018:
EKLIPSE is developing a European Mechanism to answer requests from policy makers and other societal actors on biodiversity-related issues. EKLIPSE invites proposals for requests from consortia representing policy, research, NGOs or individual applications from policy or other societal actors.