The Biological Carbon Pump in a Changing WorldInternal


Activity Overview

Type: Foresight Workshop
Start Date: October 17, 2016
End Date: October 19, 2016
Venue: Schloß Etelsen, Bremen (Germany)
Website: Meeting website
Contact: Morten Iversen
E-mail: miversen [at]
Funding Call: EuroMarine 2015 Call for Proposals
Decision Body: EuroMarine Steering Committee
Total Budget: €8,510
Funds Granted: €7,500

Manager(s): Eva-Marina Zetsche, Morten Iversen
Co-organiser(s): Helle Ploug, Brivaëla Moriceau
Application/registration deadline: July 31, 2016
Registration website:

This event will bring together 20 leading European scientists to discuss the current and future research needs of the biological carbon pump, a critical mechanism in our oceans. The potential effects of changes on the biological carbon pump have possible far reaching consequences on future carbon sequestration in the oceans.

The aim of the workshop will be to gain an overview and a synthesis among the European research community and then identify the most important knowledge gaps. The biogeochemical carbon pump is a critical aspect influencing global biogeochemical fluxes and changes are affecting ecosystem functions which all have an influence on the biological carbon pump. Participants of the workshop will share current research foci within this area and will discuss future plans and collaborative projects to improve transnational synergies. Participants will work towards integrating current expert activities and visions to compile a roadmap of key priorities to fill knowledge gaps. This will assist with work towards obtaining funding through EU instruments as well as other international and national funding opportunities.

An open access collaborative foresight paper will be published to encourage a continuation of ideas and knowledge exchange within this realm of science. A public outreach event during the workshop will aim to broaden awareness of the biological carbon pump in our changing world. Developing and co-ordinating a roadmap for future collaborations will pave the way for larger transdisciplinary projects between member countries. The long-term goal of these studies is to help develop a unified marine biogeochemical/ecosystem model framework. 

The EuroMarine Foresight Symposium "The Biological Carbon Pump in a Changing World" was initiated to bring together leading European scientists to discuss the current and future research needs of this critical mechanism in our oceans. A total of 27 scientists participated.

All participants agreed that the EuroMarine Foresight Symposium was an excellent opportunity where we for more or less the first time brought together exclusively European scientists working on the biological pump. All participants found the spectra of scientific fields represented at the workshop excellent. It was agreed to keep in close contact and look for funding schemes where future meetings can be held and will aim to form a consortium in order to fund research a program across countries. Participants had each identified key gaps in the field a priori to the workshop, which organizers subsequently summarized and used as a focus for the workshop.

These broad spectra of identified research gaps were narrowed into a more focussed scientific aim for the research related to the biological pump. The first task after the workshop will be to write a perspective paper based on the outcome from the workshop. As a result of the workshop, several new potential collaborations were identified. The session on current ongoing projects and potential proposals from different countries (France, two from Spain and one from the UK) also opened up room for further collaborations and several of the participants will join already funded projects. Several participants formed ideas and joined up to write nationally funded proposals. Work is now underway on the idea of forming a consortium to bring all participants together in a bigger project, possibly funded through a future Horizon 2020 call and also smaller opportunities. Specific research goals and methods were identified and will be pursued as a joint effort to further progress the research on the biological pump in Europe.