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Report: “The Ocean and future aspects of the European Marine Research Area”

How could Marine Science become a European Break-Through Research Area? To make Marine Science a European Break-Through Area was the tune at the above mentioned International Seminar. 130 participants from close to 20 countries took part in the event on Friday 11 June.


Report: “The Ocean and Future Aspects of the European Marine Research Area”

On 11 June 2004 the topic “The Ocean and Future Aspects of the European Marine Research Area” was put on the agenda in Brussels. 130 participants from the European Institutions and 20 countries met to discuss why and how marine science should be given high priority in the 7th Framework Programme. It is a pleasure for me to present the report from this International Seminar, it can now be downloaded

 Ocean report.pdf:

Several of the keynote speakers pointed out the potential of marine science to significantly contribute to the objectives of the Lisbon strategy, to achieve sustainable economic growth. Ms. Kristin Clemet, the Norwegian Minister of Education and Research, posted the challenge for Europe to take on a more active role in the exploration and management of the oceans.
Commissioner for Research, Mr. Philippe Busquin, underlined the need for a co-ordinated effort at both the national and the Community level, in order to combat the lack of appropriate structures and mechanisms for research, and to set up a research policy that will contribute to our common economic and social goals.

To realise the full potential of the marine sector, we have to overcome the problem that lies in a lack of integration, vision, focus and leadership, argued the Irish organisers of the EurOCEAN Conference 2004. Dr. Peter Heffernan, CEO of the Marine Institute continued by proposing the following vision: “A thriving maritime economy in harmony with the environment supported by excellence in the European Research Area, ERA”.

One aim of the seminar which was successfully achieved, was to bring to Brussels the debate on the scope and the role of marine science in the 7th Framework Programme for Research. This debate will continue. The key message from the seminar was that the European Marine Research Area could become a break-through area for the ERA.

Several ideas were submitted and you will find many of them in the report, but as a start there was expressed need for:
 An integrated European Marine Science and Technology Programme;
 A mechanism for co-ordinating marine science across all axes of the 7th Framework Programme;
 A substantial budget for marine activities in the 7th Framework Programme.
On behalf of the Norwegian Research and Innovation Forum, I would like to thank all the contributors to this report. I hope many of you will read the report and will find it useful in your preparations for the next Framework Programme
Gard Titlestad

The Galway declaration can be found here:

CORDISNews has a newsflash on the event:

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Program and registered participants can be downloaded here:



Presentations can be downloaded here:

09:00 Opening session

Moderator: Ambassador Bjørn T. Grydeland, Mission of Norway to EU

  • Representative for the Irish Presidency: Dr. Peter Hefferman, Chief Executive, The Marine Institute, Ireland
  • Dr. Jake Rice, Chief Scientist, International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES)
  • Mrs. Kristin Clemet, Norwegian Minister for Education and Research
  • Mr. Philippe Busquin, Commissioner for Research, European Commission

11:00 Session two – panel followed by discussion – “The Ocean and the European Marine Research Area – a great opportunity for the next framework programme – but of what substance – and how?”

Moderator: Mr. Alain Laurec, Principal Adviser, DG Fisheries

  • Sweden, Dr. Kerstin Johannesson, Professor in Marine Ecology at Göteborg University, Department of Marine Ecology and Director of Tjärnö Marine Biological Laboratory
  • DG Research, Directorate E – Biotechnology, agriculture and food, EU Commission, Dr. Laurent Bochereau, Head of Unit Safety of food production systems ( Part 1, Part 2 )
  • Germany, Professor Peter Herzig, Director, IFM-GEOMAR Kiel ( Part 1, Part 2, part 3 )
  • Norway, Mr. Wiktor Sørensen, Executive Director, NORUT
  • DG Research, Directorate I – Environment, EU Commission, Mr. Pierre Mathy, Head of Unit Biodiversity and marine ecosystems
  • Spain, Dr. Beatriz Morales Nin, Ministry of Education and Science

12:45 “Take home lessons” with regard to the next framework programme

  • The Netherlands: Mr. Auke Bijlsma, the Dutch research council NWO
  • DG Research, Directorate I – Environment, EU Commission, Mr. Pierre Valette, Director
  • Norway, Ms. Karin Refsnes, Director, the Research Council of Norway

Glimps from the Foresight Study “Norwegian Aquaculture 2020”

  • Mr. Lars Horn, Director, Division for Strategic Priorities, The Research Council of Norway.



10 December 2003: The Conference “Boosting Innovation from Research to Market” was a success!

CORDISNews has a newsflash on the event:

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190 participated at the reception, the seminar, the Nobel-Lunch and the three workshops. 27 countries were represented and many key-persons from the European Institutions participated. var representert og mange nøkkelpersoner fra de Europeiske institusjonene deltok.

The Conference offered

  • A high-level part with interesting and different approaches to international, European, regional and national innovation
  • exiting presentations in the three workshops
  • a sum-up and concluding part.

The Conference findings are published in a booklet for downloading:

Complete booklet:

Parts of the booklet:

1-Boosting Innovation cover and content.pdf

2-Boosting Innovation Executive Summary.pdf

3-Boosting Innovation KeyNotes and TakeHomeMessages.pdf

4-Boosting Innovation A Company Approach to Innovation.pdf

5-Boosting Innovation Regional Actors within the Innovation -.pdf

6-Boosting Innovation Innovation for a Sustainable Hydrogen E.pdf

7-Boosting Innovation Annexes.pdf

The presentations that not are found in the booklet can be dowloaded here:







13 October 2003: “Challenge of the future: ethics in medical research”


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Background documents: Report from Symposium in Washington D.C. 16 May


Opening Session – Introduction

  • Challenges in research ethics in Central and Eastern Europe – Professor Joze Trontelj, Head of Unit for Neurobiological Research and Development, Institute of Clinical Neurophysiology, University Medical Centre, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Comment from Professor Jan Helge Solbakk, Director Centre for Medical Ethics, Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo


22 – 23 May 2003 “Challenges for Sustainable Energy policy – can R & D deliver?”





“Energy systems in transition – new roles for research and technology”

Mr. Odd S. Haraldsen, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Petroleum & Energy, Norway

Mr. Angel Perez Sainz, Head of Unit, Energy production and distribution systems, Sustainable Energy, European Commission, DG Research

Mr. Carmen Difiglio, Head of the Energy Technology Division, International Energy Agency, IEA

Mr. Anders Wijkman, Member of the EU Parliament

“Sustainable continued use of fossil fuels”

Dr. Helge Kongsjorden, Statoil Research Centre

Mr. Stefaan Vergote, Directorate C: Air Quality, Climate Change, Chemicals & Biotechnology, European Commission, DG Environment

“Energy efficiency and renewable energy sources”

Mr. William Gillett, Deputy Head of Unit, New and Renewable Energy Sources, European Commission, DG Energy and Transport

Mr. Hans Nilsson, Lund University, Sweden

“The Hydrogen Society – Still a distant dream?”

Mr. Jón Björn Skúlason, General Manager, Icelandic New Energy Ltd, Reykjavik

Mr. Ivar Hexeberg, Vice President, Norsk Hydro

Dr. Woodrow W. Clark, Senior Policy Advisor to Interim Director, Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, California, USA

31 January 2003 “IT – a key driver for the next economic expansion”


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11.06.04 Commissioner Busquin said that ERA, FP-7 and Marine Science should be better integrated.Photo: GAT

11.06.04 Minister Clemet believes polar regions and deep ocean exploration are of special importance.Photo: GAT

11.06.04 Dr. Hefferman, CEO Irelands Marine Institute and Dr. Rice, Chief Scientist ICES, set the tune when giving their keynote speeches.Photo: GAT