ESF launches new vision on marine science in the European Research Area

November 13, 2002

Brussels, 12 Nov 2002

On 11 November the European Science Foundation (ESF) Marine Board delivered its strategic report 'Integrating Marine Science in Europe' to EU Research Commissioner Philippe Busquin.

The report is the result of two years' consultation, and according to the ESF, it provides a comprehensive overview of the important role of marine science in sustainable development and in meeting societal needs. 'It identifies exciting new developments in science and technology, highlights long-term observational needs, access to large scale infrastructures and outreach activities.'

In presenting the report, Jean-François Minster, CEO of the French Marine Institute (IFREMER) and newly elected chairperson of the ESF Marine Board said: 'We have established an important milestone in the process of integrating and developing marine science as a key component of the European Research Area. We have provided a basis for developing mechanisms for better coordinating Member States' Marine R&D [research and development] programmes, facilitating interagency cooperation and maximising the benefit for marine science and the marine sector for the European Sixth Framework Programme.'

The ESF Marine Board hopes that report will be a catalyst for the creation of a European Marine Research Area.

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