The 4th European Marine Board Forum will bring together Arctic stakeholders from multiple sectors (science, industry, policy & governance, NGOs, etc.) to:
- Discuss current trends and patterns of change in Arctic Ocean ecosystems, including human activity;
- Identify possible "2050" scenarios for Arctic Change and the corresponding implications for human health and well-being;
- Highlight key research gaps, needs and challenges in support of understanding, mitigating against, or adapting to Arctic change;
- Stimulate dialogue across sectors to aid common understanding, collaborative actions and sustainability targets;
- Promote the need for a sustainable ecosystem-based management of the Arctic Ocean.
Moderated by David Shukman, BBC Science Editor, the programme will include David Vaughan (British Antarctic Survey), Paul Connolly (President of the International Council for Exploration of the Sea), Antje Boetius (Alfred Wegener Institute for Marine and Polar Research), Kári Fannar Lárusson (Arctic Council), Robert Blaauw (Shell Den Haag) and Kurt Vandenberghe (European Commission, DG Research & Innnovation). The event will conclude with a high-level panel discussion with participation from science, industry and policy.
The Forum will take place in the centre of Brussels, at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts (KVAB, Hertogsstraat 1, 1000 Brussels), on Wednesday 12 March 2014. The Academy is situated to the left from the Royal Palace, across Hertogsstraat.
Further information on registration can be found at www.marineboard.eu/4thforum.