EurOCEAN 2014 Pre-event


The European Marine Observation and Data Network

Connecting people with data

Monday 6 October 2014, 14:00 - 18:00
Giacomello room, CNR Headquarters, Rome Italy 

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Capacity:  50 people

Meeting Chair: Phil Weaver



The EMODnet@EurOCEAN pre-event will introduce the data services provided by EMODnet as a core component of an end-to-end system for European ocean observation, emphasising the need for close collaboration between the various actors and related data initiates as well as between science and industry for new technologies and services in support of Blue Growth. It will consider how EMODnet fits in the wider marine data landscape in Europe and showcase new sea-basin level approaches to evaluate marine data availability and observation capacity from a use-perspective. To conclude, the participants will look ahead at current bottlenecks and future requirements to guide further development of this long term marine data initiative into a fully operational, efficient and user friendly service addressing the needs of the marine science, policy and industry communities.



  • 14:00 - 15:00 | Session 1: EMODnet in the marine data landscape

This session will introduce the EMODnet concept, main features, data and services it provides and present an overview of the current state of play.

  • Introduction to EMODnet (5’) – Jan-Bart Calewaert (EMODnet Secretariat) and EMODnet Steering Committee
  • Round table discussion with EMODnet thematic lot coordinators Dick Schaap (Bathymetry), Alan Stevenson (Geology), Jacques Populus (Seabed habitats), Alessandra Giorgetti (Chemistry), Simon Claus (Biology), Antonio Novellino (Physics), Alvise Bragadin (Human activities) 
  • 15:00 - 16:00 | Session 2: Optimizing data aquisition and access to data resources
This session will address the role of EMODnet and complementary systems in making available and aligning datastreams from related marine data initiatives.
  • Assessing efficiency of observation networks feeding into EMODnet (15’) - Jun She Ph.D. (Centre for Ocean and Ice, Danish Meteorological Institute, Denmark)
  • Linking data from various European marine data initiatives (15’) – Sylvie Pouliquen (Ifremer, France)
  • Drivers of EMODnet progress: EMODnet sea-basin checkpoints and the EMODnet Central Portal (15’) – Emanuela Clementi (INGV, Italy) and Simon Claus (VLIZ, Belgium)
  • Discussion with speaker panel and audience
  • 16:00 - 16:30 | Coffee Break
  • 16:30 - 17:25 | Session 3: Making EMODnet fit for purpose and user friendly
This session will address whether EMODnet is currently fulfilling the needs of core users and consider what is needed to accommodate user needs, among others in view of MSFD reporting and regional convention requirements as well as improve use and supply of data by industry.
  • OSPAR’s data gathering and information management activities and how to make better use of EMODnet? (15’) Darius Campbell (OSPAR)
  • EMODnet for Member State environmental monitoring and reporting obligations: the case of Italy (15’) - Giordano Giorgi (ISPRA, Italy)
  • Discussion with speaker panel and audience
  • 17:25 - 17:35 | Intermezzo
  • The European Atlas of the Seas, a sister initiative of EMODnet - Jean Dusart (JRC)


  • 17:35 - 18:00 | Closing remarks
  • Forward look from DG MARE on funding opportunities and the next phase: is EMODnet here to stay? - Richard Bates (DG MARE)
  • Messages for EurOCEAN2014 main conference


How to participate

The event is free to attend, but registration is required due to limited room capacity. To participate please send an email to This event is organised by the EMODnet Secretariat on behalf of the EMODnet community. For more information please contact:

Jan-Bart Calewaert (Head, EMODnet Secretariat)