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The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) is supported by a dedicated Secretariat funded by the European Commission. The Secretariat provides high-level coordination and technical support to guide the development of the EMODnet Central Portal, monitor the various EMODnet projects and disseminate their results. The main aim is to develop a more coherent, effective, efficient and fit for purpose EMODnet, and to stimulate its use by industry, policy and scientific data users. 

Since 2013, the EMODnet Secretariat is administered by Seascape and hosted at the InnovOcean site in Oostende with the support from the Flemish Government. The initial mandate was renewed in September 2017. The EMODnet core Secretariat team based in Oostende at the InnovOcean site currently consists of Jan-Bart Calewaert (Head of the Secretariat), Kate Larkin (Deputy Head of the Secretariat), Conor Delaney (Technical Coordinator), Andrée-Anne Marsan (Communication and Coordination Officer), Julie Auerbach (Partnership Relations Officer), Tim Collart (Marine Data Analyst & GIS Support Officer), Nathalie Tonné (Project Officer) and Xiaoyu Fang (Project Officer). Additional Seascape staff provide remote support for specific tasks: Phil Weaver (Chair of the EMODnet Steering Committee and EOOS Advisory Committee) and Vikki Gunn (management, dissemination and outreach support). Since September 2018, the core secretariat staff from Seascape is also supported by three other organisations: Trust-IT for communication and webdesign, the European Marine Board to support EOOS Stakeholder interactions, and Bilbomatica for technical and developments support for the European Atlas of the Seas.   

The EMODnet Secretariat reports to the European Commission DG MARE and the Marine Knowledge Expert Group. It maintains an open exchange of information with all partners involved and informs the wider community with regular progress reports and updates on the Maritime Forum and the EMODnet central portal as well as through social media.

Main tasks of the Secretariat

  • Strenghten the coherence between EMODnet portals and activities
  • Support the governance of EMODnet 
  • Monitor portal usage and overall progress
  • Support communication, dissemination of information and outreach
  • Collect feedback from EMODnet users
  • Support the development of a European Ocean Observing System (EOOS)
  • Maintain and further develop the European Atlas of the Seas

Inauguration of the EMODnet Secretariat Office

The office of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) Secretariat was formally inaugurated  at the InnovOcean site in Oostende (Belgium) on Wednesday 19 February  2014. At the InnovOcean site, the EMODnet Secretariat is co-located with other influential organisations including Flanders Marine Institute, the European Marine Board and the IODE project office for IOC/UNESCO. Go to the Inauguration Page.



14th EMODnet Steering Committee meeting

This is an online meeting restricted to members of the EMODnet Steering Committee. Members of the EMODnet Technical Working Group (TWG) and the EC Marine Knowledge Expert Group (MKEG) will join for the morning session.
19 Apr 2021

9th EMODnet Technical Working Group meeting

These are online meetings restricted to members of the EMODnet Technical Working Group (TWG).These meetings will take place back to back with the 14th EMODnet Steering Committee meeting taking place on Monday 19 April 2021.
20 Apr 2021 to 21 Apr 2021

3rd International Ocean Governance Forum

The European Commission, in association with the European External Action Service (EEAS), invites ocean stakeholders worldwide to the presentation of the final recommendations for ocean sustainability action by the EU's International Ocean Governance (IOG) Forum.

More information about the event can be found here


20 Apr 2021