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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.

LATEST NEWS

EVENTS

European Maritime Day Conference

European Maritime Day this year is going virtual from Den Helder, The Netherlands on 20 and 21 May 2021. European Maritime Day is a 2-day conference. High-level plenary sessions including inspirational speakers, leadership exchanges and stakeholders’ workshops attract experts and stakeholders from across Europe and beyond. EMODnet Secretariat will host a stakeholder workshop on “Ocean Observation and Marine Data for the Blue Economy”.

20 May 2021 to 21 May 2021

EMODnet Open Conference and Jamboree - Pre-registration now open for this online event!

The second EMODnet Open Conference and Jamboree will take place from 14 until 18 June 2021 fully online. Pre-register now!

14 Jun 2021 to 18 Jun 2021
Online event

Online ocean literacy workshop on the European Atlas of the Seas

Join us for the ocean literacy workshop on the European Atlas of the Seas organised by the EMODnet Secretariat in the framework of the EMODnet Open Conference to learn about the many different aspects of the Atlas!
16 Jun 2021
Online