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EurOCEAN 2023 side events

The EurOCEAN 2023 conference will take place on 10-11 October 2023 from ~08:00 to ~17:30 CEST in Vigo (Spain), at the Auditorio y Palacio de Congresos Mar de Vigo. Other events and visits will happen around those dates outside the main conference organization. Please be aware that these side events require additional registration.

1st EMB Early Career Ocean Professional (ECOP) Network Forum

8-9 October 2023, 09:00 - 19:30 CET.
Cidade da Cultura in Santiago de Compostela, Spain
Open to ECOPs from EMB member organizations only.
Event website

As Early Career Ocean Professionals (ECOPs) are interested to engage in the marine science-policy discussions, the European Marine Board Ambassadors are organizing a 2-day EMB ECOP Network Forum to provide both training and a space for intergenerational dialogue between EMB ECOPs and European policy makers, experts, as well as senior scientists.The Forum is planned to take place back-to-back with the EurOCEAN conference 2023 in Vigo, so attending ECOPs can also take advantage of this major marine science-policy conferences in Europe after the forum.

High-Level Panel on Plastic Governance: roadmap for the upcoming decade

9 October 2023, 16:00 – 17:30 CET.
Aula 1. Edificio Redeiras - Universidade de Vigo. Rúa da Ribeira do Berbés, 11, 36202 Vigo
Capacity limited to 40 participants (under previous registration).
Registration link:

This High-Level Panel will be a platform for the plastic industry, the scientific community, intergovernmental organizations, and civil society to come together and discuss the multifaceted issue of plastic pollution, setting the base for the challenges of the next decade. The focus is on what various actors in Europe, including industry, society, and policymakers, are accomplishing to tackle this complex problem. Moreover, the HL Panel will highlight the ambitious research conducted under the LabPlas project, addressing key aspects of plastics in ecosystems, such as their sources, biodegradability, ecotoxicology, and environmental assessment. Intended to be a space of dialogue, this HL panel aims to foster collaboration, synergy, and coordinated actions among stakeholders toward achieving the goal of zero plastic pollution by 2050, as outlined in the recent EU's Zero Pollution Action Plan.

More information and draft programme is available here.

MBON-Europe: Marine Biodiversity Observation Network for Europe Meeting

10 October 2023, 18:00 – 19:30 CET.
Sala Polivalente. Auditorio y Palacio de Congresos Mar de Vigo, Vigo, Galicia, Spain
Registration link:

The Marine Biodiversity Observation Network for Europe (MBON Europe) is a Long-Term Scientific Working Group funded by EuroMarine. Its main objective is to spearhead coordination of active monitoring of marine biodiversity by organisations in Europe. Long term time series are essential to recognise and understand trends that may be due to natural or human activities, especially climate change. MBON Europe is working on formalising coordination between organisations through Memoranda of Understanding (MoU), collating information on what monitoring is being done and how, discussing how to harmonise methods, facilitating data publication, synthesising the current situation, and developing a strategy for improved coordination. Join us at the MBON-Europe Meeting, on the 10th of October, to learn more about our activities and results and how you can join and contribute to this important topic.


  • Aims and progress in 2023;
  • Plans for 2024 and beyond;
  • Open Forum Discussion.

More information on MBON-Europe:

Visit the Nautilus Submarine Observatory of the Port of Vigo

11 and 12 October 2023, 17:30 – 19:00 CET.
Capacity limited to 25 participants per time slot (under previous registration).
Registration link:

Visit the Nautilus and discover life below water! The port marks a meeting point between marine and terrestrial environments. Under water there is a rich ecosystem of great biological value and a sustainable port must make its activity compatible with nature. The Nautilus submarine observatory offers opportunities to learn about life underwater in ports environment and is a unique experience of witnessing first-hand the development of biodiversity on a new ecological type of concrete (ECOncrete). The Nautilus is part of the Living Ports project, which combines conservation, research and unique access to nature-inclusive infrastructure.


Start construction Dutch Research Vessel Anna Weber-van Bosse

11 October 2023, 18:00 – 20:15 CET.
Armon Shipyards VIGO, Avenida Beiramar 2, Vigo, Galicia, Spain
This event is for invitees only. For more information please send an email to

The festive start of the construction of the new Dutch ocean-going research vessel, the RV Anna Weber-van Bosse will take place at Shipyards Astilleros Armon in Vigo, which is less than 15-minute walking from congress location. A traditional coin will be welded onto the keel beam 'for good luck' in the presence of representatives of NIOZ Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research, NWO (the Dutch Scientific Board), the shipyard, crew, and guests.


European Marine Board Autumn Plenary meeting

12 October 13:00 - 16:00 CET & 13 October 09:00 - 12:00
CETMAR - Centro Tecnolóxico do Mar, Rúa de Eduardo Cabello, s/n, 36208 Vigo
Open to EMB Delegates only
Summary of previous meetings

The European Marine Board Members (representing over 10,000 scientists and technical staff in Europe) will meet on 12-13 October in Vigo to reflect on the outcomes from the EurOCEAN 2023 conference.