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EurOCEAN 2000
The European Conference on Marine Science and Ocean Technology

Hamburg, Germany
29 August - 2 September 2000

Closing Plenary Session, Saturday 2 September 2000

Title: Marine Science and Ocean Technology from FP4 to FP6.

Keynote speakers were:

  • Gian Mario Bozzo (Tecnomare): Marine technology in the 4th and 5th Framework Programmes: the highlights and an industrial perspective on the problem-solving approach to European research;
  • Prof.Anastassios Eleftheriou (Inst. of Marine Biology, Heraklion): The 5th Framework Programme: a problem-solving approach to European research from the scientific perspective;
  • Prof. Jacquie McGlade (Univ.College London): New trends in national and European marine RTD programmes.
  • It is foreseen to make the texts of these talks available on the Web in a few days.

Following the Keynote Presentations there was a round table discussion.
This discussion took up 4 themes:

  1. The interfacing of science and technology. Among the points made:
    • Scientists do not seem to be aware of available tools already in extensive use by industry (AUVs, ROVs...). Hence a risk of duplication in research.
    • In the USA (Margaret Leinen, NSF), the key requirement is to have a clear path from science to technology and from technology to industry, and to know who (where, how) is responsible for streamlining that relationship.

  2. The integration of socio-economics.

    Margaret Leinen said that the USA experience the same difficulties as we do in Europe. What makes the dialogue of natural and social scientists difficult, is that the problems we are interested in are not those in which social sciences faculties provide education; social scientists tend to want to move within their own culture

  3. Pre-operational science.

    Is there a chain going from observation to monitoring to pre-operational research and to operation? Where does research stop, how do we reach stakeholders, who should fund pre-operational research?

  4. Transatlantic cooperation.

    Both C.Patermann (DG Research, European Commission) and M.Leinen (NSF) called for a significant effort to step up co-operation. Leinen emphasised that the US is looking for partners in international programmes and that Europe has very strong capabilities. She praised European scientists for their achievements in recent years, particularly with regard to integration across national boundaries. Indeed, her presence during the whole conference was noted and, judging from the number of questions asked of her, drew huge interest from the audience.

C. Patermann concluded the conference by saying that he hoped to be able to welcome delegates to the next one, and indicating that this will probably take place in 3 years time.

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