|The main objectives to be attained by Seas-Era were the definition of a european Marine and Maritime research agenda, aiming at improving co-operation and co-ordination and promoting harmonisation of national/regional research programmes; foster synergies at national and regional level, mobilising competitive and non-competitive funds for research in a more coordinated way, through joint calls and common programs; propose a plan for a better and sustainable use and sharing of the existing Marine research Infrastructures, and a road map for new investments; reduce imbalances among regions through human capacity building, setting-up a pan-European training and mobility strategy for human resources; and enhance public awareness towards marine and maritime scientific and policy issues in Europe to translate the RTD activities into social, economic and cultural benefits. These general objectives were to be first implemented at the basin scale as a step forward in building-up the overarched pan-European strategy and making progress in establishing a stable and durable structure for empowering and strengthening marine re-search all across Europe.|
Since the launch of the initiative, in 2010, Seas-Era has contributed to:
• Consolidate and expand the network of Marine Research Funding Organisations (RFOs) built on previous FP6 ERA-Net partnerships: AMPERA, MarinERA and MariFISH;
• Delineate a Vision for each of the three Sea Basins studied (the Atlantic, the Mediterranean and the Black Sea), to be developed through mutually agreed Sea Basin Research Strategies / Agendas;
• Set-up an Inventory of European Marine Research Infrastructures, further developed by EurOcean into an on-line database: http://rid.eurocean.org/;
• Identify potential topics for Common Programming in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea, and confirm the ability of the Seas-Era partnership to undertake joint funding (€4.4 million) of collaborative research projects;
• Make recommendations for strengthening Human Capacity Building, in particular by facilitating the completion of PhD fellowships within collaborative projects;
• Enhance public awareness towards marine and maritime scientific and policy issues in Europe, to translate the RTD activities into social, economic and cultural benefits.
Full details of these achievements are given in the following publication; achievements that would have not been possible without the cooperation of all participating institutions and their representatives and, particularly, the competence and enthusiasm of the WP leaders, to which we are very much indebted. We hope that the lasting impact and legacy of the Seas-Era project will live on future initiatives, notably on the JPI OCEANS that would incorporate the work done here in its future longer-term Work Programme.
Please consult the report here
Source: SEAS-ERA Legacy Report