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Marine Institute's Dr Fiona Grant Appointed as Chair of the European Marine Board to Advance Marine Science and Foster Collaboration

24th April 2024
Dr. Fiona Grant from the Marine Institute in Ireland has been appointed as the Chair of the European Marine Board
Dr. Fiona Grant from the Marine Institute in Ireland has been appointed as the Chair of the European Marine Board

The Marine Institute's Dr Fiona Grant, a prominent figure in the global maritime science community, has been appointed as the Chair of the European Marine Board (EMB), a leading organisation that aims to advance marine science and foster collaboration across Europe and beyond. 

Dr Grant brings a wealth of experience and expertise in marine research and policy to her new role, having served in the field of marine science for over two decades. Her leadership roles within the Marine Institute, including her most recent position as Head of International Programmes, have seen her spearhead numerous initiatives aimed at enhancing our understanding of the ocean and promoting sustainable practices for their conservation.

In her new role as Chair of the EMB, Dr Grant will play a pivotal role in guiding the strategic direction of the organisation, championing its commitment to excellence in marine research, policy advice, and outreach. Her leadership will be instrumental in driving collaborative efforts to address pressing challenges such as climate change, biodiversity loss, and marine pollution, and ensure the long-term health and sustainability of our marine ecosystems.

Commenting on her appointment, Dr Fiona Grant expressed her gratitude and enthusiasm for the opportunity to lead the European Marine Board. "I am deeply honoured to take on the role of Chair and to work alongside the esteemed members of the EMB in advancing our shared goals for the benefit of our ocean and future generations," she stated. "Together, we will strive to harness the collective expertise and resources of the European marine community to address the challenges facing our ocean and unlock their full potential for the benefit of society." 

Dr Grant's appointment has been widely celebrated in the maritime community, with Niall McDonough, Director of Policy, Innovation, and Research Support Services at the Marine Institute, congratulating her on her new role. "Her dedication to advancing marine science and fostering international collaboration aligns perfectly with the EMB's objectives," he said. "With her vision, passion, and proven track record of achievement, she is poised to lead the EMB to new heights of excellence and impact in the years to come." 

Dr Sheila Heymans, the Executive Director of the European Marine Board, also praised Dr Grant's appointment, saying that she is "a wonderful example of why women should be encouraged to put themselves forward for these positions." Heymans expressed her excitement to work closely with Dr Grant over the next three to five years. 

Under Dr Grant's guidance, the European Marine Board will continue to facilitate interdisciplinary collaboration, foresight exercises, support policy development, promote gender equality, and promote the translation of scientific knowledge into actionable solutions. We wish Dr Grant all the best in her new role and look forward to seeing the progress she and the European Marine Board will make in advancing marine science and conservation.

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At A Glance – Ocean Facts

  • 71% of the earth’s surface is covered by the ocean
  • The ocean is responsible for the water cycle, which affects our weather
  • The ocean absorbs 30% of the carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere by human activity
  • The real map of Ireland has a seabed territory ten times the size of its land area
  • The ocean is the support system of our planet.
  • Over half of the oxygen we breathe was produced in the ocean
  • The global market for seaweed is valued at approximately €5.4 billion
  • · Coral reefs are among the oldest ecosystems in the world — at 230 million years
  • 1.9 million people live within 5km of the coast in Ireland
  • Ocean waters hold nearly 20 million tons of gold. If we could mine all of the gold from the ocean, we would have enough to give every person on earth 9lbs of the precious metal!
  • Aquaculture is the fastest growing food sector in the world – Ireland is ranked 7th largest aquaculture producer in the EU
  • The Atlantic Ocean is the second largest ocean in the world, covering 20% of the earth’s surface. Out of all the oceans, the Atlantic Ocean is the saltiest
  • The Pacific Ocean is the largest ocean in the world. It’s bigger than all the continents put together
  • Ireland is surrounded by some of the most productive fishing grounds in Europe, with Irish commercial fish landings worth around €200 million annually
  • 97% of the earth’s water is in the ocean
  • The ocean provides the greatest amount of the world’s protein consumed by humans
  • Plastic affects 700 species in the oceans from plankton to whales.
  • Only 10% of the oceans have been explored.
  • 8 million tonnes of plastic enter the ocean each year, equal to dumping a garbage truck of plastic into the ocean every minute.
  • 12 humans have walked on the moon but only 3 humans have been to the deepest part of the ocean.

(Ref: Marine Institute)

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