Moderated by David Shukman, BBC Science Editor, presentations by leading experts in Arctic Ocean research will incorporate:

• The nature and consequences of the present ice and glacier melting, anthropogenic contamination, and shifts in the ecosystems including range shifts and invading species.
• The ongoing biodiversity and ecosystem assessments, and the challenge of setting up marine observatories for the complete Arctic system: ice, ocean and biota.
• How we manage Arctic resources of fishing, shipping and oil and gas exploration and, at the same time, protect and conserve the Arctic environment.

The forum will culminate with an open panel discussion on the roles of industry and science in achieving sustainable management of the Arctic Ocean.

For further information, please download the forum flyer and see the forum programme.

Registration is free, subject to the availability of places.

Who should attend the forum?

European and national policymakers, advisors and programme managers, scientists, and representatives from industry and NGOs.

Location and date:

The forum will take place in the centre of Brussels, at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Sciences and the Arts (KVAB, 1 Hertogsstraat /Rue Ducale, 1000 Brussels), on Wednesday 12 March 2014. The Academy is situated to the left from the Royal Palace, across Hertogsstraat.


For further information on the forum please contact Dina Eparkhina Email or Veronica French Email of the European Marine Board Secretariat.

David Shukman, BBC Science Editor and Forum Moderator.