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History

The history of the European Marine Biology Symposia dates back to 1960 when Otto Kinne, Director of the Biologische Anstalt Helgoland, initiated a series of German marine biological symposia.

These Symposia attracted marine scientists from outside Germany and it was realized that European participation should be encouraged. In answers to a questionnaire sent out in 1965, 98% were in favour of European Marine Biology Symposium being held at regular intervals; 65% were against affiliation to any existing international bodies. As a result the first European Marine Biology Symposium was held on Helgoland in early autumn 1966 (see Kinne, 1967).

Such was the success of this meeting that Symposia have been held annually since 1966. To date they have been organized in about 20 different European countries, some having been visited more then once, attracting marine scientists not just from Europe but from all over the world. Details concerning topics for discussion at the Symposia and all aspects of organization are left to the inviting institution. One, or sometimes two or three topics are chosen which normally reflect the interest of the inviting body. This restricts somewhat the number of participants but allows for an efficient exchange of ideas and discussions.

At the first meeting in Helgoland an ad hoc Committee was organized consisting of a representative from each European country attending that meeting. Such a Committee meets during each year's Symposium. The purpose of the Committee meeting is to ensure the informal nature of these Symposia and their continuity, and also to give advice to inviting institutions when necessary. There is a President, who holds office for 3 years and is supported by a Secretary. The late Harold Barnes of the Dunstaffnage Marine Laboratory, Scotland, was elected the first President. Subsequent presidents have come from France, Germany, Italy, Norway, the Netherlands, Austria, Wales and Finland.

EMBS Objective

The objective of the European Marine Biology Symposia is to advance the science of Marine Biology within Europe.
The Symposia promote Marine Biology by means of an annual meeting hosted within a European country, open to all with an interest in the subject.
Wide dissemination of the scientific proceedings is by publication of selected, refereed papers in a symposium volume, currently in the international journal Hydrobiologia.

The aims of the annual symposia are: 

·         To provide a forum for the presentation of current marine biological research verbally and by posters

·         To encourage a wider interest in Marine Biology and an awareness of the need for the proper management of European seas and coasts among politicians, managers, industrialists, environmental planners, and the general public

·         To support specialist group-discussions or workshops on themes of particular interest

·         To foster inter-European links and cooperation between research workers in Marine Biology

 

Year

Place

President

1st

1966

Helgoland

H. Barnes (Scotland)

2nd

1967

Bergen

H. Barnes (Scotland)

3rd

1968

Arcachon

H. Barnes (Scotland)

4th

1969

Bangor

Wiell (France)

5th

1970

Venice

Wiell (France)

6th

1971

Rovinj

Wiell (France)

7th

1972

Texel

Brattstrom (Norway)

8th

1973

Sorrento [cancelled]

Brattstrom (Norway)

9th

1974

Oban

Brattstrom (Norway)

10th

1975

Ostend

Brattstrom (Norway)

11th

1976

Galway

Battaglia (Italy)

12th

1977

Stirling

Battaglia (Italy)

13th

1978

Isle of Man

Battaglia (Italy)

14th

1979

Heligoland

Kinne (Germany)

15th

1980

Kiel

Kinne (Germany)

16th

1981

Texel

Kinne (Germany)

17th

1982

Brest

Zijlstra (Netherlands)

18th

1983

Oslo

Zijlstra (Netherlands)

19th

1984

Plymouth

Zijlstra (Netherlands)

20th

1985

Hirtshals

Gray (Norway)

21st

1986

Gdansk

Gray (Norway)

22nd

1987

Barcelona

Gray (Norway)

23rd

1988

Swansea

M. Barnes (Scotland)

24th

1989

Oban

M. Barnes (Scotland)

25th

1990

Ferrara

M. Barnes (Scotland)

26th

1991

Yerseke (Middelburg)

Glémarec (France)

27th

1992

Dublin

Glémarec (France)

28th

1993

Crete

Glémarec (France)

29th

1994

Vienna

J. Ott (Austria)

30th

1995

Southampton

J. Ott (Austria)

31st

1996

St. Petersburg

J. Ott (Austria)

32nd

1997

Lysekill (Sweden)

T. Ryland (Wales)

33rd

1998

Wilhelmshaven (Germany)

T. Ryland (Wales)

34th

1999

Arores (Portugal)

T. Ryland (Wales)

35th

2000

Sevastopol (Ukraine) [cancelled]

G. Relini (Italy)

36th

2001

Minorca (Spain)

G. Relini (Italy)

37th

2002

Reykjavik (Iceland)

G. Relini (Italy)

38th

2003

Aveiro (Portugal)

G. Relini (Italy)

39th

2004

Genoa (Italy)

E. Bonsdorff (Finland)

40th

2005

Vienna (Austria)

E. Bonsdorff (Finland)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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