Ocean science was a key topic of discussion during a February 12 meeting between the United States and the European Union regarding ways to enhance their science, technology and innovation cooperation. The Joint Consultative Group meeting took place under the agreement for scientific and technological cooperation between the European Union and the United States. Groups led by the Director-General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission, Robert-Jan Smits, and Dr. Kerri-Ann Jones, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, explored how to advance cooperation in transatlantic marine, maritime and Arctic research, transport research, health research and materials science. Ocean science topics discussed include: transatlantic marine, maritime and Arctic research, which impacts our understanding of oceans and how coastal resources are sustainably managed and the potential for the rapid expansion of joint work on ocean observation and forecasting, including seabed and habitat mapping was discussed.
Director-General Robert-Jan Smits noted: “By engaging in more joint research, the EU and the U.S. can produce greater scientific breakthroughs, encourage new industries and provide more solutions to societal problems. We can speed up those breakthroughs by putting our best brains together across academia and industry, and by fostering joint projects at sufficient scope and scale. I am personally committed to this goal.”