EUR-OCEANSEUR-OCEANS (European Network of Excellence for Ocean Ecosystems Analysis) is a network of excellence co-funded by the Sixth Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development of the European Communities (FP6). The network gathers more than 60 research institutes from 25 countries. Its activities started in January 2005, running for 4 years until December 2008.

The overall networking objective is to achieve lasting integration of both European research organisations on global change and pelagic marine ecosystems and the relevant scientific disciplines. The overall scientific objective is to develop models for assessing and forecasting the impacts of climate and anthropogenic forcing on food-web dynamics (structure, functioning, diversity and stability) of pelagic ecosystems in the open ocean.

EUR-OCEANS organises scientific workshops to generate knowledge, annual Principal Investigator meetings to share this knowledge, and a major scientific conference in 2008 to place the knowledge in context. Activities towards spreading of excellence ensure that the network remains grounded on policy and management needs at European and global level.

The GLOBEC IPO hosts the Knowledge Transfer Unit for EUR-OCEANS. The Knowledge Transfer Unit stems from the original EUR-OCEANS workpackage 9 - Transfer to socio-economic users. The Unit is the primary mechanism within the network for transferring knowledge to external users.

For further information see the EUR-OCEANS homepage

A GLOBEC / EUR-OCEANS Summer School "Towards ecosystem oceanography: identification and modelling of controls in marine ecosystems", was held 18-28 June 2006 at Dragerup Field Station, Denmark.

The course was primarily intended for young researchers at the PhD or postdoctoral stage in their careers and whose institution is a member of one the funding organisations. However, applications from other international candidates were considered. The course focused on controls in marine ecosystems and covered:

  • the detection and quantification of species interactions and the impact of climate, using long time series
  • the modelling of controls and ecosystems dynamics using a) individual-based models; b) size spectra and size-based models; c) mathematical network models.

The lecturers for the course were:

  • Dr Philippe Cury (IRD, France)
  • Prof Nils Stenseth (University of Oslo, Norway)
  • Prof. Henrik Gislason (Danish Institute for Fisheries Research, Denmark)
  • Dr Christian Mullon (IRD, France)
  • Dr Volker Grimm (UFZ Centre for Environmental Research, Germany)