About the event

4 September 2018, Science-policy breakfast discussion: "The slowing Gulf Stream? What we know and potential impacts",  European Parliament, Brussels (BE)

This policy briefing was held on 4 September 2018 in Brussels, at the European Parliament.

The policy brief document (here below) and the meeting were a joint effort of Blue-Action, the AtlantOS project and Searica. Searica is the European Parliament Intergroup on The Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas. The intergroup brings together 80 Members of the European Parliament from six different political groups and 19 member states.

Target audience: Members of the European Parliament and policy makers.

Blue-Action and AtlantOS representatives: Steffen M. Olsen (DMI), Tor Eldevik (UiB), Ben Moat (UKRI-NOC), Karin Margretha Larsen (HAV), Marius Årthun (UiB) and Marilena Oltmanns (GEOMAR)

Organisers: Steffen M. Olsen (DMI), Klaas De Boer (Searica), Jan-Stefan Fritz (KDM), Raeanne Miller (SRSL)

Venue: European Parliament, Altiero Spinelli  ASP 5G-1, Rue Wiertz 60, B-1047 Brussels

Short feature by Searica: http://www.searica.eu/en/events/conferences/the-slowing-gulf-stream



Welcome remarks by Gesine MEISSNER, MEP, President of the European Parliament Intergroup Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas (Searica)

Setting the Scene

  • Steffen OLSEN, Danish Meteorological Institute
  • Tor ELDEVIK, University of Bergen, Norway

Policy Keynote

Yvon SLINGENBERG , Director International and Mainstreaming and Policy Coordination, DG CLIMA

Panel Discussion

Moderated by Jan-Stefan FRITZ, Managing Director German Marine Research Consortium

  • Ben MOAT, National Oceanography Centre, UK
  • Karin Margretha LARSEN, Havstovan, Faroe Islands
  • Marilena OLTMANNS, GEOMAR, Germany
  • Marius ÅRTHUN, University of Bergen, Norway

Feedback round


The feedback round was moderated by by Jan-Stefan FRITZ, Managing Director German Marine Research Consortium (KDM, partner in Blue-Action and AtlantOS)

  • Attilio GAMBARDELLA, Research Programme Officer, DG RTD
  • Ricardo SERRÃO SANTOS, MEP, Searica Vice-President in charge of Marine Knowledge
  • Gesine MEISSNER, MEP, President of the Searica Intergroup

Q &A

With the Blue-Action teams and the audience.


by Gesine MEISSNER, MEP, President of the Searica Intergroup

Policy Brief and Presentations


Policy Brief: "The Slowing Gulf Stream? What we know and potential impacts" available on Zenodo
Cite as: Olsen, Steffen, Årthun, Marius, Eldevik, Tor, Fritz, Jan-Stefan, Larsen, Karin, Miller, Raeanne, … Oltmanns, Marilena. (2018, September 3). The Slowing Gulf Stream? What we know and potential impacts (Version 4 September 2018). Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1408097

Presentations on "Setting the Scene" and  of the Panel Discussion are available in Zenodo
Cite as: Olsen, Steffen, Eldevik, Tor, Moat, Ben, Larsen, Karin Margretha, Oltmanns, Marilena, & Årthun, Marius. (2018, September). The Slowing Gulf Stream? A science-policy breakfast discussion: Presentations. Zenodo. http://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.1409470

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A big thank you to the Searica President, Ms Gesine Meissner, and Klaas De Boer from all of us for supporting us in setting up this event and acting as a host at the European Parliament.

We will be back for more at the next policy briefing!


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