The 6th EMB Forum, titled "Implementing the UN 2030 Agenda: What role for marine science?" was held on Wednesday 6 December 2017, at the Royal Flemish Academy for Science and the Arts in Brussels, Belgium. Moderated by Quentin Cooper, BBC science journalist,the programme was opened by João Aguiar Machado, Director General, Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), European Commission, and included addresses by Joyeeta Gupta(University of Amsterdam), Vladimir Ryabinin (IOC-UNESCO), Martin Visbeck (GEOMAR), Monica Verbeek (Seas at Risk) and John Brincat (DG MARE, European Commission). The event included high-level presentations and panel discussions with participation from diverse stakeholders including science and policy. Further information on this event and the agenda can be found here. Diverse stakeholders attended and engaged in dynamic discussions.