The European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) will develop a high-level Research Infrastructure in marine biology through provision of marine models and state of the art technology, including “omics platforms” to an end-user community that includes in-house users as well as external users from across the life-sciences, from academia, SME’s and industry and from all over Europe and beyond.
EMBRC entered the preparatory phase (ppEMBRC) in February 2011 with three years funding from the European Commission. The current partners are the SZN (Coordinator), Gothenburg University (Sweden), CNRS and UPMC with the marine stations of Roscoff (SBR), Villefranche-sur-mer (LOV) and Banyuls-sur-mer (OOB; France), the Scottish Association of Marine Science, the University of St Andrews and the Marine Biological Association (UK), the University of the Algarve (Portugal), the Alfred-Wegner Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Germany), the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (Greece), the Sars Centre (Norway) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (Europe). As a first major event, the SZN organized and hosted the General Assembly Kickoff meeting on February 24th and 25th, 2011.
ppEMBRC will identify the key scientific and technological themes relevant to EMBRC by means of in-house surveys, workshops and outreach activities, and through recommendations from an International Advisory Board and a Reference User Group. Existing capacities and future infrastructure needs will be established within each of the identified themes.
ppEMBRC is one of 13 Research Infrastructures (RI) on the Biological and Medical Sciences (BMS) ESFRI thematic working group roadmap. It forms a bridge between the ESFRI BMS and ESFRI Environmental Sciences. It will contribute to creation of excellence needed to achieve the goals established in the “Europe 2020 Strategy” and the “2010 ESFRI Roadmap.” ppEMBRC searches aspiring partners in relevant ecological/geographical locations and scientific areas not yet covered. Aspiring partners can participate in ppEMBRC and become full members during the construction (2014-2019) and operational phases (2016-2041).
Contact information:http://www.EMBRC.eu E-mail: info@EMBRC.eu
Coordinator: Prof Enrico Alleva
Project Manager: Dr Wiebe H.C.F. Kooistra