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Amato, A., Esposito, R., Federico, S., Pozzolini, M., Giovine, M., Bertolino, M., Guida, M., Manfra, L., Libralato, G., Zupo, V., et al. (2024). Marine sponges as promising candidates for integrated aquaculture combining biomass increase and bioremediation: an updated review. Frontiers in Marine Science 10. https://doi.org/10.3389/fmars.2023.1234225

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NEW DEADLINE - January 15, 2024


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13th Advanced Phytoplankton Course - APC13

Identification, Taxonomy, Systematics

Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Naples, Italy, 6-26 October 2024

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Immagine Sede 2023 10 11La Sede Calabria (Calabria Marine Centre-CRIMAC) è un centro interdipartimentale, che nasce con l’obiettivo di realizzare sul versante ionico della Regione Calabria un polo di eccellenza a livello europeo per la ricerca marina e la gestione di infrastrutture dedicate allo studio della biologia ed ecologia degli organismi e alla crescita blu eco-sostenibile. CRIMAC ha lo scopo di valorizzare attraverso un approccio ecosistemico integrato gli studi finalizzati all'uso sostenibile delle risorse per la conservazione e la tutela degli habitat e della biodiversità, realizzare azioni di gestione integrata della fascia costiera per la crescita e la rivalutazione del tessuto territoriale, anche sotto l'aspetto della sostenibilità turistica e intervenire attraverso la ricerca e l'innovazione tecnologica sullo studio e mitigazione degli impattiimmagine sede derivanti dalle attività antropiche del territorio.

Le principali linee di ricerca sono:
• Potenziamento delle infrastrutture per il monitoraggio ambientale marino e per le ricerche in ambienti profondi;
• Valorizzazione della biodiversità e conservazione degli habitat marini per promuovere lo sviluppo di aree protette e la qualità dell’ambiente marino;
• Gestione integrata della fascia costiera per promuovere il turismo blu e le attività turistico-balneari.


Seat Director
Silvestro Greco
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0981 1896904 Direzione
0981 1896904 Centralino 

Calabria Marine Centre è organizzato in 3 aree funzionali

1. Biodiversità e Biotecnologie
2. Ecologia Trofica dei Sistemi Marini
3. Monitoraggio ambienti costieri e profondi



Silvestro Greco


Valentina Costa
Christian Galasso
Cristina Pedà
Chiara Pennesi
Daniela Pica
Nadia Ruocco
Claudia Scianna


Lucia Barra
Paolo D’Ambrosio
Veronica Scutari


Chiara Giommi
Danilo Malara
Gabriele Marino
Roberto Firmanento

Research Fellowship

Blondine Agus
Andrea Bellodi
Giulia Bergamini
Chiara Molino


Davide Bonsignori
Maria Assunta Iovine
Marika Luci
Chiara Magnabosco
Andrea Picciolo
Jessica Vannini

PhD Student

Serena Scozzafava
Faustino Scarcelli


BENTACS - BENthos TAxonomy CourseS - TAXONOMY OF POLYCHAETES - 24-28 October 2022

ISSSB-International Summer School on Systems Biology, The Systems Biology approach to discover marine life: from a big eye to a microscopic picture - 10-14 October 2022

Ecology and Functioning of seagrasses ecosystem of Salina (Aeolian Islands) - 28 Settembre - 3 Ottobre 2022

International Summer School of Blue Biotechnology (ISSBB) - 21-23 settembre 2022

International Summer School in Marine Ecotoxicology - 12-16 settembre 2022

Seventeenth Ischia Summer School on the History of the Life Sciences  - Ischia 2022: Living Relations - 26 June – 3 July 2022

The Evolution of Enzymes and Metabolic Pathways: analysis, understanding and implications for biotechnology - June 28-30 2022


Ecologia e funzionamento degli ecosistemi a fanerogame marine nell’Isola di Salina (Isole Eolie): 1o stage di biologia marina e subacquea scientifica - Salina, 6-11 ottobre 2021

4th edition of the “International Summer School of Natural Products” (ISSNP) - 6th – 8th July 2021

Summer School Schmid Training Course Established and Emerging Model Organisms for Marine Science - 24th May - 4th June 2021


Summer School “Protein Evolution” - 24-26 luglio 2019

International Summer School of Natural Products (ISSNP) - 1-5 luglio 2019

1st International Summer School on Marine Ecotoxicology (SSME1) - 1-5 luglio 2019


International Summer School of Natural Products (ISSNP) - 3-7 luglio 2017


Fourteenth Ischia Summer School on the History of the Life Sciences - Ischia 2015: Geographies of Life - 27 June – 3 luglio 2015 

International Summer School of Natural Products (ISSNP) - 6-10 luglio 2015

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 NEW Program


The Electron Microscopy Hands-On Course: sample preparation and imaging of marine environmental samples arises from a very strong and active collaboration between the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn and the EMBL in Heidelberg.

The aim of the course is to provide a theoretical and practical training on electron microscopy starting from the basics to the preparation of samples with high pressure freezing and image acquisition using TEM and SEM.
The course will also include lectures on advanced and recently developed technologies as volume electron microscopy and correlative light-electron microscopy.

The course will be held at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples on 6-8 November 2023 and will target in particular researchers and technicians from scientific institutions interested in the field of electron microscopy. No documented experience in electron microscopy is required.

Theoretical lessons

Sample preparation for EM – Chemical fixations
Sample preparation for EM - High pressure Freezing- Freeze substitution
Image formation in TEM and SEM
Use of SEM and TEM in Taxonomy of Marine Organisms

Practical lessons

Sample preparation for SEM: sample sorting, fixation, dehydration, critical point drying, sputtering
High pressure Freezing
Observation at TEM
Observation at SEM


Correlative Light Electron Microscopy
Volume Electron Microscopy


Giovanna Benvenuto, SZN
Fabio Formiggini, IIT Napoli, SZN
Frédéric Leroux, Leica Microsystems
Paolo Ronchi, EMBL, Heidelberg
Diana Sarno, SZN


Raman Parashuraman, Euro-Bioimaging, Napoli
Roman Polishchuck, TIGEM, Napoli, Italy (to be confirmed)
Paolo Ronchi, EMBL, Heidelberg
Luigia Santella, SZN

Keynote lecturer

Detlev Arendt, EMBL, Heidelberg

Teaching assistants

Filomena Caccavale, Maria Cocurullo, Rita Graziano, Franco Iamunno, Isabella Percopo, Lorenza Rusciano, Eleonora Scalco (SZN), Marinella Pirozzi (CNR)


Application deadline September, 8th
Accepted participants will be notified by September, 15th
Registration and payment are due by September, 30th

Fee: 200 euro per person (coffee breaks, lunches, and social dinner included)

The course will be open to 14 participants. Preference will be given to strongly motivated applicants.

ORGANIZERS: Giovanna Benvenuto and Paolo Ronchi
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Location: Sicily Marine Centre, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Messina (Italy) 

The ISSEE Summer School will take place in 2023, from September 18 th to 21st, at the Sicily Marine Centre, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Messina. The school is open to PhD students and early career researchers working in the fields of marine ecology and biotechnology. The course will be focused on multidisciplinary aspects involving the study of extreme environments, combining pure ecological issues related to adaptations and diversity of marine organisms (from microbes to marine invertebrates and vertebrates) and the exploration of such peculiar environments as sources for biotechnological purposes. In each day, the school will take care to deal with ecological and biotechnological themes, and the relationships between them. The summer school is a unique occasion to enhance cross-disciplinal collaboration, to improve skills and expertise on the knowledge of extreme ecosystems in taxonomy, high molecular approaches, bioprospecting. Professors and researchers will give lectures about their own research, and will share their experience with the students during group discussion sessions. Practical sessions are envisaged, i.e. observation of mesopelagic species, taxonomy, laboratory experience for the treatment of samples for biotechnological purposes (production of bioactive compounds) and observation of the bioluminescence phenomenon. Social events in Messina will be offered during the School to favoring the sharing of experience and the establishment of new scientific collaborations. Remote participation is allowed.

Detailed information on the program of our course and online registration form for the ISSEE 2023 are available at the following link

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Registration fee: 250 EU (Regular Partecipant); 100 EU (Remote Partecipant) 


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15 July: After acceptance please complete the registration form as indicated in the communication email  of acceptance

25 July: After communication that the registration form is complete and accepted, please complete the payment within two days


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               Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn Naples
Italy, 13-17 November 2023

 The Course is over.
It was a great opportunity for organizers and students to update and discuss the topics of Decapod Taxonomy and Ecology.
Thanks to all!

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Pachygrapsus maurusThe Marine Organism Taxonomy (MOTax) core facility has launched a series of International Summer Schools (BENTACS - BENthos TAxonomy CourseS) focused on the taxonomy of the main groups of zoo-benthos from soft-bottom communities in the Mediterranean Sea. The courses will target in particular researchers and technicians from scientific institutions and from national/regional environmental agencies interested in the study of benthos biodiversity and ecology. A combination of lectures and microscope sessions will provide participants with a general theoretical framework and practical experience.

The 2nd MOTax course will provide an advanced training on the taxonomy and identification of decapod crustaceans. It will be held at the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn in Naples on 13–17 November 2023. The course will be focused on selected families based on their ecological relevance, including species for which the taxonomic identification is particularly challenging.

Participants will be guided by expert taxonomists into the examination of preserved collections from different Mediterranean regions, as well as into the identification of their own samples. The course will offer an opportunity to discuss new challenges and perspectives into the fields of decapods taxonomy and ecology.

Theoretical lessons

- ecological role of decapods

- nomenclature, morphology, and glossary

- diagnostic characters of selected families/species living in the Mediterranean Sea

- molecular tools, species complexes, cryptic diversity, and phylogenies

- molecular and integrative taxonomy in the Mediterranean biota

Practical lessons

- microscope observation of selected families/species living in the Mediterranean Sea


Fabio Crocetta (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Italy)

Paolo Fasciglione (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Italy)

Sara Fratini (Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy)

Gianna Innocenti (Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy)

Carlo Pipitone (Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - IAS, Italy)

Valentina Tanduo (Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, Italy)

The course is open to 20 participants. Preference will be given to applicants with documented experience in taxonomy and identification of decapods.


ApplicationsDeadline date has been postponed - New dealine is 15 September

Participants will be notified by 30 September

Registration and payment are due by 15 October

Fee: 450 euro per person (coffee breaks, lunches, and social dinner included)

ORGANIZERS: Fabio Crocetta, Paolo Fasciglione, Rosanna Guglielmo, Diana Sarno

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Monitoraggio SIC in Calabria”, PO FEAMP Calabria 2014-2020 Misura 1.40, (Protezione e ripristino della biodiversità e degli ecosistemi marini di compensazione nell’ ambito di attività di pesca sostenibili)


L'obiettivo generale del presente progetto è quello di proteggere e ripristinare la biodiversità e gli ecosistemi marini nell’ambito di attività di pesca sostenibili all’interno delle aree Natura 2000 della Regione Calabria.
Nello specifico verrà effettuata la ricognizione, aggiornamento e mappatura della pesca artigianale (aggiornamento flotta, caratteristiche attrezzi, specie target e by catch, dati di catture e sforzo) che opera nei SIC: IT9310053 Secca di Amendolara, IT9320097, IT9350172 Fondali da Punta Pezzo a Capo dell'Armi, IT9350173 Fondali di Scilla, IT9340093 Fondali di Capo Vaticano, IT9340092 Fondali di Pizzo Calabro, IT9340094 Fondali Capo Cozzo - S. Irene, Fondali da Crotone a Le Castella e nell’omonima Area Marina Protetta.
Tale attività sarà utile per l’aggiornamento dei piani di protezione e di gestione dei siti NATURA 2000. Nelle stesse aree sarà valutato lo stato di salute dell’habitat di interesse comunitario Praterie di Posidonie (Posidonion oceanicae) (habitat prioritario, cod. 1120*- Direttiva Habitat).
Un’importante attività di progetto prevede anche la sensibilizzazione degli operatori della pesca su tematiche legate alla tutela e alla conservazione della biodiversità marina (marine litter, best practices), per tale attività verranno coinvolte le principali marinerie della Regione Calabria sia del versante ionico che tirrenico, incluso lo Stretto di Messina.


PO FEAMP Calabria 2014-2020 Codice progetto: 13/RBC/20 CUP J12C20003450009


PO FEAMP Calabria 2014-2020 Misura 1.40 Par. 1 lettera D, E, F, G)


23/09/2020 - 30/11/2022

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Referente SZN

Silvestro Greco / Pierpaolo Consoli

Partner di Progetto

Università della Calabria, Università di Messina

SZN Scientific Council

Prof. Louise Allcock


Deep-sea Biology and Cephalopods
. University of Galway

Keywords: molluscs, cephalopods, phylogenomics, systematics, deep sea

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Prof. Roberto Bassi


Department of Biotechnology
, Università di Verona

Keywords: plant biology, photosynthesis, algal biotechnology

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Prof.ssa Nicole Dubilier



Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology

Keywords: microbiology, evolution, ecology, environment, phylogenetic analysis, marine ecology, microbial molecular biology, genomics

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Prof. Paul Falkowski

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Bennett L. Smith Chair in Business and Natural Resources

Department of Marine and Coastal Sciences, School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, USA

Keywords: origins of life, biogeochemical cycles, photosynthesis, biological oceanography, molecular biology, biochemistry and biophysics, physiological adaptation, plant physiology, evolution, mathematical modeling, symbiosis

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Dott. Paolo Guidetti

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Department of Integrative Marine Ecology (EMI), Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn
– National Institute of Marine Biology, Ecology and Biotechnology, Genoa Marine Centre, Villa del Principe, Piazza del Principe 4, 16126 Genoa, Italy

Keywords: marine biology and ecology, marine conservation, marine socio-ecology, marine protected areas

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Prof. André Le Bivic

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Institute for developmental studies (IBDM) in Marseilles

Institute for Biological Sciences (INSB) at CNRS in Paris

Keywords: evolution, epithelia, cell polarity, cell-cell junctions, morphogenesis

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Prof. Fiorenza Micheli


Hopkins Marine Station of Stanford University

Keywords: marine ecology, community ecology, marine conservation, ocean solutions

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