Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences (IUI) | EMBRC

Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences (IUI)


The Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences (IUI) is situated near Eilat in the Gulf of Eilat/Aqaba. The IUI evolved from the H. Steinitz Marine Biology Laboratory, which was established by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ) in 1968. Due to the wide scope and heterogeneity of scientific disciplines, it was transformed into a national facility operated by the HUJ and is now the only interuniversity research and teaching facility in Israel.

Mission and research:

IUI’s mission is to provide Israeli and foreign universities with research and teaching capabilities in marine biology and oceanography. The IUI has strong expertise in coral reef biology, phytoplankton ecology, biogeochemistry and microbiology and impressive databases have been acquired over the years. The IUI is involved in marine educational outreach at the elementary and high school levels. About 20-25 graduate level courses are offered every year and cover a wide variety of marine science subjects.

Marine facilities:

Diving and technical diving center and diving team, 2 small self-operated 8 meter boats, and a specially-tailored 16 m research vessel for deep sea work in the Gulf equipped with open sea oceanographic gear (CTD, Rosette, STD, fluorometers, ADCP's, MOCNESS system for plankton), a remotely operated underwater vehicle. Access to the research vessel includes all onboard research equipment and technical support from vessel crew. A tropical coral reef begins at the IUI station beach and a deep oceanic water body can be reached from the Institute's 50-meter long pier within 10 minutes sailing.

Laboratories and platforms:

Standard lab facilities, "wet" and "dry" laboratories, water table system, climate control rooms, molecular facilities for DNA, RNA and protein work, an array of fluorometery devices, PAM, FRRF, fluorometers with 77K fluorescence apparatus, C1 Nikon confocal, flow camera, EPI fluorescence microscopes, pools and tanks fed by sea water, video equipment, photographic dark room, meteorological station, and computer room. The IUI library has over 1000 books, printed and electronic journals, and an IT service.

Main marine models:

Stylophora pistillata is the most dominant and most researched coral.

Special partnerships:

The IUI is an interuniversity institute in Israel. IUI is a partner in the project ASSEMBLE.

Research topics: 
  1. Marine ecology
  2. Chemical, physical and biological oceanography
  3. Ichthyology
  4. Marine invertebrate and vertebrate biology
  5. Neurobiology
  6. Molecular biology and marine biogeochemistry