Marine biology and ecology research at EMBRC: A “Blue Enlightenment” era is dawning | EMBRC

Marine biology and ecology research at EMBRC: A “Blue Enlightenment” era is dawning

2018.10.23

Marine biology and ecology research at EMBRC: A “Blue Enlightenment” era is dawning

Marine bioresources are growing in importance with the establishment of the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC-ERIC) – a unique research infrastructure for excellence in marine biology and ecology research

On 21 February 2018, the European Marine Biological Research Centre (EMBRC-ERIC) opened its doors to scientists from all over the world, from either the public or private sector, to drive excellence in marine biology and ecological research forward. With a state-of-the-art research infrastructure, distributed in more than 30 research facilities, in nine European Union (EU) countries, EMBRC acts as one organism to address complex problems, whether related to improved understanding of the oceans or in support of RD&I processes, working with key actors in the health, food and environmental remediation sectors.

Our seas and oceans provide a rich and largely unexplored reservoir of biodiversity with great potential to contribute to food and energy security, human health and industrial production. Acquiring sufficient understanding of marine ecosystems to allow the sustainable exploitation of marine biological resources requires a step change in scientific endeavour, which EMBRC is leading. In order to secure Europe’s global competitiveness and address Europe’s grand challenges, EMBRC-ERIC mobilises and links the currently fragmented infrastructure and marine resources in Europe. EMBRC plays a key role in unlocking the potential of the marine realm for new concepts and as drivers for technology development and industry innovation, tackling the societal grand challenges and supporting the related needs for new technologies, materials and models.

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Katrina, Exter | Belgium | Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)

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