What is EMBRC?

The European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) is a European 'research infrastructure' that provides researchers and companies with access to marine organisms and the facilities to study them, including experimental facilities and technological platforms. 

We enable researchers to better understand our impact on the oceans and ensure the sustainable use of marine resources.

Our services

EMBRC offers a variety of services supporting both fundamental and applied research activities to explore marine biodiversity. Services are provided by 45 sites in our 9 member countries.

Our network

Our member countries offer a wealth of marine biological laboratories and stations dedicated to the investigation of marine organisms and ecosystems. By making their services and resources available to European and international research/innovation communities, we hope to push the frontiers of marine biological science and promote marine solutions to address societal issues (eg global warming, food shortages) and develop novel products, drugs and treatments.

EMBRC currently has 9 member countries: Belgium, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain and the UK.

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News & events

EMBRC launches its new website
EMBRC is proud to announce that it has a new website. You will find information about who we are, how we’re organised, what we do, the services we provide, and who our nine member countries are.
16 Nov 2020
EMBRC in the news: CNN interview with IUI researchers in Eilat
CNN's Oren Liebermann went diving in the Red Sea to find out why the coral reefs remain resilient, despite climate change negatively impacting coral reefs around the world. In the video, he speaks with researchers from EMBRC partner, The Inter-University Institute (IUI) for Marine Sciences in Eilat (Israel).
13 Nov 2020
Launch of the international project AtlantECO
In September 2020, 36 organisations from 13 different countries launched AtlantECO, an ambitious research project funded by the European Union to explore the Atlantic Ocean from pole to pole. The project will map new and existing knowledge about the microscopic organisms that inhabit rivers, coastal waters, the open ocean, marine sediments and the atmosphere, as well as those found on plastic litter.
15 Oct 2020
PiE-UPV/EHU, an EMBRC member, celebrates its 8th anniversary
The Research Centre for Experimental Marine Biology and Biotechnology 'Plentziako Itsas Estazioa' (PiE-UPV/EHU, Plentzia Marine Station), an EMBRC member, is excited to announce that it turns eight this week! The institution opened its doors on July 17th, 2012 as the marine station of the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU). To mark this event, PiE-UPV has contributed the text below.
08 Sep 2020
Ocean Sampling Day (OSD) 2020
We are happy to announce that EMBRC, through the Association of European Marine Biological Laboratories Expanded (ASSEMBLE Plus) project, is launching a call to participate in Ocean Sampling Day (OSD) 2020, which will take place on 21 June 2020.
12 Jun 2020
New communications toolkit for 'research infrastructures'
The 'Communication Toolkit for European Research Infrastructures' provides an easy and useful set of tools, guidelines and resources to improve the communication strategy and activities of European 'research infrastructures' (RIs) - like EMBRC. Its common use is expected to increase the individual and collective visibility of RIs, by aligning key messages and improving how different stakeholders perceive them.
26 Mar 2020