Ocean Observing Awareness Campaign
Part 2: EMBRC

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The second segment of the EU4OceanObs ocean observing awareness campaign focuses on marine biology and ecology observation with spotlight on the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC). As the effects of climate change worsen and human activity keeps taking its ever-growing toll on the marine world, never has our oceans, and the services they provide, felt so vital to our societies and our economies. In this context, understanding and monitoring marine biodiversity, that is – life in our oceans, play a crucial role in protecting, managing sustainably and restoring our planet’s largest ecosystem.

EMBRC’s ambition to accelerate knowledge of marine biodiversity is underpinned by its mission to provide a range of state-of-the-art facilities to support basic and applied marine research globally. Established as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) by the European Commission in 2018, today the EMBRC consortium is made up of 9 member countries, facilitating access to marine biodiversity and its ecosystems, as well as research facilities in over 70 marine stations in Europe.

EMBRC developed the European Marine Omics Biodiversity Observation Network (EMO BON) and coordinates several research and innovation projects with the goal to fill current gaps in marine biodiversity observation, while collecting and spreading data and insights into the composition and health of biodiversity.

Thanks to a collaborative effort between the EU4OceanObs team at Mercator Ocean International, EMBRC headquarters and INUA PROD, the campaign features an array of articles, photos and videos, including footage from the Kristineberg Centre, one of EMBRC’s marine sites in Sweden. The materials produced aim to raise awareness on the major role of marine biodiversity observing efforts and EU research infrastructures, such as EMBRC’s uniqueness in advancing knowledge for our planet and societies. The content spotlights EMBRC’s key contribution to the European and global ocean observing landscape, unpacking societal impacts, EMBRC’s flagship initiatives and research projects, challenges and future needs, among others. The resources also seek to illustrate the importance of generational diversity and exchange of knowledge by crossing the vision and role of both experienced and early-career professionals.


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Through the articles below, find out more about EMBRC, its resources, services and projects, and how it is mobilising multiple stakeholders, from scientists, industries to policymakers, international organisations and citizens, towards open science on a global scale. Become acquainted with some of the human faces and diversity of profiles driving EMBRC, with quotes and viewpoints from different experts as well as from EuroGOOS and the European Commission representatives for input on the broader ocean observing European landscape.

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Coordinating over 70 prestigious marine stations, this European consortium is revolutionising our understanding of marine biology and ecology, and tackles global challenges such as climate change.


With its expertise in marine biology and ecology, the institution drives scientists, policymakers, industries and citizens towards a future where oceans will be protected and sustainably managed.


The organisation is leading new and ambitious projects that will help unify different fields of science and deepen our knowledge of the marine world.


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The INUA production team journeyed out to the Kristineberg Centre for Marine Research and Innovation, part of the University of Gothenburg and one of the marine sites under EMBRC-Sweden. With the help of Matthias Obst an oceanographer at the University of Gothenburg and the EMBRC Sweden Liaison officer, the crew managed to capture some day-to-day work in Kristineberg facilities and showcasing the diversity of tasks, from sampling to laboratory analysis supported by both young and experienced researchers driving innovation and research.


The campaign was funded by the European Union through the EU4OceanObs Foreign Policy Instrument (FPI) Action. Coordinated by EU4OceanObs in close collaboration with EMBRC, the communication materials were produced by INUA Prod. We would like to thank everyone who participated in the campaign, and agreed to be interviewed and advise the project along the way – all experts and researchers from EMBRC, University of Gothenburg/ Kristineberg Centre, EuroGOOS and the European Commission.

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