“It’s becoming increasingly important in marine research to adopt an integrated approach and study the same problems from as many different perspectives as possible. The exchange of knowledge between researchers from different disciplines must therefore become more effective. It is important, for example, for information on a fish’s genes to reach researchers who are studying the environment where the fish lives and vice-versa,” says Mike Thorndyke of the Department of Marine Ecology at the University of Gothenburg, which is coordinating the planning work for EuroMarine.

Three large European expert networks in marine research are now initiating work aimed at implementing a common vision to create a new interdisciplinary network for marine sciences which is intended to be capable of answering important questions about global marine diversity and how marine resources can be exploited sustainably. The three networks behind EuroMarine are EUR-OCEANS, MarBEF and Marine Genomics Europe, which altogether represent 120 institutes and organisations in Europe.

The European Commission has contributed one million euros during the planning phase, work that is to be performed by universities and institutions from Sweden, Portugal, France, Denmark, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and Belgium. The planning work is coordinated by the University of Gothenburg and is due to be completed in January 2013.

When EuroMarine is established, the network will work on developing strategies and services in order to set priorities for research, facilitate exchange of information and knowledge between researchers and train future generations of multidisciplinary marine researchers.

For further information: www.euromarineconsortium.eu

The following partners are included in the project during the planning phase:

Sweden: Faculty of Natural Sciences, University of Gothenburg.
Denmark: Technical University of Denmark (DTU), National Institute of Aquatic Resources (DTU-Aqua).
United Kingdom: The Marine Biological Association (MBA), Plymouth Marine Sciences Partnership (PMSP);
Germany: Max-Planck-Gesellschaft (MPG), Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology, Microbial Genomics/Bioinformatics Group (MPIMM); University of Bremen (UniHB), the Centre for Marine Environmental Sciences (MARUM); Environmental & Marine Project Management Agency (EMPA);
Netherlands: Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ); University of Groningen (RUG), Marine Benthic Ecology & Evolution (MarBEE); Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), the centre for Estuarine and Marine Ecology (CEME) of the Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO).
Belgium: University of Ghent (UGENT), Department of Marine Biology; Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ);
France : Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Station Biologique de Roscoff (SBR); French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer); Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD), Centre de recherche halieutique, Sète.
Italy: Ministero dell’Università e della Ricerca (MIUR), Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (SZN);
Portugal: Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIMAR), Centro de Ciencias do Mar do Algarve (CCMAR); Centre of Marine and Environmental Research (CIMAR), Centro Interdisciplinar de Investigaçao Marinha e Ambiental (CIIMAR).

Mike Thorndyke, international development manager at the Sven Lovén Centre of the University of Gothenburg and member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences?
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