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Observatoire océanologique de Banyuls sur mer
Laboratoire Arago

European Marine Biological Resources Centre (EMBRC)

The Oceanographic Observatory in Banyuls is a partner in the European project EMBRC (European Marine Biological Resource Centre)  which began on 1 February 2011. This project was selected as part of the ESFRI Roadmap (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures)  adopted in 2006 by the European Commission. This roadmap has identified forty infrastructure projects of pan-European research in seven areas including biomedical and life sciences.

The preparatory phase of EMBRC lasts for three years and will be followed by a construction phase (between 2 and 5 years). The objective is to provide a Memorandum of Understanding to start building EMBRC, specifically addressing technical, legal, and financial issues or those relating to governance. It will bring key concepts to improve efficiency and excellence in European research and industry in a global context. EMBRC will be a pan-European infrastructure distributed with a single entry point, providing access to models of marine organisms and genomic resources. It will also facilitate access to training and cooperation.

Coordinated by the Anton Dohrn Zoological Station of Naples (Italy), EMBRC has 12 partners including 11 marine stations in 8 European countries. For France, the three UPMC/CNRS joint marine stations (Banyuls-sur-Mer, Roscoff and Villefranche-sur-Mer) are part of the project. ESFRI now offers the ability to finance the modernization of marine station partners, but also pushing them to reinvent themselves, imagining a European research program fully integrated with a single entry point. This process of convergence will require a new management model that will work to facilitate the management and exchange of data. ESFRI is a European label that opens up many opportunities for funding research activities for EMBRC members.

The project EMBRC is supported by the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Languedoc Roussillon. (contact (directeur @ obs-banyuls.fr))


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