The European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) is a distributed European Research Infrastructure, that was added to the roadmap of the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) in 2008 as a research infrastructure of pan-European interest. EMBRC has successfully completed a 3-year preparatoy phase resulting in a blueprint of the future infrastructure. Currently, EMBRC is being set up (implementation/construction) and operation is planned to start in 2016. However, some EMBRC services will become available at an earlier date.
Presently, EMBRC has nine European countries and associated countries as full members. The EMBRC national nodes comprise research infrastructure that is located in leading marine biological stations and laboratories in Europe.
EMBRC builds on existing facilities, equipment and human capital of those coastal marine biological stations and laboratories in Europe. EMBRC`s vision is the long-term collaboration and common development of strategies, best practices and standards related to the use of marine biological resources and marine biological research in general to fit user needs, drive marine science forward, and underpin the blue bioeconomy in Europe.
EMBRC aims to provide its services foremost to users from academia, industry and governments, and it will support both basic and applied research. Services will include the provision of access to European marine, coastal ecosystems and biodiversity, marine model organisms, culture collections, technology platforms including imaging, omics and structural biology facilities, e-infrastructure services, as well as culture, laboratory and training facilities and services.
To achieve these goals, EMBRC strives to establish a legal structure in the form of a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) by 2016. The ERIC is an instrument created by the European Commission to provide a suitable framework for the implementation and operation of European Research Infrastructures. EMBRC-ERIC is being built to facilitate marine science in Europe in the long-term and, based on the commitment of European member states, will be operational for a minimum of 25 years.