What is EMBRC?

The European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) is Europe’s ‘research infrastructure’ for marine biological resources. We provide access to marine resources, as well as cutting-edge services and facilities that allow researchers, from both academia and industry, to study the ocean and develop innovative solutions to tackle societal issues.


The seas and oceans are the heart and lungs of our planet. They provide most of the oxygen we breathe and are an important source of food and medicine. The marine environment is a rich and largely unexplored reservoir of biodiversity with great potential for food and energy, human health, and industrial production. We need healthy oceans for our health and the planet’s. 

EMBRC enables researchers to better understand the ocean's biodiversity. We facilitate access to marine organisms and their ecosystems, while providing the necessary services, facilities and other resources to support innovative research.

For science, for innovation, for life

What we believe in

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EMBRC means collaboration

EMBRC facilitates collaboration between researchers and staff at our marine stations throughout Europe. This mutually beneficial interaction enables researchers to conduct robust, impactful research, while simultaneously providing local staff with increased opportunities for collaboration and publication.

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EMBRC means quality services

EMBRC services are the heart of its activity. As such, we are a service provider. We make it easier for users to conduct innovative research by providing access to cutting-edge services, facilities, resources, knowledge and more.

Our services enable high-quality, innovative and interdisciplinary research, supporting excellent science and enabling innovative solutions to important societal issues. Our services offer:

  • Access to marine organisms and their ecosystems
  • State-of-the-art technology
  • Broad geographic coverage: our services span from the Arctic to the Antarctic, offering a wide variety of marine habitats and the ability to study them in situ and ex situ using our experimental facilities
  • High-quality standards
  • A user-centred approach
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