A distributed research infrastructure

EMBRC is a ‘distributed research infrastructure’ (RI) with a central ‘hub’ or headquarters responsible for the coordination and centralised management of the organisation. We are governed by a General Assembly, and receive advice from advisory boards and working groups (see below). 

Our headquarters are located at the Sorbonne University in Paris, France. Our nine member countries are composed of one or more marine stations (45+ in all). These stations provide services to EMBRC ‘users’, ie researchers or industry stakeholders from within the country or elsewhere in Europe and beyond. 

Governance & advisory bodies

General Assembly (GA)

EMBRC is governed by the GA, which includes two representatives from each EMBRC member country. The GA makes decisions regarding EMBRC’s strategy, governance, and scientific development.

Executive Director & Secretariat

The Executive Director is the executive and legal representative of EMBRC. This individual leads EMBRC’s secretariat, which is responsible for the general management and administration of EMBRC.

Science and Innovation Advisory Board

This board is composed of experts from and academia and industry who are elected by the GA. Its role is to advise the GA and the Executive Directive on strategic matters.

Comittee of Nodes

This committee serves as a link between EMBRC HQ and the national partners, ensuring that decisions made by the GA are implemented at national level. It also provides advice on development and technical issues.

Working Groups & Committees

EMBRC has working groups on bioprospecting, e-Infrastructure, access and benefit-sharing (ABS), genomics observatories and communications. These groups meet regularly and provide valuable input on EMBRC strategy and activities in the relevant areas.

Meet the members

General Assembly
Science & Innovation Advisory Board
Committee of Nodes
Working Groups
Koen Lefever
Belgian Science Policy Office
BELSPO
Gert Verreet
Departement Economie, Wetenschap en Innovatie
EWI
Bertrand Meyer
Sorbonne Université
SU
Eric Guittet (Vice-chair)
Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation
MERI
Stylianos Kastrinakis
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
HCMR
Antonio Magoulas
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
HCMR
Moshe Ben-Sasson
Ministry of Science, Technology and Space
MOST
Simon Berkowicz
Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences
IUI
Roberto Danovaro
Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn
SZN
Grazia Pavoncello
Ministry of Scientific Research and Education
MIUR
Christine Daae Olsen
Research Council of Norway
RCN
Amund Maage
University of Bergen
UiB
Marta Abrantes
Foundation for Science and Technology
FCT
Adelino Canário (Vice-chair)
Centre of Marine Sciences
CCMAR
Inmaculada Figueroa Rojas
Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness
MINECO
José Manuel García Estevez
University of Vigo
UVIGO
Ian Davies
Marine Scotland
Marine Scotland
David Paterson (Chair)
Marine Alliance for Science and Technology for Scotland
MASTS
Philippe Cury
Institut de recherche pour le développement
IRD
Felicity Huntingford
Univeristy of Glasgow
Erik Steinfelder
Thermo Fisher Scientific
Antonio Villanueva
BioMar
Jan Vanaverbeke
Royal Belgian Institue of Natural Sciences
RBINS
Sidonie Gras
European Marine Biological Resource Centre
EMBRC
Nicolas Pade
European Marine Biological Resource Centre
EMBRC
Bernard Kloareg
Station Biologique de Roscoff
SBR
Georgios Kotoulas
Institue of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture
HCMR-IMBBC
Jaap van Rijn
The Hebrew University of Jerusalem - Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences
HUJI
Wiebe Kooistra
Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn
SZN
Tatiana Tsagaraki
University of Bergen
UiB
Daniela Fazenda
Centro de Ciências do Mar
CCMAR
Deborah Power
Centro de Ciências do Mar
CCMAR
Ibon Cancio
Plentzia Marine Station
PiE
Axel Miller
Scottish Association for Marine Science
SAMS
ABS
Ibon Cancio
Plentzia Marine Station (PiE)
Anne-Emmanuelle Kervella
EMBRC France
Arnaud Laroquette
European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC)
Nicolas Pade
European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC)
Dimitra Manou
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)
Bioprospecting
Jana Asselman
Ghent University (UGhent)
Shanna Vanblaere
Ghent University (UGhent)
François Yves Bouget
Observatoire oceanologique de Banyuls-sur-mer (OOB)
Remi Dumollard
Institut de la Mer de Villefranche (IMEV)
Raphael Lami
Observatoire oceanologique de Banyuls-sur-mer (OOB)
Gemma Gimenez Papiol
Sorbonne University (SU)
Misha Ilan
Tel Aviv University
Donatella De Pascale
Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (SZN)
Deborah Power
Centro de Ciências do Mar (CCMAR)
Matt Davey
Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
Communication
Marleen Roelofs
Ghent University (UGhent)
Ibon Cancio
Plentzia Marine Station (PiE)
Maria Huete-Ortega
University of Vigo (UVIGO)
Sabrina Gaber
European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC)
Gemma Gimenez Papiol
Sorbonne University (SU)
Melanthia Stavroulaki
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)
Simon Berkowicz
Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences (IUI)
Susanna Pakkasmaa
University of Bergen (UiB)
Rita Costa Abecasis
Centro de Ciências do Mar (CCMAR)
Anushka Miller
Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
E-Infrastructure
Katrina Exter
Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)
Lennert Tyberghein
Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ)
Erwan Corre
Station Biologique de Roscoff
Sidonie Gras
European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC)
Mark Hoebeke
Station Biologique de Roscoff
Nicolas Pade
European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC)
Georgios Kotoulas
Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (HCMR-IMBBC)
Emmanouela Panteri
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)
Maria Luisa Chiusano
Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (SZN)
Cymon Cox
Centro de Ciências do Mar (CCMAR)
Dan Lear
Marine Biological Association (MBA)
Genomic Observatories
Jan Vanaverbeke
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS)
Pier Luigi Buttigieg
Max Planck Institute for Marine Microbiology
Sidonie Gras
European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC)
Fabrice Not
Station Biologique de Roscoff
Nicolas Pade
European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC)
Georgios Kotoulas
Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (HCMR-IMBBC)
Raffaela Casotti
Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (SZN)
Matthias Obst
Kristineberg Marine Research Station (KMRS)
Michael Cunliffe
Marine Biological Association (MBA)
Neil Davies
Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station

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