Uncovering & sharing knowledge

The seas and oceans are the biggest habitat on the planet, produce about 70% of the oxygen we breathe, regulate our climate, and are a significant source of food. Every branch of the tree of life is found below the surface. This diversity of plant and animal life is a potential source for new proteins, technologies, treatments, diagnostic tests, products, natural pesticides, and more. Marine derivatives are already found in numerous items and foods that we use or consume daily, from sunscreen to ice cream and algae salad.

Many of the greatest discoveries have already been made from marine organisms. Our basic understanding of the nervous system comes from squids – because of their gigantic axons. Green fluorescent protein, GFP (used for fluorescent injection), comes from jellyfish. The test being used to diagnose the novel coronavirus – as well as AIDS and SARS – was developed with the help of an enzyme found in marine hydrothermal vents and freshwater hot springs. Much of what we know about embryonic development comes from sea urchins because they produce large transparent larvae.

It’s important to learn, understand, and control biological processes for the benefit of humanity. And we’re here to help researchers go below the surface to uncover and share that knowledge. 

We believe that it’s our responsibility to use marine biological resources sustainability and encourage our users to focus on sustainability in their research.

How to connect with us

To spread the word about the oceans/seas and their importance for humanity, and to share interesting (and fun!) information about the relationship between the oceans/seas and our daily lives, we’re leading an ongoing social media campaign called #SeaAndMe. Check out our Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook accounts every Monday for new posts.

We also have other ongoing and short-term social media campaigns to highlight, for example, model organisms and marine scientists.  Finally, through our social media platforms, we share news about what’s going on in the field of marine biology, blue bioeconomy, climate, and more, linking to relevant publications, policies, strategy documents, etc.

The sea and me

How do oceans and seas affect my daily life and the world around me, and how do I affect them? Click on the boxes below to find out interesting facts about the world below, and how it interacts with the world above - and why furthering our knowledge of the oceans and seas is so important.
THE SEA AND ME
Ocean’s contributions to human health

Today we focus on the ocean’s contributions to human health. Did you know that many of the ocean’s treasures have served as models for human...

12 Oct 2020
THE SEA AND ME
COVID-19 & the sea

The sea may hold the answer to diagnosing (and treating or even curing?!) COVID-19 and other medical conditions.

17 Aug 2020
THE SEA AND ME
The surprising benefits of iodine

Sea water and sea air contain a mineral called iodine which has multiple benefits for human health, from acting as a bactericide to healing wounds and...

27 Jul 2020
THE SEA AND ME
There's algae in my ice cream?!

EMBRC is rolling out a campaign called #SeaAndMe to raise awareness of how the sea/marine life is related to our everyday lives. Every Monday tell us...

06 Jul 2020