With support from EMBRC, and through the EMBRC-coordinated ASSEMBLE Plus project, Ocean Sampling Day (OSD) will take place on 21 June 2021.
Launched in 2014, OSD is a worldwide research campaign where marine biologists around the globe participate in sampling surface waters of the world’s coastal areas. The campaign takes place yearly during the northern hemisphere’s summer solstice (on or around June 21st). It brings together diverse participants including researchers, students and citizens, all working to assess the composition and function of prokaryotic and eukaryotic microbial communities.
Similar to previous years, this year's edition will be run by the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture (IMBBC) of the Hellenic Center for Marine Research (HCMR) in Heraklion, Crete, Greece. HCMR, which is EMBRC Greece's partner, will support all necessary preparations, provide necessary documents, and oversee communications. All filters and metadata will be sent to HCMR premises for further processing, as was the case in previous years as well.
Looking for more information? Everything you need to know (including protocols, logs, steps, and contacts) can be found on the ASSEMBLE Plus website.
Want to find out about past OSD editions? See the article about Ocean Sampling Day 2020