14 Dec 2017
PRESTIGIOUS EUROPEAN MARINE BIOLOGICAL STATIONS SHARE RESOURCES FOR ADVANCED RESEARCH CAPACITY IN ‘ASSEMBLE PLUS’
Over 50 participants representing 32 organisations and 14 countries converged in Paris, France, from 19 - 20 October 2017, for the kick-off meeting of the ASSEMBLE Plus project. A Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Action, the project represents the second phase of the European Union’s FP7 research infrastructure initiative, ASSEMBLE.
Under the leadership of the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC-ERIC), ASSEMBLE Plus will activate important research resources and provide scientists from academia, industry and policy with a quality-assured programme of access to the marine biology and ecology research infrastructure. This programme includes direct access and virtual access to marine biological stations offering: a wide variety of marine ecosystems; unique marine biological resources; state-of-the-art experimental and analytical facilities with integrated workflows; historical observation data; and, advanced training opportunities.
The sum of the actions envisaged in ASSEMBLE Plus will increase the number of users of marine biological stations and shape their business strategy perspective, ultimately improving their long-term sustainability perspectives.
The kick-off meeting allowed the partners to better understand these significant objectives at a micro and macro level, and how they can contribute to each task. Work package leaders hosted working groups to plan for and initiate the project’s activities, discuss the access operating systems, and, design the external communications and dissemination strategy. CIIMAR is a partner in the project and was represented by Susana Moreira.
The ASSEMBLE Plus project is funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under Grant Agreement no. 730984 (ASSEMBLE Plus). The project is coordinated by Université Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC) and will run until September 2021.