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Twinning for European excellence in Island Biodiversity Genomics

Objective

Biodiversity genomics is transforming our understanding of biological diversity and leading to new discoveries that can limit biodiversity decline and therefore benefit human societies. Island biotas are highly vulnerable and thus require efficient conservation and sustainable development. They are also prime model systems for applied and fundamental research in organismal biology. iBioGen aims to significantly enhance the scientific and innovation performance of a Widening country (Cyprus) in biodiversity genomics, with focus on island biodiversity. As the third-largest island of the Mediterranean, Cyprus is an ideal site for island biodiversity research, but local capacity is currently lacking. iBioGen is recognising the great potential of novel DNA methodology for future island biodiversity research and the need for methodological unification and theoretical synthesis in this new field. Twinning of the University of Cyprus (UCY) with three internationally-leading partners in biodiversity genomics (NHM), island biodiversity research (CSIC) and biodiversity modelling (CNRS) will: (i) stimulate research excellence and international visibility of UCY, (ii) improve networking efficiency and interdisciplinarity, and (iii) have broad societal and environmental impact towards valuing and protecting island biodiversity. These objectives will be achieved through a set of training, networking and dissemination activities, including: staff exchanges, on-site training and an international summer school, international symposia on methodological unification and theoretical synthesis, outreach events directed towards biodiversity stakeholders and local communities. The expected impacts include an increase in scientific output and successful research proposal applications of UCY, establishment of an EU island network of Genomic Observatories, and integration of new technologies in biomonitoring and environmental policy at regional and EU level.

Call for proposal

H2020-WIDESPREAD-2016-2017

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Sub call

H2020-WIDESPREAD-05-2017-Twinning

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY OF CYPRUS
Net EU contribution
€ 319 608,75
Address
Avenue Panepistimiou 2109 Aglantzi
1678 Nicosia
Cyprus

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Region
Κύπρος Κύπρος Κύπρος
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00

Participants (3)

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
United Kingdom
Net EU contribution
€ 236 879,05
Address
Cromwell Road
SW7 5BD London

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Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
AGENCIA ESTATAL CONSEJO SUPERIOR DE INVESTIGACIONES CIENTIFICAS
Spain
Net EU contribution
€ 217 725,00
Address
Calle Serrano 117
28006 Madrid

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Region
Comunidad de Madrid Comunidad de Madrid Madrid
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
Net EU contribution
€ 225 107,20
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris

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Region
Ile-de-France Ile-de-France Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00