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Supporting research potential for MARine BIodiversity and GENomics in the Eastern Mediterranean

Supporting research potential for MARine BIodiversity and GENomics in the Eastern Mediterranean

Objective

The objective of the present proposal is to fully exploit and further develop the research potential of the Institute of Marine Biology and Genetics (IMBG) of the HCMR in the area of biodiversity. The capacities of the institute have been demonstrated by achievements recognized by the European and international scientific communities, and in the year 2005 was expressed in the external evaluation report. The present proposal will allow the institute to strengthen its research and technological development and to get established in a first-line position in biodiversity science. The location of IMBG in the heart of Eastern Mediterranean Sea, which is a biodiversity hot spot and one of the most vulnerable to climatic change sea basins, argues for the significance of establishing it as a high level centre for genomics and biodiversity research. This will be accomplished, in line with the provisions of the Work Programme of the call, by upgrading existing and acquiring new equipment, developing biodiversity research topics through hiring incoming scientific personnel, taking advantage of the knowledge and experience existing in excellent research entities of the EU though exchanges of researchers, and the organisation of workshops and seminars. Activities in this context will be carried out using a two-pronged approach designed to: a) enhance its capacities to assess biodiversity by enforcing current up-to-date high throughput genomics technologies, supported by bioinformatics and biodiversity informatics and by introducing automated and precision 3D phenotyping at meio- and macro- organismal level b) strengthen its capacity to study changes in biodiversity by developing an in-house experimental facility for in vivo experiments with the potential for manipulation of environmental conditions, as well as an innovative experimental site for long-term studies concerning the impacts on biodiversity of anthropogenic stressors and climate change on coastal ecosystems.
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Coordinator

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Address

Leoforos Athens Sounio 46 7km
19013 Attikia Anavissos

Greece

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 2 249 642

Administrative Contact

Stylianos Kastrinakis (Mr.)

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 264089

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 November 2010

  • End date

    30 April 2014

Funded under:

FP7-REGPOT

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 926 159

  • EU contribution

    € 2 249 642

Coordinated by:

HELLENIC CENTRE FOR MARINE RESEARCH

Greece