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ASSEMBLE Plus brings together 26 partners covering over 30 marine installations with modern research infrastructures and track records of unique service provision, from 14 European and two associated countries, under the leadership of the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC), an ESFRI consortium developed from the previous ASSEMBLE (FP7) partnership.

ASSEMBLE Plus will provide scientists from academia, industry and policy with a quality-assured programme of access to its marine biological station facilities and resources.  These stations offer a wide variety of services, including access to marine ecosystems, unique marine biological resources, state-of-the-art experimental and analytical facilities with integrated workflows, and historical observation data. The goal of the project is to stimulate fundamental and applied research excellence in Europe in the fields of marine biology and ecology, thereby improving the knowledge- and technology-base for the European bio-economy, policy shaping and education. The sum of the actions envisaged in ASSEMBLE Plus, including Access, Networking, and Research, will ultimately increase the number of users of marine biological stations and shape novel strategic development perspectives of the partners, to be based on effective integration and efficient complementarities, resulting in a key contribution to their long-term sustainability.

The core of ASSEMBLE Plus is providing Access to its services

  • Transnational Access: where users can apply for funding to carry out projects at any of the ASSEMBLE Plus stations that are located in a different country to the users' home institute, or can request scientific material to be sent to them from a station.
  • Remote Access: where users can apply for funding to access services that do not require the applicant to be physically present.


Five Joint Research Activities are included in ASSEMBLE Plus: Genomic Observatories, Cryobanking, Functional Genomics, Development of Instrumentation, Scientific Diving, and we also host some of the pages for Ocean Sampling Day. ASSEMBLE Plus participates in the EC's Horizon 2020 Open Research Data Pilot, and in this context strives to provide all its data and publications as FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reuseable). 

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