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EMBRC to continue the work of ASSEMBLE Plus: Stimulating European excellence in marine biology and ecology research.

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EMBRC to continue the work of ASSEMBLE Plus: Stimulating European excellence in marine biology and ecology research.

After five successful years, the EU Horizon 2020-funded project, ASSEMBLE Plus (Association of European Marine Biological Laboratories Expanded) has closed and the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) will ensure the continuation of its legacy.

Launched in 2017, ASSEMBLE Plus provided scientists from academia, industry and policy with access to over 30 marine installations in 16 countries. Through specific initiatives such as the Transnational Access Programme, Networking Activities and Joint Research Activities (JRAs), ASSEMBLE Plus stimulated European excellence in fundamental and applied research in marine biology and ecology. Research outputs supported by ASSEMBLE Plus have improved European knowledge and technology bases for applications in blue economy, policy and education.

Key achievements of ASSEMBLE Plus include:

In parallel to ASSEMBLE Plus (2017-2022) and the previous, FP7-funded ASSEMBLE project (2009-2014), EMBRC was developed as a long-term research infrastructure to support marine biological research. Today, EMBRC is Europe’s leading research infrastructure for marine biological resources with a mission to support marine biological and ecological research as well as innovation. EMBRC also works to raise awareness of marine biological research, its application, and relevance for society and policy. EMBRC will ensure that the legacy of ASSEMBLE Plus will continue beyond the project, specifically:

Dr Nicolas Pade, ASSEMBLE Plus Scientific Coordinator and Executive Director of EMBRC said,

“I am delighted that EMBRC will be able to continue the important work that ASSEMBLE Plus has started. Collaboration is the key to successful research. Sharing ideas, working with people from different disciplines and visiting other institutions and facilities are all vital tools that will help us to understand and tackle the problems facing our marine environments. We look forward to working with the ASSEMBLE Plus alumni and community for many years to come!”    

For more information about the outputs and legacy of ASSEMBLE Plus, please visit assembleplus.eu or download the final project newsletter. For information about EMBRC, visit embrc.eu.


Notes for Editors


For more information about the project, please visit assembleplus.eu or email assembleplus_ta@embrc.eu. Follow @ASSEMBLE_Plus on Twitter for regular updates from the project.

For ASSEMBLE Plus queries, please contact Mercedes Arjona mercedes.arjona@sorbonne-universite.fr.

For EMBRC queries, please contact the EMBRC Secretariat at secretariat@embrc.eu.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under Grant Agreement no. 730984 (ASSEMBLE PLUS). This output reflects only the author’s view and the European Commission cannot be held responsible for any use that may be made of the information contained therein.


EMBRC (European Marine Biological Resource Centre) enables researchers to better understand the ocean's biodiversity by facilitating access to marine organisms and their ecosystems, while providing the necessary services, facilities and other resources to support innovative research. Services are provided by more than 70 sites in ten member countries: Belgium, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Read more about how to access EMBRC services or watch the ABCs of using EMBRC video.

In addition to providing various services, EMBRC contributes to European and international projects. Diverse in scope and country involvement, these projects aim to enhance EMBRC activities and/or services, strengthen collaboration with similar European organisations, structure the research community and provide services to support research. You can learn more about the projects EMBRC are involved in by visiting the EMBRC Projects page.

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