H2020 projects

European Marine Biological Resource Centre Biobank (EBB) 

Project under the umbrella of EMBRC-ERIC

Project reference:
Entity: European Commision, Territorial Cooperation Programme (INTERREG)
PI: at the UPV/EHU, Ibon Cancio.
Project coordinator: UVIGO
From: 01/05/2017    To: 01/05/2020

Association of European Marine Biological Laboratories Expanded (ASSEMBLE Plus)

Project under the umbrella of EMBRC-ERIC

Project reference: H2020-INFRAIA-1-2016-2017 – Integrating Activities for Advanced Communities
Entity: European Comission, RIA Research and Innovation action
PI: at the UPV/EHU, Ibon Cancio
From: 2016/03/01  To: 2020/12/31

Integrated oil spill response actions and environmental effects (GRACE)

Project reference: 679266-H2020-EU.3.2.
Entity: BG-07-2015 – Response capacities to oil spills and marine pollutions, H2020-BG-2015-2
PI: UPV/EHU, Ionan Marigómez, Co-ordinator: Kirsten Jorgenesen (SYKE, Finland).
From: 2016/03/01  To: 2019/08/31



Climate change and European aquatic RESources (CERES)

Entity: UNIÓN EUROPEA (HORIZONTE2020) BG-2-2015 (Forecasting and anticipating effects of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture)
Entidades participantes: Universidad de Hamburgo, Instituto Español de Oceanografía y otros (23)
PI: Dr. Carlos García Soto



BG-13-2016 (Support to the Bluemed Initiative: Coordination of marine and maritime research and innovation activities in the Mediterranean)

PI: Dr. Carlos García Soto
Participants: CNR, Instituto Español de Oceanografía, MEIC and others (11)

National Projects and Strategic actions

Population structure of the catadromous thicklip grey mulet (Born2bEgg)

From: 2019 To: 2022

PI: Ibon Cancio and Maren Ortiz-Zarragoitia


1.- To describe the structure of mullet population in the Basque Coast.
2.- To follow-up the prevalence of intersex mullets in the polluted localities of the Basque Coast.
3.-To evaluate the effect of pollution on mullet fertilization.
4.- To molecularly characterize gender determination


SEAdimentox projet

From: December 2018 To: December 2021

PI: Manu Soto and Ionan Marigómez

Objectives: 1) To determine the natural variability (season, tide, gender, age), and the long-term trends (annual variation) in core biological effects measurements (LMS, MN, OS, HP, SOS and CI) included in the OSPAR CEMP Guidelines for sentinel mussels, Mytilus galloprovincialis, from the Eastern Cantabrian coast (N-E Atlantic OSPAR marine region, sub-region of the Bay of Biscay)
2) To optimize existing biomarker methods for mussels, M. galloprovincialis, by reducing variability and improving the sampling, processing and analytical procedures; especially for LMS, MN, HP(BAS) and SOS. 3) To design an integrative strategy for mussel biomarker data aggregation; from the establishment of realistic SOPs for sampling and biomarker measurements and the definition of baseline/background values to the selection of criteria and a panel of ecosystem health indices based on mussel biomarkers. 4) To determine the natural variability (gender, size, environmental factors), the long-term trends (annual variation) and the post-sampling alterations in core biological effect measurements (LMS, MN, HP and CI) included in the OSPAR CEMP Guidelines for the common sole, Solea solea, from the Eastern Cantabrian estuaries and offshore shelf (N-E Atlantic OSPAR marine region, sub-region of the Bay of Biscay). 5) To develop and apply biomarker methods for the common sole, S. solea; including core biological responses such as LMS, MN, HP and CI, as well as other novel biomarkers of fish well being. 6) To implement the Biscay Bay Environmental Biospecimen Bank (BBEBB; PIE-UPV/EHU) as supporting tool for the monitoring of pollutants and their biological effects; including (a) the realisation of retrospective pilot studies on long-term biological responses of mussels in the study area; (b) the application of alternative analytical methods to measure core biomarkers in mussel and flatfish in the future (high-throughput; IHC, ISH, omics) and the resultant banking procedures; and (c) the exploration of other potential bivalve (coastal zone and estuaries) and fish (offshore shelf and estuaries) sentinel species. 7) To establish the basis for a future strategy for fish biomarker data aggregation in the study area.

ENZIMA project

From: December 2016 To: December 2019

PI: Begoña Ayo

Objective: The ENZYME project arises from the need to acquire predictive power on the functioning of extracellular enzymes in future scenarios of global warming. It aims: i) to detect the temperature sensitivity of the hydrolytic activity and affinity in a set of model extracellular enzymes, which hydrolyze organic compounds rich in carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus in coastal waters, ii) to analyze how the affinity of the produced enzymes can regulate the final hydrolytic activity, iii) to assess the possible disturbances of the C: N, C: P and N: P stoichiometric ratios in the generated organic material, and iv) to identify links between the enzymatic activities and fundamental properties of the ecosystem ,such as seawater temperature, the composition of the bacterial community, primary producers, inorganic nutrients and dissolved organic material.

Exposome assessment of emerging contaminants in the aquatic environment (AQUASOME)

From: 2018 To: 2020

PI: Nestor Etxebarria Loizate

Objective: Aquasome is a multi and inter-disciplinary project aimed at studying in aquatic media the presence of emerging contaminants, including microplastics and associated chemicals, and elucidating the exposure pathways to assess their impact on marine ecosystems and food webs and, eventually, on human health. The project is focused on the development of screening methods based on
the use of high throughput methodologies for exploring the occurrence of emerging contaminants linked to human exposure and lifestyle while elucidating the most toxic fractions according to a set of in-vitro and in-vivo bioassays and their mechanisms of toxicity action. In fact, this project for the first time tackles the exposome to emerging contaminants holistically by integration of effect directed analysis (EDA), physiologically relevant bioaccessibility tests (PBETs) for seafood commodities, in-vitro cytotoxicity testing, metabolomics and wastewaterbased epidemiology (WBE) assays.

Desarrollo de un sistema avanzado y sostenible para la cría en cautividad del Múgil (AKURA)

From: 2018 – 2019

PI: Javi Etxebarria (Gaiker), Manu Soto (PiE-UPV/EHU)

Entity: Basque government. Dep. Economic Development and Infrastructure. Fisheries and Aquaculture Directorate.

Global data assimilation system with increased resolution over the Iberian Peninsula

From: 2017 – 2019

PI: Jon Saenz

Entity: MINECO

Spatio-temporal regulation and activation dynamics of oncoproteins in a 3D environment

From: 2016 – 2019

PI: Banafshe Larijani

Entity: MINECO


Nº de Contrato C2002/0165.
Study: Study of the ecological status of the discharge in Punta Lucero
Contract: yearly since 2000
IP: José María Gorostiaga

Comments are closed