The European Marine Biological Research Centre (EMBRC-ERIC) is a research Infrastructure of pan-European relevance. Part of the ESFRI roadmap since 2008, it is designed to further fundamental and applied marine biology and ecology research. EMBRC-ERIC will help promote the development of blue biotechnologies by supporting fundamental and applied research activities in medicine, nutrition, aquaculture, biotechnology, and fisheries, among others. The vision is for EMBRC-ERIC to be a global reference Research Infrastructure for fundamental and applied marine biology and ecology research.
PiE-UPV/EHU has been recognised as the Spanish node (in consortium with ECIMAT- Estación de Ciencias Marinas de Toralla- U Vigo) of the European Marine Biological Resources Centre (EMBRC), which is an ESFRI project on the way to become an ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium). EMBRC’s main objective is to offer access to marine ecosystems and services to research, industry and management communities.
EMBRC brings 24 leading European marine stations in 9 countries together, within the framework of ESFRI. EMBRC’s marine laboratories are unique and essential for marine research and possess high level technologies research platforms and share state-of-art genomic and proteomic facilities, together providing:
a) access to a wide range of European coastal marine biota and their ecosystems;
b) an integrated supply of marine organisms for interdisciplinary research, including new models;
c) coordinated services including state-of-the-art biobanks and dedicated platforms for genomics, structural and functional biology, microscopy and bioinformatics;
d) interdisciplinary training in marine biological sciences and genomics
e) outreach to stakeholders, users and the public at large.