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The European Marine Biological Research Infrastructure Cluster: An Alliance of European Research Infrastructures to Promote the Blue Bioeconomy

  • Mery Piña
  • Pierre Colas
  • Ibon Cancio
  • Annie Audic
  • Lucas Bosser
  • Adelino Canario
  • Philip Gribbon
  • Ian A. Johnston
  • Anne Emmanuelle Kervella
  • Wiebe H. C. F. Kooistra
  • Matthieu Merciecca
  • Antonios Magoulas
  • Ilaria Nardello
  • David Smith
  • Nicolas Pade
  • Douglas Robinson
  • Antoine Schoen
  • Fanny Schultz
  • Bernard Kloareg
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Part of the Grand Challenges in Biology and Biotechnology book series (GCBB)

Abstract

Marine biotechnology is the key to harness the huge economic potential of the unique biodiversity of marine organisms. This potential remains largely underexploited due to three major issues: (1) lack of connectivity between research services, (2) practical and cultural difficulties in connecting science with industry and (3) uneven regional development and innovation policies throughout Europe. The European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) is a distributed Research Infrastructure (RI) with facilities located in renowned marine biological stations and institutes across Europe. On its way to become a European Research Infrastructure Consortium, EMBRC will be the reference RI for marine biology and ecology research. Yet, EMBRC recognizes the necessity to interface with other RIs to enable specialized workflow services in, e.g. chemical biology, bioinformatics and social sciences. The European Marine Biological Research Infrastructure Cluster (EMBRIC, INFRA DEV 4 2014–2015) was designed to connect EMBRC with cognate RI, i.e. MIRRI, EU-OPENSCREEN, ELIXIR and AQUAEXCEL. The cluster combines the RIs services into discovery pipelines through which academic and private research users can run their projects. EMBRIC also relies on the Integrating Activity of RISIS to analyse regional innovation ecosystems in marine biology and ecology and to develop a methodology to measure the impact of the project. The EMBRIC alliance provides workflows on a variety of marine bioresources, a strategy that will boost EMBRC expert centres into regional innovation clusters. This will reconcile the need for marrying scientific and technological excellence with territorial development, resulting in the promotion of the blue bioeconomy.

Keywords

Research Infrastructures Marine biotechnology Bioeconomy Marine bioresources Scientific park Regions 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The EMBRIC project is funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under grant agreement No. 654008.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mery Piña
    • 1
  • Pierre Colas
    • 1
  • Ibon Cancio
    • 2
  • Annie Audic
    • 3
  • Lucas Bosser
    • 4
  • Adelino Canario
    • 5
  • Philip Gribbon
    • 6
  • Ian A. Johnston
    • 7
  • Anne Emmanuelle Kervella
    • 1
  • Wiebe H. C. F. Kooistra
    • 8
  • Matthieu Merciecca
    • 9
  • Antonios Magoulas
    • 10
  • Ilaria Nardello
    • 11
  • David Smith
    • 12
  • Nicolas Pade
    • 13
  • Douglas Robinson
    • 14
  • Antoine Schoen
    • 14
  • Fanny Schultz
    • 15
  • Bernard Kloareg
    • 1
  1. 1.Sorbonne Université, UPMC Univ Paris 06 et CNRS, Station Biologique de RoscoffRoscoffFrance
  2. 2.CBET Research Group, Dept. of Zoology and Animal Cell Biology, Fac. Science and Technology and Research Centre for Experimental Marine Biology and Biotechnology (PiE-UPV/EHU)University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU)BilbaoSpain
  3. 3.Conseil régional de BretagneRennesFrance
  4. 4.Conférence des Régions Périphériques MaritimesBrusselsBelgium
  5. 5.Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR)University of Algarve, Campus de GambelasFaroPortugal
  6. 6.Leibniz-Institut für Molekulare Pharmakologie (FMP) im Forschungsverbund Berlin e.V.BerlinGermany
  7. 7.School of Biology, Scottish Oceans Institute, University of St AndrewsSt AndrewsUK
  8. 8.Integrative Marine Ecology, Stazione Zoologica Anton DohrnNaplesItaly
  9. 9.Ministère de l’Education Nationale, de l’Enseigement Supérieur et de la RechercheParisFrance
  10. 10.Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture, Hellenic Centre for Marine Research CreteHeraklionGreece
  11. 11.Sorbonne Université, UPMC Univ Paris 06, EMBRCParisFrance
  12. 12.Centre for Biosciences and Agriculture International (CABI)EghamUK
  13. 13.Marine Biological Association of the UK, The LaboratoryPlymouthUK
  14. 14.Université Paris-Est, ESIEE—IFRISNoisy Le GrandFrance
  15. 15.Sorbonne Université—DR&I—Bureau de développement de l’activité contractuelle et de transfertParisFrance

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