EuromarineFP7: Environment

Many research questions from the marine environment can only be answered using a multidisciplinary approach, both at the molecular level with genomics and in combination with an integrated ecological, physical and biogeochemical ecosystem analysis.

The twentieth century has been called the "Century of the Gene". We can easily predict that the twenty first century will see another revolution: "From genes to ecosystems in changing Oceans". This revolution is on its way in biology with the current emergence of systems biology, where a specific scientific field is addressed in a more integrated way, interfacing with different disciplines along with new technological developments and new concepts.

The projects aims to contribute to the co-ordination of high quality research and training and to the integration of the former EU-NoE (FP6) MarBEF, MGE and EUR-OCEANS, by focussing on activities to shaping the integration process, training and communication. A final aim is to build a common vision for the future and establishing a road map for joint programming between different scientific approaches. We will also develop linkages with initiatives such as the ESFRI roadmaps Lifewatch, EMBRC, and harmonize the research priorities and scientific vision.

Role of U4 partners

Training the next generation of marine scientists in Groningen and Ghent. The new generation of marine biologists will not be scientists who know a little bit about all disciplines, but scientists with deep knowledge in one discipline and basic 'fluency' in several.

The WP6 of the Euromarine project – Capacity building (people), training and mobility – is building bridges in the educational landscape of marine biological sciences in the context of the 'new' marine scientists within, and especially across disciplines by creating international educational networks (in parallel with international research networks). Plans for advanced multi-level training, including a compulsory mobility scheme for doctoral candidates and post-docs, involving students and scientists from developing countries, was developed.


Ghent University
Magda Vincx
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University of Groningen
Jeanine Olsen
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