Marine Scotland welcomes European Marine Biological Resource Centre to Edinburgh
Marine Scotland hosted the latest meeting of the European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) Implementation Board at its offices in Edinburgh on 13th July.
EMBRC, based in Paris, is the latest European Resource Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC) being developed and EMBRC will support both fundamental and applied research based on marine bioresources and marine ecosystems. In particular, the EMBRC will encourage improved exploitation of marine resources as well as the development of medicines (anti-cancer), blue energies (fuel made from algae) and many other end-products from the sea.
As well as Marine Scotland, who have signed the formal EMBRC Memorandum of Understanding on behalf of the UK, the other UK partners include:
- Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS)
- University of St Andrews (Scottish Oceans Institute)
- Marine Alliance for Science and Technology Scotland (MASTS)
- British Antarctic Survey (BAS)
- Marine Biological Association (MBA)
The formal application to create the EMBRC ERIC is due to be lodged with the European Commission in late 2015 with the operational phase expected to start in 2016.
- European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) topic sheet
- European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) UK web pages on the Scottish Government website
- European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC) website