Partners

Aenaos Thalassa

Aenaos Thalassa


Contact: Vera Alexandropoulou

Aenaos Thalassa is a non-profit organisation, working to protect marine and coastal habitats in the Mediterranean, and to support their sustainable management. It cooperates with other likeminded organisations and interested parties to create synergies and reinforce action for the benefit of the marine environment. It is active in marine protection in the Mediterranean Sea, particularly in coastal and island Greece. By choosing the National Marine Park of Alonissos Northern Sporades as the pilot area of its action, Thalassa has supported and implemented a series of activities that lead to restoration, preservation, sustainability, education, and environmental awareness. In close collaboration with the scientific society, it encourages research and innovation, while at the same time, builds capacity of the local community and diverse stakeholders, by promoting consultation, training, awareness and active involvement. Thalassa has consistently supported the implementation of awareness-raising campaigns, research focusing on fish stock data collection and the assessment of the MPA’s environmental status, scientific seminars and events.
Agora Partners

Agora Partners


Contact: Simon van Dam

Agora Partners specialises in managing large public funded projects. The company has considerable experience in coordinating, supervising and managing R&D and other large scale publicly funded projects for universities, research institutions and public and private companies. It typically provides the financial management, contract management, liaison with the European Commission, IPR management and Dissemination & Visibility activities of such projects. Project Management activities include assisting the Coordinator in all administrative and management tasks prior, during and after the project, including implementing decisions taken by the coordinator; assisting in the organisation of consortium meetings; enforcing reporting by consortium members; advising on financial aspects - eligibility and costs and preparing certification of financial statements procedures to be used by applicant and partners. Agora Partners will ensure balance between the industrial and academic interests, and assist Coordinators and Partners in managing their project effectively while ensuring they are well aware of all relevant EU rules & guidelines. In short, Agora Partners will enable consortium partners to concentrate on the execution & implementation of the project by taking care of all administrative, financial and legal issues and thus saving time for the other partners. In order to support the Coordinator and the Dissemination, Communication and Visibility activities, specialists in content writing and use of social media will be provided. Agora has the required know-how to deliver complex and sophisticated messages in simple, clear and informative language. It specialises in writing for websites and therefore, it will make sure that the information on the project website will be well-written and well-presented, interesting, accurate and up-to-date. The activities will include content writing, utilising social network community sites (Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook), maintaining a “Project” Blog and Search engine optimisation. Innovation Management is a process, which requires an understanding of both market and technical problems, with a goal of successfully implementing appropriate creative ideas using a novel approach. Marketing the products and/or services of the project is key to the project’s long-term success, therefore the management of this process must be performed in both a cost effective, innovative and effectual manner. Agora Partners will ensure that the outcomes of the project will be translated into a profitable business in order to ensure the sustainability of the project. Agora Partners has vast experience in Project Management, Innovation Management & Business Planning and the Communication, Visibility and Dissemination of the results of the projects. Its key personnel managed more than 15 EU funded projects from FP4 onwards,
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Project Co-ordinators

Co-ordinators: Athanassios Tsikliras & Sophie Manousi

Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (AUTH) is the largest Higher Education Institution in Greece and SE Europe, with 12 Faculties, 42 Schools and 289 Laboratories. Aristotle University is located in the centre of Thessaloniki, spreading over an area of 43 hectares. The University has two main goals: to educate its undergraduate and postgraduate students, and to produce original scientific knowledge and innovative research. Over 70,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students currently study in the Aristotle University (60,000 in undergraduate courses, and 10,000 in postgraduate courses). Moreover, AUTH cooperates with 19 universities abroad for the cosupervision of PhD dissertations. The University Research Policy has two main objectives: to promote quality and to foster excellence. At the basis of the philosophy of quality are the principles of measurement, correction, evaluation and redefinition, which ultimately provide for the continuous development of products or/and services produced or provided by the institution. During the past three years, 985 researchers have provided educational and research services in collaboration with a total of 7,263 external scientific associates for the implementation of 3,151 International, European and National Research and Technological Development (RTD) projects. 1,436 of these partners were universities, research centres and organisations, while 405 were businesses. AUTH research and technological development projects are funded by national, European and international agencies. At national level, these agencies include ministries, public sector organisations, and private sector businesses/companies. The majority of research projects are funded mainly by the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation and other General Directorates of the European Commission. Additionally, a significant number of research projects are funded by European and international agencies, such as UNESCO, or major industries, which focus their business interests on technology and research applications. The Laboratory of Ichthyology (School of Biology) has been active in marine and freshwater research (ichthyology, fisheries biology and management, stock assessment, zooplankton ecology, limnology, oceanography) since its establishment in 1990. Faculty members of the laboratory have been participating in international projects, monitoring of marine and freshwater populations and habitats and various national and international committees and editorial boards and currently supervise over 10 PhD and 10 MSc theses. There are also 5 research fellows that have been employed for various research activities. The laboratory’s field and experimental equipment can fully support field work and data analysis. The research staff have been trained in international workshops and courses including stock assessment (e.g. CMSY, AMSY, LBB, SS3, a4a, SPiCT), mapping (e.g. GIS, MARXAN) and ecological modelling techniques (e.g. ECOPATH-ECOSPACEECOSIM). Seven members of the lab (two males and five females) will be directly involved at various stages of the project.
Blue Lobster IT Limited

Blue Lobster IT Limited


Contact: Simon Keeble

Blue Lobster IT Ltd is a software & Communications agency for freshwater, marine and coastal sciences. The team are highly experienced in working with large marine data infrastructures with a large portfolio of data and information products and tools that are designed to engage with a variety of end-users including scientists and researchers, industry, policy, and public stakeholder groups. In addition to software development, BLIT lead/co-lead several work packages in H2020 projects related to communication, dissemination, and outreach.
Center for Policy Exploration, Analysis, and Simulation

Center for Policy Exploration, Analysis, and Simulation


Contact: Erik Pruyt

The PEAS Center is a Dutch SME specialised in modelling complex issues, simulation under deep uncertainty of complex issues and systems, data science, and developing integrated software solutions for policy testing under deep uncertainty. The PEAS Center helps governments and NGOs to explore complex issues by generating large ensembles of futures and designing policies that are robust across these ensembles. The PEAS Center was founded by three researchers and one former researcher from Delft University of Technology to change the world in a positive sense.
Centre national de la recherche scientifique CNRS

Centre national de la recherche scientifique CNRS


Contact: David Gremillet

The Centre d’Etudes Biologiques de Chizé (CEBC-UMR7372), based in Villiers en Bois is a Joint Research Unit between CNRS and La Rochelle University. The scientific field of research and teaching of CEBC includes the ecology and ecophysiology of vertebrates. It assesses the effect of environmental stressors (climate, pollutants, habitat loss…) on biodiversity. CEBC includes a team of 13 researchers working on seabirds and marine mammal ecology in relation to the oceanic global changes. CEBC is one of the leading international labs for the study of marine top predators, with an ecophysiological and oceanographic approach blending biologging and modelling on the basis of long-term monitoring. The excellence chair on 'Ecology and Conservation of Seabirds and Marine Mammals', which was awarded to David Gremillet (CEBC) will strengthen the already world-renowned (with 380 papers during 2016-2019 including several Nature, Science, TREE and PNAS papers) CEBC/La Rochelle University.
Collecte Localisation Satellites

Collecte Localisation Satellites


Contact: Claire Dufau

Collecte Localisation Satellites (CLS) is a global company and pioneer provider of monitoring and surveillance solutions for the Earth, created in 1986. We are subsidiary of the French Space Agency (CNES) and CNP (Compagnie Nationale à Portefeuille), an investment firm. Our mission is to create innovative space-based solutions to understand and protect our planet and to manage its resources sustainably. CLS employs 720 people at our headquarters in Toulouse (France) and in 25 other sites around the world. The company works in five strategic markets: sustainable fisheries management, environmental monitoring, maritime surveillance, fleet management, and energy & mining. CLS is specialised in delivering institutional and commercial satellite-based services to public authorities and commercial operators at the global scale. Its core activities relate to; operational exploitation of satellite systems for geo-positioning and data collection (like the ARGOS system), ocean observation and ocean surveillance., and development and marketing of products and added-value services based on satellite remotesensing data. For 25 years, CLS has been involved in the definition, specification, development and operations of the ground processing as well as in the quality control and calibration/validation aspects of nearly all the altimetry missions that have been or are currently in operations. CLS has also a broad experience in satellite data processing sea surface temperature, ocean colour and radar imagery as well as in in-situ data processing (ARGO float, drifters, and tide gauges). CLS is both involved in research and development activities (multi-mission algorithms improvement, ocean observations validation and combination) and in operational oceanography services for end-users (off-shore industry, ship-routing, fisheries management, environmental monitoring). A fast growing part of CLS activities are conducted in the maritime domain and addresses a wide community of end-users of various backgrounds: governmental (policymakers and public authorities in charge of the Fisheries Management, Maritime Safety Agency, etc.), research (scientific institutes) and private (maritime shipping industry, fishermen, sailing races, O&G industries, etc.). Thanks to 80 oceanographers and remote sensing and in-situ measurement specialists, CLS has a proven track-record of large-scale projects, aiming at developing and maintaining complex systems. CLS is particularly active in the field of operational oceanography and in operational systems implementation especially through the following activities. CLS holds more than 30-year experience in environmental monitoring by remote sensing techniques. CLS has been acting continuously in Earth Observation (EO) projects providing services to French and European space agencies, CNES, ESA, EUMETSAT and European stakeholders like the European Union, through research programs FP5, 6, 7, H2020 and more recently through the operational Copernicus program. CLS has developed a large expertise in the field of altimetry and space imagery, being involved from the early design phases of ERS and TOPEX/Poseidon missions to the most recent altimeter missions like Sentinel-3 A&B and the future Sentinel-6/Jason-CS and SWOT missions. CLS has been developing its altimetry expertise in space mission design, instrument processing, algorithm development, operational system development and operations, mission performance assessment and higher-level data design, production and dissemination. Finally, CLS is certified ISO 9001 for its activities related to satellite data development and operations.
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Institute for Biological Resources and Marine Biotechnologies (CNR-IRBIM)

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Institute for Biological Resources and Marine Biotechnologies (CNR-IRBIM)


Contact: Giuseppe Scarcella

The Italian National Research Council (CNR) is a public organisation. Its duty is to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth and of its applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the country. CNR has more than 8200 employees of whom more than 4000 researchers active in almost 100 Institutes, working in the main fields of scientific research. Two CNR Institutes will be involved in the EcoScope consortium: the Institute for Biological Resources and Marine Biotechnologies (IRBIM) and the Institute of Information Science and Technologies (ISTI). CNRIRBIM conducts research mostly in the Mediterranean region, focusing on several themes: fisheries and aquaculture, ecosystem modelling, oceanography, climate and paleoclimate, biogeochemistry, coastal systems and fishing technology. CNR-ISTI aims at increasing knowledge, developing and testing new ideas in ICT, and widening the related application areas. Both institutes have expertise in data poor and data rich methods for stock assessment onto Cloud Computing platforms and and have an official agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations for supporting their research and educational activities. CNR has extensive experience on undertaking international programmes concerning the marine ecosystem, fishery resources assessment and management including, FP7 and H2020 projects. The most relevant for EcoScope are MareFrame (FP7-613571), EcoFishMan (FP7-265401), iMarine (FP7- 283644), BENTHIS (FP7- 312088), BlueBRIDGE (H2020-675680).
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Institute of Information Science and Technologies (CNR-ISTI)

Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche - Institute of Information Science and Technologies (CNR-ISTI)


Contact: Gianpaolo Coro

The Italian National Research Council (CNR) is a public organisation. Its duty is to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth and of its applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the country. CNR has more than 8200 employees of whom more than 4000 researchers active in almost 100 Institutes, working in the main fields of scientific research. Two CNR Institutes will be involved in the EcoScope consortium: the Institute for Biological Resources and Marine Biotechnologies (IRBIM) and the Institute of Information Science and Technologies (ISTI). CNRIRBIM conducts research mostly in the Mediterranean region, focusing on several themes: fisheries and aquaculture, ecosystem modelling, oceanography, climate and paleoclimate, biogeochemistry, coastal systems and fishing technology. CNR-ISTI aims at increasing knowledge, developing and testing new ideas in ICT, and widening the related application areas. Both institutes have expertise in data poor and data rich methods for stock assessment onto Cloud Computing platforms and and have an official agreement with the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations for supporting their research and educational activities. CNR has extensive experience on undertaking international programmes concerning the marine ecosystem, fishery resources assessment and management including, FP7 and H2020 projects. The most relevant for EcoScope are MareFrame (FP7-613571), EcoFishMan (FP7-265401), iMarine (FP7- 283644), BENTHIS (FP7- 312088), BlueBRIDGE (H2020-675680).
Dimokritio Panepistimio Thrakis

Dimokritio Panepistimio Thrakis


Contact: Georgios Sylaios

Democritus University of Thrace (DUTH) was established in 1973 and is currently operating eight Schools and nineteen Departments in four cities of Thrace. It has 850 employees, 21,000 students, 2,300 post graduate students and about 1,750 PhD students. Relying on its quality of teaching and research level, DUTH has secured a place among the best Greek Universities. DUTH has participated/is currently participating in several EU-funded programmes, such as FP7 actions: (27; of which four are MSCA), H2020 actions: (12; two of which are MSCA and another one in the Grant Preparation Phase), JUST Action Grants: (2), Life actions: (1), Erasmus+ actions: (2), Jean Monnet Chair (1) etc. Furthermore, the University is participating in several transnational and national projects. The projects cover several scientific areas such as engineering, IT, environmental and agricultural sciences, medicine, molecular biology, law, economics, sociology, humanities, education and physical education. The Laboratory of Ecological Engineering and Technology of the Department of Environmental Engineering of DUTH has been established since 1998 and it is one of the seven laboratories of the Department. The Laboratory covers extended scientific areas, such as the ecosystem management and restoration, environmental hydraulics and hydrodynamics, hydrogeological characteristics of aquifers, ecological agriculture and stock farming with emphasis on the reduction of pollutants emission to the environment, application of models, operational tools and DSS with the use of neural networks and fuzzy models, water resources management with the use of GIS. The Laboratory has the facilities and equipment required to support its research and educational activities, including 90 sq.m. of indoor space and 200 sq.m. of outdoor space in the facilities of the Department at Kimmeria, Xanthi, and it is properly equipped with instrumentation for water quality analyses, modeling and experimental simulations, and field measurements, including a van-type vehicle transformed to mobile analysis station, and a Zodiac boat. Over the latest years, the Laboratory has been involved into several European-funded projects (approx. 40) as INTERREG IVC, INTERREG Cross-border Greece-Bulgaria, FP7, Black Sea and ENPI CBC-Med Projects. Since June 2017 the Laboratory leads the H2020 research project ODYSSEA, on the development of a novel platform integrating Big Data from various, diverse data providers, processing and translating the data into information servicing various marine and maritime users.
Ecopath International Initiative

Ecopath International Initiative


Contact: Jeroen Steenbeek

Ecopath International Initiative is a not-for-profit research organization based in Spain, focused on the contribution to the sustainability of living resources and ecosystems through the development, implementation, education and promotion of analytical tools and ecological modelling, with special emphasis on the use of modelling approach Ecopath with Ecosim (EwE). We closely collaborate with institutions in the fields of research, technology and education, in conjunction with the “Ecopath Research and Development Consortium”. EII participates in research projects and software developments with partner institutes across the globe, organizes ecosystem modelling courses, and coordinates user support and project development for the Ecopath Research and Development Consortium.
European Marine Board IVZW

European Marine Board IVZW


Contact: Sheila Heymans

The European Marine Board ivzw (EMB) is an independent and self-sustaining science policy interface organisation that currently represents 35 Member Organisations from 18 European countries . It was established in 1995 to facilitate enhanced cooperation between European marine science organisations towards the development of a common vision on the strategic research priorities for marine science in Europe. The EMB promotes and supports knowledge transfer for improved leadership in European marine research. Its membership includes major national marine or oceanographic institutes, research funding agencies and national consortia of universities with a strong marine research focus. Adopting a strategic role, the EMB serves its member organisations by providing a forum within which marine research policy advice is developed and conveyed to national agencies and to the European Commission, with the objective of promoting the need for, and quality of, European marine research. The EMB provide advice on future strategies, by identifying scientific challenges and opportunities through foresight activities, analysis, events and studies to provide high-level recommendations.
Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel

Helmholtz-Zentrum für Ozeanforschung Kiel


Contact: Marco Scotti

GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel (GEOMAR) is a worldwide leading Institute in marine research. It is located in Kiel, Germany, spread over two locations, one on each side of the Kiel Fjord. The Institute investigates chemical, physical, biological and geological processes of the seafloor, oceans and ocean margins and their interactions with the atmosphere. It also bridges the gap between basic and applied science in several areas. With this broad spectrum of research initiatives GEOMAR is globally unique. The GEOMAR is a foundation under public law jointly funded by the German federal (90%) and Schleswig-Holstein state (10%) governments. GEOMAR has a staff of approximately 1,000 (2018) individuals and an annual budget of ~80 Million Euros. The Institute’s mandate is the interdisciplinary investigation of all relevant aspects of modern marine sciences, from sea floor geology to marine meteorology. Research is conducted globally in all oceans and adjacent seas. The Institute has four major research divisions: Ocean Circulation and Climate Dynamics, Marine Biogeochemistry, Marine Ecology, and Dynamics of the Ocean Floor. GEOMAR cooperates closely with the University of Kiel in the education of future marine scientists. Curricula include “Physics of the Earth System: Meteorology – Oceanography – Geophysics” for the Bachelor’s degree and internationally oriented Master’s courses such as “Climate Physics: Meteorology and Physical Oceanography” and “Biological Oceanography.” The Institute also provides additional contributions to other curricula, such as “Geology and Geophysics”. GEOMAR also has cooperative programs with other universities around the world, and special programs for pupils and teachers whose aim is to stimulate interest in the marine sciences at an early stage. GEOMAR is among the three leading institutions in the field of marine sciences in Europe. Jointly with the National Oceanography Centre in the United Kingdom and IFREMER in France, GEOMAR has established the “G3 group” of national marine research centers. In addition, GEOMAR is active in a number of national and international committees and strategic alliances such as the German Alliance for Marine Research (DAM), the German Marine Research Consortium (KDM), the German Climate Consortium (DKK), the European Marine Board and the Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans (POGO). The FishBase group, within the Marine Ecology Research Division has been active in marine and freshwater research since its establishment in 2001. It is GEOMAR’s representative to the FishBase Consortium and provides the database and web programming support for AquaMaps, one of the consortium’s long-standing projects. The group develops scientific methods that contributes to the improvement of fisheries management and nature conservation in Europe and elsewhere. It collaborates with scientists from disciplines of fisheries biology, ichthyology, nature conservation, and niche (e.g. AquaMaps) and ecological (e.g. Ecopath) modelling. https://www.geomar.de/en/mscotti https://www.geomar.de/en/researchgroup-mscotti
Hidromod Modelação em Engenharia, Lda.

Hidromod Modelação em Engenharia, Lda.


Contact: Adelio Silva

HIDROMOD is an SME established in 1992 as a high tech consultancy in the field of Computational Modelling of Aquatic Environments. HIDROMOD has participated in about 500 projects connected to hydro-informatics for clients all around the world in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America and has highly skilled professionals, including several with Ph.D. and Ms.C. degrees. In 2002 HIDROMOD implemented a quality management system (QMS) which strategic reflects the policies defined by HIDROMOD’s management board: “the quality of our organization intends to lead to the client’s satisfaction, by producing products and services according the client requirements maintaining a competitive cost. The continuous process improvement, the existence of highly qualified human resources, the innovation and the team work are the foundations of the quality objectives”. As the foremost Portuguese engineering company specialised in operational numerical modelling HIDROMOD has worked extensively in modelling and ICT technologies both in the framework of R&D and Engineering Projects having the capability to deliver solutions at a global scale and to use these solutions to provide high resolution forecasts nearshore, where the economic activities are most important. In the framework of these projects HIDROMOD carried out studies on wave propagation, sediment transport by combined wave and current action, effluents dispersion, oil slicks transportation, floodplains delimitation, output evaluation of nutrients in watersheds, water quality and urban hydraulics. In order to maintain high standards in the tools and approaches being used, HIDROMOD maintains an almost continuous participation in multiple international R&D projects of which the following are representative examples in the context of IASON: AMOS in EEA grants, ODYSSEA, HISEA, WATERSENSE and UNITED in H2020. Along the last decade HIDROMOD also developed high skills in delivering operational services supported by IWA awarded AQUASAFE platform capable to provide user fitted information integrating access to different data sources (including earth observation data and (near) real time local data) and high resolution model forecasts. As a result HIDROMOD is presently serving different clients in areas such as ports, aquacultures, water and energy utilities and water managing authorities. HIDROMOD has proven experience in developing and implementing operational systems.
Institut po bioraznoobrazie i ekosistemni izsledvaniya balgarska akademiya na

Institut po bioraznoobrazie i ekosistemni izsledvaniya balgarska akademiya na


Contact: Georgi Daskalov

IBER-BAS is a national centre of research on biodiversity, ecosystems and sustainable use of bioresources. The Division of Functional Ecology and Bioresources of Marine and Coastal Ecosystems and the associated Laboratory of Marine Ecology (LME) are carrying out research in functional ecology and the ecosystem approach to management of marine bioresources. Main areas of expertise are fisheries research and stock assessment, ecosystem modelling, environmental monitoring and biogeochemistry of coastal zones, structure and function of benthic and microbial communities, anthropogenic impact assessments, and evaluation of Marine Protected Areas. Our team has mentored several PhD and MSc students, and provide a base for field studies of visiting scientists and university students from Bulgaria and Europe. During the last years we participated in several EU funded projects such as WETLANET, KNOWSEAS, PERSEUS, COCONET, RECONNECT. Recently our team was (co)responsible for performing historical stock assessments under the DGMARE RECFISH project, and drafting guidelines for fish feeding studies in DGMARE STREAM. The lab is a member of the LTER-Europe (The European Longterm Ecosystem Research Network) and coordinator of its Black sea site. Recently, our team was in charge of coordination of the first national project (FEMA) funded by EEA aimed to assess and map the state of marine ecosystem services provided in the Bulgarian EEZ. Based on existing data high resolution maps were created and provided to stakeholders and management authorities. The laboratory’s field and experimental equipment can fully support field work and data analysis. The research staff is competent in statistical (R, GAM, MARSS), stock assessment (a4a, SAM, CMSY, SS3), mapping (ArcGIS), and ecosystem modelling tools (EwE). Five members of the lab (3 males and 2 females) will be involved in the project.
Instituto Español de Oceanographia

Instituto Español de Oceanographia


Contact: Francesc Ordinas

The Instituto Español de Oceanografía ( IEO, Spanish Institute of Oceanography ,) is a public research organisation, under the Ministry of Science and Innovation, devoted to marine science research, especially in relation to the scientific knowledge of the oceans, the sustainability of fishing resources and the conservation of the marine environment. IEO is the research and advisory body for the fisheries and marine conservation policies of the Spanish Government and represents Spain in most international scientific forums related to the sea and its resources, such as GFCM, ICES, NAFO, CECAF or OSPAR. IEO is engaged in numerous working groups of different ecoregions regarding a diversity of topics, including fisheries stock assessment, vulnerable species and habitats and ecosystem studies. IEO has extensive experience in competitive projects related to oceanography, marine sciences and the multidisciplinary study of the sea, both at national and international levels including EU projects and also in scientific monitoring programs, including the EU Data Collection Framework (DCF). DCF allows the compilation of data related to the fishing sector, including catches, effort, population structure and biological parameters as well as fisheries-independent surveys in all the regions in which the Spanish fleets operate. These data are the basis for providing scientific advice regarding the common fisheries policy and is used in quality research in oceanography and marine sciences. IEO is also responsible for the implementation of the Marine Strategy Framework Directive (MSFD) in Spanish Iberian and Canary Islands waters. IEO has been studying the most important ecosystems of Spanish marine waters, its habitats and species, with the aim to understand the natural and socioeconomic values in order to complete the marine Natura 2000 Network. As a result of all these activities, IEO holds key databases and ecological knowledge from the western Mediterranean Sea that is of relevance for the EcoScope project.
Instituut voor Landbouw-, Visserij- en Voedingsonderzoek

Instituut voor Landbouw-, Visserij- en Voedingsonderzoek


Contact: Hans Polet

EV ILVO has been created by the Flemish Government as a legal entity with a corporate personality (Decree of the Flemish Government of 23 December 2005 (BOJ 30.12.2005). EV ILVO is an independent scientific research institute and service provider with 420 employees. The institute works collaboratively to promote sustainable agriculture, fisheries, and agro-food production in Flanders, Belgium, Europe and the world. The institute performs multidisciplinary, innovative, and independent research aimed at economically, ecologically and socially sustainable agriculture, food, and fisheries. Through this research, the institute accumulates fundamental and applied knowledge which is vital for the improvement of products and production methods for quality control and the safety of end products, and for the amelioration of policy instruments as a foundation for sector development and agricultural policy for rural areas. The research activities are split into four units that work closely together: Plant Sciences, Animal Sciences, Technology and Food Science, and Social Sciences. The research domain ‘Fisheries and Aquatic Production’ supports fisheries management based on accurate information about the fish stocks and their place in the ecosystem, thorough understanding of the efficiency and the effects of fisheries methods, and insight into the socioeconomic aspects of the fisheries industry. A multidisciplinary team with an extensive network is supported by a technical team that does the field work on land as well as at sea. In addition to the marine fisheries research, ILVO also has a team researching how to build sustainable aquaculture systems. ILVO also provides services to support businesses, government agencies and other scientific institutions in their scientific research. The main focus of the Fisheries Biology research group is the management of the Belgian and European fisheries. The group provides advice for this management based on research about the state of the fish stocks, the dynamics of the marine ecosystems and the effects of fisheries policy in terms of the fish stocks and the fisheries sector. The basis of this research is collected data on the size and composition of fish stocks and about the exploitation of the commercially important fish species. After processing this data we can give policy-supportive advice in relation to the European Communal Fisheries Policy. This research group strives for a strong and productive interaction between researchers and the fisheries industry with the goal of innovation and optimisation of the fisheries data and determination of the state of the fish stocks. The fisheries research groups are supported by the ‘Environmental Monitoring and Quality’ research domain that evaluates the environmental quality, as well as the quality of the biological marine products. ILVO uses an integrated approach for evaluation. Using biological, toxicological and chemical tests, we study the human effect on the marine environment (sand and gravel extraction, dumping of dredging material, building wind farms, fisheries, introduction of exotic species) and different types of pollution (pollutants, garbage) on marine life. We also study the genetic and (bio)chemical quality, freshness and authenticity by developing analyses and applying them to fish and shellfish. This research includes continual, long-term monitoring as well as specific research projects.
Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research

Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research


Contact: Gideon Gal

Israel Oceanographic and Limnological Research (IOLR) is a national research institution (nonprofit governmental corporation) established in 1967 to generate knowledge for the sustainable use and protection of Israel's marine, coastal and freshwater resources. IOLR conducts scientific research in the fields of oceanography, limnology, mariculture and marine biotechnology, addressing issues of national, regional and global relevance and importance. In fulfilment of its mandate as a national institution, much of IOLR’s scientific effort is focused on research, monitoring and assessment of the environmental status of Israel’s neighboring sea areas and inland water bodies (Lake Kinneret and Dead Sea) and predicting their response to human and natural perturbations. The Kinneret Limnological Laboratory (KLL) has been active in freshwater and marine monitoring and research (phytoplankton ecology, zooplankton ecology, fish biology, fisheries management, inorganic and organic chemistry, physical limnology, limnology, oceanography, ecosystem management) since its establishment in 1968. Faculty members of KLL have participated in international projects, monitoring of marine and freshwater populations and habitats and various national and international committees and editorial boards and currently supervise 20 PhD and MSc theses. The laboratory’s research staff have been trained and have vast experience in the development, application, and use of ecosystem models (e.g Ecopath with Ecosim, MITgcm, DYRESM-CAEDYM, GOTM, FABM, GLM-AED, and others), scenario testing and development of decision support tools. Four members of IOLR (three male and one female) will be directly involved at various stages of the project.
L-Università ta' Malta

L-Università ta' Malta


Contact: Marie Briguglio

Established in 1592 as the Collegium Melitense, the University of Malta (UM) is presently the highest publicly-funded teaching institution in Malta. The University is geared towards the infrastructural and industrial needs of the country so as to provide expertise in crucial fields. Well over 3,000 students graduate in various disciplines annually. The degree courses at the University are designed to produce highly qualified professionals, with experience of research, who will play key roles in industry, commerce and public affairs in general. Employing more than 1000 employees, the University today has fourteen faculties and a number of interdisciplinary institutes and centres in various fields. UM aims to maintain and confirm its place as a research intensive institution. Research activity is at the very heart of the University’s vision, to stimulate teaching and to build strong links with business and industry as well as with other academic institutions. UM is offering a significant contribution to society by translating research and creativity into social and economic development. L-Università ta’ Malta (UM) has a long-standing experience with the supporting, financial and administrative management of hundreds of EU-funded projects under the Lifelong Learning Programme, Erasmus+ KA1 and KA2, Horizon 2020, local research and funding programmes, and many others. It is also in regular collaboration with local public authorities and industry in both the educational field in order to align its programmes with market needs as well as in Research and Innovation with the pooling in of expertise and infrastructure. Professional support for these management aspects are available to the coordinators: 1. Research Support Services Directorate (RSSD) that provide comprehensive support to researchers on all aspects of undertaking excellent research, from obtaining funding to undertaking experimental work. 2. Project Support Office (PSO) that gives budgeting and financial support during the pre and post-award phases. 3. Knowledge Transfer Office (KTO) which supports researchers in collaborating with industry, provides support and assistance in assessing the commercialisation potential of technologies developed through research and assists in protecting patentable ideas. 4. Communication office that helps in disseminating results to a wide audience through a number of vehicles. 5. Centre for Entrepreneurship and Business Incubation (CEBI) which supports researchers interested in commercialising their ideas. 6. Legal office that provides legal guidance. 7. HRM&D that provides assistance in recruitment and administrative support. 8. IT services which maintain and develop the UM’s IT infrastructure.
Learnworlds (CY) ltd.

Learnworlds (CY) ltd.


Contact: Panos Siozos

LearnWorlds (CY) Ltd is an edtech start-up on a path to transform self-paced learning. It wishes to become the best “educational amplifier”, empowering trainers, educators and content authors to create unique, enjoyable and social learning experiences. The innovative LearnWorlds platform is a cloud-based, white-label, e-learning management system that offers to training organisations and professional trainers, an easy, hassle-free way to create their own, personally branded, online schools and deliver/sell interactive, self-paced premium courses to their learners. The platform aims to boost usage, satisfaction and retention for professional and compliance training, continuing education, and employee/customer onboarding. Trainers can: 1. Design holistic learning experiences (using interactive video, ebook, integrated social networking, gamification, questionnaires, and a lot more). 2. Better understand their users through analytics and marketing tools. 3. Transform their teaching passion into learners’ enjoyment and increased sales. The company has advanced expertise in UI/UX design for educational applications and in the development of highly interactive, scalable web applications. LearnWorlds currently services customers across five continents and more than 80 countries, and operates with a team of 50 IT and experts, as well as employees. ( https://www.learnworlds.com)
Norsk Institutt For Vannforskning NIVA

Norsk Institutt For Vannforskning NIVA


Contact: Jannike Falk-Andersson

NIVA is Norway’s leading institute for basic and applied research on marine and freshwaters. The institute’s research comprises a wide array of environmental, climatic and resource-related fields. NIVA’s world-class expertise is multidisciplinary with a broad scientific scope. NIVA combines research, monitoring, evaluation, problem-solving and advisory services at international, national and local levels. NIVA’s broad scope of scientific competence, research expertise and long-term environmental data series are important to Norwegian business and industry, public administration on municipal, regional and national levels; and our initiatives help promote Norway's interests in international fora. NIVA has extensive experience in international research cooperation with international assignments accounting for about 20% of our turnover. NIVA employees have professional backgrounds in a broad spectrum of disciplines including chemistry, biology, limnology, geology, hydrology, environmental technology, ecotoxicology, oceanography, geography, resource management and environmental economics. NIVA was founded in 1958 and is a non-profit research foundation with a board appointed by the Ministry of Climate and Environment, the Research Council of Norway and employees. NIVA's Head Office is in Oslo, with regional offices in Bergen, Grimstad, Hamar and Copenhagen, as well as a large-scale research facility in the Oslo Fjord. NIVA has 250 employees.
Quantitative Aquatics Inc.

Quantitative Aquatics Inc.


Contact: Mary Ann Bimbao

**Quantitative Aquatics** is a *non-stock, non-profit, non-governmental organization that supports the assembly and dissemination of key data on living aquatic resources through collaborations and partnerships with academic, conservation, and biodiversity research organizations.* It maintains and develops global aquatic biodiversity information systems FishBase , SeaLifeBase , AquaMaps , and supports the research conducted by the Sea Around Us . These information systems are species-based and contain nomenclatural, biological, ecological, and geographical data. Data on growth, mortality, size at maturity, trophic ecology, and life history parameters both for fish and non-fish species from both FishBase and SeaLifeBase serve as critical inputs to ecosystem models such as OSMOSE and Ecopath with Ecosim. Species distribution maps for all ecosystems are generated through AquaMaps, the mapping component of FishBase and SeaLifeBase that models the distribution of species under both contemporary and future climate scenarios, based on species environmental tolerances and habitat suitability. Model outputs enable characterization, visualization, and analysis of potential climate change related effects in coastal and oceanic biodiversity. As public goods, FishBase receives more than 900,000 visits monthly while SeaLifeBase receives more than 187,000 visits per month. FishBase has over 10,000 citations to date, and is in fact the most cited work in the aquatic sciences. AquaMaps contributes to many high-ranking peer reviewed papers, at least 15 in the last 5 years. Q-quatics research projects are mostly funded by international research organizations, universities, museums, and philanthropic foundations. Moreover, our projects are usually in partnerships with the Sea Around Us of the University of British Columbia, GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, University of Western Australia, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Royal Museum for Central Africa, and WorldFish. We have a few projects with the national government but participate widely in interagency consultations and meetings. A team composed of 7 biologists including GIS specialists, two programmers, and one communications specialist will work for this project. Members of this team have been involved in various projects with FishBase, SeaLifeBase, and AquaMaps that deal with the compilation and analyses of datasets and produced species maps for ecosystem-based approach to fisheries management.
Stichting Breda University of Applied Sciences

Stichting Breda University of Applied Sciences


Contact: Igor Mayer

Breda University of Applied Sciences (BUas, Breda, the Netherlands, est. 1966) is a relatively small and specialised University of Applied Sciences with around 7000 students and 700 staff members. BUAs has a well-recognised position in the area of spatial planning (Academy for Built Environment and Logistics, ABEL) and Games & Media (Academy for Games and Media. AGM). A significant part of R&D funding comes from EU funding, industry clients, and international research partnerships. Serious / Simulation Games (SG) / Digital Twins for next generation planning support is one of the key areas of expertise. Professors, researchers, lecturers, and students work together with the entertainment games, serious games and digital media industries, alongside research institutes and societal partners worldwide. In the CRADLE R&D lab, the next generation of games and digital media are designed and created. CRADLE has been in the lead of the technical development of the MSP Challenge simulation platform since 2016. Over the years, senior and junior researchers at BUas have become well-versed in the area of Maritime Spatial Planning with a global network of partners and supporters of the MSP Challenge community.
The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel

The Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel


Contact: Alon Rothschild

Established in 1953, the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel (SPNI) is the leading and oldest environmental non-profit organisation in Israel. SPNI works to protect Israel’s Biodiversity through education, advocacy, land-use planning, research and activism. SPNI is an IUCN member and Birdlife International affiliate. The Environment Protection Division (EPD) is SPNI's policy department, employing 40 professionals (ecologists, planners, legal experts etc). EPD specialises in translating scientific knowledge into policy tools. EPD's personnel represents the NGO community as members in the Planning committees, and are heavily involved in the government and parliament policy processes through professional advocacy. EPD also operates the TevaBIZ initiative for Biodiversity friendly businesses, and collaborates with 12 Israeli companies, including adoption of eco-friendly practices in Tabor Wineries' vineyards, Eco-safe quarry code to prevent invasive species with Hanson Cement Group, reducing bird powerline collisions with Israel Electric Company, and reforming lighting design practices to reduce light pollution with Israel's Road, oil and water companies. "The Blue Half" is SPNI's marine program. Since 2012, SPNI is the leading NGO in marine conservation in Israel Fisheries management. After an intensive 4 years project led by SPNI, the Israeli parliament have adopted (2016) the amendment to the fishing regulations that SPNI has compiled, working in collaboration with the fisheries department and other government ministries. SPNI has led a public participation process, mainly a dialogue with fishermen, as part of the reform. SPNI also successfully lobbied for the allocation of enforcement responsibility, from the Ministry of Agriculture to the nature and parks authority, and to the establishment of a novel marine enforcement unit responsible for fishing regulations. Marine reserves: SPNI's activity was instrumental in designating two marine reserves as No-take zones, while working closely with the planning administration, to establish a policy of no fishing in marine reserves as part of the government MSP. Marine spatial planning– SPNI lobbied extensively for the mainstreaming of ecological considerations in the Israeli MSP plan that was approved in 2019, through the preparation of relevant policy papers. Public participation in marine conservation – SPNI has developed the"Sea Watch" app and data service: A unique initiative that enables every person to report on marine hazards and fishing violations, online, directly to the Israeli enforcement authorities. The numerous public reports have enabled (through strong collaboration with government enforcement bodies) dozens of successful illegal fishing enforcement events, dozens of ghost nets removals, and a few sea turtle rescues. Four members of personnel will be directly involved in the EcoScope project.
University of British Columbia

University of British Columbia


Contact: Maria Lourdes Deng Palomares

The Sea Around Us, Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries, University of British Columbia built (since 1999) and maintains a global information system of reconstructed capture fisheries time series (1950-2016) for all maritime countries of the world. This is based on the FAO fisheries statistics landings (reported), that the Sea Around Us separates into catch data for industrial (mostly reported), artisanal (mostly unreported), subsistence (unreported) and recreational (unreported) fishing sectors. Unreported data obtained from scientific, historical and other sources provide added value to the reconstructed catch data, which are then allocated to half degree water cells of all the world’s oceans based on access agreements and geographic distribution of exploited species.