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If you are interested to join the partnership for the upcoming EU calls for proposals, please fillin the following questions:
Organisation (name, address, department, contact person, tel., email):
National Institute of Biology, Marine Biology Station
Fornače 41, 6330 Piran, Slovenia
Contact person: dr. Andreja Ramšak, Head of Marine Biology Station Piran
[email protected], +386 5 923 29 32, www.nib.eng
Short description of the organisation:
Research at NIB (Slovenia) is organized into several research departments, one is Marine
Biology Station Piran (MBS). NIB research is in the fields of biology, environmental
protection, biotechnology and biomedicine. The research of the MBS is focused on
characteristics and processes in coastal waters due to anthropogenic pressures, impacts of
pollution, biogeochemical processes, plankton ecology, marine biodiversity and comparative
genomics, hydrography and modelling of coastal ecosystems.
Infrastructural centre of MBS operates with a research vessel (12 m), a boat (5 m) and a diving
base with SCUBA facilities. MBS offers access to laboratories for molecular biology and
microbiology manipulations, general biology and microscopy facilities, two growth chambers
(10 m2), chemical analysis including scintillation counter, wet laboratory and facilities for
physical oceanography of coastal waters and on-board instruments and sampling equipment
(ADCP, CTD/PAR/fluorescence probe, water column and bottom sampling gears, underwater
video and photographic equipment). The HF radar (WERA) set up in the Piran, works in pair
with an equal system at OGS in Trieste and monitors the currents and waves over the Gulf of
Trieste. The Oceanographic Buoy “Vida” (app. 2 nautical miles away) provides real-time data
of meteorological (air T, humidity, wind), physical and chemical parameters (seawater T,
salinity, currents, waves, PAR, dissolved oxygen, chlorophyll-a). MBS is a part of coastal
observational network (EuroGOOS, MonGOOS, EmodNET) and NODC (National
Oceanographic Data Centre) and data provider for Transitional, Coastal and Marine Waters
within EIONET. MBS provides access to an LTER site within the LifeWatch-SI consortium
and is included into several associations: MARS network, EUROMARINE, IOC-UNESCO,
CIESM, MED POL… MBS has certified experts in the field of HAB, representatives in the
many international and national committees. MBS offered access to variety of ecosystems
including littoral hard bottom and soft bottom habitats with seagrass meadows, stony coral banks
and biogenic formations, coastal lagoons, salinas and river mouths.
Scientific achievements were visible through high ranking publications (response on microbial
community, zooplankton outbreak and evolution, invasive species, modelling of data, data
interpretation tools), scientific collaborations.
Av. Lloyd George 6, 1000 Brussels
Tel. +32 2 645 19 10 Fax: +32 2 645 19 17
Main areas of expertise:
We have experiences in covering a wide range of research problems:
- biodiversity of coastal communities and habitats,
- plankton and microbial ecology, eutrophication and HABs,
- dispersal, trophic interactions and comparative genomics of different groups of gelatinous
- physical oceanography and modeling of tidal dynamics and circulation,
- cycling of organic matter,
- aquaculture impacts on benthic communities, impacts of pollutants on biota and degradations
This multidisciplinary approach aims at integrating biological, chemical and physical
oceanography of coastal sea into research of ecosystem biocomplexity including human impacts.
We study the role of phytoplankton in the carbon cycle of coastal pelagic ecosystem,
photosynthetic characteristics and photoacclimation processes, as well as ecology, monitoring and
mitigation of Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB). By applying analysis of time series and detection of
regime shifts we study the impact of climate change and effects of eutrophication. Occurrence of
harmful phenomena (mucilage, HAB, bottom layer oxygen depletion) is explained in the light of
tide, wind driven and high frequency variations of circulation.
Research of marine biodiversity is focused on the status of benthic invertebrates, macroalgae,
seagrass meadows, fish assemblage and biogenic formations. We try to understand the impact of
anthropogenic stressors on the marine environment with the ultimate goal to assess the ecological
and environmental status of the sea as identified in European environmental legislation (MSFD
and WFD). We continuously undertake surveys of the occurrence of non-native species
(bioinvasion) and organisms associated with the process of tropicalisation and their potential
impacts on native species.
Microbial ecologists study the impacts of variable supply regimes of different inorganic and
organic matter on the function and diversity of the marine microbial communities. Ongoing
projects are focused on the microbial community response to changes of physicochemical
environmental parameters, phytoplankton blooms, massive gelatinous zooplankton outbreaks and
accumulations of organic matter (i.e. marine snow, macroaggregates) and to different
anthropogenic pollutants.
Pollution related research is focused on the cycling of pollutants in the marine environment and
their degradation, with an emphasis on the photochemical degradation. We also study advanced
oxidation processes, which are important for the degradation of different pollutant in waste waters
and marine environment. Effects of pollutants are studied on several marine species (mussels,
fish), especially genotoxic effects by using micronuclei, Comet assay, oxidative stress and
biochemical biomarkers of exposure.
Rue de La Loi, 227 B-1040 Bruselas Tel. +32 2 282 41 60 Fax: +32 2 282 41 61
Experiences in relevant EU projects:
BLUEMED Initiative: Coordination of marine and maritime research and innovation activities in
the Mediterranean (H2020-BG-2016-1/CSA, 2016-2020)
SeaDataCloud- Further developing the pan-European infrastructure for marine and ocean data
management (H2020-INFRAIA-2016-2017, 2016-2020)
SMS: Sensing toxicants in Marine waters makes Sense using biosensors (FP7-OCEAN 2013.1)
INTERFACES: Initial Training Networks FP7-PEOPLE-2'13-INT,2013-17)
EMODnet- Ingestion and safe-keeping of marine data (EASME/EMFF/2015/011: Ingestion and
safe-keeping of marine data) (2015 – 2018)
ACTIONMED: Action Plans for Integrated Regional Monitoring Programmes, Coordinated
Programmes of Measures and Addressing Data and Knowledge Gaps in Mediterranean Sea (DG
ENV MSFD Action Plans 2015-2017)
PERSEUS: Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research in the Southern European Seas
(FP7-OCEAN-2011) (2012-2015)
SeaDataNet II: Pan-European infrastructure for ocean and marine data Management (FP7)
MyOcean 2: Prototype operational continuity for the GMES Ocean Monitoring and Forecasting
Service (FP7) (2012-2014)
MyOcean: Development and pre-operational validation of upgraded GMES Marine Core
Services and capabilities (FP7 - SPACE) (2009-2012)
RADAR: Rationally Designed Aquatic Receptors integrated in label-free biosensor platforms for
remote surveillance of toxins and pollutants (FP7) (2011-2014)
BALMAS: Ballast water management system for Adriatic Sea protection (Adriatic IPA Crossborder cooperation 2007-2013) (2013-2016)
HAZADR: Strengthening common reaction capacity to fight sea pollution of oil, toxic and
hazardous substances in Adriatic Sea (IPA Adriatic Cross-border Cooperation Programme20072013) (2012-2015)
TRECORALA: Rocky outcrops and coralligenous formations in the North Adriatic:
enhancement and sustainable management in the Gulf of Trieste (Cross-border Cooperation
Programme Slovenia-Italy) (2012-2015)
EMODnet – Chemistry (DG MARE) (2013-2016)
MarineClean: Marine Debris Removal and Preventing Further Litter Entry (Eco-innovation)
SESAME: Southern European Seas: Assessing and Modelling Ecosystem changes (FP6) (20062011)
MarBEF: Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning (GOCECT - 2003 -505446) (FP6)
ECASA: Ecosystem Approach for Sustainable Aquaculture (FP6)
SeaDataNet: Pan-European infrastructure for ocean and marine data management (FP6) (20062011)
ISMO: Information System about the Marine Environment in the Gulf of Trieste (INTERREG
IIIA Italy-Slovenia 2000-2006)
BIOFAQ: Biofiltration and Aquaculture: an evaluation of hard substrate deployment
performance within mariculture developments (FP5 – LIFE QUALITY)
Rue de La Loi, 227 B-1040 Bruselas Tel. +32 2 282 41 60 Fax: +32 2 282 41 61
Motivation to participate in the specific call topic. Please give a short input on what would
be your input in the specific call topic.
Call topic of interest (indicate programme, call, topic):
H2020, Work programme 2016-2017:
BG-06-2017 CSA Interaction between people, oceans and seas: a strategic approach
towards healthcare and well-being
BG-07-2017 IA Blue green innovation for clean coasts and seas
Research on coastal ecosystems is tightly linked with policy implementation (e.g. BLUEMED
initiative, MSFD, WFD), with focus on ecosystem services which have great impact on
biodiversity, eutrophication, effects of pollutants… Knowledge is widely transferred to different
stakeholders in the region and to industry (aquaculture and commercial sea port). Regional
important priorities such as ballast water management, detrimental effects of pollutants and
plastics in the Adriatic Sea are acknowledged in the projects funded by regional funds (IPA
Programme) and efforts are directed towards their implementation and protective measures in the
region. Above mentioned experiences will be valuable to understand the potential health benefits
of coastal ecosystems and services covering biological dimension of the proposal. Moreover,
Slovenia is one of the developers of the BLUEMED Initiative and thus have strong dedication to
its implementation through all pillars.
SC5-19-2017 CSA Coordination of citizens’s observatories initiatives
Interdisciplinary knowledge, connections with many universities to engage students and
relationship with citizens and media makes us valuable partner to participate in project to
strengthen and develop citizens’s observatories around the Adriatic Sea and the Mediterranean
Sea. Moreover, our strength is a long tradition of recording unusual and also natural phenomena
in the Northern Adriatic, with focus on blooms, red tides, HABs, eutrophication, monitoring
programs collecting biological and environmental parameters, having oceanographic bouy with
underwater cameras and on line measurement of meteorological data.
BG-08-2017 IA Innovative sustainable solutions for improving the safety and dietary
properties of seafood
Determination of phytoplankton species, algal blooms, jellyfish blooms, chemical pollution,
plastic pollution (microplastics, which can enter food chains), which can alter sustainability of
seafood production and safety.
SC5-18-2017 RIA Novel in-situ observation systems
Climate change impact on plankton communities, detection of changes in the ecosystem due to
changing climate, discrimination from natural variability of enclosed seas such as the
Mediterranean, LTER site at the Gulf of Trieste within LifeWatch-SI, automated meteorological
measurements from Bouy “Vida”, mini-video-CTD probe (TRL 6), participation in several
observatories programs (EuroGOOS, MonGOOS, EmodNET, NODC (National Oceanographic
Data Centre).
Rue de La Loi, 227 B-1040 Bruselas Tel. +32 2 282 41 60 Fax: +32 2 282 41 61
How would you like to participate in the projects?
O as a coordinator
X as a partner
Rue de La Loi, 227 B-1040 Bruselas Tel. +32 2 282 41 60 Fax: +32 2 282 41 61

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