Who we are and what we do
EurOcean currently has 12 Members organizations based in 10 European countries and also seven Cooperating Members. Each Member organization appoints a representative who sits on the EurOcean Steering Committee. These are listed below.
Member Representative
Francisco Pinto
The Regional Fund of Science and Technology is an organism with juridical identity, endowed with administrative and financial autonomy, dependent on the Regional Directorate of Science and Technology. In practical terms, its general aim is the promotion of projects in the scientific area, society of information and knowledge, among others, through the management of systems of incentives and programs, covered by communitarian funding.
Among its activities, it is distinguished the management of the regional component of the Operational Program of the Society of Knowledge (POSC), which followed the Operational Program of the Society of Information (POSI).
Tina Mertens
The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) was created on 2 April 1999 by the Flemish Government, the Province of the West-Flanders, and the Belgian National Science Foundation. It is an autonomous institution, with the legal status of a not-for-profit organization. VLIZ acts as a coordinating and information platform for marine sciences in Flanders.
The main task of VLIZ is supporting and visualizing scientific research in the coastal area. By doing so, it developed a coordination forum, an oceanographic platform, the Flanders Marine Data, and Information Centre, and deploys the vessel, RV Simon Stevin, for oceanographic research. Besides, the institute acts as a contact point and provides advice on the demand of the government or their initiative. The VLIZ has an interface function between the scientific community, the public authorities, and the public at large.
Marta Norton 
Ocean Programme - Department of International Affairs

Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia was founded in 1997 and it is the Portuguese public agency that supports science, technology and innovation, in all scientific domains, under the responsibility of the Ministry for Science, Technology and Higher Education, it carries out its mission through the funding of proposals presented by institutions, research groups, and individuals, based on independent evaluations of merit, and also through co-operation agreements and other forms of partnerships with universities and other public and private institutions. Its Ocean Programme, within the Department for International Relations, coordinates the involvement of FCT in initiatives linked to the ocean. Its mission is to advise FCT’s Board of Directors in matters related to ocean science and technology and to maximize the dialogue among the different scientific communities that are part of the ocean transdisciplinary area to coordinate the national activities in ocean and science technology and the participation of Portugal in European and international organizations associated with ocean issues where FCT participates.

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Gilles Lericolais
Created by decree of 5 June 1984, modified on 18 February 1998, Ifremer is a public institute of industrial and commercial nature. From January 2002, it is placed under the joint supervision of four ministries: Research, Agriculture, and Fisheries; Transport and Housing; Environment. IFREMER is the only French organization with an exclusively maritime vocation. Its fields of activity are coastal environment management; marine living resource management; ocean research; engineering and marine technology; managing ocean research vessels and tools for underwater intervention. The Institute is located in 5 centres (Boulogne, Brest, Nantes, Toulon, Tahiti) and in twenty or so stations linked to those centres. The head office is near Paris (Issy-les-Moulineaux).
IFREMER facilities include 72 laboratories and research departments, in those 24 stations and centres which are located all along the metropolitan coast and in the overseas territories, 7 vessels, 2 manned submersibles, a full series of seagoing facilities.
Per Nieuwejaar
The Institute of Marine Research (IMR) in Norway performs research and provides scientific advice on marine resources, the marine environment, and aquaculture to the authorities, industry, and society as a whole.
The IMR is answerable to the Norwegian Ministry of Fisheries, and its duties are to monitor and carry out research on life, the environment, and interactions among living organisms in coastal waters and the ocean, generate new and updated knowledge of marine resources of importance to fishing and aquaculture, develop technology and greater biological understanding as to the basis of rational, future-oriented fishing and aquaculture industries, offer advice to the authorities and industry regarding the management of the marine environment and its resources and disseminate the results of research in order to promote the interests of the fishing and aquaculture industries and of society as a whole.
The work of the IMR is primarily concentrated on the ecosystems of the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea and the North Sea, and the Norwegian Sea.
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Slawomir Sagan
The Institute of Oceanology of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IO-PAN) was founded in 1983 as the successor to the Marine Station of the Academy in existence in Sopot since 1953.
The Institute's mission is to generate the knowledge to support the sustainable use and protection of the marine environment through innovative, high-level scientific and technological research that significantly adds to the knowledge and understanding of the environment, and provides information and technology for its clients.
The Institute's clients are Polish and international users of marine science and technology, the Polish community, governmental agencies, policymakers, educators and students. The Institute of Oceanology conducts scientific research in the shelf seas and coastal regions including the Baltic and European Arctic Seas.
Fiona Grant
The Marine Institute is Ireland's national agency with the following general functions:
  • To support existing marine businesses and related activities through the provision of key scientific services and advice and through the results of research to provide for wise management decisions to guide the ongoing sustainable development of the marine resource.
  • To support RTDI (research, technology, development, and innovation) activity to create further employment and to underpin future innovation, growth and wealth creation in the marine area.
Dan Vasiliu
The National Institute of Marine Geology and Geo-ecology - GeoEcoMar, is a governmental research-development institution, co-ordinated by the Romanian Agency for Science and Innovation.
The scientific activity of the GeoEcoMar is oriented towards the following main directions:
  • I. Marine and fluvial geo-ecological studies regarding the macrogeosystem River Danube - Danube Delta, Coastal Zone - Black Sea and the environmental impact of the hydro-technical works carried out along the Danube course and in the Danube Delta;
  • II. Geological and geophysical survey of the Black Sea, mainly of the Romanian continental shelf, as well as of other marine areas. Bathymetric, geologic-sedimentologic, magnetometric, and gravimetric mapping of the shelf area is carried out at 1:200.000 and 1:50.000 scales;
  • III. Studies of paleo-ecology, studies of the environmental and geological impacts of the climate and sea-level changes in the past and in the present;
  • IV. Land-sea interactions in the Coastal Zone and its integrated management;
  • V. Studies, technical assistance and consulting for littoral and offshore marine engineering, industrial and environmental impact studies.
Giuseppe Magnifico
The National Research Council (CNR) is the largest public research institution in Italy, the only one under the Research Ministry performing multidisciplinary activities.
Founded as a legal person on 18 November 1923, CNR’s mission is to perform research in its own Institutes, to promote innovation and competitiveness of the national industrial system, to promote the internationalization of the national research system, to provide technologies and solutions to emerging public and private needs, to advise Government and other public bodies, and to contribute to the qualification of human resources.
In the Cnr's research world, the main resource is the available knowledge which means people, with their skills, commitment and ideas. This capital comprises more than 8.000 employees, of whom more than half are researchers and technologists. Some 4.000 young researchers are engaged in postgraduate studies and research training at CNR within the organization’s top-priority areas of interest. A significant contribution also comes from research associates: researchers, from Universities or private firms, who take part in CNR’s research activities.
Manuel Cira
The French National Sea Centre (Nausicaä) opened to the public in 1991 and its mission is to raise public awareness of the need for better management of the oceans.
The only one of its kind in the world of aquariums and sea centres, it combines interactive visits, temporary exhibitions that are constantly changing, film shows, live television shows, and real-time access to all of this on the Website. In 2007 it has welcomed its ten-million visitor and in 2008 launched Planet Nausicaä an interactive, educational and informative multimedia tool on the sea and sustainable development.
Carlos García-Soto
The Spanish Institute of Oceanology was created by the Royal Decree in 1914. It is an autonomous Institution and it is under the supervision of the Ministry of Education and Science. The IEO is the research institution and adviser in relation to the fishing sectorial policy of the Government.
The IEO is dedicated to multidisciplinary studies of the sea and especially to the problems derived from the exploitation of resources and pollution. In this sense, the Institute tries to orient its research towards concrete answers to the Public Administration in reference to the sea, to its rational use and its protection. Within their state competencies, the IEO is the representative of the Spanish Government in organizations and oceanographic commissions of international scope.
Ana Hilário
CESAM’s mission is to develop leading international research on environmental sciences and related risks, including extreme weather events and climate change, with an emphasis on complex socio-ecological coastal systems and marine areas. The main objective is to promote more efficient use of terrestrial and aquatic (from catchment to the deep sea) environmental resources and a more competitive, resilient, and sustainable economy; designed to endorse job creation and assure territorial and social cohesion.
CESAM focuses on the key priorities of the European 2020 strategy addressing climate action, environmental integrity, resilience and sustainability, and optimal and renewable use of biological resources, as they encompass areas where CESAM has clear scientific competencies, aligned with knowledge transfer to the market.
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