Euromarine Working Group on Marine Research InfrastructuresInternal


Activity Overview

Type: Working group
Start Date: January 31, 2018
End Date: January 31, 2019
Venue: UPMC, Paris, France
Contact: Colin Brownlee
E-mail: cbr [at]
Funding Call: EuroMarine 2017 call for FWS and WG proposals
Total Budget: €4,955
Funds Granted: €4,955

Manager(s): Colin Brownlee
Co-organiser(s): Nicolas Pade


On 29 January, 2019 EMGRI will be running a workshop as a side event to the EuroMarine General Assembly in Cádiz, hosted by the University of Cádiz (UCA) at the historic Edificio Constitución 1812 buildingThis meeting will offer an opportunity for members of EuroMarine and Marine Research Infrastructures (MRIs) to sit down together in order to discuss their plans and what they hope to achieve through the working group going forward.

Further details and outcomes on this workshop will be published on the Live and Outcome tabs as they are made available.

Call for candidates

View more information on the call and the application details here


This proposal aims to establish a Euromarine Working Group on Marine Research Infrastructures (RIs), so as to enable direct communication between relevant marine RIs and their user communities.

The Euromarine Business Plan and Strategy Document both highlight the importance for EuroMarine (EM) as a bottom-up organisation to establish ties with RIs that provide hardware and services for research. Marine Research infrastructures (MRIs) are set to play an important role in the research landscape over the coming decades, and become hubs for excellent science in Europe. They represent state-of-the-art facilities and services that will help push the frontiers of science. It is thus crucial to establish good and lasting links between the user community of researchers and the operators of the RIs.

As the representative organisation of the marine research community, EM is in a strong position to develop a forum where users and RIs can meet and interact on a regular basis. Indeed the analogy used is that whilst MRIs provide the hardware for research, EM is the software that utilises it. Through a working group consisting of user and MRI representatives it will be possible to validate the accessible services and platforms, feedback user concerns, and make MRIs responsive to research needs. The diversity of the EM community offers an excellent opportunity for the MRIs to diversify their user group and develop alternative, and cross-disciplinary, uses of their data, services and platforms.

Bringing together researchers and MRIs from across the marine domain will also help to strengthen research ties, facilitate and enable interdisciplinary research by putting scientists and their platforms from physics, chemistry and biology together around the same table to set a common, shared research agenda.

Expected outcomes

  1. Establishment of a WG composed of representatives of the EM community and MRI operators
  2. Terms of reference for the WG, including frequency of meetings (likely annually)
  3. Agreement to have an EM representatives on the advisory board of each MRI
  4. Report setting out role, scope and ambition of the WG – Aim for a short piece in News section of a respected journal

Expected impact

  1. Improved interaction between users and MRIs
  2. Improve interoperability between RIs for users
  3. Improved awareness of MRIs for the user community and how they operate, including forthcoming Trans-National Access (TNA) calls
  4. Validation of services and platforms offered by the MRIs
  5. Identification of gaps in provision that could be met by MRIs
  6. Broadening and diversification of user groups for MRIs
  7. MRIs as platforms for interdisciplinary marine research
  8. Development of a shared research agenda, including development of strategic, targeted TNA calls

Updated Timeline

  • 22 January – 11 February: Call for candidates
  • 12 February: Announcement of candidates
  • 20 February – 4 March (Midnight): Online voting
  • March: Announcement of successful candidates


On 29 January, 2019 EMGRI held a workshop as a side event to the EuroMarine General Assembly in Cádiz, hosted by the University of Cádiz (UCA). Ten members of EuroMarine and Marine Research Infrastructures (MRIs) communities met to discuss the importance of enabling direct communication with relevant marine RIs and how ties between EuroMarine and external RIs could be strengthened. The participants agreed that facilitating and enabling interdisciplinary research requires setting a common, shared research agenda between biology, physics and chemistry. The workshop served to focus the results of the Working Group's efforts to identify those aspects of EuroMarine that could be translated into supporting actions for RIs. These include:

  • Monitoring the research impact of RIs (scholary commons such as OpenAIRE Marine dashboard)
  • Horizon scanning (Euromarine Foresight WPs)
  • Validation of Services (Euromarine User Committee)
  • Support interdisciplinary research (Explicit demands for support for intersiciplinary research)
  • Improved visibility for RIs leading to improved up-take of services (dissemination)

The workshop also explored the benefits such interaction would bring to EuroMarine, including an expansion of the membership base, a coordination role and the alignment of research needs with RI activities and services.

It was agreed following the meeting there was a need for more RIs to be represented within the group. The Working Group planned to discuss the possibility of expanding the working group with RI representatives at the EurOcean conference in June, 2019.