EMSO-Link, a new project financed by the European Commission (€ 4.3 million) as part of the Horizon 2020 roadmap for the research infrastructures, has kicked off on 28-29 March in Rome. The project is underpinning the long-term sustainability of EMSO ERIC, the pan-European distributed Research Infrastructure composed of fixed point open ocean observatories for studying and monitoring the European seas.
EMSO-Link is leaded by EMSO ERIC – the European Research Infrastructure Consortium charged of the management of the European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and water column Observatory - and is aimed at accelerating the organization and full operation of the consortium as the central hub coordinating EMSO fixed-point open ocean observatories, including physical and virtual access to observatories and data.
The project’s ambition is also to consolidate and expand the current EMSO ERIC membership involving other countries and their respective marine science communities, and to enhance the relations with sister marine initiatives and counterpart/complementary Research Infrastructures.
EMSO-Link is also addressed to increase stakeholders (e.g., marine operators, industry, academia, universities and marine experts) active engagement through a number of awareness raising campaigns.
EMSO-Link will also strengthen the EMSO ERIC contribution to the European economic growth and innovation through the implementation of a powerful marine technologies Innovation Platform serving and cooperating with Industry and Small Medium Enterprises.
(source: EMSO ERIC website)
More information about the project at www.emso-eu.org