An alliance of European marine research infrastructure to meet the evolving needs of the research and industrial communities (EUROFLEETS2) (39611)

  • Lisbjerg, Dennis (Project Participant)
  • Rasmussen, Jesper Jørgen Brochstedt (Project Participant)

Project Details


EurofleetsPlus will facilitate open access to an integrated and advanced research vessel fleet, designed to meet the evolving and challenging needs of the user community.

European and international researchers from academia and industry will be able to apply for several access programmes, through a single-entry system. EurofleetsPlus will prioritise support for research on sustainable, clean and healthy oceans, linking with existing ocean observation infrastructures, and support innovation through working closely with industry.

The project will enable access to a unique fleet of 27 state-of-the-art research vessels from European and international partners. Through competitive Calls, researchers will be able to access the entire North Atlantic, Mediterranean, Black Sea, North Sea, Baltic Sea, Pacific Southern Ocean and Ross Sea.

In addition to ship time, researchers will also have access to new Autonomous Underwater Vehicles and Remotely Operated Vehicles. A unique portable telepresence system will enable remote access by researchers and diverse end users including the public; a first for Europe.

In addition to comprehensive transnational activities, the project will undertake joint research activities to meet the evolving challenges of marine research, in particular, deep ocean research and exploration, data management, and virtual access. Multiple networking activities will ensure robust Call processes; wide stakeholder engagement; development of a strategic roadmap and long-term sustainability plan; diverse training and education activities; management of innovation; and widespread dissemination and communication.

EurofleetsPlus will facilitate access to unique marine infrastructure, enabling excellent research, increasing ocean literacy, and providing a clear road map for the continued integration and advancement of the European research fleet.

National Institute of Aquatic Resources, DTU Aqua
Marine Institute, Ireland (coordinator)
Havstovan, Faroe Islands
Suomen Ymparistokeskus, Finland
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee, Belgium
Mariene Informatie Service, Netherlands
Fundacao Eurocean, Portugal
Goeteborgs Universitet, Sweden
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Greece
Institut Royal des Sciences Naturelles de Belgique, Belgium
Instytut Oceanologii Polskiej Akademii, Poland
Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Italy
Instituto Portugues do Mar e da Atmosfera, Portugal
Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung, Germany
IstitutoNazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale, Italy
Turkiye Bilimsel ve Teknolojik Arastirma Kurumu, Turkey
Universitaet Bremen, Germany
InstitutulNational de Cercetare-Dezvoltare Pentru Geologie si Geoecologie Marina-Geoecomar, Romania
Instituto Espanolde Oceanografia, Spain
Universitat de Girona, Spain
Grønlands Naturinstitut, Greenland
Hafrannsoknastofnunin, Iceland
Institut Francais de Recherche pour l'Exploitation de la Mer, France
European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and Water Column Observatory - European Research Infrastructure Consortium, Italy
Havforskningsinstituttet, Norway
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Spain
Tallinna Tehnikaulikool, Estonia
Stichting Nederlandse Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Instituten, Netherlands
Nato Science And Technology Organisation, Belgium
Coronis Computing Sl, Spain
Blue Lobster IT Limited, UK
Helmholtz Zentrum für Ozeanforschung, Germany
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, New Zealand
Consorcio Para el Diseno, Construccion, Equipamiento y Explotacion del Sistema de Observacion Costero de las Illes Balears, Spain
Voyagerip International Services Limited, Ireland
Seaonics AS, Norway
Hampidjan Hf, Iceland
IQUA Robotics Sociedad Limitada, Spain
MacArtney A/S, Denmark
The Global Foundation for Ocean Exploration, United States
Universite du Quebec, Canada
Bermuda Institute of Ocean Sciences, United States
The project is funded by the EU H2020. 
Effective start/end date01/02/201901/02/2024


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