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Call for transnational access to marine biological stations with ASSEMBLE Plus now open

Are you interested in carrying out research at a marine biological station this winter or during the spring of 2020?

Europe’s leading marine research stations are opening their doors to researchers and PhD students from industry, policy and academia to carry out research at their facilities, work with leading experts, use state-of-the-art technologies, and gain new experiences.

This access is facilitated by the EU-funded ASSEMBLE Plus project, which provides on-site and remote access for researchers to Europe’s leading marine biological stations. This is the 5th call for access within the project, with opportunities ranging from access to marine ecosystems, experimental facilities, technological services such as microscopy, molecular biology, and biochemistry, biological resources, and data. Access will be available from December 2019 until May 2020.

Over the course of two years, more than 200 projects have been granted access through the transnational access programme.  Dr Suncica Bosak from the University of Zagreb, Croatia was granted access to the Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (SZN) in Italy:

"I applied to ASSEMBLE Plus with my PhD student Klara Filek to visit sea turtles that are rehabilitated in the Centro Ricerche Tartarughe Marine, a part of Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn as SZN is the only institution within the consortium that provides access to these endangered marine animals. Our hosts at SZN were very friendly and supportive, as were the laboratory and administrative staff who were a pleasure to work with. Overall, a very positive and successful experience!"

Get inspired by the experiences of other researchers that have been hosted here. The application process is simple and straightforward, and successful applicants will be given access to marine biology research facilities and platforms. Visits can last for up to 30 days and can include up to two persons per project. In addition, ASSEMBLE Plus will provide funding for travel, accommodation and meals.

Online submission for the 5th call will close on 11th October 2019.

Click here to download and print the call flyer. For more information on the call, including eligibility and how to apply, please visit:

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