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Coordinator: University of Cyprus

With more than 7.000 students, 104 laboratories and 750 faculty and staff members, the University of Cyprus (UCY) is a young and rapidly expanding university (established in 1989). There are 23 departments and 13 research units and centres, covering a broad spectrum within the life, social, natural and engineering sciences. It is considered to be the leading university and the most active research institution in Cyprus. UCY is the biggest employer in Cyprus for young graduates and researchers. It currently employs about 550 young scientists using external research funds. UCY has implemented a large number of research projects funded by the European Commission, the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation and several public and private research organizations. In 2016 research funding from external sources reached €11 million. 42 new grant agreements were signed with a total budget for UCY of €7 million. UCY is currently participating in 113 EU-funded projects, out of a total of 146 research projects. These EU projects are funded under Horizon 2020, Erasmus+, Life, Cost Action, FP7, Interreg and EU Structural Funds.


Department of Fisheries and Marine Research, Cyprus

The Department of Fisheries was founded in 1964 within the Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources; its mandate was the development of fisheries and the rational management of marine resources in general. In the year 2000, the Department was renamed to Department of Fisheries and Marine Research (DFMR) because of the significant expansion of scientific research in its various aspects of activities to broader scopes and objectives. The mission of the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research (DFMR) is the sustainable management and development of fisheries and aquaculture and the protection and preservation of the marine environment through an integrated scientific approach. The vision of the Department is the economic and social prosperity of the fisheries sector in Cyprus , in a clean, healthy and productive marine environment. There are five Divisions within the DFMR: 1) Marine Environment, 2) Aquaculture, 3) Fisheries Control and Structures, 4)Fisheries Resources and 5) Fishing Shelters and Publicity. The Naval Service of the Department supports all of its activities in the sea.


University of Plymouth, United Kingdom

The University of Plymouth is renowned for high quality, internationally-leading education, research and innovation. Representing 3000 staff, researchers and students, Plymouth University’s Marine Institute is the first and largest such institute in the UK. It provides the external portal to an extensive pool of world-leading experts and state-of-the-art facilities, enabling us to understand the relationship between the way we live, the seas that surround us and the development of sustainable policy solutions. The University of Plymouth is integrating multidisciplinary expertise in marine and maritime research, education and innovation to train new scientists, engineers, policy-makers, artists, technicians and business managers of the future. Research undertaken by the Marine Biology and Ecology Research Centre (MBERC) embraces real-world challenges to advance and translate knowledge and to drive innovation and enterprise. The MBERC engages in a wide range of research across a number of themes, from marine pollution to animal behaviour. The centre is home to a host of facilities, including: equipment for processing field samples and identifying organisms, molecular and physiological laboratories, controlled temperature chambers and wet labs for experiments on a variety of scales; boat provision and diving expertise allowing for sub-tidal investigation; remotely Operated Vehicle for carrying out surveys of the seabed. MBERC has 33 staff, 8 postdocs, 7 research assistants and ca 45 PhD students prioritising marine science collaborations and interdisciplinary excellence. We have world class diving, analytical and research vessel facilities. With a truly global outlook, we are an inclusive and inspiring university community.


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Enalia Physis Environmental Research Centre is a Cyprus-based non-profit organization established in 2009. Its members are experts in biological and environmental research and management, covering a wide range of fields such as conservation of terrestrial and marine ecosystems, marine and freshwater biology, fisheries, ecology and environmental education. Enalia Physis aspires to become a strong environmental platform for research and to be able to influence decisions about the environment in a positive and constructive manner, utilizing its connection with an international network of collaborators. The threats of further climate change, habitat destruction and desertification, water shortages, increase in invasive alien species, overfishing and the sea level rising combined with the growing importance of deep sea hydrocarbon exploration and extraction, make the eastern Mediterranean a hotspot for research. Enalia Physis and its associates cover a wide spectrum of environmental issues while at the same time maintaining a high research standard. Enalia has been involved in projects regarding marine ecology, conservation, marine protected areas management and public awareness since 2009, the most recent being PROTOMEDEA (MARE/2014/41 [SI2.721917]) and MarlitCy (Cypriot Civil Society in Action, Europaid/134660/C/ACT/CY). Enalia has also been conducting research on the lionfish invasion in the Levantine basin since 2012.


Marine & Environmental Research (MER) Lab Ltd, Cyprus

Marine & Environmental Research (MER) Lab Ltd is an environmental consulting and research performing SME, formed in 2008 and operating in Cyprus. MER’s team is composed of young biologists, marine biologists, oceanographers and environmental biologists who specialise in the provision of services that relate to the marine ecology, fisheries and aquaculture and have been engaging and working closely with local stakeholders of these sectors. MER implemented marine monitoring and environmental impact assessment studies and has good knowledge of the local bio-communities. MER carried out governmental tenders which ranged from promoting seafood products by giving educational seminars and organizing festivals to pelagic fisheries data collection. MER has recently coordinated a local 3-year research program that aimed in assessing the ecological quality of heavily impacted Vasiliko Bay. MER also participated in a 4-year FP7 project titled IDREEM which aimed to test Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) across European aquaculture. MER’s background with Lessepsian invasive species goes back more than 5 years ago, when MER implemented a tender which included sampling and determining length, weight, sex, gonadal weight and maturity, and stomach contents from thousands of individuals of the alien invasive species Lagocephalus sceleratus. Recently, MER has collaborated with the diver and fishermen community around the island of Cyprus to report a lionfish population boom in south-eastern Cyprus. In RELIONMED, MER has the role of the Scientific Coordinator, participates in all Actions and leads the Risk Assessment and the development and demonstration of a removal response system.