EMBRC-ERIC, or the European Marine Biological Resource Centre, is an European Research Infrastructure Cluster (ERIC), which provides and supports large scale and high quality marine science in Europe.

It was established to bring together the infrastructures and human resources distributed in different European marine research groups to answer Europe’s challenges related to energy, food, health and global change. With 9 members (Belgium, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom), this European Research Infrastructure Cluster offers access to a portfolio of research platforms, biological resources, analytical services, training, expert advice and data to users from academia to industry.

For Belgium, 5 Operators are involved: 4 Flemish (UGent, VLIZ, KULeuven and UHasselt) and 1 federal (RBINS). With this proposal, the Flemish partners aim at delivering top-level services and to coordinate and expand the training component for EMBRC. By being part of EMBRC, Flanders will be on the front stage of the Blue Growth scenario, with fundamental and applied research activities in health and medicine, sustainable aquaculture, seafood, biotechnology, ecosystem approach and marine management.