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1 PARTNER PROFILE If you are interested to join the partnership for the upcoming EU calls for proposals please fill in the following questions: Organisation (name, address, department, contact person, tel., ): National Institute of Biology, Marine Biology Station Fornace 41, 6330 Piran, Slovenia Contact person: Patricija Mozetič Short description of the organisation: Marine Biology Station (MBS) established in 1969 in Piran, Slovenia is affiliated to the National Institute of Biology (NIB). The main research activities of the MBS are focused on characteristics and processes in coastal waters with emphasis on plankton ecology, biodiversity, coastal dynamics and modeling, biogeochemical processes and impacts of pollution. MBS is national focal point for MED POL activities and is responsible for monitoring programmes that comply with national, EU (WFD and MSFD) and international legislation (Barcelona Convention). MBS is NODC (National Oceanographic Data Centre) and data provider for Transitional, Coastal and Marine Waters within EIONET. The MBS staff, which is composed of 23 researchers, 6 young researchers, and 8 technicians and administrative collaborators, has been involved in over 50 projects in the last ten years covering a wide range of disciplines such as: marine biodiversity, gelatinous plankton, eutrophication and HABs, molecular biology, cycling of organic matter, modeling of tidal dynamics and circulation, aquaculture impacts, ballast water management. MBS is placed at the sea side and offers excellent laboratory working conditions. MBS has a wide array of facilities available (field and lab measuring equipment) including analytical, microbiological and molecular biology laboratories, cold rooms and growth chambers, wet laboratory with running seawater and fluid dynamics laboratory with rotating table. We have two research vessels; the larger one (12 m, jet motors) is equipped with ADCP, CTD/PAR/fluorescence probe, a variety of water column and bottom sampling gear and underwater video and photographic equipment. MBS operates Coastal oceanographic buoy (deployed in the Gulf of Trieste) equipped with meteorological and oceanographic instruments that is a part of coastal observational network. Av. Lloyd George 6, 1000 Brussels Tel Fax:

2 Main areas of expertise: Our main areas of expertise are in marine biodiversity at different levels including genomic approach and evolutionary issues, plankton ecology, microbial ecology, physical oceanography and chemical pollution with their biological effects on biota. This multidisciplinary approach aims at integrating biological, chemical and physical oceanography of coastal sea into research of ecosystem biocomplexity including human impacts. We study the role of phytoplankton in the carbon cycle of coastal pelagic ecosystem, photosynthetic characteristics and photoacclimation processes, as well as ecology, monitoring and mitigation of Harmful Algal Blooms (HAB). By applying analysis of time series and detection of regime shifts we study the impact of climate change and effects of eutrophication. Occurrence of harmful phenomena (mucilage, HAB, bottom layer oxygen depletion) is explained in the light of tide, wind driven and high frequency variations of circulation. Research of marine biodiversity is focused on the status of benthic invertebrates, macroalgae, seagrass meadows, fish assemblage and biogenic formations. We try to understand the impact of anthropogenic stressors on the marine environment with the ultimate goal to assess the ecological and environmental status of the sea as identified in European environmental legislation (MSFD and WFD). We continuously undertake surveys of the occurrence of nonnative species (bioinvasion) and organisms associated with the process of tropicalisation and their potential impacts on native species. Methods of comparative genomics are used in investigation of evolutionary issues and phylogeography of marine species (e.g. plankton, fish identification). Microbial ecologists study the role of marine bacteria in the biogeochemical cycles, the microbial processes during natural and anthropogenic perturbations, interactions between marine bacteria and organic matter at microscale. Ongoing projects are focused on the microbial community response to changes of physicochemical environmental parameters, phytoplankton blooms, massive gelatinous zooplankton outbreaks and accumulations of organic matter (i.e. marine snow, macroaggregates) and to different anthropogenic pollutants. Pollution related research is focused on the cycling of pollutants in the marine environment and their degradation, with an emphasis on the photochemical degradation. We also study advanced oxidation processes, which are important for the degradation of different pollutant in waste waters and marine environment. We study effects of pollutants on several marine species (mussels, fish), especially genotoxic effects by using micronuclei, Comet assay, oxidative stress and biochemical biomarkers of exposure preferably with enzymatic tests (catalase, AChE, GST, EROD). For experimental setup, data integration and analysis we use complex data analysis methods such as statistics (mixed effects modelling, geostatistics, multivariate analysis) and data mining. The development and setup of the oceanographic buoy has enabled us to become members of an important network of institutions offering information services on the marine environment. Our own know how in cooperation with local Slovenian SMEs plays a significant part in the observation system upgrade and places us among the producers of oceanographic infrastructure in the harsh marine environment.

3 Experiences in relevant EU projects: SMS: Sensing toxicants in Marine waters makes Sense using biosensors (FP7 OCEAN ) ( ) PERSEUS: Policy oriented marine Environmental Research in the Southern European Seas (FP7 OCEAN 2011) ( ) SeaDataNet II: Pan European infrastructure for ocean and marine data Management (FP7) ( ) MyOcean 2: Prototype operational continuity for the GMES Ocean Monitoring and Forecasting Service (FP7) ( ) MyOcean: Development and pre operational validation of upgraded GMES Marine Core Services and capabilities (FP7 SPACE) ( ) RADAR: Rationally Designed Aquatic Receptors integrated in label free biosensor platforms for remote surveillance of toxins and pollutants (FP7) ( ) BALMAS: Ballast water management system for Adriatic Sea protection (Adriatic IPA Crossborder cooperation ) ( ) HAZADR: Strengthening common reaction capacity to fight sea pollution of oil, toxic and hazardous substances in Adriatic Sea (IPA Adriatic Cross border Cooperation Programme ) ( ) TRECORALA: Rocky outcrops and coralligenous formations in the North Adriatic: enhancement and sustainable management in the Gulf of Trieste (Cross border Cooperation Programme Slovenia Italy) ( ) EMODnet Chemistry (DG MARE) ( ) MarineClean: Marine Debris Removal and Preventing Further Litter Entry (Eco innovation) ( ) SESAME: Southern European Seas: Assessing and Modelling Ecosystem changes (FP6) ( ) MarBEF: Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning (GOCECT ) (FP6) ECASA: Ecosystem Approach for Sustainable Aquaculture (FP6) SeaDataNet: Pan European infrastructure for ocean and marine data management (FP6) ( ) ISMO: Information System about the Marine Environment in the Gulf of Trieste (INTERREG IIIA Italy Slovenia ) BIOFAQ: Biofiltration and Aquaculture: an evaluation of hard substrate deployment performance within mariculture developments (FP5 LIFE QUALITY) Call topic of interest (indicate programme, call, topic): H2020, Work programme :

4 Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy SFS 27. [2016]: Improving technical performance of the Mediterranean fish farming sector (including molluscs) SFS 37. [ ]: Promoting and supporting innovation in aquaculture production systems: eco intensification inland (including fresh water), coastal zone and offshore (A marine aquaculture) BG 7. [2016/2017]: Blue green innovation for clean coasts and seas BG 13. [2016]: Support to the Blue Med Initiative: Coordination of marine and maritime research and innovation activities in the Mediterranean Motivation to participate in the specific call topic. Please give a short input on what would be your input in the specific call topic. Having long experience in the ecology of phyto and bacterioplankton communities in the coastal sea (Adriatic Sea) and in activities aiming to monitor and mitigate harmful/toxic algal blooms we see our contribution in two types of calls: i) projects related to sea food safety (SFS 27 and SFS 37) and ii) projects aiming to ensure healthy environment of sea and coasts (BG 7 and BG 13). Since the Adriatic Sea is one of the sub basins of the highly exploited and consequently highly sensitive Mediterranean Sea, we are keen to boost the research and innovation activities in the marine sector of the Mediterranean towards its environmental sustainability as underlined particularly in the BG 13 call. Our input: SFS 27: studying phytoplankton community as food for farmed shellfish. In addition, proposals should develop tools for marker assisted selection. We can participate in studies that need genomics expertise to identify phytoplankton communities and their genetic structuring. SFS 37 (A marine aquaculture): collaboration with aquaculture industry for determining its impact on the environment and in mitigating the consequences of toxic algal blooms ensuring food security. Furthermore, we can investigate the bacterial community in relation to marine aquaculture (the effect of aquaculture on marine bacterial community and vice versa, emphasizing the pathogenic bacteria). BG 7: determination of phyto and bacterioplankton species diversity, dinoflagellate cysts, ecology of algal blooms, study of the microbial processes during natural and anthropogenic perturbations, jellyfish blooms, chemical pollution, plastic pollution (microplastics, which can enter food chains), climate change impact on plankton communities, detection of changes in the ecosystem due to changing climate, eutrophication etc., and discrimination from natural variability of enclosed seas such as the Mediterranean. Particular attention will be placed on biological effects of microparticles on mussels, on prediction of the effects on different

5 organisational levels and on assessing the environmental status based on observed biological effects. BG 13: linking our research to policy implementation (e.g. MSFD, WFD), especially in the fields of biodiversity and eutrophication, collaborating with industries (aquaculture and commercial sea port). How would you like to participate in the projects? O as a coordinator X as a partner

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