EMBRC: The Flemisch contribution to the European marine biological resourche centre. (EMBRC)
EMBRC-ERIC (European Marine Biological Resource Center) is a European distributed infrastructure cluster with the aim of supporting scientifically excellent marine research. EMBRC was created by bringing together the fragmented landscape of infrastructure and HR in European marine research stations to respond to EuropeU + 2019's food, health and environmental challenges. With 9 members (Belgium, France, Greece, Israel, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain and the UK), this ERIC has a broad portfolio of research platforms, access to biological resources, training and expertise for a broad user base from academia to industry. In Belgium, 5 operators are involved: 4 Flemish (UGent, VLIZ, KU Leuven and UHasselt) and 1 federal (RBINS), each offering their high quality services based on their expertise. By participating in EMBRC, Flanders will play a key role in the Blue Growth scenario, with fundamental and applied research and education in sustainable fisheries and aquaculture, blue biotechnology and marine ecosystem management.