fundlogos The programme is co-funded in 85% by the EEA GRANTS, 2009-2014, and 15% by the Public Investments Programme (PIP) of the Hellenic Republic.

Partners & Scientific Team

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  • Partners

    Partners’ Related experience

    The coordinators of the University of the Aegean and the HCMR, Assoc. Professor Stelios Katsanevakis and Research Director Vassiliki Vassilopoulou respectively, have significant experience in similar projects in Greece. By participating actively in the research group of HCMR in the FP7 MESMA project ( (as Scientific Partners, board members, scientific work package leaders, heads of in the Ionian Sea), case-study, where the first to apply in Greece methods Marine Spatial Planning following an ecosystem approach. Relevant related experience on Maritime Spatila Planning was gained with the ADRIPLAN project (

    The IMR is responsible of the significant MAREANO program (Marine AREA database for Norwegian coast and sea areas, which is the basis for maritime spatial planning in the marine territory of Norway. The team also participates in IMR BENTHIS EU programs on the impact of trawl gear on benthic ecosystems and MESMA program methods and tools for marine spatial planning were developed.


    University of the Aegean (UAegean)

    aegeanThe Aegean University was founded in 1984 and having completed the second phase of development, with 17 departments, 15 Postgraduate programs and 1 Elective Studies Program, the University of the Aegean ranks among the largest universities of the country. The administrative headquarters of the University of the Aegean are in Lesvos island, while holds various departments in the islands of Lesvos, Chios, Rhodes and Syros, setting up a university - a network covering all prefectures of the Aegean. The main characteristic of the Aegean University departments is the development of new disciplines, usually interdisciplinary, which meet both the needs of the contemporary Greek society and global community and the demands and expectations of students of high scientific value studies, coupled with excellent prospects of professional enhancement.

    The Aegean University has 327 Professors and Lecturers, and 263 administrators. In Aegean University are enrolled> 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students and doctoral candidates. The administration of the University is exercised by the Council, the Rector and the Senate. The full establishment plan of the University appears at the following address:

    The University of the Aegean Research Committee is responsible for the management of research programs and establishing research policy of the University of the Aegean. The purpose of the Research Committee is to provide and manage funds from any source, intended to cover expenses of any kind which are necessary for the research needs, education, training, development and continuing training projects and projects for scientific, technological and artistic services, specialized studies, performance testing, laboratory test measurements and analyzes, providing advice, drafting specifications for third parties, as well as other related services or activities that contribute to linking education and research to production and executed or provided by the members of the active scientific staff of the University of the Aegean or in collaboration with other specialists of the Public or Private Law.

    The Department of Marine Sciences (TETH) conducts research in various fields related to the marine environment, such as climate change, functioning and ecosystem health, fisheries, aquaculture and general marine resources, problems of the coastal zone such as erosion the coasts and pollution, and the integrated management of coastal and marine areas based on the ecosystem approach. TETH housed in a newly constructed building 5200 sq.m. at the Campus Hill University in Mytilene, is well-equipped for high quality educational and research function. Apart from the specialized biological, oceanographic and hydro acoustic equipment for field investigations, available facilities include cultivation areas invertebrates and algae, laboratory rearing of marine organisms and fish for research purposes, and a fully equipped biology laboratories, Microbiology, Chemistry, Geology and Computer systems . The workshops are staffed by technical personnel supporting the educational work and works on designing and construction of experimental equipment. The Department has and manages the research / educational Amphitrite small coastal craft, designed and equipped to serve the research activities in the coastal zone. More details on the infrastructure TETH available at the following website:


    Stelios Katsanevakis
    Assoc. Professor

    Address: University of the Aegean (Department of Marine Sciences) Lofos Panepistimiou, Lesvos
    Τ: +30 22510 36821 F: +30 22510 36809 Ε:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.W:

    Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR)

    hcmrThe Hellenic Centre for Marine Research is a public research Institute, under the Ministry of Education and is governed by the provisions of Law 1514/85 and Presidential Decree 164 (Official Gazette 131 / 03.06.03), is headquartered in Anavyssos and consists of three research institutes: (a) Oceanography ( b) Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters, (c) Marine Biology. Biotechnology and Aquaculture. It has three (3) manned oceanographic vessels, two (2) remote control cars and one (1) manned underwater vehicles for the conduct of marine research. The staff of HCMR consists of research, technical, legal, nautical and administrative staff which amounts to about 400 people in total. The staff of HCMR work in Anavissos, Agios Kosmas, Heraklion, Crete and Rhodes.

    The purpose of HCMR is to conduct scientific and technological research, experimental development and demonstration, dissemination and application of research results, particularly in the study and protection of hydrosphere, the organizations, the limits of the atmosphere, the coast and the seabed, physical, chemical, biological and geological conditions and govern the above systems, with (a) the production of products and services, (b) support in decisions concerning society, economy, culture, (c) economic holding either the HCMR or workers in this or by third parties.

    To achieve its objectives, the HCMR:

    • Designs and executes research and technology programs, projects and conducts studies with a similar purpose.
    • Promotes the development of relations and cooperation with international organizations, universities and similar research institutions and domestic and foreign legal and natural persons.
    • Trains scientists in those sectors.
    • Contributes to education, training and public awareness.
    • Provide scientific and technological information available the appropriate electronic interface.
    • It produces products and provides services related to his research interests.
    • He represents the country in international organizations with related activities.

    The Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters (IMBRIW) is composed by the Department of Fisheries and the Department of Inland Waters. The general objectives of the research activity of the Fisheries Department, concerns the following areas: 1) Achieving rational management of fisheries, 2) Development of new fisheries management models, 3) Study the impact of fishing on marine ecosystems and 4) Development of a database and appropriate software for processing of fisheries data. The research and technical staff field includes scientists specialized in marine biology and ecology, fisheries biology, management of fish stocks, the fishing technology. The research activities of IMRIW are covering a wide range of maritime research and applications and contribute to the provision of high quality scientific information that supports the formulation of management plans within an ecosystem approach in the areas of fisheries and implementation of directives relating to the development strategy to achieve good environmental situation, and marine spatial planning. The infrastructure of the Institute and qualified staff allow the execution of even the scientific work, which proves that it has successfully completed the last five years more than 40 European and national research programs on subjects related to the activities included in this project.


    Dr. Vassiliki Vassilopoulou
    Research Director

    Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) Institute of Marine Biological Resources and Inland Waters 46,7 km Athinon-Souniou Ave., GR 19013 Anavyssos, Attiki
    Τ: +30 2109856706 F: +30 2109811713 Ε:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.W:

    Institute of Marine Research (IMR)

    imrWith a staff of almost 750, the Institute of Marine Research is Norway's largest centre of marine science. Our main task is to provide advice to Norwegian authorities on aquaculture and the ecosystems of the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the North Sea and the Norwegian coastal zone. For this reason, about fifty percent of our activities are financed by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries. 

    MR's headquarters are in Bergen, but important activities are also carried out at our department in Tromsø, at the research stations in Matre, Austevoll and Flødevigen and on board our research vessels, which are at sea for a total of 1600 days a year.

    The Institute is heavily engaged in development aid activities through the Centre for Development Cooperation in Fisheries. The aim of research and management advice provided by IMR is to ensure that Norway's marine resources are harvested in a sustainable way.


    Dr. Lene Buhl-Mortensen
    Senior scientist

    Institute of Marine Biology (IMR) Nordnesgt 50, 5817 Bergen, Norway
    T: +47 55 23 85 71 F: +47 55 23 85 31 E:This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.W:

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