Ocean Sampling Day (2018) | Assemble+

Ocean Sampling Day (2018)






Dear OSD partners

With this announcement we wish to inform the OSD consortium that following the success and appeal of OSD events, the EMBRC ERIC infrastructure http://www.embrc.eu/ will offer long-term support to the continuation of OSD. Through the ASSEMBLE PLUS project, EMBRC will support the transition of the logistics and operation of OSD. Being a self-sustained European Infrastructure, EMBRC can secure the long-term operation of OSD and its step-by-step expansion to additional ecosystem components and in coordination with the global Genomics Observatories consortium.

We thank Professor Frank Oliver Glöckner and the Micro B3 community for having made OSD a global event, as well as for supporting EMBRC in its engagement in securing the long-term operation of OSD.

Starting this year and targeting June 21st 2018, EMBRC, through the ASSEMBLE Plus project (http://www.assembleplus.eu/) is supporting an open call to participate in Ocean Sampling Day events on June 21.

The Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Heraklion, Crete (IMBBC-HCMR), an EMBRC partner, will coordinate the upcoming events of 2018 and 2019 and will be the recipient of samples to be submitted for sequencing. In 2018, samples will be sequenced for 16S and 18S rDNA (meta-barcoding), while in 2019 all samples (including the ones of 2018) will be sequenced for metagenomics. As there has been some discontinuation of OSD, OSD 2018 will be a test drive to prepare a really global OSD 2019 event that will be supported broadly by EMBRC.

If you have already been involved in past OSD events, you are associated with a marine research site, research cruise or a sailor/skipper, and would like to participate in OSD, we would kindly ask you to express your interest by contacting us.


For any questions, information, or assistance, contact the OSD-IMBBC team by sending an email to osd-contact@embrc.eu. The contact persons of IMBBC-HCMR are: Paraskevi N. Polymenakou, Melina Stavroulaki


Sampling Protocols and Metadata

We will follow the detailed Protocols A for prokaryotes and B for eukaryotes as described in the Ocean Sampling Day Handbook 3.1   (released April 2016)


Brief OSD 2018 Pipeline

Similar to the past OSD events, all you need to do is:

  1. Collect your samples following the OSD Sampling Protocol (using Sterivex filters for Prokaryotes or polycarbonate membrane filters for Eurkaryotes)
  2. Ship your filters in dry ice to IMBBC-HCMR at the following address:
    Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture
    Hellenic Centre for Marine Research
    (Former USA Base) Gournes Pediados
    71500 Heraklion Crete, Greece (Hellas)

    Tel: +30-2810-337801, +30-2810-337840, +30-2810-337855
  3. Provide us with relevant metadata (mandatory ones at a minimum)

More details will be provided soon.



The OSD2018 event is a continuation of the successful OSD events of Micro B3 project (https://www.microb3.eu/osd.html)



Kopf, A. et al. (2015) The ocean sampling day consortium. GigaScience 4:27 (open access)

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