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On-site and Remote Access

Transnational Access (TA), either on-site or remote, is provided to 39 marine installations in 16 countries. What this means is that users can apply for on-site access to the marine stations – e.g. to carry out a research project – or can apply for remote access –  e.g. to samples that are held at the marine stations. 

The ASSEMBLE Plus marine stations provide access to a high diversity of marine environments: from the high Arctic (IOPAN) and Antartic (NERC-BAS) to the tropics (IUI and NIOZ-CNSI) and the mid-Atlantic ridge (CCMAR, IMAR). Within mainland Europe, access is provided to the Mediterranean, the Atlantic and the Baltic Seas. Habitats comprise estuaries (e.g. SZN (ISMAR), CCMAR, AWI, IOPAN, UG), mega-tidal seas (UPMC, SBR), cold-water coral reefs (UGOT, NUIG, SAMS), brackish seas and sea ice communities (IOPAN, UH: TSZ, ARI, HBS), near-shore deep sea (HCMR, UPMC-OOV, NUIG, UGOT, SAMS) and volcanic seeps (high CO2–low pH; HCMR, SZN, IMAR). The TA-providing stations have modern research laboratories and a wide array of specialised research facilities to support on-site and remote users. Several of these also have the technological backup of nearby university institutions. Links to the marine installations can be found in the listing given here, and details of what each installation provides will be described in the Service offer link once a call opens.  

The ASSEMBLE Plus facilities include sampling and field access, biochemical and biological analysis, maintenance and culture of organisms, microscopy, molecular biology and bio-informatics. Biological resources encompass culture collections (UPMC (OOB and SBR), MBA, SAMS, UH (TZS)) and bio-specimen banks (UPV/EHU). All stations host a resident faculty and support personnel, engaging in cutting-edge science, e.g., on sea mammals (USTAN (SOI), UG), sea turtles (SZN) and various finfish (HCMR, CCMAR, MSS). Several research teams across the consortium carry out multidisciplinary research on time series data at LTER stations (SZN, NIB, UPMC (OOV and SBR), MBA, AWI, UH (ARI)), the data of which will be made available for Virtual Access.

The costs of access to the ASSEMBLE Plus resources are funded by ASSEMBLE Plus (up to a generous limit). Prospective users must indicate which services are required and provide a description of the scientific project they will be used for. The applications are then judged on the basis of various criteria such as scientific excellence. Project calls will take place about twice yearly throughout the ASSEMBLE Plus lifetime – the first call has just closed, and the next call will be announced on these webpages (with details in the Project calls link). To submit an application it is necessary to register with ASSEMBLE Plus (in this way you will also be informed of the next call). 

When a call opens, the ASSEMBLE Plus resources for on-site and remote access are described in the Service offer link; selecting service(s) from here will lead to a form in which the scientific project can be described. Before starting this procedure, please read the instructions provided in How To Apply?, starting with the applicant guidelines (where the eligibility criteria are described). For more information on specific services, you can also contact the liaison officer at the station(s) of your choice (this spreadsheet contains all the contact details).

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