European programs

HERMIONE (Hotspot Ecosystems Research and Man’s Impact on European Seas – 2009-2012)

The HERMIONE project focused on investigating water coral reefs, hydrothermal vents and other ecosystems, including submarine canyons, seamounts, cold seeps, open slopes and deep basins. Scientists from a range of disciplines researched their natural dynamics, distribution, and how they interconnect.  The scientists also wanted to find out how these ecosystems contribute to the goods and services we rely on, and how they are affected by natural and anthropogenic change.  A major aim of HERMIONE was to use the knowledge gained during the project to contribute to EU environmental policies. This information can be used to create effective management plans that will help to protect our oceans for the future.


MEDSEA (Mediterranean Sea Acidification in a Changing Climate – 2011-2014).

The MedSea initiative was a project funded by the European Commission under Framework Program 7 (2011-2014). It assesses uncertainties, risks and thresholds related to Mediterranean acidification at organismal, ecosystem and economical scales. It also emphasizes conveying the acquired scientific knowledge to a wider audience of reference users, while suggesting policy measures for adaptation and mitigation that will vary from one region to another.


INCOMMET (Improving national capacities in observation and management of marine environment in Tunisia – 2012-2014)

The INCOMMET project targeted the National Institute of Marine Sciences and Technologies (INSTM), the public research institution in Tunisia in charge of aquatic and marine environment research. It intended to provide INSTM with necessary support and resources to improve its capacities in marine sciences, to have access to emergent technologies, to increase its networking with outstanding EU research teams, to improve its visibility at regional, national and international level and finally to promote its participation to EU funded Programmes. The final aim of INCOMMET is to contribute to reinforce the capacities of INSTM to become a national and regional research centre of excellence in Tunisia and in the Mediterranean region and to participate in EU Research programmes.


PERSEUS (Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research for the Southern European Seas – 2011-2015).

Policy-oriented marine Environmental Research for the Southern European Seas (PERSEUS) is a research project that assesses the dual impact of human activity and natural pressures on the Mediterranean and Black Seas. PERSEUS merges natural and socio-economic sciences to predict the long-term effects of these pressures on marine ecosystems. The project aims to design an effective and innovative research governance framework, which will provide the basis for policymakers to turn back the tide on marine life degradation.