EMSO is a European research infrastructure consortium. At present eight countries participate to the consortium. EMSO members and governance structure is presented below.


The French Ministry of Research appointed IFREMER and CNRS to represent France within EMSO.

The Greek Research Funding Agency (General Secretariat for Research/Ministry of Development) appointed HCMR to be the leading organization of a consortium of other Research Institutes and Universities.

The Marine Institute is the national agency responsible for Marine Research, Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI).

Italy (host country)
The Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR) appointed INGV to represent the Italian scientific community of marine science distributed over different Italian Research Institutions.

The Fundação para a Ciência e a Tecnologia (FCT) represents Portugal in EMSO.

The Ministry of National Education (ANCS) appointed GeoEcoMar to represent Romania in EMSO.

The Ministry of Economy & Competitiveness (MINECO) is represented by PLOCAN within EMSO.

United Kingdom
NOCS has a mandate jointly with NERC to represent the U.K. NOCS is also representing other U.K. research institutions involved in the field and interested in the scientific and technological topics.


The highest decision-making body of EMSO ERIC, composed of delegates of the Members:

Richard S. Lampitt (Chair) (United Kingdom)
Didier Marquer (Vice Chair) (France)
Miguel Miranda (Portugal)
Vasilios Lykousis (Greece)
Michael Gilloly (Ireland)
Salvatore La Rosa (Italy)
Viorel Vulturescu (Romania)
Benjiam Jimeno (Spain)

Composed of independent experts, it is responsible for expressing opinions on the matters of scientific, technical and ethical nature which may influence the work carried out by EMSO ERIC, including ethical matters.

Legal representative of EMSO ERIC and Chief Executive Officer, responsible for the preparation and implementation of the decisions and the work program adopted by the Assembly of Members in consultation with the Executive Committee.
The Director General in charge is Juan Josè Dañobeitia.

CMO is the operational unit supporting the Director General and the Executive Committee in implementing the decisions of the Assembly of Member. In the first three years from the ERIC establishment, the CMO will act primarily as the operational and strategic arm of the Director General in promoting EMSO ERIC branding to other Member States and to stakeholders, in launching a wide range of services for users, in spurring innovation partnerships and in securing new funding from different sources for the operation, maintenance and expansion of the Research Infrastructure.

CMO, coordinated by the Director General, is presently composed by:
Laura Beranzoli – Science Officer
Paolo Favali – EMSO-Link Coordinator
Maria Incoronata Fredella – Project manager Officer
Aleardo Furlani – Financial Officer
Giuseppe Magnifico Technology Officer
Paola Materia – Programme Officer
John Picard – International Relationship
Ivan Rodero Information Technology and Data Services Director
Angela Vulcano – Director General Assistant

Supports the Director General with advices in the performance of his functions and by implementing the AoM decisions. It consists of one representative for each of the EMSO ERIC Regional Teams and one person responsible for each of the EMSO ERIC Service Groups.

It includes staff belonging to one or more scientific institutions charged of operating the EMSO ERIC regional facilities (observatory platform, data accessibility and services to support users needs) in a particular region. The RT leaders are part of the Executive Committee.

The initial SGs started in EMSO ERIC are:

The Engineering & Logistics Service Group charged of supervising and reviewing technological, engineering and standardisation issues of the infrastructure. This Service Group works to implement interoperability and propose new mature technologies or new operating methods.

The Data Management Service Group face the data policy issue to ensure a wide and free access to the data.

The Science Service Group support Scientists and Companies willing to use the data or to access physically to Infrastructure for performing experiments.

The Communication Service Group is charge to promote EMSO branding worldwide, to facilitate the exchange of information inside the scientific community, to attract new users and stakeholders.

The SG representatives are part of the Executive Committee.