The Joint Research Unit (JRU) EMSO Italy organized the Workshop “Observation of the deep sea: the Joint Research Unit EMSO Italy as an inclusive community” on December 1st in Bologna (Italy) at the Conference Center of the Research Area of the National Research Council (CNR).

The JRU EMSO Italy is a coordination structure that brings together various Italian research institutions, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia (INGV), Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR), Consorzio Nazionale Interuniversitario per le Scienze del Mare (CoNISMA), Agenzia Nazionale per le nuove tecnologie, l’energia e lo sviluppo economico sostenibile (ENEA), Istituto Nazionale di Fisica Nucleare (INFN), Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e Geofisica Sperimentale (OGS), Istituto Superiore per la Protezione e la Ricerca Ambientale (ISPRA), Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn (SZN), and Istituto Idrografico della Marina (IIM).

The EMSO Italy JRU aims to coordinate the participation of the Italian scientific community in EMSO ERIC by strengthening the presence of Italian Regional Facilities and the capacity to offer high-quality scientific and technological services.

The objective of the workshop was to increase the awareness of the organizations participating in the JRU EMSO Italia and enhance stable synergies to advance towards a shared vision of national scientific and technological research for long-term observation to better understand the phenomena in the deep marine environment, such as the detecting of natural and anthropogenic changes and hazards related to climate and biodiversity.


Juanjo Dañobeitia, the EMSO ERIC Director General, intervened with a presentation of the EMSO ERIC, providing the participants an overview of the relevant advances of consolidation of its path of services and operations deployment in the European landscape, with a focus on the step forward in data harmonization and data systems implemented through the Consortium framework in these two last years.


Among the topics discussed in the final Round Table attended by some of the presidents and directors of the JRU Members, the optimization and sharing of resources, technological development coordinated between national research organizations and the training of young researchers, technicians and professionals.

Have a look at the Italian Regional Facilities and learn more about their marine observatories here:


Photo 2: Participants of the workshop “Observation of the deep sea: the Joint Research Unit EMSO Italy as an inclusive community”, held in Bologna. Credits: INGV

Photo 3: Juanjo Dañobeitia, the EMSO ERIC Director General, presenting the advancements of the EMSO Consortium. Credits: INGV