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BioProtect - The Team

The BioProtect project consists of 18 partners from 11 countries.

Matís ohf.

MATIS, is a leading R&D institution in Iceland with a wide portfolio of interdisciplinary research and a track record of successful international project management (e.g., EcoFishMan, MareFrame, ClimeFish, PrimeFish, FarFish), which makes it a competent coordinator and leader of WP9 activities.

Contribution to BioProtect:

  • Coordinator and WP9- WP10 (ethics) leader​
  • Task leader: T3.5, T4.5, T8.3, T8.6, T9.1 and T9.2​
  • Contributing to T2.2, T3.3 and T8.2​


Sjókovin is a private, not-for-profit research centre, based in the Faroe Islands, with the objective to foster sustainable development and innovation in fisheries and aquaculture.​

They are leading experts in socio-economic impacts of resource management regimes, changed production patterns and human activities on fisheries and Arctic and sub-Artic marine biodiversity. They have been involved in multiple international projects, such as MarineSabres, FarFish, Aquavitae, assessing socio-economic impacts and resilience of marine and coastal social-ecological systems. 

Contribution to BioProtect:

  • WP6 leader on Evaluation of socio-economic impacts​
  • Task leaders of T6.1, T6.2 and T6.5​
  • Contributing to WP4, WP7 and WP9​
  • Member of PMG​


ICES is an intergovernmental marine science organization, meeting societal needs for impartial evidence on the state and sustainable use of our seas and oceans.​ 

ICES is contributing to WP7: Capacity building and showcasing the BioProtect solutions​ and leading T7.4. (lead) “Support to parallel initiatives and policy implementation” ​ e.g., the Galway and Belém statements, AAORIA, EU Biodiversity Strategy, the EU Arctic Policy and the EU’s International Ocean Governance Agenda​, addressing EO4 enhanced implementations of strategies and policies​ through engaging with EAB​. 

Contribution to BioProtect: ​

  • T7.1. Cross-fertilisation across the EU Mission Lighthouse projects​
  • T7.2. Call for the associated regions​
  • T7.3. Transfer of the BioProtect ABM-DSF for feedback and enhanced user uptake​
  • T8.1 Comm/Diss plan​

Universitaet Bielefeld

The Faculty of Technology at the University of Bielefeld has been a front runner in interdisciplinary computer science curricula​. It is known for Intelligent Systems and Bioinformatics​, biodata Mining Group works on Computer Vision in Natural Sciences​ and marine image analysis since 2008​.  Data-driven approaches (machine learning, (deep) learning neural networks)​

Contribution to project:

  • Development and analysis of computational marine video / image data analysis​
  • Collection of annotated data sets in collaboration with partners​
  • Definition of gold standards and best practice protocols​
  • Citizen Science projects ​

University of Galway

The University of Galway is a public research university located in the city of Galway, Ireland.​

The University of Galway has traditionally played a major role in marine research in Ireland due to its strategic location as a gateway to the North Atlantic and has a long history of involvement in European marine research. The university is unique in Ireland and much of Europe in that it has under the one academic roof, marine scientists, social scientists and science educationists (formal and informal) working on ocean related research. ​

Contribution to BioProtect:

NUIG, leading WP5, has extensive expertise in MSP and area-based prioritisation of conservation activities which is one of the most important activities in BioProtect, as demonstrated particularly by their activities in the ATLAS project.

Marine and Fresh Water Institute of Iceland

MFRI is the foremost research institution focussing on marine ecosystems in Iceland, and as such is well equipped to fulfill the tasks of WP3 focussed on development and utilisation of innovative biodiversity monitoring and assessment tools. MFRI ́s team of skilled scientists, technological know-how and extensive experience in Arctic and Atlantic marine environments makes this partner a great asset for the consortium and justifies its central role in the scientific coordination of the project. MFRI’s team is involved in several EU projects including B-USEFUL, Mission Atlantic and MarineSabres.

MFRI is a governmental institute responsible for the delivery of scientific advice on the total allowable catch (TAC) for each year (or fishing year) for any exploited species, to the ministry of food, agriculture and fisheries.​

The research work is almost exclusively conducted with the support of external funds => Biodiversity monitoring and conservation: ​

B-USEFUL: improve management of biodiversity and ecosystem services​

MARINE BEACON: monitoring and elimination of bycatch of endangered species​

MARINE SABRES: ensure biodiversity resilience and ecosystem sustainability​

REDRESS: restoration of deep-sea habitats to rebuild European Seas​

Contribution to BioProtect:

  • Scientific coordination​
  • WP3 co-lead​
  • DS leader (Iceland)​
  • Participation in several tasks​

Marine Institute

The Marine Institute is Ireland’s State agency responsible for marine research, technology development and innovation in Ireland.

It carries out environmental, fisheries, and aquaculture surveys and monitoring programmes to meet Ireland’s national and international legal requirements. It provides scientific and technical advice to the Government to help inform policy and to support the sustainable development of Ireland’s marine resources.

Contribution to BioProtect:

In BioProtect, the MI in Ireland, using its  expertise in MSP and socio- economical approach of the marine environment, will facilitate good connections with all stakeholders involved in the IE-DS.


INDIGO MED is leading WP8: Maximising Impact: Dissemination, Exploitation and Communication​

IMED will:​

  • Deliver the project’s  dissemination, exploitation and communication plan (DECP) together with AIRC.​
  • Create the project’s branding & communication and dissemination materials together with MATIS (logo, website, posters, templates etc.).​
  • Design and implement communication and outreach activities for citizens and stakeholders (incl. 1 video/DS, social media campaigns, fact sheets, DS profiles on BioProtect website, presentation materials, policy briefs).​


SUBMARINER has extensive experience in working with diverse groups of stakeholders in the Baltic Sea marine environment and economies that depend on it with expertise in Multi-Actor and Sector Approaches, which makes them well suited to lead the stakeholder engagement work in WP1. 

Contribution to BioProtect:

  • WP1 leader – Stakeholder engagement​
  • Task leader: T1.1, T1.3, T1.4​
  • Contributing to T2.2, T2.3, T2.4, 7.1, 7.2 and T7.3.​

Norwegian Institute of Marine Research

The Norwegian Institute of Marine Research (IMR) is a national research institute owned by the Ministry of Trade, Industry and Fisheries. Main office in Bergen, 1098 employees. ​

Provides monitoring, science and management advice of oceans and coasts related to ​fisheries​, aquaculture​, food safety​, other marine sectors & cross sector issues , and climate change. 

Contribution to BioProtect:

It is the DS leader for Norway and will contribute to connectivity in conservation planning​ pressures from human activities on marine biodiversity​, the BioProtect marine planner​ and the BioProtect PPGIS analyser. ​Also, it will contribute to T4.2. “Adaptive measures to reduce cumulative impacts on biodiversity​”.


NOFIMA is the foremost marine research institution in Norway and has engaged in multiple Norwegian and international activities aimed at mapping, analysing and facilitating integration of marine and coastal governance, e.g., in FAIRCoast and CoastShift projects. This expertise makes them well equipped to lead WP2 on analysis of governance frameworks.

Contribution to BioProtect:

  • Work package lead on WP2​
  • Task leaders on T2.2, T2.3, T2.4 and T6.3​
  • Contributing to T2.1, T6.4, T7.3​

UiT - The Arctic University of Norway

Arctic sustainability lab at the UiT hosts some of the foremost experts globally in identifying, mapping, and assessing pressures from human activities on Arctic marine environments. This partner will lead the activities of WP4 while utilising their expertise and high technological know- how (TLR6) in mapping pressures on marine biodiversity.

  • World’s northernmost university: 16,721 students, 3866 employees, >40 H2020/Horizon Europe ​
  • Arctic and the High North, fishery and marine ecology, environmental science and climate change.​
  • Local partnerships, including Indigenous Sámi and Kven communities.​
  • Arctic Sustainability Lab  –coastal ecology + collaborative research with coastal communities + spatial big data and AI (​
    • A_AAGORA (Horizon Europe ) : Demo lead and co-lead of WP6 Atlantic and Arctic lighthouse  – ecosystem-based measures for reducing pressures and restoring coastal ecosystems​
    • Coastal barometer- measure sustainability along the coast of northern Norway (​
    • CloudEARTHi network (EIT) that are building capacity in higher education to use big data and AI in research and teaching CloudEARTHi​

Contribution to BioProtect:

  • WP4 leader – human pressures on marine biodiversity​
  • Task leader: T1.2, 4.1., 4.3., 4.4., 5.2.​
  • Contributor: T1.1., 4.2, 5.1, 5.3., 5.4., 6.4.​

Universidade de Aveiro

CESAM is a Research Unit of the University of Aveiro with the status of “Associated Laboratory” since 2005, evaluated with the highest grade of Excellence since 2014.​

The mission of CESAM is to develop leading international research on environmental and marine sciences, following a multi-actor and multisectoral approach, framed into 4 multidisciplinary thematic lines, promoting scientific knowledge and the connection between science and policies:​

  • Ecology & Functional Biodiversity​
  • Environment & Health​
  • Marine Ecosystems & Resources​
  • Integrated Environmental Systems​

Contribution to BioProtect:

  • DS-Portugal co-leader​
  • Project Management Group​
  • WP1-6​
  • Continuum coastal-marine: A-AAGORA-BioProtect ​


CIIMAR is a private, not-for-profit, Centre of Excellence in Marine and Environmental sciences linked to the University of Porto. Its mission is to promote transdisciplinary research, technological development, advanced training, and support public policies, contributing to advancing scientific knowledge and sustainability of the Ocean. ​

Three main research lines: Global Changes and Ecosystem Services, Aquaculture and Seafood Quality, Marine Biotechnology ​

Contribution to BioProtect:

  • CIIMAR is the Co-lead of WP3 and the DS leader for Portugal. ​
  • It will contribute to T1.2, T2.1 (lead), T2.2, all of WP3, as well as WP6, 8 and WP9​, including stakeholder engagement, validation of the eDNA biosampler (developed by INESTEC in collaboration with CIIMAR), development of a VME-ID App.​


The INSTITUTE for SYSTEMS ENGINEERING AND COMPUTERS​ is an R&D non-profit research center and technology interface institution​ in Porto, Portugal​. 


  • ~900 researchers ​
  • >1000m2 lab space​
  • 19 m  coastal research ship
  • Robotics & Autonomous Systems Centre​

Contribution to BioProtect:

It will contribute to BioProtect through WP3, specifically to WP3, and the advancement of  strategies to map, monitor and forecast marine biodiversity​, the development of eDNA Biosampler ​and the robotic solutions for deep sea​.


AIRC (Associacao para o desenvolvimento do Atlantic) promotes transdisciplinary collaboration between multiple actors throughout Atlantic regions, in this way facilitating integrative solutions to multiple issues in space, climate, ocean and energy development. They are coordinating the project BlueMissionAA but are also involved in European projects on climate neutrality, SBEP, and marine biodiversity, MarBioME. As leaders of WP7, they will use this experience to facilitate knowledge transfer and co-implementation of solutions developed by the consortiums in the DSs. They will also use their international experience and vast network to help the consortium to maximise the impact of the proposed research through communication, dissemination, and exploitation in WP8. 

The AIR Centre plays an important role as a long-term consultation and dialogue platform that fosters collaboration and information sharing across the Atlantic & Arctic basins. It actively participates in various Mission Ocean & Water projects and All-Atlantic Projects. The AIR Centre coordinates the Mission Ocean Atlantic & Arctic Lighthouse.​

Contribution to BioProtect:

  • In WP7: Co-implementation in Associated regions​
  • T7.1 Cross-fertilisation across the EU Mission Lighthouse project​
  • T7.2 Call for the associated regions ​
  • T7.3 Transfer of the BioProtect ABM-DSF for feedback and enhanced user uptake ​
  • T7.4 Support to parallel initiatives and policy implementation (Lead: ICES)​
  • In WP8: Maximise impact: dissemination, exploitation and communication​
  • T8.1 Development and Implementation of the BioProtect Dissemination, Communication and Exploitation Plan  (Lead with IMED, ICES)​
  • T8.4 Networking & Synergies​


IMAR is a not-for-profit Association as a network of Public Portuguese Universities involved in Marine Science and Technology. IMAR is hosted at the University of the Azores.  IMAR facilities in the Azores are dedicated to field work and aquaria with living organisms (DeepSeaLab, aquaculture), diving, scientific equipment, research vessels and deep-water camera systems.  

Contribution to BioProtect:

IMAR has specialized aquaria facilities (DeepSeaLab) dedicated to the experimentation with deep-sea organisms and manages vessels for the collection of the organisms that will be used in the aquaria experiments (T3.7)​.

Contribute to mapping and modeling human pressures (e.g. plastics and fisheries) across DS (T4.1)​.

Universidade dos Acores

The Institute of Marine Sciences – Okeanos is a research unit of the University of the Azores. Okeanos-UAc is commissioned to leverage the mid-Atlantic strategic position and conduct leading research and education to advance the understanding of the deep-sea and the open ocean in a changing planet, promoting the sustainable blue economy and management of marine ecosystems for the benefit of the society and the environment.​

Contribution to BioProtect:

  • UAc is the  AC-DSs leader with excellent connection with the fishermen, local authorities and communities. ​
  • UAc team will contribute to the project by coordinating the experimental  and modelling studies (T3.7) and its integration on SCP (T5.1)​

Contact us

Project Coordinator

Sophie Jensen

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Project Communications & Press

Martha Papathanasiou

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