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4th Management Meeting for the project SocioCoast in HCMR – Crete on 5-6 October 2022

The Hellenic Centre for Marine research organized the 4th Management Meeting of the @Interreg V-A «Greece – Cyprus 2014-2020» for the project SocioCoast in Heraklion, Crete on 5-6 October 2022. Partners discussed progress and identified future steps for the efficient implementation of the project. A demo of the mobile Application and the project platform were presented.


LifeWatchGreece in GeoNode Bio Eco Portal

GeoNode Bio Eco Portal is a publicly available tool where users can manage their monitoring program details including which EOVs and EBVs are monitored, spatial and temporal information, data availability, licences, standards and protocols. LifeWatchGreece was included in GeoNode Bio Eco Portal in September 2022 as a monitoring project for Greek Bioversity.

The Marine Creatures Citizen Science project of Nautilos is launched!

IMBBC leads the Citizen Science activities of the Horizon 2020 project Nautilos. Within this framework we have created a project in platform Zooniverse called Marine Creatures. The aim of the project is to help us identify the sessile and often unnoticed benthic communities living on hard substrates using high-definition underwater images from artificial reefs, ports and natural sea caves. Morphological characters can be used to identify the taxonomic groups of these sophisticated marine communities. If you would like to participate in this voluntary project and help us please click here and get involved!

Digging up the oceans' past - a citizen science project

Digging up the oceans' past

‘Digging up the oceans’ past’ is a crowdsourcing project of the zooniverse platform developed within the framework of EMODnet Biology. An interactive project was created in order to attract volunteers into digging up the oceans’ past.

Tutorials and Guides in English are provided to enhance this experience and general information about the overall project is given to the citizen scientists.
The main task concerns transcribing data and metadata of a chosen historical marine survey. In this case, a report for two species of fish of the genus Lepadogaster from an expedition dating back in 1904-1910 in the Atlantic Ocean.

International Ocean Data Conference 2022 - The Data We Need for the Ocean We Want

MedOBIS participates in the "International Ocean Data Conference 2022 - The Data We Need for the Ocean We Want", with a poster entitled "81. Dive into MedOBIS: an Open and FAIR Biogeographic Information System for the Mediterranean Sea":

The "International Ocean Data Conference 2022 - The Data We Need for the Ocean We Want" is organised as a hybrid event with approximately 70 participants onsite as well as over 700 online; between Monday 14 February and Wednesday 16 February.
The full programme is now available from

LifeWatch ERIC at UNGA76 Science Summit

LifeWatch ERIC to convene a session on SDGs 14 & 15 at the UNGA76 Science Summit 

LifeWatch ERIC is pleased to announce that it will convene a session of the UN General Assembly Science Summit, dedicated to SDG 14, Life below Water, and SDG 15, Life on Land. The session will take place online on 01 October 2021, from 13:00 – 19:15 CEST, and will feature experts from all over the world. LifeWatch ERIC CEO, Christos Arvanitidis, and CTO, Juan Miguel González-Aranda, will convene the event. 

Meeting report of the 4th OBIS Executive Committee and interim OBIS Steering Group

On 26-27 May 2021, 35 participants from 20 countries representing 22 OBIS nodes participated in the 4th session of the OBIS Executive Committee, which was also held as an interim OBIS steering group meeting. The committee reviewed the status of the 2021 OBIS work plan and discussed new activities.
LifeWatchGreece participated in this session; through the Mediterannean OBIS Node - MedOBIS.

You can find here the link to the report:

LifeWatch ERIC e-Science for NIS Research workshop 20-21 May

LifeWatch ERIC will be hosting the online workshop "e-Science for NIS Research" with the support of the ENVRI-FAIR Project. The workshop will showcase the results of four validation cases ( ) into Non-indigenous and Invasive Species (NIS) conducted over the last eighteen months within the LifeWatch ERIC Internal Joint Initiative ( ). 

SYNTHESYS Plus - Access to research infrastructures: Call 3 opens on 15 March 2021

Access to research infrastructures: Call 3 opens on 15 March 2021

Call closes 15 April, 17.00 UK time.
SYNTHESYS offers unique research opportunities to scientists worldwide. Transnational Access is provided to:

• European collections comprising more than half of the world’s natural history specimens
• World class libraries
• State-of-the-art facilities including imaging, chemical, and molecular laboratories
• Support from in-house scientists, including researchers, facilities staff, and collections managers


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