The Partners


Do*Mar partners are located in geographical regions where the economy is strongly related to the ocean. Fishing, aquaculture, shipbuilding, transport, energy resources and the manufacturing industry associated to the ocean have long been important driving forces for the economy of these regions. All the universities and research centres included in Do*Mar share a common interest in the functioning of marine ecosystems, as well as on the use, management and technological progress related to the oceans.


The partners of Do*Mar provide direct access to a variety of marine ecosystem types (upwelling systems, rias, coastal lagoons, lochs, rocky and sandy shores, salt marshes and seagrass beds, mangroves, oceanic waters, deep-sea habitats), important research infrastructure (field stations, research vessels, fully equipped laboratories, computation facilities, physical and online libraries) and scientific expertise.


Core partners

The University of Aveiro hosts the Ria de Aveiro Long-Term Ecological Research site. The ECOMARE field station provides facilities for simulation and experimentation in marine biological and ecosystem processes and a rescue unit for marine stranded animals.


The University of Minho provides expertise on marine genetics and bio-materials, coastal ecology and modelling of sedimentary processes.


The University of Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro provides expertise on marine genetics, toxicology and watershed management.

The University of Porto provides expertise in a wide variety of marine sciences disciplines. The CIIMAR laboratory provides facilities for simulation and experimentation in marine biological and ecosystem processes. 


The Estación de Ciencias Marinas de Toralla of the University of Vigo provides access to the rias ecosystems. The Centro de Experimentación y Valorización de Productos del Mar is a leading institute in marine food innovation .


The Observatorio do Litoral of the University of Coruña is a centre for the study of legal and juridical questions associated with the use and management of the sea and its resources, and the university has expertise in marine engineering and naval architecture.


The Instituto de Acuicultura of the University of Santiago de Compostela is the leader in the Iberian Peninsula in the field. Its Estación de Biología Marina de A Graña provides access to the ecosystem and open systems for rearing and experimenting with live organisms.


The Galician centres of the Instituto Español de Oceanografia and the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas operate 4 coastal and oceanic research vessels, as well as the EU Refence Laboratory for Marine Biotoxins and the National Reference Laboratory for Bivalve Diseases, which concentrate in understanding and mitigating the impacts of harmful algal blooms. 


Associated partners

The Station de Biologie de Roscof provides access to a comprehensive set of marine ecosystems, a wide variety of marine organisms, and state-of-the-art experimental facilities and technological platforms, especially for “omics”.


The School of Biology of the University of Saint Andrews provides on shore test sites and access to sea lochs, coastal marshes and shelf seas, with the Scottish Oceans Institute and the Centre for Biological diversity providing world-class facilities and aerial and underwater vehicles.


The Instituto de Oceanografia of the University of São Paulo provides access to tropical coastal and high seas ecosystems and to state-of-the-art labs in modelling and paleoceanography.