EMSO-ERIC Launch Event at Foreign Press Association in Rome
27 January 2017, Rome - Italy

"EMSO ERIC (European Multidisciplinary Seafloor and Water Column Observatory) is crucial for obtaining coherent sets of data for the-long term monitoring of European seas and oceans. These data are very important for monitoring the effects of climate change, but also for mitigating geo-hazards and increasing biodiversity safety". With these words, Robert-Jan Smits, General Director of Directorate General for Research & Innovation RTD-European Commission, has gone straight to the core mission of EMSO ERIC, the new European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC), officially launched with a press event on 27 January 2017, at the Foreign Press Association in Rome.

Robert-Jan Smits also explained that "the EU has contributed with €3.9 million of funding to the preparatory phase of this new ERIC and is providing additional support of €8.6 million to its implementation phase through Horizon 2020”.

Carlo Doglioni, President of the National Institute for Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), Italy’s leading institution in EMSO ERIC, pointed out that a similar result demonstrates how necessary and unquestionable is the European dimension, for any successful collaboration in the scientific field.

Fulvio Esposito, technical secretary of Research Politics at the Department for Higher Education and Research of the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research - MIUR, reminded that one of the main axes of the Italian National Programme for Research 2015-2020 is the strengthening of research infrastructures.

Also Paolo Favali, EMSO spokesperson, and Richard Lampitt, from the National Oceanography Center UK and President of the Assembly of the Members of EMSO ERIC, participated in the event. From CERIC-ERIC, the Chair of the General Assembly, Carlo Rizzuto, and the Deputy Executive Director, Ornela De Giacomo, attended.

EMSO-ERIC was set up by eight countries: France, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Romania, United Kingdom, Spain. Its headquarters are in Rome. The aim of the Consortium is to actively promote the European scientific research on the marine environment.

See the program of the launch event here