It is often said that we know more about the surface of the moon than the ocean floor. The EU-funded STRONGMAR project will address marine knowledge gaps by fostering knowledge transfer and exchanges between leading European marine science research institutes. The project seeks to support innovative technological solutions that will advance deep-sea research at INESC TEC in Porto, Portugal.
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To expand knowledge about the deep sea, new innovative technology is essential if researchers are to access remote marine areas. Normally a researcher carries out tasks in his or her area of expertise, but when this is not feasible, an automated platform or robotics may be used.
INESC TEC, a top Portuguese research institute, is at the centre of the STRONGMAR project. And by the time the project finishes, it is expected to be central to a broader network of excellence in deep-sea research. This will be achieved by twinning the Porto research centre with four leading European centres with expertise in marine science and technology. INESC TEC has been building up its capabilities and putting in place an open research infrastructure with a view to strengthening its role and taking full benefit from its coastal location.
The STRONGMAR project will create solid and productive connections on a global scale, thereby increasing the scientific knowledge of its researchers and enhancing the innovation capacity of all five project partners. This, in turn, will raise the profile of the centres staff, encouraging mobility and exchanges with others as well as attracting the brightest minds in marine science.
The projects activities will include summer schools, staff exchanges, conferences, networking meetings, staff visits and technology transfer workshops.
STRONGMAR will create a network of excellence which will foster innovation, with INESC TEC at the centre of efforts to enhance knowledge of the deep sea and develop solutions enabling further study and exploration.