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Tjärnö Marine Laboratory and research vessel Nereus
Tjärnö Marine Laboratory and R/V Nereus.
Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist
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Marine Infrastructure

The Department of Marine Sciences is the host department for the Marine Infrastructure at the University of Gothenburg, which is a national and international resource for research, education, innovation and cooperation within the marine sciences. The infrastructure consists of Tjärnö Marine Laboratory, and the larger research vessel R/V Skagerak.

The Department of Marine Sciences is also host organisation for the national infrastructure Kristineberg Center for marine research and innovation. Kristineberg Center is managed jointly by the partners Chalmers University of Technology, University of Gothenburg, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, KTH, and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden.

Tjärnö Marine Laboratory

Tjärnö Marine Laboratory is a national and international resource for research and higher education within the marine sciences. The station is one of Europe’s most modern marine laboratories, with unique possibilities to conduct advanced experimental work. Visiting researchers and visiting students are important groups at Tjärnö Marine Laboratory.

The station has a well-developed running sea-water system, scientific laboratories of high international standard, high-tech instrumentation as well as accommodation and a restaurant. The marine stations have disposal over the smaller research vessel Nereus, and over a number of smaller boats. The stations also have ROVs.

Tjärnö Marine Laboratory has research and higher education primarily in marine evolution, aquaculture, nature conservation, and management. Experienced technical and administrative staff are at hand to offer help and advice. In total, about 70 persons are working all year around.

Station manager

Kerstin Johannesson

Go to Tjärnö Marine Laboratory web pages

R/V Skagerak

R/V Skagerak is the University of Gothenburg’s larger research vessel for education and research within the marine sciences, for example marine chemistry, oceanography, marine geology and marine ecology. R/V Skagerak is 49-metre-long, 11 metres wide and with a displacement of 1000 tonnes. The vessel has a crew of 5 and can accommodate 16 researchers and students. Home port is Nya Varvet in Gothenburg.

R/V Skagerak has advanced technical equipment, such as hydroacoustic measurement instruments, several modern laboratories, and a quarterdeck suitable for deployment of autonomous underwater vessels.

Station manager

Louise Newman

Go to R/V Skagerak web pages

Kristineberg Center for Marine Research and Innovation

Kristineberg Center for Marine Research and Innovation is located by the Gullmar fjord in the centre of Bohuslän province. Here you find ships, field equipment, diving facilities, laboratories, sea water systems, lecture halls, accommodation, mess, as well as skilled and helpful staff.

At Kristineberg Center there is marine university education and the research is mainly working with ocean acidification, microlitter, and innovation. In total about 45 persons are working all year around. Visiting researchers is a large and important group at Kristineberg Center.

Kristineberg Center is managed jointly by the partners Chalmers University of Technology, University of Gothenburg, IVL Swedish Environmental Research Institute, KTH, and RISE Research Institutes of Sweden.

Go to Kristineberg Center web pages

Organisation

The Marine Infrastructure at the University of Gothenburg is a university-wide research infrastructure at the University of Gothenburg. The Department of Marine Sciences is the host department of the Marine Infrastructure.

Director Marine Infrastructure at the University of Gothenburg

Fredrik Gröndahl

Steering group

The steering group shall work holistically for the progress of the research infrastructure.
From 2019-12-31 and not longer than 2025-12-31, the steering group consists of the following members:

  • Ole Arve Misund, chairman, Norwegian Polar Institute, Norway
  • Fredrik Gröndahl, director, Marine Infrastructure
  • Peter Tiselius, University of Gothenburg
  • Mats Lindegarth, University of Gothenburg (permanent scientist)
  • Lisa Jönsson Bergman, University of Gothenburg (user outside host department)
  • Anders Blomberg, University of Gothenburg (user outside host department)
  • Lena Gipperth, University of Gothenburg Centre for Sea and Society
  • Joakim Hjelm, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Clare Bradshaw, Stockholm University
  • Jessica Hjerpe Olausson, Region Västra Götaland
  • Ida-Maja Hassellöv, Chalmers University of Technology

and adjunct or non-voting members:

  • Head of Department, host department
  • Kerstin Johannesson, University of Gothenburg (station manager, Tjärnö)
  • Louise Newman University of Gothenburg (station manager, R/V Skagerak)