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The Lovén Centre new member of EUROFLEETS 2


The Lovén Centre, University of Gothenburg, is now a Member of the EU funded EUROFLEETS 2 project. During the annual General Assembly being held at Technical University of Denmark in Copenhagen 23-27 March, Director Michael Klages introduced the motivation of the Lovén Centre to join this European consortium. The participants of the General Assembly approved the application.

Fragmentation, together with a lack of cohesion and strategic vision, is still the greatest weakness of European marine research. Despite this, European marine research is still at the forefront. To maintain and possibly strengthen this position, the move towards strategic leadership and an integrated approach to investments and use of large facilities is essential. It will allow Europe to carry on delivering world-class science.

Michael Klages shows pictures of the new research vessel
Director of the Lovén Centre, Michael Klages, presenting at the EUROFLEET 2 annual meeting

The marine environment represents a vast universe of natural resources that has yet to be fully explored. While the marine environment holds such a great potential, it is costly to access, highly variable and very unpredictable. This, together with increasing societal demands, means that marine research needs to come together and work in a holistic fashion with a long-term approach. The EU-funded EUROFLEETS 2 project will create an alliance of marine research centres across Europe that will work together, share resources, increase its efficiency and at the same time improve the quality of marine research in Europe.

With the commissioning of the new 45 m long research vessel Skagerak in 2015, the existing fleet of three Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs) and the upcoming order of a 2000 m depth rated Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) the Lovén Centre can support this long-term strategic EUROFLEET 2.

EUROFLEETS 2 is funded by the EU with 9 Mio. Euro March 2013 – February 2017. The project is coordinated by Jacques Binot of the French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea (IFREMER).

Michael Klages, director
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