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Students in marine chemistry take samples from R/V Skagerak.
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Marine stations at Tjärnö and Kristineberg

We have two marine research stations located at the Bohus Coast: Tjärnö Marine Laboratory and Kristineberg Marine Research Station. They are two of Europe’s most modern marine stations, and offer education and research within the marine sciences. The stations have researchers stationed all year around, and the stations also have several vessels and ships for education and research.

Tjärnö Marine Laboratory

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Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist

Tjärnö Marine Laboratory is located outside Strömstad by Sweden's most species-rich marine area in the northern part of Bohuslän province.

At Tjärnö Marine Laboratory we have university education and research, mostly within evolution, marine aquaculture, as well as nature conservation and marine management. We also give courses to many European countries, and the station welcomes international guest researchers.

At the station there are laboratories, field equipment, equipment for diving, R/V Nereus, M/S Doris, and remotely operated underwater vehicles (ROV).

Kristineberg Marine Research Station

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Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist<br /> &nbsp;
Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist

Kristineberg Marine Research Station is located ner Fiskebäckskil in the centre of Bohuslän province. We give courses at basic, advanced as well as doctoral level. We also give courses to many European countries, and the station welcomes international guest researchers.

At the station there are laboratories, field equipment, equipment for diving, and the research vessels  R/V Oscar von Sydow and R/V Alice.

At Kristineberg Marine Research Station the research is mainly focused on sea acidification, micro plastics and innovation.

Research vessel R/V Skagerak

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Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist

Research vessel R/V Skagerak is 38 metres long and fully equipped for marine research and education in the deepest parts of Sweden’s oceans. Maximum time at sea is 14 days. The vessel has a crew of 5 people, and can on longer expeditions take on 12 researchers/students onboard. On day cruises 16 researchers/students.

New research vessel R/V Skagerak

New research vessel R/V Skagerak will be fully operational in 2021. Onboard there will be more advanced technical equipment, such as an autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV), and a remotely operated underwater vehicle (ROV).

Student life at the stations

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Photo: Anna-Lena Lundqvist

During a course at Tjärnö Marine Laboratory or Kristineberg Marine Research Station, the students are normally lodged in two bed rooms, and eat breakfast, lunch and dinner in the mess. Special food for vegetarians and allergists must be reported before a course starts. Students at special projects and master’s courses can store and cook food in a residence building kitchen.

The classes include many field trips on larger ships, or small boats, or shallow sea floors in waders. Snorkelling is sometimes also included. Collected algae and animals are studied indoors at laboratories, where there are systems with running sea water.

In the spare time, there are many options for activities nearby, such as nice beaches, bathing sites, and possibilities for climbing and walking. At both Tjärnö and Kristineberg, there are meeting rooms, saunas, and laundry possibilities. At Tjärnö there are a small gym.

From Kristineberg there are 1,5 kilometres to the nearest food store. From Tjärnö, there are 8 kilometres to nearest food store in the summer. In winter time, it is 13 kilometres. During summer holidays, there are smaller kiosk at 1 kilometre from Tjärnö.