Short name: NORCE
Contact name:  Catherine Boccadoro
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Brief Description of Organisation:

NORCE Norwegian Research Centre AS is a new and future-oriented non-profit multidisciplinary research company owned by University of Bergen, University of Stavanger, University of Agder and University of Tromsø. NORCE is one of the Norway’s largest independent research institutes, with about 1000 employees, 1500 ongoing projects, an annual sales of over 1 billion NOK and over 600 scientific publications a year. NORCE conducts research and provides innovation in the fields of energy, health, climate, environment, technology and societal science. Our solutions respond to key environmental and societal challenges, contributing to value creation locally, nationally and globally. The head office is located in Bergen, with regional offices all over Norway. The Environment Department carries out basic and applied research in the field of environmental disturbances and assessment as well as technological development for undertaking such science, and is involved in contract research for private companies and public authorities. Our vision is to develop and deliver scientifically based knowledge for ecologically sound development and growth, and to promote research-based innovation. NORCE Environment has a long-term high-profile scientific record on ecosystem functioning, with focus on climate change and food-web processes as well as pollution. NORCE-TEchnology gathers 30 years of experince in developing marine sensors and platforms (including autonmous platforms- sailbuoy).

JERICO-S3: Main tasks attributed under Work Packages:

NORCE will lead task 7.2 (JRA) on biological sensors and integrated sensor packages.

NORCE will significantly contributes in WP1 on the elabration of the 15-year propsective vision for the JERICO-RI.

NORCE will contribute with expertise in the consiolidation of the Integrated Regional Sites for the Norwegian Sea and the Kattegatt/Skagerrak (WP3), and support the link between the technologicsal developmetn in WP7 and their implementation in IRS.

NORCE will also contribute to WP5 for the elaboration of the performance indicators.

Relevant Projects- previous and existing:

NORCE has been participating in several EU projects related to ocean observations and biosensors, including JERICO-NEXT, BRIDGES, BEEP, PRAGMA, RESPIL. NORCE is currently eading a portfolio of about 10 projects on molecular and microbial biosensor development. JERICO-S3 will built upon these developments.


Short name: COVARTEC
Contact name:  Dominique Durrand
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Brief Description of Organisation:

COVARTEC AS is a newly established SME company having its main business in research innovation and consulting. COVARTEC facilitates research & Innovations through consulting services in the EU research area in general and on the valorisation of the coastal ocean through technological and biotechnological innovations in particular. The company is a provider of new knowledge, technical solutions and innovation within the fields of marine environment, marine observing systems, satellite remote sensing and biotechnology. COVARTEC engages in research in national and EU funded projects, as well as innovation projects funded by large industries. The company gives recommendations and advice on state-of-the-art marine monitoring and observations to decision-makers and policymakers, with a dedicated focus on the potential impact of anthropogenic activities in the marine environments.

JERICO-S3: Main tasks attributed under Work Packages:

COVARTEC will contribute to WP1, WP2, WP3, WP5, WP7, WP9 and WP10.
WP1: in addition to leading task 1.2, COV will participate to task 1.1 and 1.3.
WP2: COV will lead task 2.3 on interfacing with EO, industry and citizen science, and will contribute to task 2.2 (interface with other RIs) and 2.5 on consolidating the relationship with iOOS and ONC
WP3: COV will contribute to IRS Skagerrak/kattegat and IRS Norwegian Sea. In addition we will secure tight cooperation between WP1 and WP3.
WP5: COV will contribute to the definition of metrics and KPIs for quantifying progress on Harmonisation and quality of JERICO-RI
WP9: COV will chair the committee for long-term governance and will contribute to task 9.4 (business plan). .
WP10: COV will lead task 10.2 (Communication plan).

Relevant Projects- previous and existing:

H2020-INFRAIA-JERICO-Next (WP lead), H2020-INFRAIA-AQUACOSM (WP lead), FP7-INFRAIA-JERICO (WP co-lead), FP7-RIA-ECO2, FP7-INFRAIA-FixO3, FP6-IA-MyOcean, H2020-SC2-BG-04- iFishIENCi (IA)


Short name: NIVA
Contact name:  Andrew King
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Brief Description of Organisation:

The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA) is Norway’s leading centre of expertise in water related issues. NIVA’s competence spans a wide range of environmental issues including oceanography, marine biology and ecology, chemistry, pollution, sediments, and physical processes. The Marine Biogeochemistry and Oceanography (MBO) department is one of 15 departments at NIVA. MBO undertakes many research and development activities in coastal and oceanic systems which include sensor development, use/interpretation of remote sensing data, in situ measurements for marine ecosystem research and policy advice, lab and field based experimental approaches, and physical and biogeochemical modelling. NIVA has a large pool of instruments for measurements of ecological and oceanographic processes both for moored and ship-borne configurations (e.g., FerryBox). NIVA leads the Norwegian Ships of Opportunity Program for marine and atmospheric research (NorSOOP).

JERICO-S3: Main tasks attributed under Work Packages:

WP2 tasks related to links to earth observations; WP3 lead and tasks on Skagerrak-Kattegat and Norwegian Sea IRS; WP4 tasks on North Sea and Cretan Sea PSS; WP5 tasks on platform (FerryBox) and sensor (biogeochemical and biological) harmonisation; WP6 on FerryBox-related data handling; WP7 on new innovative sensors and samplers (automated filtration samplers, flow cytometric techniques for phytoplankton, microplastics sampling); WP11 on virtual and transnational access provision; WP9 on regional sustainability plans.

JERICO-NEXT: Main tasks attributed under Work Packages:

In work package1, NIVA will be working in task 1.2 through the leadership of the JARP-3 on contaminants, in task 1.4 the Interaction with European and international Ocean Observing networks through over involvement in international commitees on the subject and in task 1.5, Interaction with biology and biogeochemistry infrastructures and consortia.

In WP2, NIVA will be involved in task 2.1 Coordination of network harmonization, in task 2.2 Consolidation of initiated network harmonization actions by coordinating the activity on the Ferrybox infrastructure, NIVA will lead the subtask 2.4.3 on Sensors for parameters of the marine carbonate system and participate in task 2.5 on Calibration and Assessment.

In WP3, NIVA will lead the task 3.5 on Combined sensors for carbonate systems with the experience on biogeochemical sensors.

In WP4 NIVA will lead the JRAP-3 on the contaminants through the expertise in these topics and participate in JRAP-1 on pelagic biodiversity and JRAP-5 on CO2-fluxes. In the data management work packages NIVA will contribute with experience from MyOcean real time QA on Ferrybox data in subtask 5.3 on Data policy and in subtask 5.4 on Enhancement of Quality Control procedures for sensor based biochemical data. NIVAs infrastructure will be offered to the project in virtual access (WP6) and trans national access (WP7).

Relevant Projects- previous and existing

NIVA has participated in the following relevant projects:

  1. Research Council of Norway-funded Norwegian Ships of Opportunity Program for marine and atmospheric research (NorSOOP) Research Infrastructure project.
  2. Ongoing INTAROS (EU-H2020) project on integrated Arctic observing systems.
  3. Ongoing JERICO-NEXT (EU-H2020) and past JERICO (EU-FP7) projects on coastal observing in many WPs especially in the developmental work packages on FerryBoxes, contaminants, and carbonate system sensors.
  4. Ongoing ResponSEAble (EU-H2020) Ocean Literacy project.
  5. NeXOS (EU-FP7) project with tasks related to carbonate system sensors and automated contaminant samplers/sensors.


Short name: IRIS
Contact name:  Dominique Durand
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Brief Description of Organisation:

IRIS is an independent research institute with research and research-related activities in Energy, Marine Environment, Social Science and Business Development with high focus on applied research. IRIS was established in 2006 as a continuation of Rogaland Research, (founded 1973). IRIS-Environment is a provider of new knowledge, technical solutions and innovation within the fields of marine environment and biotechnology. The department conducts applied research on monitoring of the potential impact of anthropogenic activities in the marine environments. IRIS-Environment integrates competences on marine ecology, ecotoxicology, environmental risk assessment, operational monitoring, applied microbiology and biotechnology.

JERICO-NEXT: Main tasks attributed under Work Packages:

IRIS is leading WP 1 on the JERICO startegy.

IRIS will lead the task on biosensor in the JRA on technology and methodology developments (WP3).

IRIS will significationtly contributes on the JRAP-3 (WP4) on contaminants and descriptor 8 of the MSFD.

IRIS will provide trans-national access and virtual service based on the BiotaGuard multidisciplinary platform.

Relevant Projects- previous and existing

IRIS has been leading or participating in several EU projects, e.g. BEEP, PRAGMA, RESPIL.


Short name: IMR
JERICO-S3 contact name: Henning Wehde
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JERICO-DS contact name: Henning Wehde
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Brief Description of Organisation:

The Institute of Marine Research, IMR, is one of the biggest marine research institutes in Europe with about 1,000 employees. Our main activities are research, advisory work and monitoring. In January 2018, the IMR was merged with the National Institute of Nutrition and Seafood Research, NIFES.
IMR is a leading supplier of knowledge relating to the sustainable management of the resources in our marine ecosystems and the whole food chain from the sea to the table. IMR advises the Norwegian authorities on aquaculture and the ecosystems of the Barents Sea, the Norwegian Sea, the North Sea and the Norwegian coastal zone. For this reason, about fifty percent of IMR’s activities are financed by the Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs.

IMR’s headquarters are in Bergen, but important activities are also carried out at the department in Tromsø, at the research stations in Matre, Austevoll and Flødevigen and on board research vessels, which are at sea for a total of approximately 2,000 days a year. IMR is strongly engaged in the development aid activities through the Centre for Development Cooperation in Fisheries.

JERICO-S3: Main tasks attributed under Work Packages:

IMR will contribute to WP 2,3,4,9

IMR will contribute to the connectivity studies in WP2, contribute to the North Sea Super site in WP 3, Lead the Norwegian Sea IRS and contribute to the Skagerrak IRS in WP 4 and will contribute towards the link to the Norwegian Government in WP 9.

JERICO-DS: Main tasks attributed under Work Packages:

IMR’s third party NIVA will co-lead WP2: Technical Design for an Operational JERICO-RI (physical part of the RI). IMR will be involved in coleading WP5 on governance, responsible for Task 5.1: From the concept to the structure. Moreover, IMR will be involved in WP1, WP3, WP4 and WP6 as a nation representative.

JERICO-NEXT: Main tasks attributed under Work Packages:

Contribute to: WP 1 Task 1.2, Task 1.4, WP 2 all task, WP 3 task 3.3, WP 4 CS 1+3+6, WP 5 as well as to the TNA and virtual access.

Relevant Projects- previous and existing

EU supported: Jerico, Jerico NEXT, MyOcean suite of projects, Copernicus Marine Service,  FerryBox, EModNetESOP, ESOPII,Convection Norwegian Research foundation: LoVe,“Inventory of marine Copepoda and Cladocera (Crustacea) in Norway,  “Climate and plankton in the North Sea and Skagerrak”, (since 2005) “Distribution and ecosystem impacts of the invasive ctenophore Mnemiopsis leidyi in Norwegian waters” (2009-2013), Fjordmix and departemental funds Fixed station project, Norwegian Reference Fleet.