Extended MER Consortium

The extended MER consortium that would result from being recognised as a Erasmus Mundus Master Course would include additional 16 associated partners from all over the world, including research institutions, companies and universities. The composition of the Extended MER Consortium is the consequence of a careful selection of Associates that reflects their expertise in the field, their excellence, common interest, complementarities and long-lasting history of collaboration. Strategic criteria were used to develop the extended MER Consortium: research field; scope; profile; European and global scale coverage; sustainability of the programme; and employability of the MER graduates.

  • Other European universities (UCA, UoAg) are incorporated to provide an enhanced marine European perspective to the MER programme. Thus, a Mediterranean axis is promoted from southern Spain to Greece. This axis is complemented by STARESO, a marine station of excellence in teaching and research.

  • European research institutions involved both in consultancy for national agencies and research (AZTI, IEO, CEFAS, IFREMER, NIVA) create a European pan-marine network of high standard research facilities, with teams with a long history of cooperation. They have been involved in the most outstanding questions in marine environment and resources in Europe: launching and compliance of Directives; major oil spill responses; fisheries management; international conventions; etc. They altogether combine different expertise and scope that cover most of the research aspects included in the MER programme (multidisciplinarity, transversal research, etc.).

  • RPT and HRW are research centres linked to industry; this give them a particular added value. They provide MER students with research traineeships, supervision, and teaching in relation to aspects close to the needs of employers. In particular, they will contribute to reinforce transversal competences and skills, whilst their assistance in QA procedures will be also invaluable. Strategically, there are research and consultancy entities; and their activities lie within the framework of large companies and industries, related to the protection and the management of marine environment and resources.

  • Third-Country Associates provide also a combination of research expertise, scopes, profiles and experience that are consistent with the MER programme objectives and scope. Most have on-going postgraduate programmes, with contents that complement the MER programme. They act as antennae to attract students and scholars from different windows of the world and as recipients to host MER students during their research work. This will provide the students with the opportunity to undertake their research in any ocean: UABC, CRIOBE and UCE (Pacific Ocean window); UWA, NJU and HKU (Southern and Indian Oceans); UFSC (Southern Atlantic); and UNCC and EAFIT (Western Atlantic and the Caribbean).

Details on each Associate, including their role in the Extended MER Consortium and the liaison of each member with external agents that will be interesting for the MER programme purposes, are given in the Extended MER Partnership section.