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DANUBIUS-RI: the International Centre for Advanced Studies on River–Sea Systems

DANUBIUS-RI,developed by partners in eleven European countries, is a pan-European distributed research infrastructure dedicated to interdisciplinary studies of large river–sea systems. It will enable and support research addressing the conflicts between society’s demands, environmental change and environmental protection in river–sea systems worldwide.  

  • Posted on: 14.03.2016
  • Project date: March 2022 - July 2025
  • Acronym: DANUBIUS-RI
  • Coordinating institute: GeoEcoMar and INSB

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About the Project

DANUBIUS-RI will be a pan-European distributed research infrastructure supporting interdisciplinary research on large river-sea systems.

Surface waters have a key role in global biogeochemical cycles, food and energy production, and societal wellbeing. They face pressures from natural and anthropogenic driven environmental perturbations at local and global scales. European research on river-sea systems and their transitional environments is world- leading but fragmented, largely discipline-specific and often geographically isolated.

The lack of interdisciplinary research infrastructures has fuelled this fragmentation. DANUBIUS-RI will fill the gap, drawing on existing research excellence across Europe, enhancing the impact of European research while maximising the return on investment. It will provide access to a range of European river-sea systems, facilities and expertise; a ‘one-stop shop’ for knowledge exchange in managing river-sea systems; access to harmonised data; and a platform for interdisciplinary research, inspiration, education and training.

The research infrastructure will comprise a Hub and a Data Centre in Romania, a Technology Transfer Office in Ireland, and Supersites and Nodes across Europe. The Hub will provide leadership, coordination, and key scientific, educational and analytical capabilities. Supersites will be designated natural sites that provide the focus for observation, research and modelling at locations of high scientific importance and utilizing a range of opportunities to study RS systems from river source to coastal sea. Nodes will be centres of expertise providing facilities and services, data storage and provision, experimental and in situ measurements facilities, state-of-the-art analytical capabilities and implementation of standardised procedures and quality control (the DANUBIUS Commons).

This structure will enable DANUBIUS-RI to build on existing expertise and synergies to support world-leading interdisciplinary research and innovation in freshwater-marine research.

DANUBIUS-RI is included in the 2016 ESFRI Roadmap (European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures) and is a EUSDR Flagship Project (EU Strategy for the Danube Region)

DANUBIUS-RI will apply for designation as an ERIC (European Research Infrastructure Consortium)

Partners

The development of DANUBIUS-RI is led by Romania. Funding commitments have so far been given by four countries (Germany, Italy, Romania and Spain) with political commitment from a further seven (Bulgaria, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Moldova, Netherlands and UK). Expressions of interest and support from the scientific community have been received from these countries and also from an additional 16 European and non-European countries (Austria, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Serbia, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, China, India, Morocco and USA.

Structrure

Physically, DANUBIUS-RI will be distributed across Europe to optimize the use of existing world-leading expertise.

The Hub and Data Centre in Romania, a Technology Transfer Office in Ireland, and Supersites and Nodes across Europe. The Hub will provide leadership, coordination, and key scientific, educational and analytical capabilities. Supersites are designated natural sites providing the focus for observation, research and modelling at locations of high scientific importance and utilizing a range of opportunities to study river-sea systems from river source to coastal sea. Nodes will be centres of expertise providing facilities and services, data storage and provision, experimental and in situ measurements facilities, state-of-the-art analytical capabilities and implementation of standardised procedures and quality control (the DANUBIUS Commons).

This structure will enable DANUBIUS-RI to build on existing expertise and synergies to support world-leading interdisciplinary research and innovation in freshwater-marine research.

Project Development

DANUBIUS-RI has developed over the last decade as an international collaboration led by Romania.
An application will be made in 2016 for support for the Preparatory Phase from the European Commission’s infrastructure development programme.

The preparation for the application for Structural Funds for the Hub development will also start in 2016. The same process will start a year later for the infrastructures required in some of the Nodes and Supersites, depending on the first decisions to be made in the Preparatory Phase
 

The timeline for shows a target for DANUBIUS-RI becoming operational in 2022.

Although initial planning started in 2006, the Planning Phase for a pan-European distributed Research Infrastructure started in 2011 with construction of the Hub starting in 2012. The Preparatory Phase will complete the detailed planning of DANUBIUS-RI. ERIC status will be applied for in 2020 with the Operational Phase starting in 2022 with full operation in 2025. By then all construction at the HubSupersitesNodeData Centre and Technology Transfer Office, and interconnection between them, will be completed.

Contact 

The DANUBIUS-RI Project Team is based in Romania at the National Institute for Marine Geology and GeoEcology (GeoEcoMar) and the National Institute for Biological Sciences (INSB). The International Initiative Committee provides the focus for collaboration between partners in developing the research infrastructure.

For further information please email us at danubius-ri@danubius-ri.eu, or contact one of the project team:

Dr Manuela Sidoroff (DANUBIUS-RI Project Coordinator)
manuela.sidoroff@incdsb.ro

Dr Adrian Stanica (DANUBIUS-RI Project Coordinator)
astanica@geoecomar.ro

Dr Michael Schultz (Chair of DANUBIUS-RI International Initiative Committee)
michael.schultz@geoecomar.ro

Program: Other | S&T field/scope: Energy, Innovation and Development, Natural Sciences | Affilation and Pillar: Research and innovation community, Research and Innovation support Initiatives, Energy and Bio Economy | Geographical focus: Danube Region

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