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Preparatory phase for the pan-European Research Infrastructure DANUBIUS–RI "The International Centre for advanced studies on river-sea systems"


Project timeline
December 2016
36 months
November 2019
General Information
DANUBIUS-PP is a three-year project to raise DANUBIUS-RI (International Centre for Advanced Studies on River-Sea Systems) to the legal, financial and technical maturity required for successful implementation and development. DANUBIUS-RI is a pan-European distributed research infrastructure (RI) building on existing expertise to support interdisciplinary research on river-sea (RS) systems, spanning the environmental, social and economic sciences. It will provide access to a range of RS systems, facilities and expertise, a ‘one-stop shop’ for knowledge exchange, access to harmonized data, and a platform for interdisciplinary research, education and training. The concept of DANUBIUS-RI was developed, positively evaluated and included on the 2016 Roadmap of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI).
DANUBIUS-PP will bring together key stakeholders at different levels, and strengthen the consortium through a process of wide engagement. Individual work packages will refine, inter alia, the scientific and innovation agenda, the legal framework, governance and management, and policies for access and data management. The financial requirements of the RI will be refined to assist funding agencies as they consider future spending priorities. Key deliverables of DANUBIUS-PP include development of the legal and financial agreements for the components of the RI (including Hub, Nodes and Supersites), their governance, and internal organization which will be confirmed via a Memorandum of Understanding. This preparatory phase project will develop the structures and processes to ensure that the RI strengthens scientific performance by providing a sustainable basis for future operation, delivering key services to the different user communities.
Hereon leads the task to update the scientific plan for the DANUBIUS RI and is managing the Elbe Estuary Supersite.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaH2020-INFRADEV-2016-2
Project TypeCoordination and support Action (CSA)
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 739562
Co-ordinatorInstitutul National De Cercetare-Dezvoltare Pentru Geologie Si Geoecologie Marina (GEOECOMAR)
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Friedrich, Institute of Carbon Cycles, Aquatic Nutrient Cycles , KCN, Phone: +49 4152 87 1891
E-mail contact
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Agentia de Administrare a Retelei Nationale de Informatica Pentru Educatie si Cercetare (RO), Autoridad Portuaria de Sevilla (ES), Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BG), Bundesanstalt für Gewässerkunde (DE), Centrum Vyzkumu Globalni Zmeny Av Cr Vvi (CZ), Consiglio Nazionale delle Richerche (IT), Consortium for the Management of the Centre of Coordination of Research on the Venice Lagoon System (IT), Democritus University of Thrace (GR), EMSO ERIC (IT), Europportunities (EE), Hellenic Center for Marine Reearch (GR), ICOS ERIC (FI), Institutul De Chimie Academia De Stiinte A Moldovei (MD), Institutul National De Cercertare Dezvoltare Pentru Stiinte Biologice Ra (RO), Institutul National de Cercetare - Dezvoltare Marina (RO), Natural Environment Research Council (UK), Odessa State Environmental University (UA), Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK), Stichting Deltares (NL), Stichting IHE Delft (NL), Szechenyi Istvan University (HU), Unitatea Executiva pentru Finantarea Invatamantului Superior, a Cercetarii, Dezvoltarii si Inovarii (RO), Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya (ES), Universite de Lorraine (FR), University College Cork (IE), University of Birmingham (UK), University of Stirling (UK), WasserCluster Lunz - Biologische Station GmbH (AT)
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Last Update: 16. April 2021