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DANUBIUS Implementation Phase Project


Project timeline
October 2022
12 months
September 2023
General Information
DANUBIUS-IP is a 36-month Coordination and Support Action to support the ongoing development of DANUBIUS-RI – an environmental Research Infrastructure linking rivers and seas – as it proceeds towards its Operational Phase. The project proposes 7 work packages, in two parallel workstreams, that together will: (i) deliver a new governance structure for the RI as it transitions to the legal entity DANUBIUS ERIC; (ii) enhance the ICT potential of the RI to enable virtual delivery of key services; (iii) implement the DANUBIUS Science and Innovation Agenda supported by agile and quality assured scientific services; (iv) demonstrate the value of the RI through examples of the unique services that the RI can offer to end-users across Europe and internationally; (v) expand the DANUBIUS-RI community and enhance its standing in the wider European and International environmental RI landscape; and (vi) ensure that the potential of DANUBIUS-RI to have significant social and economic impact is widely communicated.
DANUBIUS-IP is coordinated by GeoEcoMar (Romania) and brings together 25 experienced partners from 14 countries from across Europe in a consortium with complimentary areas of multi-disciplinary expertise across the freshwater and marine research fields. The project specifically seeks to address recommendations from the recent ESFRI (the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures) and High-Level Expert Group reports on DANUBIUS-RI and make a significant contribution to the expected outcomes and wider impacts of the Horizon Europe Program. As such the project considers the importance of sustainability of financial commitments, the need to test the funding model and to enhance the visibility of the RI. DANUBIUS-IP will further demonstrate the efficacy of an integrated and interdisciplinary approach embracing a 'river-sea continuum' perspective to fill current gaps in the Research and Innovation landscape to address key societal challenges in these environments impacted by anthropogenic pressures and climate change.

Hereon will be involved in the further establishment of the Elbe-North Sea supersite as a potential demonstration case. This will integrate existing operational research infrastructure (ex. Cuxhaven research station, RV Ludwig Prandtl) with the newly established Tesperhude research station. In addition, Hereon will be actively involved in the implementation of the DANUBIUS Science and Innovation Agenda, and in the other aspects of the implementation phase of DANUBIUS-RI.

Based on our own request, the participation of Hereon was terminated in September 2023.
EU-Programme Acronym and Subprogramme AreaHORIZON-INFRA-2021-DEV-02-02
Project TypeCoordination and Support Action (CSA)
Contract NumberGrant Agreement 101079778
Co-ordinatorGeoEcoMar (RO)
Funding for the Project (€) Funding for Hereon (€)
Contact Person at Hereon Dr. Yoana Voynova, Institute of Carbon Cycles, Department Coastal Productivity (KCP), phone: +49(4152)87-2377
E-mail contact
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Autoridad Portuaria de Sevilla (ES), Bulgarian Academy of Sciences (BG), Bundesanstalt für Wasserbau (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), FCIENCIAS.ID - Associacao Para A Investigacao E Desenvolvimento De Ciencias (PT), Fundacao da Faculdade de Ciencias da Universidade de Lisboa (PT), Hellenic Center for Marine Reearch (GR), Institutul National De Cercertare Dezvoltare Pentru Stiinte Biologice Ra (RO), Jihoceska Univerzita V Ceskych Budejovicich (CZ), Michael Rea (UK), National Institute of Marine Geology and Geo-Ecology (RO), Odessa State Environmental University (UA), Plymouth Marine Laboratory (UK), Stichting Deltares (NL), Technische Universität Dresden (DE), Universidad de Sevilla (ES), Universita ca Forscari di Venezia (IT), Universitat Politecnica De Catalunya (ES), Universitatea din Bucuresti (RO), University College Cork (IE), University of Stirling (UK), X-Officio Advokat AB (SE)
Last Update: 08. July 2024