Regular members are laboratories, institutes or university departments primarily devoted to fundamental marine science and possessing coastal research facilities.

The MARS Network is a foundation with specific statutes and bylaws.

Only directors, or their delegates, from regular members do have voting rights at general and director meetings.

Membership subscription-fees are :

  • 350 euros for labs with less than 25 total personnel1
  • 700 euros for labs with between 25-50 total personnel1
  • 1,250 euros for labs with more than 50 total personnel1

The benefits and activities that you may expect of the MARS Network membership are:

MARS Directors Meeting 2014, © Studio Out Of The Blue

MARS Directors Meeting 2014, © Studio Out Of The Blue

  • Support for the marine stations as an important part of Europe’s scientific patrimonium
  • Creating awareness of the role of the marine stations
  • Improved personal and institutional relationships between member institutes
  • Contacts with the managers of European research, including:
    • UNESCO in Paris
    • the Commission and Parliament of the European Communities in Brussels
    • Symposia and workshops organized by the MARS executive and member institutes
  • Involvement in research proposals (MARS already generated about 20 M€ in project money that went mainly to its members)
  • Participation in networking in the 7th EC framework Programme and Horizon 2020
  • Participation in global programmes
  • Help for institutes with currency restrictions, e.g. in Eastern Europe
  • Grants for young scientists from MARS members to visit another MARS member

If you are interested in joining MARS, please contact the MARS secretariat – Christiaan Hummel (link sends e-mail).


1  personnel: FTE permanent personnel including PhD’s

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