This project will support the generation of new knowledge and intervention tools to help control epidemic-prone pathogens such as SARS CoV 2.

The ISIDORe consortium, made of the capacities of European ESFRI infrastructures and coordinated networks, proposes to assemble the largest and most diverse research and service providing instrument to study infectious diseases in Europe, from structural biology to clinical trials. Giving scientists access to the whole extent of our state of the art facilities, cutting edge services, advanced equipment and expertise, in an integrated way and with a common goal, will enable or accelerate the generation of new knowledge and intervention tools to ultimately help control SARS CoV 2 in particular, and epidemic prone pathogens in general, while avoiding fragmentation and duplication among European initiatives.

Such a global and interdisciplinary approach is meant to allow the implementation of user projects that are larger, more ambitious and more impactful than the EU supported transnational activities that the consortium is used to run. Our proposition is ambitious but achievable in a timely fashion due to the relevance and previous experience of the partners that we have gathered and that have complementary fields of expertise, which addresses the need for an interdisciplinary effort. Leveraging all these existing strengths to develop synergies will create an additional value and enhance Europe capacity for controlling emerging or re emerging and epidemic infectious diseases, starting with the COVID 19 pandemic. 

Such a global and coordinated approach is consistent with the recommendations of the One Health concept and necessary to make significant contributions to solving complex societal problems like epidemics and pandemics.

EMBRC will make marine natural libraries and culture collections of marine organisms available; conduct coordinated screening; provide access to: i) metabolically unique organisms and collections that have vast and undocumented molecular diversity, providing leads for current and future infectious disease challenges, ii) screening approaches, including disease circulation screening through anonymous measures in environmental samples, water sediment, filter feeders used for human consumption, and iii) screening capabilities for developing and testing alternative vaccine adjuvants (eg complex polysaccharides of marine origin).

Project dates: kick-off February 2022
EMBRC-BE role: KU Leuven is involved
Funding: €2,099,8624, EMBRC budget: €48,750 (Horizon 2020, under grant agreement number 101046133)

Current projects

ASSEMBLE Plus: Association of European Marine Biological Laboratories Expanded
ASSEMBLE Plus is a Horizon 2020-funded project which brings together 32 marine stations and institutes. Coordinated by EMBRC, the project provides research and networking opportunities to scientists in Europe and beyond to enhance marine biology research.
Read more
Atlantic ECOsystems assessment, forecasting & sustainability
The EU-funded AtlantECO project aims to develop and apply a novel, unifying framework that provides knowledge-based resources for a better understanding and management of the Atlantic Ocean and its ecosystem services. Focus areas include: microbiomes, plastic and the plastisphere, and seascape connectivity.
Read more
IMBRSea: International Master in Marine Biological Resources
IMBRSea is a joint master program organised by 10 leading European universities in the field of marine sciences, supported by EMBRC. IMBRSea prepares students for the rapidly evolving demands of the blue bio-economy and research on the sustainable use of marine biological resources.
Read more
EOSC-Life: Providing an open collaborative space for digital biology in Europe
EOSC-Life brings together the 13 life science research infrastructures (LS RIs) to create an open collaborative space for digital biology. It is a joint response to the challenge of analysing and reusing the prodigious amounts of data produced by life sciences.
Read more