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Eilat Leibniz IUI Center (ELIC)

Partner countries: Germany and Israel
Duration: 1.1.2017 – 31.12.2018
Funding: Leibniz Association (seed funding)
Status: long-term research cooperation on marine sciences, coordinated by ZMT in Bremen and IUI in Eilat

Following the 2016 signing of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Leibniz Association and the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat (IUI), the ELIC project is the first joint undertaking in the framework of this agreement. Short for Eilat Leibniz IUI Center, ELIC’S objective is to advance marine sciences in the Red Sea area and to ultimately become an international hub for excellence in marine science.

This research collaboration geographically centers around the Gulf of Aqaba. Its setting as the northernmost tropical coral reef in the world, immediately adjacent to the deep sea, is unique. It makes the Gulf of Aqaba a textbook example for studying resilience of ecosystems and lateral exchange of ecosystems under environmental change.

ELIC research is facilitated by the significant logistic advantage of immediate access to the coral reefs in their natural surroundings, ship access to the deep sea within 750 m off the shore, and high-level laboratories and a high-end experimental aquarium facility right next to the sea.

ELIC engages primarily in fostering bilateral German Israeli long-term research collaboration. One means to sustain that is a joint lab that will be built up in Eilat on the IUI campus. On top of that, a joint program of workshops and seminars will train young researchers from Germany and Israel in relevant fields of marine sciences and will enhance collaboration from the earliest phase.

In the current set-up phase the ideas for research cooperation are being developed and refined. IUI and its partners as well as Leibniz institutes dealing with issues of marine sciences are invited to submit their ideas.

Blog from Nicola Isendahl on the first phase of ELIC.