Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences (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.

Project Partners (Germany)


International Project Partners

Leibniz Association

Leibniz Centre for Tropical Marine Research (ZMT)

Leibniz Institute for Baltic Sea Research (IOW)

Leibniz Institute for Analytical Sciences (ISAS)

Leibniz Institute for Applied Geophysics (LIAG)

Leibniz Institute for Tropospheric Research (TROPOS)

Senckenberg Research Institute and Natural History

Museum (SGN) Leibniz Institute of Freshwater Ecology and Inland Fisheries (IGB)

Leibniz Institute DSMZ-German Collection of Microorganisms and Cell Cultures (DSMZ)

Leibniz Institute of Plant Biochemistry (IPB)



Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences (IUI)

and partners from its founding universities

Hebrew University

Tel Aviv University

Bar Ilan University

Ben Gurion University

University of Haifa Technion

Weizmann Institute