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Title: A New Tool for Faster Construction of Marine Biotechnology Collaborative Networks
Authors: Rotter, Ana 
Gaudêncio, Susana P. 
Klun, Katja 
Macher, Jan-Niklas 
Thomas, Olivier P. 
Deniz, Irem 
Edwards, Christine 
Grigalionyte-Bembič, Ernesta 
Ljubešić, Zrinka 
Robbens, Johan 
Varese, Giovanna Cristina 
Vasquez Christodoulou, Marlen 
Major Field of Science: Natural Sciences
Field Category: Biological Sciences
Keywords: Collaboration;Expertise;Inquiry;Marine biotechnology;Tools and infrastructures
Issue Date: 17-May-2021
Source: Frontiers in Marine Science, 2021, vol. 8, articl. no. 685164
Volume: 8
Journal: Frontiers in Marine Science 
Abstract: The increasing and rapid development in technologies, infrastructures, computational power, data availability and information flow has enabled rapid scientific advances. These entail transdisciplinary collaborations that maximize sharing of data and knowledge and, consequently, results, and possible technology transfer. However, in emerging scientific fields it is sometimes difficult to provide all necessary expertise within existing collaborative circles. This is especially true for marine biotechnology that directly addresses global societal challenges. This article describes the creation of a platform dedicated to facilitating the formation of short or mid-term collaborative networks in marine biotechnology. This online platform ( enables experts (researchers and members of the marine biotechnology community in general) to have the possibility to showcase their expertise with the aim of being integrated into new collaborations/consortia on the one hand, or to use it as a search tool to complement the expertise in planned/running collaborations, on the other. The platform was created within the Ocean4Biotech (European transdisciplinary networking platform for marine biotechnology) Action, funded under the framework of the European Cooperation in Science and Technology (COST). To build the platform, an inquiry was developed to identify experts in marine biotechnology and its adjunct fields, to define their expertise, to highlight their infrastructures and facilities and to pinpoint the main bottlenecks in this field. The inquiry was open to all experts in the broad field of marine biotechnology, including non-members of the consortium. The inquiry ( remains open for insertion of additional expertise and the resulting interactive map can be used as a display and search tool for establishing new collaborations.
ISSN: 22967745
DOI: 10.3389/fmars.2021.685164
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Type: Article
Affiliation : National Institute of Biology 
New University of Lisbon 
Naturalis Biodiversity Center 
National University of Ireland 
Manisa Celal Bayar University 
Robert Gordon University 
University of Zagreb 
Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food 
University of Turin 
Cyprus University of Technology 
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