The recently started EU Research Infrastructure project AQUACOSM (http://aquacosm.eu) has now opened it’s first AQUACOSM Transnational Access Program to fund opportunities to lead or participate in mesocosm experiments at more than 37 aquatic mesocosm facilities located at 18 AQUACOSM partners throughout Europe. Between Jan 2018 and Dec 2020 AQUACOSM will offer more than 11500 person-days of Transnational Access (TA).
The project and opportunity to fund mesocosm experiments is unique as it is the first time one collaborative international project represent a full cross section of Aquatic Ecosystems ranging from freshwater to estuarine and marine systems, covering the Sub-Arctic to the Mediterranean and beyond, from mountains to lowlands, and spanning from ultra-oligotrophic to hyper-eutrophic conditions. AQUACOSM specifically aims to promote effective international scientific collaboration and technological knowledge transfer across traditional barriers between regions, countries and traditionally separated science disciplines, such as marine and freshwater sciences. As up to 20% of the funded participants may be from countries outside the European Union and its associated member states – it also represents a truly world-wide opportunity!