The Institute of Marine Science (ISMAR) is part of the National Research Council of Italy (CNR), the largest research body in Italy, which is distributed all over the territory through a network of Institutes. ISMAR is among the leading marine research institutions in Italy. With its headquarter in Venice and six regional sections spread across the Italian peninsula, it hosts a staff of 180 marine scientists with permanent position, and 60 people in training (PhD students, postdoctoral research assistants). Researchers at ISMAR conduct studies in Mediterranean, oceanic and polar regions on a wide range of topics dealing with biogeochemical cycles and ocean productivity, habitat mapping and marine ecology, marine pollution and human impacts on coastal and lagoon ecosystems, fisheries, microbial ecology, physical oceanography and modelling, natural processes and hazards.

ISMAR - CNR Venice provides TA services for ASSEMBLE Plus, for which SZN is the Italian partner.


  • Rocky and soft-bottom benthic and pelagic Adriatic ecosystems
  • Lagoons
  • Tidal mudflats
  • Polluted sites (Venice-Mestre) near pristine sites for comparative impact studies


Ecosystem access

  • Small research vessels for coastal sampling
  • SCUBA diving
  • Large oceanographic research vessels for access to the deep sea and several experimental stations
  • Fixed-point observatories, among which the oceanographic tower Acqua Alta (an offshore facility equipped with autonomous instrumentation and laboratories, that can accommodate scientists at sea for days), the PALOMA platform, and meteoceanographic buoys
  • Sampling equipment for collecting water and sediment samples across a range of marine habitats (grab samplers, box-corers, multiparametric probes, phytoplankon and zooplankton nets)


Biological resources

  • Model organisms: microalgae (Skeletonema costatum, Dunaliella tertiolecta, Tetraselmis seucica and Ostreopsis cf. ovata), Crustaceans (Amphibalanus Amphitrite and Tigropius fulvus), Cnidarians (Aurelia aurita), Echinoderms (Paracentrotus lividus) and marine bacteria


Experimental facilities and technology platforms

  • Laboratories: marine ecology, biogeochemistry, ecotoxicology, molecular biology, metagenomics and bioinformatics
  • Microscopes: epi-fluorescence with image analysis, stereo, light, inverted, Custom build Atomic Force Microscope and SEM
  • Aquaria
  • Mesocosms


Associated services (E-services, Expert advice, Supporting faciltites)

  • Library network
  • IT service connected with those of the other CNR Institutes

Staff will provide training in the use of the platforms and technologies and assist, when needed, with experimental design and troubleshooting. Staff provide specialist courses for experts as well as consultancy. Amenities include lunch restaurants and conference and lecture facilities. ISMAR provides no in-house lodging, but numerous restaurants, hotels and B&Bs are within walking distance. Administration assists with hotel reservations.


Tesa 104, Arsenale
Castello 2737/F
30122 Venezia VE
Liaison officer: Gian Marco Luna (, cc to:

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