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Kristineberg Marine Research and Innovation Centre - SVEN LOVÉN CENTRE FOR MARINE SCIENCES (KMRIC)


The Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences (SLC) is the largest Swedish marine research infrastructure unit, and is financed by UGOT. Including “resident scientists”, a total of ca.150 people work year-round at SLC. SLC runs Sweden's ASSEMBLE partnership, and its two marine stations offer ASSEMBLE Plus access services: Kristeneberg and Tjärnö.

The research station at Kristineberg is situated on the Gullmarsfjord, the largest and only true fjord in Sweden. The fjord is 30 km long with a maximum depth of 118 m and has been a natural reserve since 1983. Key features that make this important marine environment unique in Europe are: the excellent water quality with two rather distinct water-masses: brackish surface water originating from the Baltic and oceanic water from the North Sea at greater depths; and a large number of habitats, resulting in a very high biodiversity and a unique fauna. 


  • Steep rocky ecosystems
  • Deep basin sediments
  • Sand and mud flats
  • Seagrass beds
  • Exposed and protected shores


Ecosystem access

  • R/V Oscar von Sydowl: 12-m  with access to all research equipment and technical support from vessel crew
  • Diving facilities


Biological resources 

  • Marine models: the unique and high level of organismal diversity available at the Lovén Centre includes many current and emerging marine model organisms, for example Ciona intestinalis, Balanus improvisus, Skeletonema marinoi and Myxine glutinosa 
  • A list of marine organisms found in the North East Atlantic can be found here
  • A list of the species that can be maintained and spawned at the Lovén centre can be downloaded here 


Experimental facilities and technology platforms

  • Climate-controlled rooms, including ocean acidification facilities, with access to all basic research equipment
  • Marine Molecular Biology and Genetics Laboratories with equipment for gene cloning, bacterial culture, PCR and QPCR (ABI), protein extraction, 1&2-D gel blotting, densitometric analysis (BioRad), histology lab for ISH and immunohistochemistry and a cell culture lab with laminar flow hoods and incubators
  • Advanced microscopy laboratory incl. confocal: (i) two Leica UV DIC digital photomiscroscope with video facility; (ii) high level Leica UV stereo microscope with micromanipulators and microinjection (Eppendorf); (iii) a top of the range tri-laser Leica broadband confocal scanning laser microscope


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

  • Technical support from staff

SLC Kristineberg offers lodging (165 berth places) and restaurant facilities. 


University of Gothenburg, The Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences
Kristineberg 566 450 34 Fiskebäckskil Sweden
566 450 34 Kristineberg
Liaison officer: Niklas Andersson (, cc to:

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