12 July 2023

Eurofleets+, a leading consortium of research vessels facilitating marine science and research, and GROOM II, an innovative research infrastructure for marine autonomous systems, are pleased to announce a ground-breaking Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to foster collaborative efforts in advancing the field of marine science. This strategic partnership will focus on sharing experiences, optimising operations, and developing joint training activities to benefit members and users of both initiatives. The aim of this joint initiative is to leverage the strengths of both initiatives to promote the sharing of expertise, optimise operations, and drive innovation in the realm of marine science.

The Eurofleets+ Project is renowned for its commitment to facilitating multidisciplinary marine research by providing access to state-of-the-art research vessels and cutting-edge marine equipment. With a strong emphasis on fostering collaboration among European research communities, Eurofleets+ has been instrumental in promoting knowledge sharing and scientific advancements in the field.

GROOM II has established itself as a key player in the field of ocean observation by developing data interoperability, metadata standardisation, and operational services for Marine Autonomous Systems (MAS). Thanks to its innovative approaches to data integration and federation, GROOM II has paved the way for enhanced data sharing and sustainable research practices.

"This strategic partnership is a key milestone in the collaborative initiatives being forged at a European level and will further strengthen the European Research Area capability by leveraging the strengths of both initiatives to advance the sharing of experiences, optimize operations, and drive innovation in the realm of marine science."
Aodhán Fitzgerald
Eurofleets+ Project Coordinator & RV Operations Manager, Marine Institute
"Europe's marine research infrastructure landscape will greatly benefit from the structural collaboration between Research Vessel and Marine Autonomous System operators that this MoU will help to establish. This will strengthen the development of EOOS, fostering the mutliplatform approach with improved coordination and shared services between RVs and MASs."
Laurent Mortier
GROOM II project coordinator, ENSTA-Paris/Institut Polytechnique de Paris

By joining forces, Eurofleets+ and GROOM II aim to leverage their respective expertise and resources to drive advancements in several key areas:

This MoU represents an exciting milestone in the field of marine science and research, marking the beginning of a collaborative journey that will unlock new opportunities for innovation, knowledge sharing, and enhanced operational practices. Eurofleets+ and GROOM II are committed to working closely together, leveraging their collective strengths to overcome challenges and shape the future of marine science.

About Eurofleets+ Project:

Eurofleets+ is an alliance of European marine research infrastructure to meet the evolving needs of the research and industrial communities. The project facilitates open free of charge access to a unique fleet of 27 state-of-the-art research vessels from European and international partners. EUROFLEETS+ prioritised support for research on sustainable, clean, and healthy oceans, linking with existing ocean observation infrastructures. Eurofleets+ is funded under EU Horizon 2020 ‘Integrating Activity for Advanced Communities’ with respect to Environmental and Earth Sciences – Research Vessels. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 824077.
About GROOM II – Gliders for Research, Ocean Observations & Management: Infrastructure and Innovation Project:
The GROOM II Project focuses on the development of a state-of-the-art Marine Research Infrastructure (MRI). The project harnesses the advantages of marine autonomous systems (MAS) to provide high-quality ocean observation data and services for the benefit of society and enable scientific excellence as we move toward net-zero activities. This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 951842.