Project partner #5
NAME OF THE ORGANIZATION: University of Haifa, Israel
MAIN CONTACT FOR GoJELLY: Dr. Dror Angel, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Leon Recanati Institute of Maritime Studies
Multi-Purpose Building, Room 005
199 Aba Khoushy Ave.
Mount Carmel, Haifa
Israel Zip code: 3498838
GENERAL DESCRIPTION OF THE ORGANIZATION:
The University of Haifa (UoH) provides academic and research facilities to all sectors of Israeli society. The research at UoH is carried out in forty research institutes and centers which enable ample interdisciplinary work. UoH was chosen by the State of Israel to lead the Mediterranean Sea Research Center of Israel (MERCI), a consortium of seven universities, a college and two governmental research institutes.
The Applied Marine Biology and Ecology Research (AMBER) laboratory is the only research group in Israel and one of very few in the world conducting interdisciplinary research on natural and human dimensions of marine ecosystems, in particular those related to marine ecology and environmental economics. Under the direction of Dr. Dror Angel, the group has participated in numerous consortia as well as collaborations with industry. Besides, the AMBER group is heavily involved in citizen science and science communication projects, where its students and faculty members participate in educational initiatives on an ongoing basis. The lab members work with public and are frequently approached by both national and international radio and television stations with respect to jellyfish and microplastics pollution.
COMPETENCES AND INVOLVEMENT in GoJelly
The University of Haifa has access to the sea, a research vessel, a maritime workshop with diving facilities, access to standard and state of the art oceanographic sampling gear, dry and wet laboratories for chemical, geological and biological analyses. The university has facilities and dormitories to host seminars, research project meetings and larger conferences.
The AMBER group has strong ties with commercial fishermen to facilitate fishing and harvesting of jellyfish.
Within the GoJelly Project, the AMBER Lab at UoH will participate in the following Work Packages (WP’s):
- WP2: Driving mechanisms and predictions of jellyfish blooms
- WP3: Sustainable harvesting & aquaculture of jellyfish
- WP4: Developing protocols for handling and processing of jellyfish
- WP5: Development of microplastic pollutant filter using jellyfish mucus
- WP6: Development of products from jellyfish biomass
- WP7: Socio-ecological analyses of jellyfish blooms and of microplastic pollution
- WP8: Marketing und Exploitation of Jellyfish Goods
- WP9: Dissemination of project’s results and communication with local stakeholders