Marine molecular biology
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Key dates

  • 2003: Partnership established.
  • 2015: Renewal of the partnership agreement for an extended period of 10 years.


The partnership between EMBL and the Sars International Centre realises the potential for uniting the institutes' complementary strengths in order to facilitate scientific exchange and collaboration in the field of marine molecular biology. The Sars Centre is established within the University of Bergen as an independent research center, organized in nine internationally recruited independent research groups, with members from more than 20 countries.

The Sars Centre comprises various studies of the basic biological processes in marine biology using functional and comparative molecular methods. Its scientific profile has been gradually built up in two directions:

  • the study of animal evolution
  • the establishment and use of marine animals as model organisms.