Wageningen Marine Research is the Netherlands research institute established to provide the scientific support that is essential to developing policies and innovation in respect of the marine environment, fishery activities, aquaculture and the maritime sector. Wageningen Marine Research is:

  • an independent, objective and authoritative institute whose aim is to find the right equilibrium between marine ecology, seafood production and maritime economy;
  • a key, proactive player in national and international marine research networks (including ICES and EFARO).

We carry out research for both national authorities and specific research programmes (50%), international RTD programmes (30%) and contract research for private, public and NGO partners (20%). Our key focal research areas cover ecology, environmental conservation and protection, fisheries, aquaculture, ecosystem based marine economy, coastal zone management and marine governance.

Wageningen Marine Research has some two hundred people active in field surveys, experimental studies, from laboratory to mesocosm scale, modelling and assessment, scientific advice and consultancy. Our work is supported by unique in-house facilities that include specialist marine analysis labs, experimental halls, outdoor mesocoms, specific field-sampling devices, databases and models. The Wageningen Marine Research quality system is ISO 9001 certified while special chemical analysis and ecotoxicological studies are performed according to RVA, ISO 17025 accreditation and GLP standards. We collaborate with fellow research specialists where necessary and where such collaboration generates clear added value. Our research is regularly published in international peer reviewed publications. As part of the Wageningen UR, Wageningen Marine Research has close ties with Wageningen University and the Van Hall Larenstein professional University. Both universities cater for Bachelor, professional Master and academic Master education programmes. The institute runs a PhD programme together with Wageningen University.

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Representative in the NCK Board of Supervisors: T. Bult PhD
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