International Cooperation

Murmansk Marine Biological Institute closely cooperates with leading foreign universities, research centers and technical research companies.
The Institute takes an active part in implementation of international programs on study of the Arctic Seas. The cooperation is based on intergovernmental agreements, stable bilateral relations, and individual international grants.
At the end of 80s, MMBI was one of the first institutions that forced through to international scientific cooperation with the West by fulfilling grants of the USA National Science Foundation, International Atomic Energy Agency, TASIS, INTAS, Barents Secretariat with partners from the USA, Germany, Scandinavian countries, France. In cooperation with colleagues from NOAA (the USA) MMBI created unique Climatic and Biological Atlases of the Barents Sea on DVD. At present many scientific officers who have worked for MMBI successfully work for the leading scientific organizations of the West (Prof. V. Birshtein, R.Goldman, I.Smolyar, and others).
In 2001, MMBI leaded work on ecological issues analysis of the Barents Sea within the framework of the project “Global international water assessment” (GIWA). During fulfillment of international project “Biology, physiology, aliment and reproduction features of the Greenland seal from the Barents Sea” investigations allowing estimation of the Greenland seal role in ecosystems of the White and the Barents Seas were carried out. Marine geologists from MMBI together with scientists from University of Illinois (the USA) investigated glaciation and permafrost development on the territory of the Kola Peninsula, Kanin Peninsula, Vaigach Island, Kolguev Island during the last 2000 years.

Together with leading experts of the IOC of UNESCO, GEF and other international organizations, experts from MMBI develop the large marine ecosystems concept used as a tool for enabling biological resources management of world’s oceans. Research on the demarcation of the Arctic large marine ecosystems was conducted, and new estimates of natural and anthropogenic changes in ecosystems were received.

During last 25 years, MMBI has been keeping stable scientific cooperation with Alfred Wegener Institute for Polar and Marine Research (Germany) through study of paleoclimate and deglaciation of the Arctic, biodiversity of plankton and bottom organisms from the Barents Sea, the White Sea, the Kara Sea and the Laptev Sea. In 2013, a joint Russian-German expedition was undertaken on the R/V “Dalnie Zelentsy” to conduct a comprehensive analysis of the coastal ecosystems of the Laptev Sea and the Lena River estuary.

The Institute profitably cooperates with Norwegian colleagues from Tromsø, Oslo and Bergen. Subjects of scientific cooperation cover practically all the aspects of polar oceanology and ecology, including anthropogenic processes and phenomena. Such good neighborly exchange of knowledge, methods and traditions helps to form and develop common view on the problems of natural resources exploitation and biological diversity conservation in the Barents region. In recent years, the Institute together with the University of Bodø develops methods and technologies of cleaner-fish growing for its use in commercial breeding of cod and salmon.

In 2011 -2014, MMBI was involved in several international projects within the Kolarctic ENPI CBC Programme (the European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument, a cross-border cooperation).