Experts on jellyfish from 15 scientific institutions and companies from all over Europe met in Madeira. Photo: GoJelly

Experts on jellyfish from 15 scientific institutions and companies from all over Europe met in Madeira. Photo: GoJelly

Natacha Nogueira, João Canning Clode, Mafalda Freitas, Jamileh Javid, President Miguel Albuquerque, Carlos Andrade, Clemente Aguiar, Duarte Pinto. Photo: Miguel Moniz

Natacha Nogueira, João Canning Clode, Mafalda Freitas, Jamileh Javid, President Miguel Albuquerque, Carlos Andrade, Clemente Aguiar, Duarte Pinto. Photo: Miguel Moniz

12.01.2018

GoJelly project officially kicks off!

Over 40 experts meet on Madeira to discuss first steps to sustainable Jellyfish products

12 January 2018/Funchal, Kiel. While the number of fish in our oceans continues to decrease, changing environmental conditions seem to favor jellyfish. They occur more often in large blooms. So far, they are considered annoying, if not dangerous. The project GoJelly, which is coordinated at the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, aims to change that perception and to investigate the suitability of the organisms as microplastic filters, fertilizers or fish feed. Last year, the European Union approved the funding with a total of six million euros for the next four years. This week, the project participants have met for the kick-off meeting in Madeira, Portugal. Forty representatives of 15 universities, scientific institutions and small and medium-sized enterprises from eight countries discussed during the three day conference the first steps and how the various sub-projects can cooperate as efficiently as possible.

A visit by the President of the Regional Government, His Excellency Miguel Albuquerque, showed the great interest even politics has in the project. "We hope that not only we will widen our knowledge about jellyfish and their lives, but also lay the groundwork for innovative and environmentally friendly new products that will eventually create new jobs," says Project Coordinator Dr. Jamileh Javidpour from GEOMAR.

 

Please note

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 774499