EU network of mesocosms facilities for research on marine and freshwater ecosystems open for global collaboration.

Objective: to strengthen EU network of mesocosm facilities and promote joint research initiatives, capacity building and standardisation.

Extensive Transnational Access to at least 37 different sites or installations at 18 selected leading and highly complementary European mesocosm facilities

Geographic range from the Arctic to the Mediterranean. Unique infrastructures in catchments from mountains to lowlands; rivers, ponds, lakes, estuaries and the sea.

Freshwater & Marine
Freshwater & Marine
Transnational Access

AQUACOSM offers Transnational Access to at least 37 different sites or installations at 18 selected leading and highly complementary European mesocosm facilities. Ranging from the Sub-Arctic to the Mediterranean, from mountains to lowlands, estuarine to fully marine systems, and spanning from ultra-oligotrophic to hyper-eutrophic conditions, they represent a cross section of typical European aquatic ecosystems.

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Extra Call for Transnational Access to European Aquatic…

Application deadline for Transnational Access: 24th March 2020 before 13:00 CET.  NOTE THIS CALL IS FOR APPLICANTS FROM EU OR ASSOCIATED COUNTRIES. The EU Research Infrastructure project…


Dear colleagues, We would like to invite you to submit an abstract and attend our session at the EGU General Assembly 2020 in Vienna, Austria,…

OPEN Call for Transnational Access to European Aquatic…

The EU Research Infrastructure project AQUACOSM has opened the 3rd CALL for Transnational Access to fund participation or leadership of mesocosm experiments in 2020. We open…

Joining AQUACOSM TA 2018 mesocosm experiments at the…

Katharina Bading, PhD student, Department of Biology, Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), Trondheim, Norway Back in fall 2017, I was excited that our MIWA user group application for the AQUACOSM Transnational Access program was granted so that our…

The Summer in Spring project “Heat wave effects…

Currently, summer time reaches earlier in the most part of Europe and this could affect all the aquatic organisms. To study the resistance, resilience and recovery of plankton communities to heatwaves occurring in late spring/early summer the “Summer in Spring”…

Please note that this event has been postponed to 2021 and a revised schedule will be published in due course. Please watch the website or social media channels for updates. Abstracts are invited for the 2nd International Aquatic Mesocosm Research Symposium [...]


AQUACOSM aims at training young scientists in rigorous aquatic experimental ecosystem research at relevant scales and to provide a critical link between long-term observational data (i.e. low and high frequency monitoring data from classical and novel observatories) and ecosystem model development and validation.