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

CER Mesocosms

Legal name of organisation (short name)
CER Mesocosms
Organisation address

Centre for Ecological Research

H-1113 Budapest, Karolina út 29.


Infrastructure (short name)
CER Mesocosms
Infrastructure address
Coordinates / (routes, areas if non-static)
Facility location(s)
Description of the Infrastructure
Primary contact information (PI)

Csaba Vad



Zsófia Horváth


Years of Mesocosm Experiments
2019 to present
Description of Facility

Mobile outdoor facility, with 40 (300-litre each) + 96 mesocosms (220-litre each).

Heating is available on-site.

Possibility to carry out in situ experiments (within natural ponds or lakes).

Controlled Parameters
  • Temperature
  • nutrient level
  • species composition
  • connectivity
Research Topics
  • Plankton and benthic biodiversity
  • metacommunity ecology
  • trophic relationships
  • pond ecology
  • Role of stressors: climate change, invasive species, habitat fragmentation
Primary interests
Specialist areas
Photos of experiments/installations

CER mesocosms: in situ experiment (photo credit: Zsófia Horváth)
CER mesocosm: land based experiment (photo credit: Zsófia Horváth)
CER mesocosms: land based experiment (photo credit Zsófia Horváth)

Infrastructure (short name)
CER Mesocosms
Modality of access

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Unit of access

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What service and support facilities are available

CER guest rooms

Special rules