Description of the partner organisation
The Science and Research Centre of the University of Primorska (UPR) is the lead research centre of the University that gathers 9 fully-equipped research institutes with 161 employees, including over 140 researchers, 65 of which hold doctoral (PhD) degree. The Center carries out numerous interdisciplinary research activities aimed at basic and applicative scientific disciplines in the field of natural sciences, humanities and social sciences. In the last five years, the Science and Research Centre of the University of Primorska was involved in 55 EU-funded projects summing to a total of 41.4 million Euros, of which the UPR received 8.85 million Euros. These projects were co-financed by more than 20 programs, including Interreg, Phare, Life, Framework Programme, Culture 2000, Cards, etc.
The NETCET project in Slovenia is operationally carried out by a research team of the Institute for Biodiversity Studies of UPR, which has extensive skills, knowledge and experience in applied biodiversity research and application of the results in management and policy. This includes know-how in state of the art research and monitoring techniques for large marine vertebrates and transfer of knowledge through university teaching and organization of workshops and symposia. In addition, our researchers act as consultants of national authorities and members of international expert groups in sea turtles and marine mammals conservation, such as IUCN and UNEP.
Description of the activities
The Science and Research Centre of the University of Primorska will carry out three types of project activities: The first includes applied research and monitoring of sea turtles and marine mammals through satellite tracking (sea turtles), boat-based photo ID (marine mammals) and aerial surveys (sea turtles and marine mammals). The results will enable identification of critical habitats, distribution and population size estimates as the crucial perquisite for science-based conservation planning for these endangered marine animals. The second set of activities includes public awareness raising and education aimed at different stakeholders in Slovenia, while the third set of activities is focused on drawing up the national policy and common Adriatic strategy for the conservation of cetaceans and sea turtles.
University of Primorska, Science and Research Centre
Garibaldijeva 1, SI-6000 Koper, Slovenia
Phone: +386 5 66 37 700
Fax: +386 5 66 37 710