01.02.2017 | EU Horizon 2020 project "GRACE" has started

Marine research in Aachen - with a fresh water model organism

Oil spills in cold Baltic and Arctic Sea waters are a special challenge to investigate, and hence they are the research focus of a new EU H2020-funded collaborative project "Integrated oil spill response actions and environmental effects – GRACE". The project is coordinated by Kirsten Jörgensen of SYKE in Helsinki, Finland. Thomas-Benjamin Seiler from the Department of Ecosystem Analysis headed by Henner Hollert leads the project part at RWTH, and the whole work package 3 which investigates the effects on biota.
GRACE strives with partners from Finland, Denmark, Estonia, Spain, Norway, Greenland, Sweden, Germany and Canada to comprehensively investigate the environmental impact of oil spills and provide measures for mitigation. At RWTH the zebrafish will be established as a model organism for oil spill detection and assessment. Sarah Johann and Leonie Nüßer work within their PhD theses on the project.
The whole project aims at developing novel tools and strategies for oil spill response, and increase the knowledge on the distribution, mobility, severity, impact and possibilities for mitigation of oil contaminations.

More information can be found here and here.