National Research Council (CNR)

The National Research Council (CNR) is a public organization; its duty is to carry out, promote, spread, transfer and improve research activities in the main sectors of knowledge growth and of its applications for the scientific, technological, economic and social development of the Country.

To this end, the activities of the organization are divided into macro areas of interdisciplinary scientific and technological research, concerning several sectors: biotechnology, medicine, materials, environment and land, information and communications, advanced systems of production, judicial and socio-economic sciences, classical studies and arts.

CNR is distributed all over Italy through a network of institutes aiming at promoting a wide diffusion of its competences throughout the national territory and at facilitating contacts and cooperation with local firms and organizations.

From the financial point of view, the main resources come from the State, but also from the market: even 30% of its balance sheet, an extraordinary result, is the result of revenues coming from external job orders for studies and activities of technical advice as well as from agreements with firms, contracts with the European Union and with the other international organizations.

The Institute of Marine Science (ISMAR) is part of the Italian National Research Council (CNR). The institute is made up of seven sections (Ancona, Bologna, Genova, La Spezia, Lesina, Trieste and Venice). The Institute was created by merging CNR institutes distributed over the central and northern Italy dealing principally with marine biology and oceanography.

ISMAR CNR conducts research in Mediterranean, oceanic and polar regions, focusing on the following themes:
  • The evolution of oceans and their continental margins, studying submarine volcanoes, faults and slides and their potential impacts onshore
  • The influence of climate change on oceanic circulation, acidification, bio-geochemical cycles and marine productivity
  • Submarine habitats and ecology, and the increasing pollution of coastal and deep-sea environments
  • The evolution of fish stocks with a view to keeping commercial fishing within sustainable limits and improving mariculture and aquaculture practices
  • Natural and anthropogenic factors impacting economically and socially on coastal systems from pre-history to the industrial epoch


Giuseppe Scarcella


National Council of Researches

Piazzale Aldo Moro, 7 00185 Rome, Italy
Τ: +39 0712078849
F: +39 07155313
Ε: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • +30 2109856701
  • This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

About Us

PROTOMEDEA stands for "Towards the establishment of Marine Protected Area Networks in the Eastern Mediterranean"

The project will be running for 36 months, from December 2015 to November 2018

and the level of funding amounts to EUR 600.000.