The Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences - Kristineberg

The Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences - Kristineberg

The Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences is a newly established research infrastructure organisation within the University of Gothenburg. The Centre integrates the research capacities of two very well established marine research stations and several research vessels. Both marine stations are situated on the Swedish west coast, one at Kristineberg (former Kristineberg Marine Research Station) about 100 km north of Göteborg and the other at Tjärnö (former Tjärnö Marine Biological Laboratory) 160 km north of Göteborg.

The research station at Kristineberg is situated on the Gullmarsfjord, the largest and only true fjord in Sweden. The fjord is 30 km long with a maximum depth of 118 m and has been a natural reserve since 1983. Key features that make this important marine environment unique in Europe are (i) the excellent water quality with two rather distinct water-masses; brackish surface water originating from the Baltic and oceanic water from the North Sea at greater depths, (ii) a large number of different habitats including steep rocks, deep basin sediments, sand and mud flats, sea grass beds, and exposed and protected shores, resulting in (iii) a very high biodiversity and a unique fauna. It is in particular the closeness between the station and the fjord that makes this facility unique, enhanced by the availability of a range of research vessels and the fact that these can dock right next to the main laboratory entrance.

Laboratories: laboratories and climate control rooms, including ocean acidification facilities, with access to all basic research equipments, and technical support from staff.

Platforms: access to the two platforms equipment and support from technical staff.

1. Marine Molecular Biology and Genetics Laboratories: equipment for gene cloning, bacterial culture, PCR and QPCR (ABI), protein extraction, 1&2-D gel blotting and densitometric analysis (BioRad). We have a histology lab for ISH and immunohistochemistry and a cell culture lab with laminar flow hoods and incubators.

2. Advanced microscopy laboratory incl. confocal: (i) two Leica UV DIC digital photomiscroscope with video facility; (ii) high level Leica UV stereo microscope with micromanipulators and microinjection (Eppendorf); (iii) a top of the range tri-laser Leica broadband confocal scanning laser microscope

Marine facilities:

  • R/V Skagerrak: 39 m vessel, with access to all research equipments, and technical support from vessel crew.
  • Smaller vessel: 12 m R/V Oscar von Sydow with access to all research equipments and technical support from vessel crew.

Marine models: The unique and high level of organismal diversity available at the Lovén Centre includes many current and emerging marine model organisms, for example Ciona intestinalis, Balanus improvisus, Skeletonema marinoi and Myxine glutinosa.

For a list of marine organisms found in the North East Atlantic go to: A list of the species that, so far, can be maintained and spawned at the Lovén centre is found here.

Application form here.


University of Gothenburg
The Sven Lovén Centre for Marine Sciences
Kristineberg 566
450 34 Fiskebäckskil
Phone: +46 31 - 7869500

Web site:

Contact person: Niklas Andersson (