Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences - Eilat

Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences - Eilat

The Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences (IUI), situated near Eilat in the Gulf of Eilat/Aqaba, has been in operation since 1968, and is a national facility shared by all universities in Israel.

The Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat (IUI) evolved from the H. Steinitz Marine Biology Laboratory established by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (HUJ) in 1968. Due to the wide scope and heterogeneity of scientific disciplines, it was transformed into a national facility operated by the HUJ and is the only interuniversity research and teaching facility in Israel. Its mission is to provide Israeli and foreign universities with research and teaching capabilities in marine biology and oceanography. The IUI has six resident scientists, over 30 non-resident scientists, and support is provided by about 30 technical and administrative staff.

Research themes: The IUI has strong expertise in coral reef biology, phytoplankton ecology, biogeochemistry and microbiology and impressive databases have been acquired over the years. A tropical coral reef begins at the IUI station beach and a deep oceanic water body can be reached from the Institute's 50-meter long pier within 10 minutes sailing.

Laboratories: Standard lab facilities, climate control rooms, molecular facilities for DNA, RNA and protein work, an array of fluorometery devices, PAM, FRRF, fluorometers with 77K fluorescence apparatus, C1 Nikon confocal, flow camera, EPI fluorescence microscopes, "wet" and "dry" laboratories, pools and tanks fed by sea water, video equpment, photographic dark room, meteorological station, and computer room. The IUI library has over 1000 books, printed and electronic journals, and an IT service.

Marine facilities: Diving and technical diving center and diving team, 2 small self-operated 8 meter boats, and a specially-tailored 16 m research vessel for deep sea work in the Gulf equipped with open sea oceanographic gear (CTD, Rosette, STD, fluorometers, ADCP's, MOCNESS system for plankton). Access to the research vessel includes all onboard research equipment and technical support from vessel crew.

Main marine model organisms: No marine model organisms but Stylophora pistillata is the most dominant and most researched coral.

Supervisory bodies: Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel Council for Higher Education.

Special partnership(s): The IUI is an interuniversity institute in Israel.


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Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat
P.O. Box 469
88103 Eilat
Phone:  +972 8-636-0111
Fax: +972 8-637-4329

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Contact person: Simon Berkowicz