Traversing European Coastlines

An expedition to study coastal ecosystems and their response to the environment, from molecules to communities

European Network

TREC builds on the resources, infrastructure, knowledge, and expertise provided by EMBL together with an expanding network of European partner institutions. The multinational core partners are:

  • European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) – coordinates the expedition and provides a mobile laboratory on the land for the collection, processing, and storage of samples. 
  • Tara Ocean Foundation and Tara Oceans Consortium – provide the Tara schooner and survey ocean sampling and metadata collection. 
  • European Marine Biological Resource Centre (EMBRC-ERIC) – coordinates its marine stations as important scientific bases along the coast, and provides services and local expertise. 

In addition, the project relies on multifaceted cooperation with multiple national and local European partners and research institutes along the European coastline such as IfremerCNRS, Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn, and many others. TREC collaborators and partners provide crucial expertise and infrastructure for the expedition. Furthermore, they contribute “plug-in projects” that will enrich and complement the scientific output of the expedition. For more details check our Projects page.

The TREC project brings together molecular biologists, ecologists, oceanographers, data scientists, chemists, and engineers from across different nations, making this a truly collaborative, interdisciplinary, and comprehensive effort.


An EMBL-coordinated project that unites 31 institutes to address pressing global challenges on marine biodiversity.

Joining forces with TREC, BIOcean5D will generate data and knowledge to sustainably measure, understand, value, and predict biodiversity across marine ecosystems. The project aims to provide quantitative tools for marine biodiversity policy implementation.
The project is co-funded by the European Union, with Swiss and UK partners funded by Swiss and UK government, respectively.