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Associated partners are not official partners, but are institutions that collaborate with the enviroGRIDS project. If you think your institution could be entitled for associate partnership, please contact the coordinator of the project.

Center for Ecological-Noosphere Studies of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia (CENS)

Abovyan 68, Yerevan 0025, Republic of Armenia. https://www.ecocentre.am

CENS was founded in 1989 as a principal research organization engaged in fundamental and applied studies in the area of environmental protection.CENS has now a strong leadership in carrying out fundamental and applied studies in ecology and the health of the environment.
Multidisciplinary investigations performed in the CENS are oriented to the complex assessment of ecological state of territories and development of scientific-and-methodical fundamentals of ecological expertise and optimization of natural resource management processes. CENS includes a number of problem-oriented laboratories and research teams dealing with environmental geochemistry, biogeochemical cycles, biomonitoring, radioecology, bioenergy, landscapes and natural resources planning, geopathogenic zones, GIS and Remote Sensing technologies.

Of special interest in environmental research carried out by CENS are E-science tools, such as Geographic Information System and remote sensing, widely employed when managing ecological issues. Since 2009, CENS has been involved in the Armenian National Grid Initiative with the purpose of using the mechanisms and tools of data processing, visualizing and storage provided by the Grid infrastructure. Moreover, CENS have successfully carried R&D projects funded by NATO "Science for Peace" program, OSCE, UNESCO, CRDF, USAID, etc.

Research team

  • Dr. Shushanik Asmaryan
  • Dr. A. Saghatelyan
  • Dr. V. Muradyan

Link with enviroGRIDS

Close collaboration with enviroGRIDS will be especially useful in the context of our ongoing collaboration in the SCOPES project ARPEGEO (https://arpegeo.sci.am) in order to deploy a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for sharing environmental Data in Armenia and beyond.


Institute for Informatics and Automation Problems of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia (IIAP)

1 P. Sevak St, Yerevan, Republic of Armenia. https://iiap.sci.am/en

IIAP is the leading ICT research and technology development institute of the National Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Armenia. Since its establishment in 1957 IIAP is the only state supported structure for software, hardware and brainware technologies. IIAP has become the leading force in ambitious State programmes developing Information Society and Information Industry in Armenia. Historically IIAP is linked to the first computer designed and assembled in Armenia in 1960 at the famous Yerevan Scientific Research Institute for Mathematical Machines, whose research partner IIAP became.
Today the main fields of scientific and applied research include theory of algorithms; theory of automata and applications, mathematical logic; discrete mathematics and combinatorics; information theory and applied statistics; algebraic coding theory; artificial intelligence and management support systems; pattern recognition and image processing; distributed processing and data bases; scientific computations; design and testing; telecommunication and networking.
IIAP is responsible for the Academic Scientific Research Computer Network of Armenia (https://www.asnet.am) and Armenian National Grid Initiative (https://www.grid.am). IIAP has a history of successful international collaborative R&D projects and grants within the EU FP, ISTC, INTAS, CRDF, SNSF, etc.

Research team

  • Dr. Hrachya Astsatryan

Link with enviroGRIDS

Close collaboration with enviroGRIDS will be especially useful in the context of our ongoing collaboration in the SCOPES project ARPEGEO (https://arpegeo.sci.am) in order to deploy distributed processing capacities for environmental GEOspatial Data in Armenia.


P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology of the Russian Academy of Sciences (IO RAS) in Moscow

36, Nahimovski prospect, Moscow, Russia, 117997



  • Dr Tamara Shiganova e-mail: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
  • Academician, Professor Robert Nigmatulin

Role in the project

Collection of long-term data on biodiversity and invasive species of the Black Sea.

Current status

Participation of one expert in invasive species preliminary agreed  (without support from the project)


Southern Scientific Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences in Rostov-on-Don (SSC RAS)



  • Academician, Dr Gennady Matishov (Chairperson)
  • Dr Sergey Berdnikov (Scientific Secretary)

Role in the project

Long-term data on biodiversity and invasive species of the Azov Sea. Possible organization of invasive species monitoring in Don River (currently the river itself is not studied by any regional institution). Organisation of technical workshop on risk assessment, and regional conference on invasive species and biodiversity issues

Current Status

There is a general framework agreement on cooperation with SPSU; negotiations ongoing on possible involvement of one of experts from SSC RAS in collection of data and their delivery to enviroGRIDS database via SPSU (this expert can be half-time PhD student hired by SPSU, but this should be approved by administration of SSC RAS).



37 Pushkinska St., 65125, Odessa, Ukraine


The city of Odessa from olden times was known as a leading centre for marine studies. N.N. Miclucho-Mclay, the famous seafarer and anthropologist initiated the decision of the Novorossisk (Odessa) Society of Natural Scientists dating from 1871 to organize biological stations in Russia- the first, the Sevastopol Biological Station in Crimea.

The interest of studying the Black Sea and its resources especially on the northwestern shelf in the mid 1950s prompted the idea of establishing a marine scientific unit. At that time the Institute of Hydrobiology was conducting research in near coastal water bodies, limans and river deltas. Studies on the highly productive zones of the Ukrainian shelf under the influence of river runoff were required. Professor, Dr. K.A. Vinogradov (1902 1989) was invited to head the Odessa Biological Station (1954 1972) established on the basis of a marine laboratory of the Institute of Hydrobiology. It was the first academic establishment in Odessa. Its objective was the integrated study of the dynamics of the hydrobiological regime of the northwestern Black Sea in conditions after retrieving the Dnieper and Dniester runoff. Also this area is highly influenced by the Danube, one of the largest rivers in Europe.

In 1964 the three Ukrainian marine biological stations of Sevastopol, Odessa and Karadag carrying out studies in the Black Sea were joined in the A.O.Kovalevsky Institute of Biology of the Southern Seas. Having been transformed into the Odessa Branch A.O. Kovalevsky Institute of Biology of the Southern Sea (OBIBSS), the former Odessa Biological Station continued to develop and expand its studies in the northwestern Black Sea as a completely independent legal entity from the IBSS parent institute in Sevastopol with the juridical rights to determine its own scientific policy, to form its budget and fulfill all kinds of financial operations.

From the five researchers working there in 1954, today it has a staff of 118, including 73 research associates (1 academician, 8 DSc and 22 PhD). In 1961 a marine research vessel Michlucho-Maclay was procured for scientific expedition work which furrowed the Black, Azov, Caspian and Mediterranean seas for more than 30 years until 1989 having performed 143 expeditions. Today, a small diving boat “Sprut” is used as a research vessel for scientific studies in near coastal waters.

Major areas of the OBIBSS activities

Since its foundation OBIBSS has been conducting long term studies of man-made changes of aquatic ecosystems on the northwestern shelf and coastal water bodies. The study areas are highly productive shelf zones of river runoff of the Danube, Dnieper and Dniester rivers entering the Northwestern Black Sea (NWBS). Man-made eutrophication has had the greatest impact on ecology, biodiversity and biology of marine organisms (microflora, meiobenthos, phytoplankton, zooplankton, macrophytobenthos, macrozoobenthos). Some populations and whole communities may serve as ecological indicators of sea water quality. Studies include also: modeling of water dynamics, the spread of alien species, and assessment of man made impact on water quality, hydrobiological amelioration of sea waters, mariculture and biotechnology of processing of sea products.

Areas of specialty

marine biology and ecology, marine fungi, microbiology, phytoplankton, zooplankton, meiobenthos, benthos, fish parasites, algae, eutrophication, plankton blooms, mollusks, crustaceans, marine physiology and biochemistry, toxicology, productivity, monitoring, pollution, physical oceanography, water masses and circulation, currents, air-sea interaction, nutrients, heavy metals, organics (petroleum hydro carbons), marine biota, marine sediments and waters, suspended matter.

Key implemented international projects:

COPERNICUS, European River-Ocean Project (EROS-2000, EROS 2001), BSERP, GLOBALLAST, NATURA /2000, NATO Science for Peace, NEAR, TACIS project in monitoring in near Danube water bodies, GEF WB project on Conservation of biodiversity in the Danube Delta, ALARM.

Project team

  • Professor, Dr. Boris Alexandrov is director of OBIBSS
  • Dr. Yuriy Kvach, Senior Research Associate graduated in biology from Odessa I.I. Mechnikov State University in 1999
  • Dr.Mikhail Son Research Associate graduated in biology from Odessa I.I.Mechnikov(now) National University in 2004

Role in the project

Data base information has been received for more than a 30 year period so that the survey of marine communities according to a number of parameters can be established in the most impacted areas as compared to earlier historical records for the purpose of protecting and conserving species, habitats, ecosystems or ecological processes. Recommendations will be provided on the organization of monitoring, the assessment of the state and on prognosis of changes in aquatic NWBS ecosystems all of which will serve as an input to the EnviroGRIDS project.

As an associated partner the expected outcome will expand networking and develop common views of participating expert scientists, and more interactive access to data.

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