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The institute

OGS, Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e Geofisica Sperimentale (National Institute of Oceanography and Experimental Geophysics) is an internationally oriented public research institution. This institution operates and develops its own mission in the European Research Area (ERA) and internationally, prioritizing the basic and applied research fields of:

  • Oceanography (under the Physical, Chemical and Biological aspects);
  • Geophysics and Marine Geology;
  • Experimental and Explorative Geophysics.

OGS applies its own expertise in Earth Sciences, and in Marine and Polar regions to contribute not only to the spreading and widening of the knowledge, but also to the practical solution of environmental, economical and social issues in line with the National Program of Research (PNR) and strategic objectives set by the EU, with particular referral to Horizon 2020.

Counting on its own vessel, the OGS Explora—an oceanographic research ship—and other strategic infrastructures of excellence, OGS works for the safeguarding and enhancement of the environmental and natural resources in order to evaluate and prevent geological, environmental and climatic risks, with the aim of spreading scientific culture and knowledge. All these efforts are also made in collaboration with analogous European and international institutions, with private high-tech industries and qualified enterprises.

The aim is to ease the transfer of the results of the research from the scientific world to that of production and thus contribute to the technological and socio-economic development of the Country.

The aim of the Institute therefore is to play an ever more important role, a leading role, in the Italian and international research fields, by favoring the synergies with the other institutions of research and have positive repercussions in the territory in a “globalocal” logic: operating in accordance with the international dynamics, and assuring the acquisition and exchange of knowledge and the most advanced technologies, on a global level, and at the same time having a positive impact on the local territories.