STSM applications are evaluated by STSM committee, which is composed of 5 members:

– Marija Kataržytė (Lithuania) (coordinator)
– SusanaP. Gaudêncio (Portugal)
– Olivier Thomas (Ireland)
– Christine Edwards (United Kingdom)
– Johan Robbens (Belgium)

Detailed information concerning approved STSMs is provided in the table below.
First Grant Period (01.11.2019 – 30.04.2020)
Grantee Title Location Duration Report

Joana Sousa,


Biotechnological Potential of Marine-derived Actinomycetes from Estremadura Spur Geomar Research Unit Marine Natural Product Chemistry / Geomar Centre For Marine Biotechnology, Kiel, Germany 01.02.2020 – 17.03.2020 STSM report

Donata Overlinge


Potential biotechnological exploitation of secondary metabolites produced by cyanobacteria Division Of Marine Biotechnology, University Of Gdansk, Gdynia, Poland 17.02.2020 – 06.03.2020 STSM report
Second Grant Period (01.05.2020 – 31.10.2021)
Grantee Title Location


Ana Rotter,


From in-depth uncovery of Mediterranean biodiversity and species relation to sustainability planning of Ocean4Biotech Cyprus University Of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus 10.07.2020 – 31.07.2020 STSM report

Federica Montesanto,


ASCidiacea bioprospection: Collection, identification and cHEMical PROfiling of non-investigated species of the Mediterranean Sea (ASChem-PRO) National And Kapodistrian University Of Athens -Section Of Pharmacognosy And Chemistry Of Natural Products, Department O, Athens, Greece 03.08.2020 – 31.10.2020 STSM report

Nathália Nocchi,


Biotechnological study of the chemical diversity of dinoflagellates Faculty Of Sciences And Technology Nova University Of Lisbon, Lisbon, Portugal 01.09.2020 – 31.10.2020 STSM report

Sara García Davis,


Phylogenetic diversity of culturable marine actinomycetes as source of bioactive compounds Universidade Nova De Lisboa, Lisboa, Portugal 01.09.2020 – 31.10.2020 STSM report

 Jan Ulčar,


Biotechnological studies of jellyfish and actinomycetes collected off Tagus River Ucibio, Fct Nova, Caparica, Portugal 12.07.2021 -31.07.2021 STSM report

Ana Rotter,


Advancement in scientific, networking and sustainability opportunites in Ocean4Biotech Cyprus University Of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus 25.07.2021 – 01.08.2021 STSM report

Baruch Rinkevich,


Metabolomics to exploite medium condition impacts on metabolite expressions in thraustochytrids Comprehensive Pneumology Center, Munich, Germany 13.08.2021 – 21.08.2021 STSM report

Inês Grilo,


Ecotoxicity evaluation of new antibiofouling meroterpenoids Department Of Chemical Engineering | Cyprus University Of Technology, Limassol, Cyprus 19.08.2021 – 19.09.2021 STSM report

Jokūbas Krutkevičius,


Screening Marine Fungi and Yeast for Polyurethane Degrading Activity Università Degli Studi Di Torino, Torino, Italy 30.08.2021 – 10.09.2021 STSM report

Orhan Tufan Eroldogan,


Incorporation of nanomaterials into marine-based feed ingredient Biology Centre Czech Academy Of Sciences, Ceske, Czech Republic 02.10.2021 – 09.10.2021 STSM report

Jan Ulčar,


Preliminary experiments on magnetizing Rhizostoma pulmo mucus Biology Centre Czech Academy Of Sciences, Ceske , Czech Republic 03.10.2021- 10.10.2021 STSM report

Andreas Christou,


Deciphering Posidonia oceanica bacterial community to advance biodiscovery in the Levantine basin Hellenic Centre For Marine Research, Heraklion , Greece 04.10.2021 – 08.10.2021 STSM report

Ernesta Grigalionyte-Bembič,


Collection of best practice examples and data analysis needed for preparation of policy brief  Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania 04.10.2021 – 15.10.2021 STSM report

Romy Gielings,


Next-generation sequencing of meiofauna from Cyprus‘ sandy beaches and build-up of a reference database for future bioprospecting Cyprus University Of Technology, Limassol , Cyprus 05.10.2021 – 15.10.2021 STSM report

Gabor Varbiro,


Environmental filtering and limitings similarity theories in Ocean environmental studies Department Of Chemical Engineering | Cyprus University Of Technology, Limassol , Cyprus 10.10.2021 – 15.10.2021 STSM report
Third Grant Period (01.11.2021 – 31.10.2022)
Grantee Title Location



Azza Silotry Naik,


To investigate the chemical stability of microalgal proteins to be used as functional ingredients University of Copenhagen, Denmark 31.07.2022 – 16.08.2022 STSM report

Despoina Varamogianni-Mamatsi,


Comparative chemical profiling of extracts from cultivated and wild sponges NOVA University of Lisbon, Portugal 29.08.2022 – 15.09.2022 STSM report
Eleni Christoforou, Cyprus

Biodiscovery of coastal meiofaunal species of Cyprus


Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Netherlands 21.08.2022-11.09.2022 STSM report

Frans Kokojka,


Investigating the interaction of marine biotoxins and potential therapeutics with phagocytes


Instituto de Productos Naturales y Agrobiología, IPNA, CSIC, Spain 24.09.2022 – 15.09.2022 STSM report

Justinas Babinskas,


Improvement and Testing of High-throughput Screening Protocol for Laccase Activity


Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, University of Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina 22.08.2022 – 09.09.2022 STSM report
Fourth Grant Period (01.11.2022 – 31.10.2023)
Grantee Title Location Duration  Report 

Nika Janez


Spatial structure of complex biofilms and their eradication by lectins from natural resources Water Research Institute, IRSA-CNR  09.09.2023 – 30.09.2023  STSM report 

Eylem Atak


Cultivation of dunaliella salina in bubble column photobioreactor and pigment extraction University of Valladolid
 21.08.2023 – 31.08.2023  STSM report 

Salim Kichouh Aiadi


RNA Extraction for further study of a dinoflagellate microalga transcriptome

Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn
 14.09.2023 – 29.09.2023  STSM report 
Ivana Cabarkapa

Antioxidant and antibacterial potential of Ulva spp.from Adriatic Sea

 Institute of Marine Biology, University of Montenegro  27.08.2023 – 07.09.2023  STSM report 
Baruch Rinkevich

Thraustochitrids as new sources for valuable compounds: isolation and characterization

Helmholtz Zentrum München, Regenerative Biology and Medicine Institute
 15.08.2023 – 25.08.2023  STSM report 
Belma Konuklugil

Search for active principles in marine fungi

University of the Basque Country
 02.09.2023 – 09.09.2023  STSM report 
Zrinka Ljubesic

Optimisation of sampling protocols

National Institute of Biology, Marine Biology Station Piran
 18.09.2023 – 24.09.2023  STSM report 
Slađana Rakita

Safety and nutritive value of Ulva spp. from the Adriatic sea

Institute of Marine Biology, University of Montenegro
 27.08.2023 – 01.09.2023  STSM report 

Alexia Massa Gallucci


Finding hidden treasures in waste: valorisation of seagrass beach wrack Vilnius University
 12.09.2023 – 26.09.2023  STSM report 
Eylem Atak

Extraction of pigments and optimization of protocol for collagen extraction for cosmetics (using DES solvents)

University of Aveiro
 01.09.2023 – 29.09.2023  STSM report 

Edita Bjelić

Bosnia and Herzegovina

Valorization of microalgae biomass as a source of bioactive compounds

National Institute of Chemistry
 24.08.2023 – 10.09.2023  STSM report 

Ernesta Grigalionyte Bembič


Sustainability in the field of marine biotechnologies Marine Research Institute
 31.07.-2023 – 23.08.2023  STSM report 
Bojan Hlastec

Perspectives on the position of women in blue economy, including marine biotechnology

Fundación MEDINA
 04.09.2023 – 10.09.2023  STSM report 
Belma Kalamujić Stroil
Bosnia and Herzegovina

Possibilities for establishing the Open Blue Biotech Platform in the Balkans

Institute of Marine Biology
 27.08.2023 – 02.09.2023  STSM report 
Rafael Picazo Espinosa

Biodiscovery of microorganisms related to hydrocarbon degradation from the Baltic Sea environment

CIIMAR Universidade de Porto
 04.09.2023 – 30.09.2023  STSM report 

Mariana Martins


Novel chemistry from a seaweed-associated Actinomycetota

Fundación MEDINA  08.09.2023 – 30.09.2023  STSM report 
Cigdem Dikel

PhD candidate

National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
 10.09.2023 – 30.09.2023  STSM report 
Fourth Grant Period (01.11.2023 – 28.04.2024)
Efstratios Roussos Semi-quantitative histological analysis on liver and intestine tissues of Gilthead seabream fed with Tenebrio molitor larvae. Nord University 14.04.2024 – 28.04.2024 STSM report
Eirini Kagiampaki 

Dereplication of Marine Sponge Extracts

Fundación MEDINA  13.04.2024-27.04.2024  STSM report
Imen Hmani

Establishment of cold-water Ulva associated bacteria collection

Norwegian Maritime Competence Centre  17.04.2024-28.04.2024  STSM report
Nada Ćujić Nikolić 

Exploring the Bioactive Potential of Adriatic Seaweed: Microencapsulated Powders with Preserved chemical and Thermal Stability

Institute for Marine Biology   12.04.2024-25.04.2024  STSM report