Centro de Ciências do Mar (CCMAR)

Centro de Ciências do Mar (CCMAR)

Research Infrastructure affiliation: EMBRC

Location: Faro, Portugal

Website address: ccmar.ualg.pt

Local Access Officer: Ana Margarida Amaral (amamaral@ualg.pt)



The Centre of Marine Sciences (CCMAR, Faro, Portugal) is a non-profit research organization with the mission to promote research and education on processes in the marine environment, with emphasis on biological interactions and the sustainable use of resources. Research on bioresources includes, among others, aquaculture (nutrition, reproduction, growth and development, epigenetics, new species and models), fisheries and conservation (fishing gear, habitat mapping and restoration, marine protected areas, monitoring, genetics and evolution, chemical ecology), biotechnology (bioactive compounds, biofuels, recombinant protein,  marine based compounds and drugs, environmental technologies), oceanography and climate change (reconstruction of paleo-environments, ocean acidification, abiotic stress-driven evolution, speciation).


CCMAR main laboratory facilities are located at the Gambelas Campus of the University of Algarve. Specialized research service platforms are available for discovery of bioactive compounds, imaging and “omics”. Aquaria for marine organism maintenance and experimentation are offered at the marine station, 5 km from Campus. Research boats equipped with basic oceanographic equipment, supported by diving allows access to biological resources in the southern Portuguese estuaries and coast, some areas classified or with protected status.


CCMAR offer scientific services to internal and external users coordinated by a Liaison Officer, with support from scientific, technical and administrative staff: 1) Access to ecosystems: intertidal and subtidal, estuaries, coastal lagoon and oceanic, by foot and boats, with diving support; 2) Biological resources: a range of aquaculture fish species can be provided, such as sole (Sole senegalensis), seabream (Sparus aurata), seabass (Dicentrachus labrax), and other model species such as cuttlefish (Sepia officinalis), seahorses (Hippocampus guttulatus), zebrafish (Danio rerio) and Mozambique tilapia (Oreochromis mossambicus); 3) Aquaria and tanks at Ramalhete Marine Station: ranging from 50 L to 9 m3 flow-through seawater, and mesocosm of 100L tanks (24) to simulate oceanic acidification scenarios; 4) Labs and research services platforms: electrophysiology (extracellular and patch-clamp), fish and mammalian cell culture (animal cell-based assays, protein assays, quality control of raw materials and products and assay development for bioactive compound discovery), analytical chemistry services (LC-MS and GC-MS, Segmented Flow Analyzers, atomic emission spectrometry); genomics and proteomics services (sequencing, qPCR, Typhoon Trio); protein structural and functional characterization (cloning, expression, and purification of recombinant proteins,   structural elucidation  and  functional characterization, in vitro cell assays); cell imaging (e.g., confocal microscope, Delta Vision, fluorescence stereomicroscope); bioinformatics (gyra.ualg.pt).

Support offered

Visitors will be provided with office and laboratory space and have full independence and will receive, as required, logistical (reception, integration into infrastructure through Liaison Officer), technical (labs and platforms dedicated technical staff), or scientific (if in-house expertise is required) support. Accommodation if requested can be booked by CCMAR in local hotels. To access more distant coastal ecosystems /facilities visitors may need to rent a car. Visitor´s will have access to general services, including Internet access, documentation and communication support. There is a weekly seminar programme and visitors will be invited to give a 20 min seminar about their research and purpose of the visit.


Reimbursement procedures

Download here the guide for reimbursement procedures for travel and subsistence in place at CCMAR.
Reimbursement procedures will be specified in the User Access Contract. National and institutional rules apply. 
Please contact dr. Ana Margarida Amaral (amamaral@ualg.pt) for further info.