Role in ILLUMINATE Project : End User interior and exterior


Rotterdam Zoo  is a non-profit governmental public zoo as well as a research institute. The public aquarium ‘the Oceanium’ opened in 2001 and has so far attracted over 1,5 million visitors a year. This ‘water continent’ holds close to seven million litres of natural seawater. The principle aim of this vast aquarium project is to promote nature conservation and public awareness of the marine environment. Rotterdam Zoo is participating in several international conservation programmes of the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria (EAZA) such as EEP, ESB, SSP, and TAG programmes. The marine laboratory is co-ordinating three European wide programmes for the Fish and Aquatic Invertebrate Taxon Advisory Group (FAITAG), the Sygnathidae Animal Sustainability Program, and The Live Food Cultures, and the Marine Fish Breeding records since several years.

Rotterdam Zoo has a professional marine laboratory, a veterinary laboratory, a chemical laboratory, and a public laboratory employing several biologists, including two marine biologists, two veterinarians and several analysts. The marine laboratory is involved in research and development as well as educational and conservation programmes in the field of mariculture of marine organisms. Through the year there are also some 15 people from other research institutes (biologist, technicians, keeper, analysts, students (Msc., PhD.) working on various research projects in the marine laboratory.

Rotterdam Zoo plays an important role in the communication between the RTD performers and the SME core group in another EU-project of the Collective research programme, CORALZOO  (FP6-2003-SMR-2). On behalf of the EAZA, Rotterdam Zoo is responsible for the composition of SME-friendly user protocols, which will be based on both scientific results obtained by the RTD performers and on hands-on experience from the SME-partners.