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Virtual mobility 

Short Term Scientific Missions (STSM) are exchange visits aimed at supporting individual mobility, strengthening existing networks and fostering collaboration between researchers.


An STSM specifically contributes to the scientific objectives of SEA-UNICORN, whilst allowing participants to learn new techniques, gain access to specific data, instruments or methods not available in their own institutions/organisations, and establishing/reinforcing collaboration between researchers.

Participating rules

STSMs must respect the following criteria:

  1. Applicants must be engaged in an official research program as a PhD student or postdoctoral fellow or may be employed by, or affiliated to, an institution or legal entity which has within its remit a clear association with performing research.

  2. Minimum duration of 5 days and maximum duration of 90 days.

The first STSMs call is open until 15 April 2021 for STSMs to take place between 15 May 2021 and 31 August 2021.

  • opening and closing dates for the original call for applications: 7 to 15 April 2021

  • final date for submission of applications on a rolling basis: 31 May 2021

  • earliest start day for STSMs: 15 May  2021

  • latest day for completing STSMs: 31 August  2021


Call for short term scientific missions (6 STSMs per GP)
Template – letter of support from host institution
Template – letter of support from home institution

Approved VMs

There are no approved STSMs as of yet.​


Patrick Keith (YRI)

Home institution

University of Essex (UK)

Host institution

Santander Oceanographic Institute (Spain)


4 weeks


How do latitude and depth impact predator-prey mass ratios and biological connectivity in the Southern Ocean.


Eitan Reem (YRI)

Home institution

Israel Oceanographic & Limnological Research (Israel)

Host institution

Marine Biological Association (UK)


2 weeks


Analyzing the connectivity among three different clades of the colonial ascidian Botryllus schlosseri.


STSM coordinator


Filip Volckaert 

KU Leuven

Leuven, Belgium

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