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(MBS) -
National Institute of Biology (NIB)
Fornace 41
6330 Piran   SLOVENIA
Tel : + 386 (0)5 6712 900
Fax : +
386 (0)5 6712 902
Email :
Web Site :
Director : Dr Alenka Malej

Type of activities
research only academic, education
policy/planning envir. monitoring

The Station was initially oriented toward research on the local flora and fauna but gradually developed into a larger unit with more weight on work with ecological and pollution aspects. These days the MBS predominantly undertakes diverse interdisciplinary marine research.

Main sectors of research

see informations

Current major projects

see informations

Number of local permanent staff
scientists : 22 others : 8

Indoor surface area (m2) available for
research : 1,500  
2,500 in total

Conference room
no yes (number of seats : 95 )

Research vessel(s)
less than 12 m in length; number of vessels : 1
more than 12 m in length; number of vessels : 1
Brief description of vessels and on board scientific equipment :
a 12m long research vessel with a dry and wet lab and associated field equipment, and a 7m long working boat

Other major research facilities and equipment

see informations

a salt water laboratory aquarium with lab to sea interflow capability;
a diving base with workshop;
meeting room for 25 persons

Ecosystem types available nearby
intertidal flats, salinas, coastal lagoons, shallow coastal sea, seagrass meadows, estuarine ecosystem, muddy bottom

Areas of taxonomic expertise

Specimen collections
yes no
  Brief description :

Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
yes no
dormitory with 24 beds

Training courses
yes no

Capacity and brief description of library
1,500 scientific monographs and 60 specialized journals

Type of research institution
governmental, national governmental, local
international academic
private other:


CIESM Guide of Marine Research Institutes