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Research on Microplastics, Marine Litter & Water Quality - Greece

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Archipelagos, Institute of Marine Conservation


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Research on Microplastics, Marine Litter & Water Quality - Greece

Archipelagos’ goal is to quantify the sources and main ecosystem impacts of microplastics and plastic debris in the Aegean Sea. Participants will assist with ongoing research, including:

  • Microplastic content in the digestive systems of commercially important local fish and invertebrates
  • Microplastics in the seas’ surface water and water column by collecting samples through boat and kayak surveys using manta and plankton nets
  • Microplastics in freshwater samples (e.g. rivers, streams, wetlands and underground water bodies)
  • Microplastic content in the digestive systems of stranded marine animals (e.g. dolphins, sea turtles, monk seals)
  • Sediment core sampling of various substrates (e.g. wetlands, seabeds, sand)
  • Coastal marine litter monitoring during daily/weekly surveys on targeted beaches around the Aegean Islands.
  • Floating marine litter monitoring by boat-based and ferry-based surveys.
  • Analysis of water quality in drinking and bathing waters on various islands of the Aegean Sea

These projects provide fieldwork and hands-on research opportunities for undergraduate and postgraduate students and for other early career researchers looking to gain field-research experience. Participants have the opportunity to collect data, thus producing a thesis and various scientific publications (you can view Archipelagos researchers' scientific publications that interns contributed to, here). This positions provides skills and expertise valuable for a professional career in marine conservation and environmental management.

Applicants have the opportunity to conduct independent research projects, for university credit or for a thesis/dissertation.

Applicant profile

This program is available to applicants who have completed at least one year of college or university studies in marine, environmental, geographical and/or related sciences.

Applicants must be able to work both independently and as part of a dynamic, multi-cultural, multidisciplinary team.


Additional Information

Duration normally ranges between 3 - 12 months, although shorter or longer periods may be arranged to cover the needs of groups or individuals.

Archipelagos’ research bases and stations are in the Eastern Aegean Sea, on the islands of Samos and Lipsi as well as onboard the research vessels. Often move between research bases and boats depending on where the surveys will take place.

As a non-profit research institute, the positions we offer are unpaid. This educational/research experience requires a monthly fee of 650 euro to cover living expenses, the cost of training, use of research equipment and travelling with the research vessels, use of the office facilities, as well as insurance. For less than 3 months in duration the participation fees are raised to 780 euro per month.

Students and recent graduates and researchers are advised to search for possible funding through their universities, by getting in touch with the International Office/ Placement/ Erasmus+ Offices at their Universities or other relevant grant providing organizations in their region.

To apply, please send your motivation letter, your CV, a copy of your resume, cover letter and one reference letter (if available) to admissions@archipelago.gr


Archipelagos’ goal is to quantify the sources and main ecosystem impacts of microplastics and plastic debris in the Aegean Sea. Participants will assist with ongoing research, including:

  • Microplastic content in the digestive systems of…

Details at a glance

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Location

Pythagoreio, GR

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