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The Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (German: Alfred-Wegener- Institut, Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar- und Meeresforschung) is located in Bremerhaven, Germany, and a member of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres. It conducts research in the Arctic, in the Antarctic and in the high and mid latitude oceans. Additional research topics are: North Sea research, marine biological monitoring and technical marine developments. The institute was founded in 1980 and is named after meteorologist, climatologist and geologist Alfred Wegener.


The institute has three major departments:


· Climate System Department, which studies oceans, ice and atmosphere as physical and chemical systems.

·  Biosciences Department, which studies the biological processes in marine and coastal ecosystems.

·  Geoscientific Department, which studies climate development, especially as revealed by sediments.

NESNE is a high-tech, private R&D Company based in Turkey.

Nesne has generally concentrated its efforts on designs and development of; industrial electronics, sensor technologies, hardware and software development for embedded systems, military products & systems, underwater technologies (robotics), wireless communication systems, underwater communication systems, home appliances, being manufacturer and supplier of technical equipment for aquaculture industry, production control automation and related electronic / electro-mechanic products.

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Founded in 1998, Sofchem specialises in the prevention of biological deposits under and above water on metallic or other structures.

Sofchem is a leader in ionic water treatment systems in Europe and Canada and has been at the forefront of water technology for over 15 years. The mission of Sofchem is to develop innovative and ecologically friendly techniques to prevent biological and mineral surface contamination. Main customers are French public sector, the pharmaceuticals industry, the oil industry -onshore and offshore- as well as national and international corporations. For the last five years, Sofchem has been focussing on the design and engineering of ultrasonic systems for fouling prevention and algae control involving the extensive use of R&D programs.

Sofchem has strong manufacturing capabilities and offers a broad product range. One of Sofchem's strengths is the ability to provide reliable equipment suitable for highly demanding and rugged applications under extreme environments. Sofchem’s skills and experience offers the possibility

 to develop eco-friendly ultrasonic  antifouling solutions for the aquaculture industry to protect 

the fish nets from biofouling.

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