Interview of Prof. Palleschi, coordinator of the EU project "SMS"
The project will try to help protect the marine environment while helping industry to make the best use of it (Blue Growth Strategy). How do you balance the (perhaps) conflicting demands of these sectors on the project?
Three SMEs involved in the project are making devices (Microbia, France), instruments and prototypes (Systea, Italy and Acromed, Sweden) to improve the existing instrumentation to monitor emerging marine pollutants in all oceans, including the coastal areas. So in my opinion there is not a conflicting demand because both research groups and SMEs involved in the project are working to solve the same problems. As marine pollution increases, thanks to the use of novel biosensing technologies, SMEs are helping the “sensorists" to make their devices working in complex matrices, and in real time.
Read the full interview here