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The Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn – national public research institute belonging to the Ministero dell’Università e della Ricerca - will be celebrating in 2022 its 150th anniversary of its foundation. The Stazione Zoologica is the oldest marine research institute in the world, as well as the oldest Italian research institute, a unique heritage of knowledge, shining with Italian competence and research in the world.

The Stazione Zoologica Anton Dohrn was founded in Napoli in 1872 through the vision of the German scientist Anton Dohrn, inspired by Charles Darwin to show scientific evidences of the evolutionary theory. More than 20 Nobel laureates have worked and studied in its halls since the foundation, providing the institute with an international reputation.

Here, Italian and foreign researchers collaborate to develop excellence in research for the present and future of the sea. THe SZN has recently been included among the 10 best institutios in the world in the field of Marine Biology. This is a great acknowledgment for the whole Italian research estabilishment, that has in the marine sector one of its strong points, able to rival with the most prestigious international institutions in the USA, France, Germany, and Australia.

And given the relevance that seas and oceans for the whole humanity, United Nations dedicated the next decade, 2021-2030, to Ocean Research for a susteinable development. Just think about the importance of fishing, or renewable energy sources such as the wind, waves, currents, and offshore solar power, that require researches to make them fully eco-compatible.

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