Former Military Facility on Lošinj Island Becomes Marine Science Centre

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The centre will develop educational and scientific programmes.

The government has recently decided to award a former military facility to the town of Mali Lošinj, which was the final barrier which prevented the opening of the new Maritime Science Center of the Blue World Institute, reports on December 20, 2017.

The facility has been neglected for years. Although tourism investors used to be interested in it a while back, among them the local Jadranka tourist group from Lošinj, the plans were never implemented.

“The Maritime Science Center is a project which combines interdisciplinary science, scientific culture and education with a view to promoting sustainable development and involving the community in a dialogue about the conservation of natural heritage and the environment. It will also serve to improve the quality of life of citizens and promote scientific innovation and support economic development, in particular through the creation of quality tourist offer and providing support for the development of tourism,” said Mali Lošinj officials.

The town will be a partner in the project with the Blue World Institute. The goal is to establish a regional excellence centre which will provide opportunities for scientific activities and the advancement of students and researchers from across the Adriatic and Mediterranean regions.

The Blue World Institute established the Lošinj Maritime Education Center (LMEC) in Veli Lošinj in 2003 – the first centre of its kind on the eastern Adriatic coast. However, the Center is currently located in an old building which is not suitable for such a purpose. Moreover, the lack of space has become a significant limiting factor in terms of the growth in the number of employees, volunteers and students, as well as the activities carried out.

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