The National Institute of Oceanography and Applied Geophysics - OGS is a public research Institute funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (MIUR), which acts internationally in the fields of Earth and Marine Sciences, Oceanography, Geophysics and Seismology.
 The Institute aims at safeguarding and enhancing the environmental and natural resources and focuses its efforts on evaluating and preventing geological, environmental and climatic risks, and spreading the scientific culture and knowledge. OGS has four premises located in the Friuli Venezia Giulia Region (North-Eastern Italy) and it is structured under four main Departments:

  • Oceanography - OCE;
  • Geophysics - GEO;
  • Seismological Research - CRS;
  • Research Infrastructures - IRI.

With its strategic infrastructures of excellence (such as the oceanographic research vessel OGS Explora), OGS makes its own expertise available for research related to environment and climate, biodiversity and ecosystem functioning and to the study of seismicity, hydrodynamic and geodynamic phenomena having an impact on both environment and population.

OGS main themes of research activity:

  • Environment and climate (i.e. ecological modelling and polar research);
  • Biodiversity and ecosystem functionality (i.e. oceanography and marine geophysics and biology);
  • Earthquakes and natural hazards (i.e. marine geohazards and seismology);
  • Natural Resources (i.e. gas hydrates);
  • Energy Resources.

Geographical priorities:

  • Mediterranean Region and Black Sea Countries;
  • Balkan Region;
  • Polar Areas;
  • Central and South America.

In July 2013, OGS has been acknowledged by the European Commission for its commitment towards the implementation of the principles of the European Charter for Researchers and the Code of Conduct for the Recruitment of Researchers through the ‘HR Excellence in Research’ logo.

Other facts and figures: 

Project Funding:

FP7, Horizon 2020, other international projects, territorial cooperation (2014-2016): At the moment OGS is involved in 58 projects, which extend from European initiative (VII Framework Programme, Horizon 2020, European Territorial Cooperation, announcements financed by various EU General Directives) to the national field (Bandiera Projects, Premiali Projects, Research Infrastructures Projects and National Research Plan in the Antarctica).

Personnel (2017):

  • Technical/Admin: 97
  • Researchers: 192

N° EU Projects (2014-2017): 

  • FP7: 16
  • Horizon 2020: 13
  • Other international projects: 14

N° National Projects (2014-2017):

  • MIUR: 11
  • MAE: 7
  • Other national projects: 29
  • MIUR research infrastructures: 3
  • PNRA: 19

Research Outputs (2017):

  • N° of scientific production: 144
  • N° of patents: 8

N° of scientific meetings&public events (2017): more than 60


The headquarter, located at Borgo Grotta Gigante in municipality of Sgonico (TS), hosts the offices of the Presidency, the Administrative and Technical Departments and the four Scientific Departments.

The biochemistry and biology labs of the Oceanography Department are adjacent to the sea at Santa Croce (TS), while at the Miramare Campus are hosted the modelling and High Performance Computing labs of the Oceanography Department.

The Department of Seismological Research is located in Udine.

The management of the research and database infrastructures strongly characterise the Institute, not only for the research vessel OGS Explora, the research airplane and the various laboratories, but also thanks to the European recognition of two infrastructures: EuroArgo for ocean observation and Eccsel for research on the capture and geological storage of CO2.  

With its strategic infrastructures of excellence OGS makes its own expertise available for research related to environment and climate, biodiversity and ecosystem functionality and to the study of seismicity, hydrodynamic and geodynamic phenomena having an impact on both environment and population.

Fellowships, PhD Courses, Master, Summer School, etc.: 

Valorisation of human capital, career development, knowledge transfer, as well as international and intersectoral mobility represent the main crosscutting priorities of OGS. The Institute is promoting the training and mobility of researchers, both Italians as well as foreigners and at different stages in their career, through training networks, visits, fellowships and research grants.

Complying with the most recent EU strategies and exploiting different funding schemes and international programmes (i.e. Marie Skłodowska-Curie and COST actions), the Institute hosts foreign researchers and fellows.  

OGS co-fund and promote doctoral courses in collaboration with Italian and foreign universities. The Institute is organising an Advanced Training School and an Advanced Master on Sustainable Blue Growth which focus on strengthening professional skills and enhancing competencies in fields related to the blue economy (marine and maritime sectors) with particular attention to international cooperation, dialogue and science diplomacy.

Information for international students: 

With its strong international vocation, OGS aims at hosting talented students, as well as top level researchers from all over the world. 

The Institute is particularly interested in fostering international relations and in making the settling of international visitors easier, providing assistance with administrative issues.

OGS provides visiting scientists, researchers and students with incoming services. Our staff facilitates the integration of the newcomers from other countries by giving practical information on entry and residence procedures, health insurance, accommodation, Italian taxation and social security system, daily life, tax identification number and much more.

These services are offered in collaboration with the Welcome Office Friuli Venezia Giulia, jointly developed with SiS (the Scientific and Innovation System of Friuli Venezia Giulia) and the academic institutions and research centres of the region.

International Partnerships: 

OGS has a strong vocation, strengthened throughout the years, for developing skills and international partnerships; on this basis, the Institute has launched a strategy that is based on the concept of knowledge exchange and where capacity building plays a prominent role. It is worth pointing out that the Institute is member of a well-recognized networking characterised by a very high concentration of international institutions and universities, and this contributes to the creation of an extremely dynamic working environment, favourable to the attraction and circulation of talents, stimulating networks of partnerships and international projects.

As a matter of fact, OGS actively participates in various research networks, associations and consortia. The list is significant for the quality and international reputation the majority of the bodies enjoy.

Moreover, OGS’s highly multidisciplinary approach to environmental studies gives the opportunity to work in an extremely active and advanced research field, which enables the transfer of scientific results from the research world to the productive sector and thus, contributing to the technological and socio-economic development.

Contacts and Social Media/Network: 

President: prof.ssa Maria Cristina Pedicchio

Director: dott.ssa Paola Del Negro

Borgo Grotta Gigante 42/C - 34010 Sgonico (TS)

Tel. +39 040 21401

Fax +39 040 327307



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