maris is a non-profit scientific and technological research organization with fully public capital, participated by INGV-National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology and the University of Messina. Its mission is divided into the following activities:

• development and management advanced monitoring systems, such as the detection of electromagnetic radiation, from the lowest frequencies of the spectrum (VLF) to the highest frequencies (Gamma region), detection by air, data acquisition and processing, mapping of areas contaminated with radionuclidical substances

• design and develop payload sensors for submarine robotics systems for military and civilian applications related to safety (S3MAG2, cobbled MARIS)

• monitor wave motion with the innovative OS-IS system, Ocean Seismic Integrated Solutions (cobbled MARIS), based on ground-based microseismic measurements

• apply multiparametric monitoring techniques aimed at coastal erosion and hydrogeological instability

• design and manage innovative technologies dedicated to the continuous monitoring of urban and industrial wastewater and to water reuse

• cooperate with other scientific and technological research facilities, as well as with industrial subjects in the field of nanotechnologies applied to the environment, with particular reference to graphene and its applications in the oil pollution and in the prospects of technological innovation on the desalination of marine waters .

MARIS is also active in technological innovation aimed at the safety of people and environmental heritage, cooperating with industrial companies that have consolidated their actions in specific sectors such as technology, metamaterials, environmental engineering for waste disposal with the their economic exploitation and the production of sustainable energy; fire prevention, technological research for the abatement and neutralization of fine particles. In the field of seismic risk prevention and anti-seismic building systems innovation, it is involved in the recent METACOMF-Metamaterials Composite Foundation system, for the dissipation of seismic energy at the building foundation level.

His background is based on the vast experience of study and research of INGV-Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, of which he is direct operative emanation for some highly specialized sectors, as well as of various Universities in Italy and abroad, with which has established relationships of active collaboration.

The innovative strategic research of MARIS is oriented towards the quality of the environment, the control of polluting sources in the biotic and abiotic components, the design and management of environmental rehabilitation interventions and in the mitigation of natural and anthropic risk, the technical-scientific support to Local authorities for the enhancement of coastal-marine systems, also in relation to changes in land use in the face of climate change. He coordinated the development of innovative technological systems in the urban and industrial wastewater treatment cycle, including water recovery.

Furthermore, MARIS carries out high profile multidisciplinary training activities in the energy-environmental field, with particular attention to the technical-management contents of the production of energy from renewable sources, favoring sustainable development processes characterized by efficiency and energy saving. Conducts exploratory investigations and measures, prepares feasibility studies for the energy recovery of biogas in urban solid waste landfills.

MARIS is also involved in the field of prevention and safety, through the development of integrated remote control systems, data acquisition, processing and interpretation, also with the use of advanced artificial intelligence techniques. In this direction it is committed to the preservation of the natural, architectural, monumental and artistic heritage with respect to CBRNe risks and terrorism. He took an active part in the National Exercise of Civil Defense (Ministry of the Interior, 2015) with the simulation of a serious terrorist attack using radioactive substances and consequent fall-out, using special detection techniques. In this specific field of nuclear risk, MARIS has promoted innovative proposals for the protection of monumental complexes and museums of international importance.

In relation to monitoring activities in the marine and coastal environment, MARIS is committed to the marine litter and to the protection of marine biodiversity, including through the design of recovery and treatment systems for polluting plastic materials dispersed at sea.


MARIS has patented and co-patented various instrumentation detection and special measures:

• System for monitoring bradyseism and subsidence phenomena

• System and Method for measuring wave motion from the ground - OS-IS

• Autonomous Underwater Vehicle for the magnetic signature of military ships - S3MAG.



University of Messina, September 14, 2018 - event "Spintronics and robotics at unime, innovation technology in hazard mitigation for the environment and security", with the presence of the Nobel Prize for physics prof. Albert Fert - maris research officially participates In the picture above, from the left the prof. Zeng, the prof. Fert, the Pro-Rector Vicar of the University of Messina, prof. Moschella, the prof. Finocchio, coordinator of the event and the prof. Zhang. In the photos below, in the center the President of MARIS Research dott. Massimo Chiappini with the Nobel Prize for Physics prof. Albert FERT, in the photo on the right the opening of the works.


The prof. Lucia Votano, former Director of the National Laboratories of the Gran Sasso of the INFN-National Institute of Nuclear Physics, a member of the international team of scientists of the JUNO Project (China), was welcomed into the MARIS Scientific Committee. The JUNO-Jiangmen Underground Neutrino Observatory Project is proceeding with the construction of a gigantic liquid scintillator neutrino detector. Specifically, JUNO will investigate the question of the "neutrino mass hierarchy", ie the order in which the masses of the three types of neutrino are arranged and will be, together with HYPER-KAMIOKANDE in Japan and LBNF at FERMILAB, one of the three large experiments with giant neutrino sensors, artificially produced in reactors or with accelerators, which will be built in the coming years. In addition to China and Italy, JUNO also collaborates with the USA, Russia, Germany, France, Finland and the Czech Republic.

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