Estonian Marine Institute, University of Tartu, Estonia (UT-EMI)


Legal entity of the Estonian Marine Institute (EMI) is University of Tartu. It was established in 1632. Predecessors of EMI can be dated back to 1936. After several mergers and splits in last 25 years the institute joined the University of Tartu in 2001. EMI is the biggest marine research organization in Estonia and contributes to research in several marine study fields from fisheries and marine biology to chemistry, physics, ecology, and remote sensing. EMI is responsible for the marine part of national monitoring program and is a study base for postgraduate students in different fields of marine science.  


The right to equal protection of the law is regulated in the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia. In addition to the Constitution, the two main legal acts which address equal treatment are the Gender Equality Act and Equal Treatment Act. The purpose of Gender Equality Act is to ensure equal treatment of men and women as provided for in the Constitution of the Republic of Estonia and to promote equality of men and women as a fundamental human right and for the public good in all areas of social life. To raise awareness about equal treatment, ensure that employees and students are protected against discrimination and to promote equality, the Human Resources Office and the Office of Academic Affairs of University of Tartu have compiled guidelines for equal treatment.


UT-EMI is the leader of the work package on work and family (WP2). WP2 includes tasks like family-friendly strategies (Task 2.1.); critical career moments (Task 2.2.); and developing gender sensitive indicators on work and family through the collection, evaluation and standardization analysis of gender-related data (Task 2.3.).



Core Team  
Dr. Tiit Kutser is a lead researcher and a Head of Department of Remote Sensing and Marine Optics in Estonian Marine Institute. He has more than 20 years of experience in marine science and aquatic remote sensing including several years of work in different countries (Finland, Australia, Sweden). He has led several national and international projects as well as WPs in international projects. He is also representing Estonian Government in an intergovernmental organization GEO (Group on Earth Observation).
Dr. Kaire Toming is a senior researcher in Remote Sensing and Marine Optics in Estonian Marine Institute and postdoc in Department of Ecology and Genetics of Uppsala University. Most of her studies has a greater or lesser extent, been associated with phytoplankton, primary productivity, organic matter, carbon cycle, ocean colour and remote sensing of aquatic ecosystems.


Gender Equality Implementation Team



Heads of each departments 

Four elected scientists