The stations at Kristineberg and Tjärnö are two of Europe’s most modern marine laboratories, with unique possibilities to conduct advanced experimental work. Both stations have a well-developed running sea-water system, scientific laboratories of high international standard, high-tech instrumentation as well as accommodation and a restaurant. The Lovén Centre’s research vessels and remotely operated vehicles enable to study and collect material from the deepest parts of the Swedish waters. A number of researchers active in marine sciences are working at the station, in fields such as marine biology, marine chemistry, oceanography and marine geology.
The research stations have a large number of laboratories supplied with water from the surface and sea bottom drawn directly from the Gullmar fjord respectively the Koster fjord. In many of them, both air and water temperatures can be controlled along with light levels. Outdoor experimental facilities consist of a greenhouse and installations for what is known as open-tank experimentation ("ecotrons") with access to a running supply of both surface and deep water from the fjords.
Experienced technical and administrative personnel are at hand to offer help and advice. The workshop personnel are able to help both with new construction and repair of the equipment. The boat crews will gladly share their experience of collecting marine material, and how heavy and delicate testing equipment should be handled.