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International relations

Over the years IUEM increased the number of collaborations on a global scale and currently occupies an important position in research and training in Marine Sciences, not only in France but around the world. IUEM has a very international outlook, giving priority to relations with countries like Brazil and Canada, whose influence is increasing in the scientific world. IUEM’s role as coordinator or participant in several major European and international research programmes has raised its international profile. Additionally, through the policy of one of its major stakeholders, the Institute of Research for Development (IRD), IUEM has become a partner in the ICEMASA joint laboratory in South Africa, together with the University of Cape Town. In Western Africa, it is participating in the organisation of a research programme on the ecology of the coastline stretching from Morocco to Senegal.

The service for international partnerships and relations (SRIP: link in French) of IUEM aims at promoting at an international level the Institute's research and training activities.


  • Conventions : approximately 40 conventions have been signed with teaching and research establishments in 25 countries (list of international exchanges (link in French) in PDF or XLS format).
  • More than 200 projects and programmes in roughly 50 countries.
  • Major research programmes: apart from its researchers participating in numerous international programmes, IUEM is member of EUR-OCEANS Consortium (based in Brest until 2009), accommodates the international project office of IMBER, and is responsible for the scientific coordination of the SPICOSA project.
  • International research structures : IUEM is founding member of the International Antarctic Institute (IAI).


For the academic year 2007-2008, 56 foreign students from 28 countries enrolled at IUEM, that is 17 % of the total student population.

  • Doctoral programme Marine Sciences (EDSM): in 2008, 11 doctoral theses attest to the close collaboration between UBO and a university abroad (see List of Theses).
  • ERASMUS : bilateral agreements with the universities of Cadix, Sevilla, Vigo, La Coruña (in Spain), Constanza (Romania) and Kiel (Germany) as part of the ERASMUS student exchange programmes between European universities.
  • Double degrees: agreements on joint or double degrees at masters level for the specialities  marine biology (SBM), expertise and management of coastal environment (EGEL) and politics and economics of agricultural, marine and environmental resources  (DE-PRAME) in masters degree programme SML at IUEM and ”Urban and Regional Development Planning” at the university of Diponegoro (Semaring, Indonesia).
  • Master in Marine and Coastal Sciences (SML):  students in marine biology and marine chemistry may participate in international missions on Antarctica and acquire an IAI certificate corresponding to 50 ECTS-credits in the various international universities participating and dedicated to Polar Sciences.
  • Floating University: offers a unique opportunity for students at masters level to  participate in gathering scientific data at sea, while receiving high quality education from an international team of scientists aboard.
  • Courses abroad: several research and teaching staff of IUEM give lectures at universities abroad, notably in Latin America (Chili, Brazil) and in Indonesia.
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