European universities: UBO successful!

Our university, which is associated with the Universities of Cadiz (Spain), Kiel (Germany), Gdansk (Poland), Split (Croatia) and Malta in the “SEA-EU” project, has just been awarded the title “European University” among the 17 projects selected by the European Commission.

Our President Mathieu Gallou’s message notes that this project, built at the end of 2018 with the enthusiastic support of our components and the extremely important support of the services, will allow UBO to change its dimension in its European exchanges, but also in the European dimension of all our training courses. Indeed, if the unifying theme of the six partner universities is their maritime dimension at the outset, this project goes well beyond marine sciences and is anchored in the broader question of European citizenship and the responsibility of European citizens in meeting the challenges of tomorrow’s society: it concerns in particular the necessary articulation between social inclusion and environmental protection. Thanks to the resources obtained, which will come partly from Europe and partly from France, we will thus make a better contribution to training young Europeans in the societal changes that await them or that they will have to promote.

The flat oyster: a heritage species to be preserved

Originally present along the entire European coastline, the flat oyster, the only oyster native to Europe, formed very dense populations (called oyster beds) creating mini-underwater reefs, comparable to coral reefs in terms of biodiversity. Highly overexploited in the 19th century, then victim of several diseases and predators in the 20th, the species is endangered in the 21st century and with it all the biodiversity it shelters. For a year now, the FOREVER project (“Flat Oyster REcoVERy”) has been working on the ecological restoration of this species in Brittany. One of the actions of this pioneering project consists in designing and deploying artificial reefs specially designed to facilitate the establishment, development and protection of young flat oysters. In early summer 2019, these very first reefs are being deployed in the Rade de Brest and Baie de Quiberon. To be continued…

Find out more about the FOREVER project and other European projects for the conservation and restoration of flat oysters? and have a look at this article:

Pogoda, B., Brown, J., Hancock, B., Preston, J., Pouvreau, S., Kamermans, P., Sanderson, W., and von Nordheim, H. 2019. The Native Oyster Restoration Alliance (NORA) and the Berlin Oyster Recommendation: bringing back a key ecosystem engineer by developing and supporting best practice in Europe. Aquat. Living Resour. 32: 13. doi:10.1051/alr/2019012.

In open access via this link.


Projet Forever

ARCTIC BLUES, an exhibition

Returning from missions in Antarctica, biologists from Brest were asking themselves the question: how to tell their emotions about the beauty of the poles and the certainty of the disaster, in a context of scientific research?

In 2013, they propose to involve artists from all walks of life in their polar expeditions. For seven years, artists and scientists have shared missions in Arctic and sub-Arctic environments. This heterogeneous group has therefore lived in the same field between research, hesitation, failure and discovery.

The exhibition ARCTIC BLUES reflects the richness of this dialogue. Photography, video, installation, writing, sound creation, music and scientific frescoes respond to each other or collide to create a singular object: something like an attempt to blend art and science where both are revealed, with new, complementary and unpredictable colours. The exhibition highlights the shared doubts and the richness of the experiences lived during the round trips between the Brest harbour and the poles. The passer-by will discover a small part of the Ocean as well as one of the facets of the current oceanography developed in Brest over the past fifty years. ARCTIC BLUES testifies that at the tip of Brittany, improbable encounters and assertive curiosities allow the emergence of new ideas and perspectives.
This exhibition tour restores to the public seven years of research and residencies between artists and scientists within the associated BeBEST International Laboratory, a collaboration between the LEMAR laboratory (CNRS/Ifremer/ IRD/UBO) and ISMER in collaboration with the Muséum National d’Histoire naturelle.

General Commissioner and Coordinator: Emmanuelle Hascoët, Fovearts
Scenography: Les ManufActeurs
Graphic design: Nathalie Bihan
Production of projections: Olivier Koechlin

An exhibition presented by FOVEARTS and LIA BeBEST of LEMAR, in collaboration with the Ateliers des Capucins, La Médiathèque François Mitterrand – Les Capucins, Brest métropole, La Carène
In partnership with the CNRS, the Museum of Natural History, Passerelle-centre d’art contemporain, UBO, LEMAR
With the support of Océanopolis, Ailes Marines, Suravenir/ARKEA, Pix in the City, TBM.


Médiathèque François Mitterrand, Les Capucins
« Avant la débacle »
Access by Place des Machines
Opening hours : 10h – 19h every day

Passage des Arpètes, Ateliers des Capucins
« Amundsen leg 3 2014 »
« Falling Sun »
Opening hours : 10h – 20h every day

« Pénélope des glaces »
« Nous sommes »
Scientific display
Opening hours : 10h – 00h every day but closing at 01h on Friday, Saturday and the day before public holidays

Passerelle – Centre d’art contemporain
« The Noisy world » by Vincent Malassis
From 08 June to 31 August 2019
41 rue Charles Berthelot
Opening hours : on Tuesday from 14h to 20h and on Wednesday until Saturday from 14h to 18h30. Closed on Mondays, Sundays and public holydays.

The Marine Fact sheet n°3 on the news of the overseas seagrass beds has been published

IFRECOR (Initiative FRançaise pour les RÉcifs CORalliens) promotes documentation on coral reefs and associated ecosystems in French overseas territories.

Like the first two issues, this new Marine Leaflet (n°3) aims to communicate and promote the ongoing actions on seagrass beds in different overseas territories and promote the networking of stakeholders. Several contributors have contributed richly to this third issue, which reports on activities at international, national, regional and overseas levels.The articles presented summarize part of the news from French tropical seagrass beds, concerning the implementation of research work on habitat functionality and the development of tools, studies on the invasion of Halophila stipulacea in the West Indies and interactions with green turtles, the application of the Water Framework Directive in the overseas departments and the creation of a regional network to monitor seagrass beds in the Indian Ocean.

> Link for the fact sheet #2

> Link for the fact sheet #1 :

Fanny Kerninon, doctoral student at LEMAR coordinates it.

You can download the Fact Sheet #3 here:

Ika Paul-Pont, CNRS Bronze medal 2019

With her colleagues from the PANORAMA team, and especially Arnaud HUVET, Ifremer researcher at LEMAR, their work on micro and nano-plastics is among the most cited in our laboratory.

Visit her page on Google Scholar.

See here her personnal page on our site to access her current projects, and click here to read her interview ‘in French) in IUEM’s letter of April 2019.

In 2018 her work was the subject of an article in Sciences-Ouest (in French also), in a special report on microplastics :