Paddle project Final Conference


Started in 2017, the European Paddle programme, an interdisciplinary project on marine spatial planning and coordinated by Marie Bonnin (LEMAR), is holding its final conference in Brest (IUEM / PNBI) from 15 to 17 March.

During these three days, participants of several nationalities will address different themes related to marine spatial planning in the tropics, ranging from artisanal fisheries to social and cultural dimensions, including various topics such as decision support tools or marine protected areas.

The presence of researchers from different countries and disciplines is an opportunity to review marine spatial planning development projects along the coasts of the tropical Atlantic. In addition, marine spatial planning actors such as the Regional Coastal and Marine Partnership (RPMP) and the Abidjan Convention are associated with this event and represented at the conference. The different sessions allow participants to have an overview of the different sectors of activity and types of research concerned by this growing theme.

This conference is also an opportunity for all the partners to take stock of their exchanges after a 6-year project, rich in scientific and human encounters. An exhibition of photographs and videos made during the project is also proposed to the participants.

8th European Phycological Congress

, , ,

After Zagreb in 2019, we are pleased to invite you to Brest (Brittany, France) for the 8th European Phycological Congress “Scientific Opportunities for a Global Algal Revolution” on behalf of the Federation of European Phycological Societies council and the French Phycological Society. France has a long and proud tradition of phycological research and has a very diverse algal flora. Brittany is a world hotspot for seaweed diversity with about 700 species and has historically developed a flourishing macroalgal industry that still maintains its leadership in Europe. The region also hosts important research institutes dedicated to microalgae research and oceanography.

The European Phycological Congress series began in Cologne, Germany in 1996 and has since continued the tradition of bringing together phycologists from around the world every four years. Its main objective is to provide a forum for discussion of the latest scientific, technological and societal developments in phycological research. EPC8 includes plenary presentations, a series of symposia grouped into 6 themes, contributed papers and posters covering a wide range of topics such as algal diversity, ecology, genomics, cell biology, applied phycology and societal perception of algae. To encourage cross-community connections, each symposium will address micro- and macroalgae from marine, freshwater, and terrestrial ecosystems whenever possible. We look forward to welcoming you to Brest in August 2023 for EPC8!

On behalf of the organizing committees, Solène Connan and Philippe Potin

More information on the congress web page


Festival RESSAC, à l’année prochaine !

, ,

The Ressac Festival, supported by UBO and coordinated by Christine Paillard, was the Arts and Sciences event of the beginning of the year. It took place in the week of 7-11 March 2022. See you next year!

This year’s theme was “Variations” and the programme was particularly exciting: researchers, artists or students proposed more than 35 events or original creations at the crossroads of arts and sciences scattered over the city of Brest and its region.

Find the full programme of these days here

The Lemar was present at the festival, through several events:

  • The project “Hydrofaunie: sound immersion in underwater life” (passages des Arpètes, aux Atliers des Capucins). This installation is the result of a collaboration between scientists Gildas Roudaut and Anne Lebourges-Dhaussy, students from the Image & Sound course (UBO) under the direction of Philippe Ollivier and Etienne Hendrickx, and students from ENSTA Bretagne. The sound creation Hydrofaunie transforms the images from acoustic sounders, called “echograms”, to offer a double auditory journey: the vertical dimension of the distribution of organisms in the water column, from the surface to the seabed, and the temporal dimension on day and night cycles. This creation is an invitation to listen to the invisible and the inaudible of the depths.
  • The photographic exhibition “Rhizaria, discovering silicified radiolarians” (BU du Bouguen). In the ocean, living beings use silicon, the second most abundant chemical element in the earth’s crust, to build their skeleton. Among them are the Rhizaria, microscopic single-celled marine organisms distributed throughout the world, living from the surface to the deepest depths. Relatively unknown, technological developments combined with the curiosity of scientists have led to new discoveries. The images on display, derived from innovative electron microscopy techniques, highlight the extraordinary forms of these fascinating microorganisms. They are the work of Valentin Foulon, Natalia Llopis Monferrer and Philippe Eliès (PIMM UBO) and are accompanied by an interactive poster developed by Sébastien Hervé.
  • During the closing night of the festival, LEMAR was present through two participations. A photographic exhibition of the Paddle Project, with images from Senegal, Brazil and Cape Verde by Sébastien Hervé. A musical conference by the SONARS Project, a collaboration of Laurent Chauvaud and François Joncour around acoustics in marine ecology and underwater sounds.

The LEMAR at the One Ocean Summit


A maritime city “par excellence”, Brest will host the One Planet Summit for the Ocean next week, from 9 to 11 February 2022, at the Atelier des Capucins.

On 9th and 10th February more than thirty events, workshops, forums, meetings and initiatives will take place to mobilise the “international maritime community” around 10 themes:

  • OCEAN GOVERNANCE RESPONDING TO CHANGE / Strengthening the tools of governance of the Ocean
  • SUSTAINABLE TOURISM IN THE BLUE ECONOMY/ Blue Tourism supporting conservation
  • POLAR OCEAN/ Polar Ocean: a central role in the global climate and ocean system
  • WHAT & WHOM TO PROTECT? What to protect and for whom? Conservation and sustainable development
  • THE MEDITERRANEAN SEA IN 2030/ Environment and Development
  • THE SCIENCE WE NEED FOR THE OCEAN WE WANT/ The ocean science and research needed for marine innovation
  • OCEAN THE PROVIDER IN 2030/ Nutrition, health, marine energies
  • INVEST IN BLUE/ Blue Finance for the Ocean
  • EDUCATE TO THE SEA, OCEAN FOR YOUTH/ Global marine education and youth engagement
  • A EUROPE OF THE OCEAN/ Which Europe for the Sea?

n the morning of 11 February, President Emmanuel Macron will bring together heads of state and government, heads of multilateral institutions, business leaders and civil society decision makers to make ambitious commitments.

Several LEMAR members will be mobilised for the event:

The city of Brest is honouring 18 portraits of men and women members of the World Sea Campus, from the social networks @BrestLife. Among them are Géraldine Sarthou (director of the laboratory) and Laurent Chauvaud (CNRS research director).

Paul Tréguer will be moderating the Polar Oceans Workshop on Wednesday 9 February from 14:00 to 15:30. Co-chairs: Jérôme Chappelaz (IPEV) and Antje Boetius (AWI)

Marianna Cavallo, Jose Luis Garcia Corona, Natalia Llopis-Monferrer and Maria Lopez-Acosta are part of an advisory group of young researchers who will submit their recommendations on each of the topics discussed at the summit.

Round tables and interviews will take place at 70.8. Ika Paul-Pont will take part in a round table on Thursday morning at 10am on pollution prevention, with Christophe Maes from LOPS and Stéphane Le Floch from Cedre. Elodie Fleury will speak a little later, at 1 pm, with Bertrand Thollas and Philippe Potin, about oysters and their future in the context of climate change (growth, mortality, reproduction).

Throughout the summit, Océanopolis is organising the One Ocean Summit village in its event pavilion. This free “OFF” event, aimed at the general public, aims to decipher and present to as many people as possible the issues at stake during these three days. On Wednesday and Thursday, from 16:00 to 18:00, a thematic stand on algae within the framework of the theme ” Which nourishing sea in 2030 ” will be proposed by Valérie Stiger and Eric Deslandes.On Friday, Ika Paul-Pont will run a stand on plastic pollution and Brivaela Moriceau will present what is at stakes in the poles.

Every evening, from 7th to 10th February, from 6pm to 7pm, the UBO, in partnership with Radio U, will decipher the news of the summit. Students and researchers from the UBO, as well as their guests, will decipher the themes of the One Ocean Summit live and in the presence of the public. Marie Vagner will speak about resources in the ocean, from a nutritional/health perspective.

GDR Polymères et Océan

, , ,


Polymères et Océans


27 – 29 juin 2022 en présentiel à BREST, à Brest-Arena

Les enjeux environnementaux liés aux déchets plastiques sont unanimement reconnus. Les institutions nationales et internationales en ont fait un sujet primordial notamment avec la décennie des sciences océaniques (2021-2030).

Dans un domaine où les défis sont multiples et pluridisciplinaires, ces journées sont l’occasion de fédérer la communauté scientifique autour du devenir et des impacts des polymères en milieux aquatique et aérien, partager les derniers résultats et discuter perspectives et solutions.

Depuis 2019, le GDR Polymères et Océans organise une conférence annuelle. Cette 3ème édition poursuit l’élan des 2 premières conférences à l’Université de Paris-Créteil en 2019 et à l’Université de Pau en 2021.

Ces journées seront suivies les 30 juin et 1er juillet 2022 des rencontres nationales « Plastiques, changement de cap ! » à BREST ARENA.

Venez nombreux et profitez de la pointe bretonne