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.

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.

It's Sea Time

Ifremer was 35 years old in June 2019!

Ifremer was founded on June 5, 1984, following the merger of Cnexo and ISTPM.

You will find the history of our supervision on this page:

On this occasion 35 short videos were made. On the menu of the latest videos posted online: the search for the culprits of oyster mortality, the enigma of sardines that no longer grow, or a visit to the inhabited submarine Nautile. Take a few minutes to immerse yourself in it, at tea time or coffee break!

Find the “It’s Sea Time” homepage on the Institute’s website, and go to the Ifremer’s YouTube channel to see the episodes of the series !

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 :

Motion adopted by LEMAR staff

The CNRS/Ifremer/IRD/UBO staff of the Laboratoire des sciences de l’environnement marin (LEMAR) support the initiatives that are being set up at the global level, as well as in France, to deal with the global emergency (climate, biodiversity, environment).

We call on political leaders on all sides to unite their efforts to implement actions to abandon the primacy of short-term interests that prevail in our thermo-industrial societies and that lead to the depletion of our natural resources.

In particular:

  • We support the initiatives of the world’s youth to make March 15, 2019 a major mobilization day.
  • We call for participation in the World Climate March on 16 March 2019.
  • We subscribe to the various calls of scientists (Appeal of 300 European researchers in the daily newspaper Le Soir, Scientists warning of the Alliance of World Scientists, tribune of 700 French scientists in Libération, IPCC report, etc.)** demanding concrete and immediate actions from political leaders for the protection of the environment.
  • We are committed to taking daily action to reduce the climate and environmental impact of our research activities.
  • We urge our institutions (CNRS, Ifremer, IRD and UBO) to promote and support our eco-responsible approaches, and to make a public and official commitment to take concrete measures in line with the global emergency.

Let’s make 2019 the year of ecological transition!

Plouzané, March 12, 2019


* The authoritative version of this text is the original French version

** Call by 300 Belgian, French and Swiss researchers on 20 February 2019:

Warning of theAlliance of World Scientists :

Call by 700 French scientists on 8 September 2018:

Report of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) published on 8 October 2018: