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.

Climclam and Transborder : arts, sciences & transdisciplinarity


TranSborder is a collaborative art-science platform of research-action and mediation animated by Isabelle Elizéon (researcher in art-science, art science and transdisciplinarity, visual artist and dramaturge). The platform is supported by the Company LASKO, and funded by the Fondation de France and the City of Brest.

The objective of all the actions carried out by TranSborder in art-science creation, mediation, consultation and training is to bring out new ways of building links between humans and non-humans, of thinking and imagining our “living” worlds from the different practices, imaginations and visions inherent to each universe. TranSborder thus aims to contribute to the valorization of research in the sciences of the sea, inter- and transdisciplinary creation, by creating new types of relationships and hybrid knowledge to respond to climatic and ecological issues. This platform is thus a space for practices and research allowing different types of art-science-society collaboration in order to reflect on adaptive art-science practices and methodologies, to develop training adapted to tomorrow’s challenges for students in the field of marine sciences, arts, education sciences, etc.

To accomplish this, TranSborder is working closely with the LEMAR laboratory and Christine Paillard (CNRS Researcher – LEMAR) on the international research project, IRP Climclam – CNRS, developed until 2027, under the direction of Christine Paillard and Luca Bargelloni (BCA – University of Padova, Italy). Within the IRP, Isabelle Elizéon is coordinator of the AR4 – art-science and transdisciplinarity – and leads various collaborations with the aim of creating connections between the 4 research axes, on the one hand, and on the other hand, to study the dynamics of inter- and transdisciplinary collaborations between artists and scientists. In this context, she collaborates with the artists’ collective Life (Anne Le Mée, Quentin Jourdan and Jérémy Segard), Philippe Arson, videomaker at the CNRS, and various researchers of ClimClam.

It is also through this means that Isabelle seeks to develop links with society as a whole by way of mediation and consultation actions, in order to analyze the dynamics and obstacles between the various actors involved. In 2023 and 2024, the flagship projects of TranSborder are Intimate Chronicles of Science, NacrE and The Art of the Link – the Art of Reconciliation, projects developed with actors in science, art and culture, and more generally with the larger society.

Death of Erwan Ar Gall

Erwan began his studies in Brest with a Bachelor’s degree in Biology and a Master’s degree in Oceanography. Very early on, he was fascinated by the study of macroalgae and continued his studies with a DEA in algology in Paris and a PhD in Roscoff entitled “Production and culture of protoplasts of Chondrus crispus Stackhouse (Gigartinales, Gigartinacées). Application to the study of the genome”. He continued his work on red algae protoplasts during a post-doctoral fellowship in Taipei (Taiwan). He then returned as a contract researcher and temporary teaching and research assistant in Roscoff and Lille on the topics of Rhodophyte wall biochemistry, as well as genetic selection and iodine metabolism in Laminariales.

As a lecturer at the UBO, at the LEBAM (then LEBHAM) before joining the LEMAR, he first worked on defense and photoprotection mechanisms in macroalgal populations. His current research focuses on the monitoring of intertidal macroalgal communities and their evolution in the context of global change, particularly in the framework of REBENT/DCE/DCSMM. Erwan was also involved in research programs on the preservation of algal fields in Brittany. Erwan has always transmitted with enthusiasm his knowledge on the biology and ecology of macroalgae to the different students he has supervised and has accompanied them with passion on the foreshore.

A great defender of Brittany and the Breton language, he was, among other things, a member of the association Kreizenn ar Geriaouiñ, which aims to develop Breton scientific terminology. He regularly had fun sending documents in Breton by e-mail, and distilled here and there words in Breton in his courses, his e-mails, his exchanges with others. Throughout the year, he also wore the colors and logos of Brittany with a whole collection of T-shirts made in BZH. Erwan was a fundamentally benevolent man who was appreciated by all, with his own sense of humor and very committed ideas. A true pillar of LEBAM and then of LEMAR, he will be missed and never forgotten.

8th European Phycological Congress

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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


Decade for Ocean Sciences Conference – Brest – 6 July 2022

The symposium dedicated to the Decade for Ocean Sciences proposed by the French Ministry of Ecological Transition and Territorial Cohesion and Océanopolis is being held on 6 July 2022 at Océanopolis (Brest).

Subscriptions for face-to-face participation open until 24 June.

To follow the conference remotely, via its retransmission on the Océanopolis Youtube channel, registrations are open until July 1st (the link will be sent to you from July 4th).

This event will give the floor to French actors who are carrying out projects and programmes labelled as the UN Decade of Ocean Sciences.

Yves-Marie Paulet, Professor, member of LEMAR and Vice President for the Sea of UBO will speak during round table 1: TOWARDS APPROPRIATE KNOWLEDGE: OBSERVE, STUDY, MEASURING THE OCEAN.

Download the full programme (in French) here.