International scope

Involved in numerous collaborations on a global scale, IUEM has established itself in the international research and training landscape in Marine and Coastal Sciences. The Institute’s 7 joint research units teams develop direct collaborations with their foreign counterparts or as coordinators and partners of European and international research programs, and by articulating its research and training programs, IUEM is part of a logic of internationalization around the ISblue University Research School. More broadly, the Institute is expanding its development as a reference center for marine science on the Atlantic coast.

Strategic research partnerships….

At the European level, IUEM is developing its collaborations with key players in marine science such as the NOC Southampton, the University of Kiel, Bergen, Galway and Cadiz. Internationally, IUEM works with the Excellence Networks  Future Ocean (Germany), the Ocean Frontier Institute (Canada) and on cooperation networks such as the Institut France-Québec Mer and the Marine Biodiversity Hub (Australia). IUEM also participates in the international IMBER programme and is part of the global ocean observation networks such as the international ARGO programme.

IUEM in the south

Within the framework of its five-year contract, IUEM integrates a transversal axis of research and training “in the South”. This axis is reflected in particular in the implementation of the LMI, laboratories affiliated to the IRD and real tools to support the scientific influence of developing countries.

Among its structuring collaborations, IUEM combines research and training cooperation in marine ecology with CIBNOR (Mexico), geology in North Africa, Ghana and South Africa, climate studies in Senegal (LMI ECLAIRS 2) and the tropical Atlantic in Brazil (LMI TAPIOCA). IUEM also coordinates the PADDLE project on marine spatial planning in Senegal, Brazil and Cape Verde, as well as the Erasmus + ScolaMAR projects in Morocco and International Credit Mobility (MIC) in Mexico, Gabon and Cameroon.

An internationalized training program

The IUEM develops joint doctoral and master programmes with several institutes and universities and participates in the Joint Master Programme IMBRSea. IUEM offers a cobadging program with the University of Cape Town and CIBNOR and sets up a double degree program with UQAR (Quebec) and the University of Diponegoro (Indonesia). At IUEM, Masters in Marine Physics and Marine Biotechnology are taught in English. Students can also obtain the International Antarctic Institute label.

Through the ERASMUS+ programme, the institute develops the international mobility of its students and teacher-researchers from and to Europe and internationally.

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The IUEM Partnerships and International Relations Department’s mission is to promote the Institute’s research and teaching activities at the international level.

Lea Sharkey

Head of IUEM International Relations

Olivier Gauthier

International Mobility Coordinator for IUEM and IMBRSea Master Coordinator

Justine Roddier

ScolaMAR project manager and administrative support to the IMBRSea Master