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Scientific Interest Group: Europôle Mer

The objective of Europôle Mer is to reinforce and widen research on marine genomics and biotechnologies, the interactions between global change, the ocean and marine ecosystems, the observation and integrated management of coastal regions, the exploration and knowledge of the great oceanic depths and complex systems of observation, measurement and intervention.

Its aim is to become a leading research centre that is well known and attractive on a world-wide scale.

- Marine genomics and ‘Blue Chemistry’ 

- Global change, the ocean and marine ecosystems 

- Observation and dynamics of coastal systems 

- Exploration and knowledge of deep-sea habitats

- Measurement, observation and intervention systems

Priority is given to research areas 1 and 2, in connection with research area 5. The research projects conducted in relation to these five research areas, which rely on the organisations and groups that make up the common core of infrastructure, are carried out within the framework of national, European and international programmes. They are able to mobilise the resources provided by the members.

The dynamics of the Scientific Interest Group Europôle Mer aim to be similar to those of a Thematic Network for Advanced Research (RTRA).

To boost the scientific potential of the teams involved, to reinforce interaction between teams, particularly between the different disciplines represented within the Scientific Interest Group , to increase the reactivity of research programmes in relation to emerging topics , to increase the renown and excellence of French research in the field of the sea and coast.

The creation of teams, called Centres of Excellence, headed by a professor (Chair of Excellence) or an equivalent senior researcher, which are hosted by a member of the Scientific Interest Group.

The Centres of Excellence and doctoral networks federate a total of 500 researchers, research professors and research engineers, whose performance has been evaluated according to jointly established criteria of excellence which include the ‘ H index ’.

The project provides for the creation of a Scientific Cooperation Foundation. Its governance consists of an Administration Committee (12 members), a Scientific Committee (11 members), a Steering Committee (10 members) and a Partners Committee.

Europôle Mer can help you to develop your training at the doctoral level through two international programmes:

The international doctoral programme ‘Mentor ’, which is organised around major oceanography centres and the following associated universities – Brest (France), Bremerhaven (Germany), Southampton (UK) and Bergen (Norway) . The universities in this doctoral network train and select PhD students according to common rules.

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The international doctoral programme ‘ Systemic marine biology and biodiversity ’  will be developed with the involvement of UPMC, various European universities (Naples, Göteborg, for example) and the European Molecular Biology Laboratory in order to promote the leadership of France in marine models in fundamental biology and attract new talents toward the sea sciences.