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Key figures

  • 15 research professors
  • 19 researchers (CNRS)
  • 94 research support staff
  • 20 PhD sudents and post-students
  • 3 research units


Directeur :

Philippe Lebaron

Responsable administratif :

Christian Fèbvre

Tél. : 04 68 88 73 00 - Fax 04 68 88 16 99

Courriel : directeur@obs-banyuls.fr

UPMC - Laboratoire Arago

Avenue du Fontaulé - BP 44 - 66651


Banyuls-sur-mer oceanological observatory

Banyuls-sur-mer oceanological observatory

The Banyuls oceanological observatory: a century of history, targeted research

Fascinating biodiversity, a marine reserve sheltering a number of representative species of the Mediterranean and a sea with no tides offer the marine station a field of investigation without equal for oceanological research.

The marine station, also called the Arago Laboratory, hosts three associated units from UPMC and the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) :

These units develop many lines of research in the areas of biological oceanology and the biology of organisms (micro-organisms, invertebrates and vertebrates). They are interested in the study of biodiversity, its origin, its evolution, its role in the functioning of ecosystems, its response to global changes and its promotion in the area of marine biotechnologies via industrial partnerships.

Benefiting from its international influence and very active in scientific cooperation, the Arago Laboratory welcomes each year around 100 researchers of all nationalities and over 1,000 students, who come from UPMC and around thirty European universities train in the marine science and environment fields on-site.


Three doctoral schools are attached to the Observatory :

  • Doctoral School 129: Environmental Sciences of Île de France
  • Doctoral School 392: Diversity of Living Things 
  • Doctoral School 394: Physiology and Physiopathology

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