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Key figures

  • 150 permanent staff
  • 40 à 50 individual students teachers
  • 3 research units


Director :

Gaby Gorsky

UPMC - Oceanology Observatory

of Villefranche-sur-mer

Quai de la Darse

06234 Villefranche sur Mer

Tel. : (33) 93 76 37 04

www.obs-vlfr.fr/Nouvelle fenêtre

Villefranche-sur-mer oceanological observatory

Oceanology Observatory of Villefranche-sur-mer

At the service of a unique multi-disciplinary programme in France : The Villefranche-sur-mer oceanological observatory, the most exhaustive marine sciences campus in France.

With strong geographical advantages, wildlife of exceptional variety and the surface presence of plankton from the deep depths of the sea offer the Villefranche-sur-mer oceanological observatory (OOV) the ideal conditions for the fulfilment of its teaching, research and observation objectives.

Resolutely committed to a multi-disciplinary approach, centred around cellular biology, biological and biochemical oceanography, marine physics and chemistry and marine geosciences, the OOV houses, in 7,700 m², three mixed research units :

It provides teaching in the areas of oceanography and marine environments, geosciences, hydrogeology and geomaterials and offers pedagogical work placements by the sea combined with the immediate use of acquired data to master’s students of UPMC as well as to many French and foreign universities.

The station is involved in two specialist areas of study of the sciences and technologies master’s degree in the sciences of the universe, environment, ecology :

  • Specialisation in oceanography and marine environments
  • Specialisation in geosciences, hydrogeology, geomaterials.

The Observatory also provides observation services to the French and international scientific community, particularly in relation to hydroclimate and the abundance and composition of plankton populations.

The OOV belongs to the Coastal Habitat Observation Service (SOMLIT), which brings together the observations of the seven most important French marine stations.
For more information : the Villefranche observatory websiteNouvelle fenêtre


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