Our shared sea

Mechanisms of ecosystem change in the Western Channel

Project Partners

The French partners

The Roscoff Biological Station (SBR) is an experimental marine biology and oceanography research and education centre located on the north coast of Brittany. Founded in 1872, the SBR is one of Europe’s major marine stations. It is overseen by the Pierre and Marie Curie University and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS, Marinexus project sponsor) and the French National Institute for Earth Sciences and Astronomy (INSU).

Its missions include

  • research,
  • education,
  • coastal environment monitoring,
  • providing facilities for conferences and visiting scientists.

The Seaweed Discovery Centre (Centre de Découverte des Algues) is a private outreach centre that offers throughout the year events, conferences, excursions and seaweed discover tours, large-screen projections of observations under the microscope, etc. This discovery centre participates in the scientific outreach component of Marinexus.

The ferry company Brittany Ferries offers highly frequented maritime liaisons between France and the British Isles (England, Ireland) and also Spain. It is the Roscoff-Plymouth route that Marinexus is particularly interested in. A ferry box, a device that measures physico-chemical and biological parameters of the seawater, was installed aboard the ferry ship Armorique that sails from Roscoff to Plymouth. This ferry also hosts science activities for young ferry passengers.

The English partners

Established more than 125 years ago, the Marine Biological Association is a scientific institute at the forefront of marine biology in the United Kingdom and enjoys international renown. Its mission is to promote scientific research on all aspects of marine life and to disseminate results from this research to the public. It instigated the creation of the National Marine Aquarium.

The mission of the Plymouth Marine Laboratory(PML) is centred on applying an integrated approach to address problems posed by marine ecosystems and to propose solutions that account for the complexity of these ecosystems, as well as the unique biological resources that they harbour. In particular, the PML has expertise in the fields of climate change and sustainable development of marine systems.

The Sir Alister Hardy Foundation for Ocean Science (SAHFOS) is an international association that coordinates the continuous plankton recorder (CPR) surveys. The SAHFOS has been collecting data on the biogeography and the ecology of plankton in the North Atlantic and the North Sea since 1931. This type of survey is now carried out in other areas around the world. The results from this monitoring programme are used by marine biology institutes and in studies on environmental change around the world.

The objective of the National Marine Aquarium is to encourage actions that promote sustainable development and conservation of the marine environment. The National Marine Aquarium is the first aquarium in the United Kingdom to be created uniquely for education, conservation and research.

Outreach Service provider

The Petits Débrouillards Bretagne association

First established in Quebec, the Petits Débrouillards is a science education and public outreach organisation. For children and adults alike, it offers a fun approach to science, allowing the general public to manipulate simple, everyday [scientific] materials and to conduct scientific experiments.

Les Petits Débrouillards Bretagne was selected by the SBR to design and conduct scientific workshops in connection with research carried out by the scientists involved in Marinexus.

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