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Observatoire océanologique de Banyuls sur mer
Laboratoire Arago

Development Projects

Accomodation Center

Funded by UPMC, the State and the Languedoc-Roussillon Region Plan Contract through the State Region (CPER 2007-2013), the new shelter is expected to open by the end of 2012. With a capacity of 86 beds, it will host researchers and European and international students, meet the international standards in this area and will be accessible to persons with disabilities. The restaurant will also be integrated laboratory at the center.



With Biodiversarium, the Laboratoire Arago combines two complementary sites, the Aquarium and the Mediterranean Garden Mas de la Serre, to present the extraordinary biodiversity of the Orientals Pyrenees. These two sites welcome children and adults to present the natural resources both terrestrial and marine department.

Located on the heights of Banyuls sur mer, the Mediterranean Garden Mas de la Serre propose discover local landscapes and over 300 Mediterranean plant species and their uses and their stories.

Located on the harbor, the Aquarium of Banyuls sur Mer is one of the oldest in the French Mediterranean coast. Organized as a stroll through our coast, visiting to discover the marine fauna and flora of the Orientals Pyrenees.

Research Center for Marine Biodiversity and Biotechnology (CRBBM)

The center, which is scheduled to open stream 2014, will be built in place of the existing hotel. It is a project of 11 million euros HT to be financed by the State, the Region, the Department, the Community of communes, the Municipality of Banyuls, the  Pierre et Marie Curie University, the CNRS, and especially Pierre Fabre Laboratories.

This is an original public-private partnership, which will bring together research, training and dissemination of scientific knowledge in the field of marine biodiversity. Research activities focus on the study of micro-organisms and marine biotechnology. The partnership already begun between Pierre Fabre Laboratories, UPMC and CNRS for more than 10 years on the campus of Banyuls through the creation of a joint research unit in 2001, is extended through this ambitious project. This team will be strengthened and staff will be recruited to accelerate research on natural substances that are produced by marine microorganisms. These molecules, often overlooked can be valued and will be used in cosmetics as a pharmacy to address, among other things, against certain cancers or infections. Laboratories are not exclusive partnership with Pierre Fabre Laboratories and it is planned to develop other recovery activities. Reception areas are also provided to accommodate "start-up" business projects and support before they can establish themselves in an area of ‚Äč‚Äčindustrial activity such as that currently being considered by the Community of Communes Albères -Vermilion Coast.

But this project is also an educational project that provides a new building in the aquarium should welcome 110,000 visitors a year, according to a survey by a consulting firm. This aquarium is a new generation of aquarium to disseminate scientific knowledge on the ecology and biodiversity.

Sophie Sanchez (sophie.sanchez @ obs-banyuls.fr) - 06/06/16

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