Although the Oceanographic Observatory of Banyuls is part of the University Pierre et Marie Curie, whose headquarters are in Paris, it is above all major player in research and higher education in Languedoc-Roussillon. It has the support of the Languedoc-Roussillon Region due to its geographical location and its educational excellence. Its active research programs, observations and scientific mediation is deeply rooted in the regional territory.
Regional policies supporting education are reflected in the childcare programs at workplaces that allow coordinated education tailored to the needs of students and the educational community.
The Languedoc-Roussillon department also supports scientific research and researchers by contributing the construction of excellent laboratories in the key areas of biology, chemistry, water, environment and information technology. Contributions include :
- Help for property investment research
- Support for acquisition of scientific equipment
- Programs of various scientific thematic networks
- Assistance for research programs
The Observatory is also supported by the Languedoc-Roussillon region through the financing of real estate projects such as the University Residence and the Center for Research in Marine Biotechnology (BIO2MAR), which is expected to open in 2014.
General Council of the Pyrénées-Orientales
The General Council of the Pyrénées-Orientales contributes to the supports of research with real estate projects and the development of broadband networks in the department. The Observatory receives financial support through projects such as the construction of the new aquarium and biotechnology laboratories that will provide spaces for new programs and visiting researchers.
Community Commons Albères and Cote Vermeille
The Community Commons Albères and Cote Vermeille is very interested in the research activities of the Observatory. Tourism on the vermilion coast is one of the most important areas of the economy. The exceptional quality of the coastal sites explains the attraction of tourists who enjoy our four municipalities and 14 beaches. The four local municipalities have cooperated with the Arago Microbiology lab to provide the best beach water quality including almost daily monitoring of bathing waters done in addition to testing carried out by the Health Department. The communities of Alberes and Cote Vermeille aslo provide financial support for the development of special projects within the Observatory, such as the Biodiversarium.