Oceanographic campaigns such as Tara Oceans have popularized the concept of marine microbiome, which consists of highly diverse microorganisms (bacteria, phytoplankton, protozoa, viruses, etc.). Its study is at the crossroads of important ecological and socio-economic issues. Marine environment research laboratories now have increasingly powerful techniques for collecting, characterizing, and experimenting on these microbial populations. Thus, the study of the functioning of marine biofilms and holobiontes, or the role of microorganisms in marine ecotoxicology, are research themes that are booming.

During this summer school, we offer students a concrete approach to this field, based on practical training in the necessary tools and on mini-experimental projects. Participants will be able to acquire basic knowledge and skills for the study of the composition and role of marine microbial communities. A total of 4 different projects are proposed to students: a marine snow study project, marine plankton diversity project, the importance of marine biofilms project, and a microbial ecotoxicology project. These workshops will allow everyone to acquire skills in the design and implementation of experimental protocols in marine microbiology.

Summer school from July 1 to 19, 2024 - Registrations from March 11 to 25, 2024.

Registration details

Profile of candidates

Master students. Possibly open to Bachelor students or PhD students.


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Teachers team from Sorbonne University

Raphaël Lami, François Lantoine, Fabien Joux, Stéphane Blain, Laurence Besseau.

With the support of the Observatory technological platforms, Bio2mar (microbial culture and molecular biology) and BioPIC (Imagery-Cytometry), and the sea services.

Observatoire Océanologique
de Banyuls-sur-Mer
1 avenue Pierre Fabre
66650 Banyuls-sur-Mer
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