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Observatoire océanologique de Banyuls sur mer
Laboratoire Arago


The Arago Laboratory organizes  and delivers courses in the Master of Science and Technology in the fields of biological oceanography and marine biology. The laboratoy complex offers unique experimental opportunities on the Mediterranean coast for european and international students of, hosts courses organized by different European universities. The Masters degree includes studies in Paris and the marine stations of UPMC.

Masters (lessons in Paris and marine stations of UPMC)


The Oceanographic Observatory in Banyuls offers courses in three programs for the Master of Science at UPMC specialities include :

  • Science of the Universe, Environment, Ecology (SDUEE)
    • Oceanography and Marine Environments
    • Systematics, Evolution, Paleontology
  • Integrative Biology and Physiology (BIP)
    • Biology and Physiology of Organisms
  • Molecular and Cellular Biology (BMC)
    • Cell Biology and Development
    • Microbiology

European Masters in Marine Biodiversity and Conservation (EMBC)


EMBC is a European Master Erasmus Mundus offered with five Euroepan Universities  (Group I : Ghent University (Belgium), University of Bremen (Germany), University of the Algarve (Portugal), and group II : University Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 006 (France), University of Oviedo (Spain) and University of Klaipeda (Lithuania) in Marine Biodiversity.

This Masters Degree is supported by the Network of Excellence MarBEF (Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning) and aims to train future managers and researchers working on the problem of maintaining a global marine biodiversity that is in decline.

European students selected participate int the Erasmus Program and foreign students (excluding Europe) receive a Mundus cholarship.


Master of International Programs (PIM)

The Oceanographic Observatory in Banyuls is an important partner of the PIMC "Biology of Marine Organisms : fundamentals and applied". This international program, as a part of the Master of Integrative Biology and Physiology, is the result of a partnership between UPMC, the Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile (Santiago, Chile), and the University of Barcelona (Spain).

website and contact (yves.desdevises @ upmc.fr)

Summer Intership

Mediterranean Ecology

This inter-university training, provided in Banyuls is one of the few programs focusing on the fundamentals of marine biology in which the role of the field naturalist is still  highly valued. The program addresses issues of Terrestrial Ecology in addition to marine aspects and provides opportunities for extensives fieldwork (coastal and Albere mountains). This course aims to provide an overview of the richness and biodiversity of fauna and flora in the region. Marine ecology investigates different environments and ecosystems of the sea and on the coast, seabeds and various associated fauna, the lagoon environments of the  Languedoc coast and the halophytic fringe. Terrestrial ecology covers insects and other invertebrates within the Albère.

Course work : about 100 hours per student (French and foreign) are provided for 20-25 students for three weeks. The course is offered once a year in July.





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

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