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Observatoire océanologique de Banyuls sur mer
Laboratoire Arago


    • Affiliation organisms

      University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC)
      From its creation in 1882 by Professor Henri de Lacaze-Duthiers, then Chair of Experimental Zoology, University of the Sorbonne, the Arago Laboratory has always been attached to a Paris university, initially to the University of Paris and now to the University Pierre and Marie Curie, Paris VI.With approximately 10,000 personnel and nearly 31 000 students...

    • Conference and visiting research facilities

       The Oceanographic Observatory has a long tradition of welcoming students but also visiting researchers. The site has housing  with a capacity of 86 beds and a restaurant open to students and visiting scientists during their stay. Seven apartments are available for long-term visitors. The laboratory includes several meeting rooms (one equipped for video conferencing),a 120-seat auditorium, two conference...

    • Education

      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...

    • Local Council

      Languedoc-Roussillon REGION
      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...

    • Missions

      The mission of the Observatory include education, research, observation, conference & visiting reserarch facilities, but also scientific mediation.

    • Observation

      The unique environment of the Arago laboratory is protected by the initiative and collaborative work of our scientific community. From these dedicaced efforts, the forest reserve of Massane was created in 1973 and the Cerbere-Banyuls marine reserve followed in 1974. Together they form the first nature reserve in France.
      This protection was strengthened in 2011 by the extension of the marine park to...

    • Research

      Research activities are developped through three associated research units UPMC / CNRS and the Institut for Research Developpment (IRD) and combine the fields of marine biology, microbiology, biogeochemistry, integrative biology, biotechnology. They focus on the study of biodiversity and the effects of environmental disturbance on organisms and ecosystems. The observatory has a tradition of hosting...

    • Scientific Mediation

      The Observatory is deeply involved in the actions of transfer of scientific knowledge to the general public and school children through the Biodiversarium, a mediation center scientist. It consists of a Mediterranean garden and an aquarium open to the public and the school to present the extraordinary local biodiversity that extends along a continuum ranging from land-sea submarine canyons (-1000m)...

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