Mission: Promotion of scientific culture
Our team develops diverse educational and cultural activities that aim at bringing the academic world and the public together, so that all may discover the existence of a rich and still poorly known heritage, thus providing easy access to current research and awakening young people’s curiosity.In order to share our motivation and knowledge, multiple actions are presently being led for a better approach and understanding of environmental and societal stakes, along with inspirations and perspectives for the future.
knowledge transfer, raise awareness, change behaviors
Here you will find projects exclusively dedicated to dissemination and outreach activities addressing a mainly non-scientific public and in particular the youth.
The "Plankton Chronicles" combine arts and sciences, revealing the diversity and beauty of marine organisms that drift along with ocean currents.
mon océan & moi aims to share with all those who have an interest for current oceanographic research topics. A key objective is the development of a better understanding of the Ocean and of its associated challenges in the context of environmental change.
The "adopt a float" initiative invites school classes to adopt an underwater robot, to follow it during its scientific voyage and to understand the performed measurements
MEDITES (Méditerranée Diffusion des Techniques et des Sciences) is a regional structuration and innovation project, promoting the development of technical scientific culture as well as equal opportunities for all. It includes courses on ocean-related topics that are proposed to school-children.
connect people, science and education
Outreach components of national and European projects
Here you will find scientific projects that comprise dissemination and outreach activities that are addressed to various kinds of public, including decision-makers.
SOCLIM - Southern Ocean And Climate - Field studies with innovative tools
An understanding of the ocean's influence on you and your influence on the ocean
Other outreach activities
Each year, the (national) Science Festival represents a new opportunity for the Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer to open the doors of its "Village of Sciences". Several stands, thematic expositions and hands-on experiments guide the visitors during their discovery of the marine world.
Science and technology in primary schools
The ASTEP has a specific role as a support for science and technology in primary schools, aiming to develop education based on investigation approach. The Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer wishes to accompany teachers and classes in this commitment.
Knowledge of the sea
For classes of local primary schools
Each year, the Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer participates in the single-day event "Knowledge of the sea " organized by the Association of the Boatmen and Sailors of Villefranche-sur-Mer for classes of local primary schools.
In the context of certain outreach activities, the Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer collaborates with the "Petits Débrouillards". It also accommodates this association’s local antenna.
La The Aquaparadox gallery contains images of marine planktonic organisms illustrating the tremendous diversity in plankton in the bay of Villefranche and elsewhere.
The Copepods website
The Copepods website provides information and images about these small crustaceans that are a very abundant part of marine plankton.
Classic Taxonomic Monographs
Classic Taxonomic Monographs provides dozens of downloadable monographs about planktonic micro-organisms. It is a virtual library with a collection of noteworthy historical studies. Most of them comprise classical observations of species that are magnificently illustrated.
The Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer is a partner of the e-marin'lab project,that was initiated at the Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls. This project aims at the creation of a virtual and educational marine research station for Bachelor's degree students.
Ocean & Climate
The Ocean and Climate Platform was created to highlight the importance of the ocean among issues and challenges discussed in the context of climate negotiations. Scientists of the OOV participate actively, i.e. to prepare the 21st United Nations Climate Conference Paris, 25 dec. 2016). This conference establishes the roadmap that will enable the international community to meet the challenges of climate change.
Oceanographic Museum of Monaco
The Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer coordinates collaborative interactions with the educational department of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.
Ocean Sciences Meetings
International conferences. The Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer participated in the "First Marine Science Communication Meeting" (Porto 2014) and contributes to the biannual "Ocean Sciences Meetings ".
Tara organizes expeditions to study and better understand the impact of climate change on our oceans. Several members of the Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer undertake this initiative with commitment and are very actively involved in educational and cultural operations.
MovinCell - Multi-dimensional marine organism dataviewer. The Laboratoire de Biologie du Développement de Villefranche-sur-Mer/Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer is developing a gallery of images, videos and 3D/4D/5D image series / 4D / 5D in order to highlight the diversity and the beauty of the marine organisms that are studied.
At the interface between research and art, the OOV is involved in several activities. In a shadow play theater, for example, school children put on stage the ocean topics they are concerned of. This project is an adaptation of the interactive installation "Species Encounter Dive In !" in which visitors are invited to create and/or animate forms of endangered marine species in a large shadow theater.
66° Sentinels of the Polar Ocean
In the context of global concerns about climate change, our scientific initiative aims to meet two challenges: Initiate a network of scientific robots in the Southern Ocean, particularly during extreme winter and under sea-ice conditions and disseminate and share new knowledge to the general public.
Impact of Outreach Activities
on targeted audiences, on science careers
Hands-on / training
For the staff and masters students, different teaching activities are proposed in order to communicate how to disseminate and interact with non-scientists.
Training courses for school teachers
Proposed by the “mon ocean & moi” team, these courses join the framework of continuing training and are accompanied by the local educational authority.
« Stages d’observation en milieu professionnel »
For middle school students to have an insight into the professional environment of a marine station, the Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer welcomes schoolchildren for training courses twice per year. During one week, they are given the opportunity to discover the existing diversity of jobs at the OOV and to meet scientists, engineers, technicians, administration staff as well as students.
is the basis for effective outreach