Culture Océan

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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.

Our Missions

knowledge transfer, raise awareness, change behaviors

Outreach projects

Here you will find projects exclusively dedicated to dissemination and outreach activities addressing a mainly non-scientific public and in particular the youth.
plankton chronicles
plankton chronicles
plankton chronicles
plankton chronicles

Plankton Chronicles

The "Plankton Chronicles" combine arts and sciences, revealing the diversity and beauty of marine organisms that drift along with ocean currents.

mon ocean et moi
mon ocean et moi
mon ocean et moi
mon ocean et moi

mon océan & moi

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.
adopt a float
adopt a float
adopt a float
adopt a float

adopt a float

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.

remOcean - remotely-sensed biogeochemical cycles in the Ocean

SOCLIM - Southern Ocean And Climate - Field studies with innovative tools

BRIDGES - Bringing together Research and Industry for the Development of Glider Environmental Services

GROOM - Gliders for Research, Ocean Observation and Management

SIDERI - Strengthening International Dimension of Euro-Argo Research Initiative

OSS2015 - Ocean Strategic Services beyond 2015

Ocean Literacy

An understanding of the ocean's influence on you
and your influence on the ocean

Other outreach activities

Science Festival

Village of Sciences

Each year, the (national) Science Festival represents a new opportunity for the Institut de la Mer de Villefranche 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 Institut de la Mer de Villefranche wishes to accompany teachers and classes in this commitment.

Knowledge of the sea

For classes of local primary schools

Each year, the Institut de la Mer de Villefranche 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.

Petits Débrouillards

In the context of certain outreach activities, the Institut de la Mer de Villefranche 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 Institut de la Mer de Villefranche 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 IMEV 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 Institut de la Mer de Villefranche coordinates collaborative interactions with the educational department of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.

Ocean Sciences Meetings

International conferences. The Institut de la Mer de Villefranche participated in the "First Marine Science Communication Meeting" (Porto 2014) and contributes to the biannual "Ocean Sciences Meetings ".

Tara Expeditions

Tara organizes expeditions to study and better understand the impact of climate change on our oceans. Several members of the Institut de la Mer de Villefranche 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/Institut de la Mer de Villefranche 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.

Shadow theatre

At the interface between research and art, the IMEV 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

Outreach 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.


is the basis for effective outreach

Organisation & contact

Team "Culture Océan"

The pole "Culture Océan" of the Institut de la Mer de Villefranche (IMEV) federates the dissemination actions of the Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche-sur-Mer (LOV) and the Laboratoire de Biologie du Développement de Villefranche-sur-Mer (Developmental Biology Research Unit, LBDV).

Carolyn Scheurle

Carolyn Scheurle

Coordination of the pole "Culture Océan"

Communication and Public Relations,
Institut de la Mer de Villefranche

Quentin Branchereau

Quentin Branchereau

In charge of Scientific Animations

MEDITES project - Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV)

Thomas Jessin

Thomas Jessin

Multimedia Web design & development

remOcean project - Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV), OMTAB Team

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