Culture Océan

ˈkʌlʧər ˈoʊʃən


Engage. Enjoy.|Learn. Think. Create.

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

Science outreach projects

Here you will find projects exclusively dedicated to science-based outreach addressing a mainly non-scientific public and in particular the youth.
Frontiers for Young Minds - The Ocean
Frontiers for Young Minds - The Ocean
Frontiers for Young Minds - The Ocean

Frontiers for Young Minds
The Ocean

The United Nations have declared the 2021-2030 period as the "Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development", stressing the urgent need to approach fundamental issues related to the ocean and the future of humanity on well sounded scientific grounds and knowledge. This Ocean collection aims to provide information to young readers that will help them to increase their understanding of the ocean and its central role in nature and our lives. We hope to empower them to make informed decisions in these challenging times and to engage to protect, study and enjoy its richness.
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, 2014-2018) was a regional structuration and innovation project, promoting the development of technical scientific culture as well as equal opportunities for all. Two courses on ocean-related topics have been developped and proposed to school-children.


connect people, science and education


Since 10 years, the "Culture Ocean" team engages within the context of scientific projects. It is very grateful for the support it receives.

REFINE - Robots Explore plankton-driven Fluxes in the marine twIlight zoNE #ERC_REFINE @ERC_REFINE

ANR Iso2MET - ISOtopes of Metal Elements for Tracing marine METabolism @ISO2MET_project

pH BIOGEOCHEMICAL-ARGO - implementing pH measurements into Biogeochemical-Argo

BIOGEOCHEMICAL-ARGO - An extension of the Argo program to include biogeochemical observations @bgc_argo

EURO-ARGO RISE - EURO-ARGO Research Infrastructure Sustainability and Enhancement

TONGA - shallow hydroThermal sOurces of trace elemeNts potential impacts on the bioloGicAl pump @tongaproject

MOBYDICK - Marine Ecosystem Biodiversity and Dynamics of Carbon around Kerguelen: an integrated view @mobydick_cruise

EvoCELL - Animal evolution from a cell type perspective @EvoCELL_ITN

PEACETIME PROJECT - ProcEss studies at the Air-sEa Interface after dust deposition in the MEditerranean sea @peacetimecruise

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

BRIDGES - Bringing together Research and Industry for the Development of Glider Environmental Services - @BRIDGESh2020

remOcean - remotely-sensed biogeochemical cycles in the Ocean

GROOM - Gliders for Research, Ocean Observation and Management

SIDERI - Strengthening International Dimension of Euro-Argo Research Initiative

OSS2015 - Ocean Strategic Services beyond 2015
European Research Council

ERC - European Research Council
European Commission-Horizon 2020-FP7

Horizon 2020 - FP7 - European Commission
Agence Nationale de la Recherche

ANR - Agence Nationale de la Recherche
Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation

Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation
Région Sud/PACA

Région Sud Provence-Alpes-Côte d'azur
Conseil Départemental 06

Département des Alpes-Maritimes
DAAC Académie de Nice

DAAC : Délégation académique à l'éducation artistique et culturelle
Rectorat de l’académie de Nice

Ocean Literacy

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

Other science 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 booths, thematic exhibits 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 an 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.


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 aimed 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 l'Institut de la Mer de Villefranche participated actively, i.e. to prepare the 21st United Nations Climate Conference Paris, 25 dec. 2016).

Oceanographic Museum of Monaco

The Institut de la Mer de Villefranche coordinates collaborative interactions with the educational department of the Oceanographic Museum of Monaco.

Tara Expeditions

Tara organizes expeditions to study and better understand the impact of climate change on our oceans. Several members of the l’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 Institut de la Mer de Villefranche has been 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 was 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 aimed to meet two challenges: 1/ Initiate a network of scientific robots in the Southern Ocean, particularly during extreme winter and under sea-ice conditions and 2/ disseminate and share new knowledge to the general public.

Les sciences en 21 expériences

This booklet of educational activities offers you to approach scientific notions and concepts through hands-on and fun experiences : to share with young and less young explorers!

The Ocean Observers Network

The international Ocean Observers initiative brings together different actors involved in ocean observing outreach and educational activities. It includes scientists, educational authorities and teachers, science communicators, sailing community and other stakeholders (policy-makers, associations, etc.), all willing 1/ to gather and share science-based educational resources and experiences and 2/ to explore possibilities to establish new collaborative partnerships.

Ho Hisse! La trinquette: aborde les sciences

The scientific outreach team of the l’Institut de la Mer de Villefranche, in partnership with the bar-restaurant La Trinquette, proposes science events in the evening.

SOCLIM channel

Discover and explore the SOCLIM Vimeo channel. Find differents videos (ordered by topic) which cover all steps of the SOCLIM scientific project, like: SOCLIM Project #, SOCLIM Mission #, SOCLIM WebTV #, and SOCLIM 66° #. Enjoy, and Share.

Timioche, le petit poisson qui racontait des histoires

This activity kit is based on the book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. For children aged 3 to 7, the kit offers activities to develop imagination and observation skills, expand knowledge of the marine environment and improve verbal language.


inform and exchange


L’Institut de la Mer de Villefranche participates
in conferences and workshops to :

present its work and
actions in science-based outreach


exchange in an interdisciplinary way
with the colleagues of other organizations

Impact of Outreach Activities

on targeted audiences, on science careers


Outreach training

For the staff and masters/doctoral 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 « Culture Océan » team, these courses join the framework of continuing training and are accompanied by the local educational authority.


A replay of a selection of training courses is available via the mon océan & moi Vimeo channel
See videos


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 and outreach 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"

Institut de la Mer de Villefranche (IMEV)

Thomas Jessin

Thomas Jessin

Multimedia Web design & development

Quentin Branchereau

Quentin Branchereau

Scientific Outreach Officer
from 11/2017 to 06/2020, halftime

Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV/IMEV)

Martina Ferraris

Martina Ferraris

Scientific Outreach Officere
from 02/2014 to 08/2017, halftime

Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche (LOV/IMEV)

Géraldine Williaume

Géraldine Williaume

Doctoral mission of scientific dissemination and mediation
from 10/2017 to 10/2018, part-time

Sorbonne Université

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One of the missions of the Institut de la Mer de Villefranche (IMEV)
is to promote scientific culture

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