Logo Bretagne

Logo campus mondial de la mer

      • Campus Mondial de la Mer, a tool for the entire Marine Science and Technology community of Western Brittany

      • Interview with Yves-Marie Paulet, lecturer-researcher at the European Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM) and Vice President of the University of Western Brittany
      • Campus Mondial de la Mer, a tool for the entire Marine Science and Technology community of Western Brittany
      • Interview with Yves-Marie Paulet, lecturer-researcher at the European Institute for Marine Studies (IUEM) and Vice President of the University of Western Brittany, who is actively involved in the organization of Campus Mondial de la Mer.

        Campus Mondial de la Mer was launched in Sea Tech Week 2016. But what developments have taken place since then?


        The idea for Campus Mondial de la Mer was born over two years ago while we were bringing together all of the dossiers of the state-region planning contracts. It became obvious that a shared support approach would be needed for issues such as integration and communication. At this point, the Marine Science and Technology community of Western Brittany took on a new meaning, with Brest at the epicentre of this community stretching from Roscoff to Lorient.

        For over a year, the project has been progressively taking shape under the leadership of the technology centre Technopole Brest-Iroise. It primarily positions itself as a structure for organizational support to respond to phase two (PIA2) of the French Investments for the Future programme.

        The idea of “Campus Mondial de la Mer” gradually became established propelled by the actors’ shared conviction that we succeed better collectively than alone.

        The process sped up from autumn 2016, when the positioning and actions of the Campus were set out and an appropriate governance system was put in place.


        Nine functions have been set out as the Campus' objectives.

        The main objective: “Embodying the maritime strategy of Western Brittany”

        I worked very hard with the team1 in charge of defining the functions of Campus Mondial de la Mer. These were validated by the Campus Council on 14 December 2016.

        Its first and most important function is to embody Western Brittany’s maritime strategy. Our community must fuel and continue to enrich its strategic reflection. As such, at the Campus Mondial de la Mer, we are analysing our successes and failures, establishing an ongoing monitoring process for opportunities, particularly European ones, and planning together for international expansion.

        Three more major functions of Campus Mondial de la Mer:

        • Training provisions

        One of our most obvious strengths is probably our ability to collectively build trans-disciplinary training provisions at the international level, drawing on the exceptional, perhaps unique, combination of Marine Science and Technology higher education skills available in the Pointe de Bretagne area. For example, biodiversity training will be offered in June 2017. The marine centre of the French Biodiversity Agency (formerly known as the Marine Protected Areas Agency), is located in Brest and is one of this initiative’s key partners alongside the University of Western Brittany and Station Biologique de Roscoff.

        There are many opportunities to follow customized training courses because disciplines, sectors (e.g. coastal planning, and construction) and local councils who have made the sea a central objective are all situated in the same area. We have already provided this type of training for an Indonesian delegation seeking key skills in Research/Industry interactions.

        Another advantage, one that makes these networks actually work, is that the directors of the establishments concerned, and the academic and business actors and local decision-makers in general, all know each other well. This is undoubtedly down to a matter of scale, but also to a particular mindset in which direct exchange and a natural co-construction approach to issues and challenges is easier to achieve in Western Brittany than elsewhere.

        In contrast, as regards attractiveness, our size, employment market and distance from the large European decision-making centres are all to our disadvantage. More than anything else, we need to think about long-lasting attractiveness, hosting and facilitation. By working together and using the Campus’ strengths we will be able to host and retain talented people. The Campus is at the right scale to achieve this goal.


        • Research-Industry interactions

        The Campus must create original interactions, more in line with research than they are at present. Innovation that grows out of a laboratory, often in the form of an unexpected serendipitous discovery, should not slip into obscurity because of a lack of support at the appropriate level. In collaboration with company directors, we are thinking about potential future actions that the Campus could carry out, actions that are useful, complementary to the current ongoing procedures of actors involved in this interface.

        The acculturation of companies and the academic world is another concern. There is little opportunity for researchers or laboratory directors to meet company directors, or vice versa. Patterns must be created and habits formed, for example, meetings that are commonplace and frequent and are easy times and spaces for people to come together and share, outside of standard formalisms. Technopole Brest-Iroise has made its outstanding site and buildings available to the Campus, and this is one of the operation’s key success factors.  

        Pooling technological facilities
        There are many different core facilities in the region and our objective is for them to be pooled and made more accessible. We are currently making an inventory and considering how to manage such a pooling of facilities on the site.


        The next stage for 2017: formulating an action plan to complete each function

        In 2017, measures will be taken to build the foundations of the Campus. While not the most exciting activities, these bases must be established.  

        Campus indicators will be defined in conjunction with Adeupa and La Pérouse library.

        Another clearly useful tool to be set up is a shared calendar of events. This will provide a comprehensive view, allowing the organisation of international colloquia. This dynamic agenda will serve as the basis for shared time in our community.

        A logistics catalogue for the organization of scientific events will be designed and implemented. We will capitalize on our experience to make the Campus a venue specifically designed to host events on different scales, from national seminars to international conferences, and all kinds of inter-sector trade fairs.

        Six major projects to be launched in 2017

        UNU OCEAN is the first Campus project and its objective is to set up a United Nations University Centre of Expertise on the Ocean in Brest. The United Nations University (UNU), created in 1973, is the academic branch of the United Nations (UN) and has its headquarters in Tokyo. The University has a set of institutes and programmes shared over twelve countries. Our ambition is to make Brest the Centre of Expertise for ocean governance.

        Clusters. These are four other Campus projects that will create new Research/Innovation interface centres. These have developed from joint reflection between the research sector and private companies - the main driver being the maritime competitiveness cluster - during a common project developed for the Investments for the Future programme. This involves bringing societal expectations and research developments in line with one another.

        The themes of these projects are: observation and data collection, marine biotechnologies and biosciences, marine engineering, and the “Sustainability” Collaboratorium.
        The Campus’ role will be to provide assistance  during the setting up stages and to find funding.

        Océanolab, led by Océanopolis (a "Centre de Culture Scientifique Technique et Industriel"), is also supported by Campus Mondial de la Mer. We are at the helm of a true revolution in the design of scientific mediation by introducing research in the making into this exceptional infrastructure. It will be open to the public in 2018.


        How does it work?

        The Campus runs on the enthusiasm of the people involved! It does not have a legal statute; it is a voluntary meeting of community members. A Commitment Charter will be signed by each participating structure.

        The most active centres are the Council, the Cabinet and the dedicated team.

        The Council meets every two months. It is made up of around fifteen people with an equal representation of universities, private companies and local municipal councils. Cabinet members are all members of the Council. The Cabinet is composed of representatives from local councils (Pierre Karleskind, Brest métropole), companies (Vincent Kerbaol, CLS Brest) and, as Vice President of the University of Western Brittany, I am pleased to represent the Higher Education and Research sector.

        An Assembly for all members will take place once a year.

        Eight “job expertise” networks will be launched in the first semester of 2017. Partners will contribute their skills and their staff. Each network will be led by a manager and is made up of five to six people.



        The Last Word

        “The first and most important function of Campus Mondial de la Mer is to embody Western Brittany’s maritime strategy. 2017 is the Campus’ foundation year, an essential year in which all partners can participate in establishing the bases to ensure it functions efficiently and sustainably. It is together, with all our vast diversity, that we will build the future for Marine Sciences and Technologies in Western Brittany!”


        1: Juliette Rimetz, Jérémie Bazin, Maël Garrec, Brest-Iroise Technopole.
        Maël left Brest-Iroise Technopole at the end of December, to start a new life across the Channel.

      • Published on 21/03/2017

Newsletter : Subscribe / Unsubscribe


Campus Mondial de la Mer - Executive Office
Tel : +33 (0)2 98 05 44 51

The executive office is carried out by Technopôle Brest-Iroise team

      • SABELLA
      • Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle (MNHN) Concarneau
      • Bret’Alg
      • Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique
      • ENSTA Bretagne
      • UBO
      • UBS - Lorient
      • Technopole Quimper Cornouaille
      • IMT Atlantique Bretagne-Pays de la Loire
      • SHOM
      • CLS Brest
      • Station Biologique de Roscoff
      • ACTIMAR
      • Ecole Navale
      • ESC Force Ouest
Powered by diasite
Webdesign by diateam