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      • IMBeR 2nd Open Science Conference: a local and international success!

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      • A look back at the Open Science Conference held from 17 to 21 June, 2019 in Brest
      • IMBeR 2nd Open Science Conference: a local and international success!
      • IMBeR (Integrated Marine Biosphere Research) is an international project sponsored by Future Earth-SCOR that promotes integrated marine research through a range of sustainable ocean research topics related to societal issues.

        IMBeR has set itself the objective of "understanding, quantifying and comparing the historical and current structure and functioning of ocean and human systems in order to predict options for ocean sustainability or transition".

        In 2017, Campus mondial de la mer won the call for applications to host the second edition of the IMBeR Open Science Conference (OSC) in Brest, thanks to the support of its partners, both institutional (Brest metropole, Brest'Aim) and scientific (UBO, Ifremer, CNRS, IRD, MNHN, Roscoff Biological Station).

        The large number of laboratories in the territory covering all scientific disciplines (biology, ecology, biogeochemistry, physics, geology, data analysis, social sciences, law, economics, geography, etc.) was decisive for the success of the bid.


        Between June 15 and 21, nearly 540 researchers and students of 40 different nationalities met at Le Quartz to:

        • 9 plenary sessions,
        • 11 workshops,
        • 27 sessions,
        • 195 posters presented,
        • and more than 40,000 petit fours sunk (to the nearest thousand).


        ,,The international IMBeR programme aims to understand, quantify and compare the past and present structure and functioning of interrelated oceanic and human systems in order to predict options for ocean sustainability or the transition to ocean sustainability.

        The IMBeR Open Science conference held in Brest from 17 to 21 June 2019 was the second related to this programme after the one held in 2014 in Bergen. This second conference was a real success for me. It is indeed the most interdisciplinary conference I have attended, with studies having approaches of biogeochemistry, ecology, biology, microbiology, socio-ecology, economics, management, political science, and even psychology! 540 researchers from 40 different countries participated and presented highly innovative results. I have been particularly impressed by the recent progress made in studies that include a very wide range of scales (from genes to the ecosystem) or those that integrate "OMICS" approaches, or those that focus on the complexity and efficiency of the biological carbon pump. In addition, the quality of the keynote speakers was excellent and highlighted the need for interactions between the natural sciences and the human and social sciences to address scientific issues related to ocean sustainability in a context of global change in relation to society. Finally, I would like to underline that the conference was perfectly well organised, both at international and local level and I would like to thank in particular the team of Campus mondial de la mer which was particularly valuable and effective in helping."

        Géraldine Sarthou, CNRS, UBO-IUEM



        IMBeR addresses highly relevant global scientific challenges for the benefit of society.

        These challenges are numerous and the Campus' research organisations contribute to them in collaboration with their French, European and international partners.

        The Campus also took advantage of this exhibition to make its stand available to local project leaders who were able to present their work or structure.


        ,,AMURE was very present at various moments of the conference: on the stand of Campus mondial de la mer with presentations by Denis Bailly (Ocean University Initiative) and Pierre Scemamma (MarHa project); in workshops organized the weekend before the conference, including one on management issues at the interface of multiple jurisdictions, and in several sessions.

        In one of the longest sessions of the symposium, which I co-facilitated with three colleagues (Jörn Schmidt, U. Kiel, Ingrid van Putten, CSIRO and Jan-Jaap Poos, U. Wageningen), we brought together a community of international experts from various disciplines, specialists in tools and methods for producing scenarios on the future of marine socio-ecosystems. At the interface between the natural sciences, the human and social sciences and the information sciences, the work presented made it possible to measure the progress made in this field over the past ten years or so and the challenges we face today. A synthesis of these reflections will be written collectively by the participants in the session in the coming weeks.

        The exchanges in the session "But why don't they use my science" were also very rich, identifying ways to improve the relationship between marine sciences and society."

        Olivier Thébaut, Ifremer


      • Published on 26/06/2019
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