Six-Fours-les-Plages, Institut Océanographique Paul Ricard


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Boîte Postale 28
06234 Villefranche s/mer   FRANCE
Tel : + 33 04 93 76 38 90
Fax : + 33 04 93 76 38 93
Email :
Web Site :
Director : Dr Michel Glass

Type of activities
research only academic, education
policy/planning envir. monitoring

Main sectors of research
geophysical processes, continental margins, ocean & radiation, marine biogeochemistry, plankton ecology, microbial food webs, cell biology

Current major projects

Number of local permanent staff
scientists : 101 others : 65

Indoor surface area (m2) available for
research : 5660 teaching : 490
others : 460

Conference room
no yes (number of seats : 40 )

Research vessel(s)
less than 12 m in length; number of vessels : 2
more than 12 m in length; number of vessels :
Brief description of vessels and on board scientific equipment :
'Sagitta' (8.5 m long, one seaman), serving local hydrochemical and plankton research near Villefranche ;
'Velelle' (7 m long, one seaman), serving local hydrochemical and plankton research, scuba diving, and providing living marine organisms for research and teaching

Other major research facilities and equipment
standard instruments for physical and chemical oceanography ; hydrology equipments and plankton samplers ; sediment samplers ; high resolution seismic equipment, air-gun, OBS ; specific instruments for measuring optic properties of sea water ; SHET (continuous chemical and physical data fish recorder) ; laboratory facilities : electron microscopy service, light microscopy facilities ; laboratories for : isotopes, molecular biology, electrophysiology, biochemistry, trace metal analysis, water and particle ; constant temperature rooms, aquarium and culture room ; scuba diving : one technician-diver, compressor, cylinders, regulators ; computer network

Ecosystem types available nearby

Areas of taxonomic expertise
marine protozoa, ctenarian & cnidarian, echinoderms (larval population), euphausiids, pelagic molluscs, chaetognaths, thaliaces, appendicularian

Specimen collections
yes no
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Hosting facilities for visiting scientists
yes no
300 m2 (only in collaboration)

Training courses
yes no
in marine biology, oceanography, marine geology, numerical ecology

Capacity and brief description of library
a central library : 7300 books, 300 research periodicals in the field of marine sciences, and two specialised libraries : geology and geodynamics, physical and chemical oceanography

Type of research institution
governmental, national governmental, local
international academic
private other:


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