IFREMER is a French institute that undertakes research and expert assessments to advance knowledge on the oceans and their resources, monitor the marine environment and foster the sustainable development of maritime activities. To carry out its missions, IFREMER designs and implements tools for observation, experimentation and monitoring and manages oceanographic databases.
IFREMER operates many of the French oceanographic vessels, as well as underwater systems and ocean instruments (seismometers, penetrometer, etc.). Since March 2011, the programming and modernisation of the French oceanographic fleet (FOF) has been entrusted to a joint service unit (UMS) and IFREMER was mandated to administrate the FOF for a four-year period.
Created in 1984, IFREMER is a state-owned public industrial and commercial institute (EPIC), placed under the joint supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education and Research and the Ministry of the Environment, Energy and the Sea.
IFREMER works together with the French scientific community as well as with institutional partners from many different countries. Cooperation is centred on major international and overseas programmes in partnership with several targeted countries (USA, Canada, Japan, China, Australia, Russia), and on policies that involve the Mediterranean region, connecting Europe to South Mediterranean countries.
In service to Research, Scientific Assessments and Core Infrastructures
IFREMER carries out targeted research to address current societal questions (effects of climate change, marine biodiversity, pollution prevention, seafood quality, etc.). This research produces results that cover scientific knowledge, technology innovation and ocean observation and exploration systems. The Institute collaborates with public or private partners or both.
IFREMER monitors the seas and the coasts to provide scientific support of public policy for management of the environment and its resources.Based on advisory notes or assessment reports, surveys and marine monitoring networks, IFREMER – in collaboration with professionals of the marine and maritime sectors – brings its expertise in marine sciences to the major scientific questions of today.
The development, management and distribution of the large research infrastructures – fleet, computational resources, data centres, testing facilities, laboratories – are made available to the national and European scientific community as well as through public-private research partnerships.
- Annual budget of €210 million (not including internal operations)
- Staff of 1464 people including 595 engineers/researchers and 45% of women
- 450 scientific articles published in 2015 and indexed in the Web of Science
- 5 Centres covering one or several administrative regions (Atlantic, Brittany, Channel-North Sea, Mediterranean, Pacific) et 20 coastal stations
- 6 ships (of which 3 are sea-going vessels), 1 manned submersible, 2 remotely operated vehicles and 2 AUVs