Introducing the five Marine and Maritime Institutions – IUML

Introducing the five Marine and Maritime Institutions – IUML

on July 13, 2020

The Sea and littoral Research Institute (IUML) is a multidisciplinary institution in the field of marine and coastal sciences, whose activities are focused on 3 missions: research, training and collaboration.

For 40 years, the research units of the Loire territory have been federating in order to tackle the substantial maritime and coastal challenges of our time. Structured since 2012 as a CNRS Research Federation, the IUML is part of its territory as a key player and partner in meeting challenges of ecological transition, preserving biodiversity, adapting to climate change and mitigation, future health and future nutrition…

Member of the Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique, the French Maritime Cluster the French network of Maritime Universities, and the European Marine Board, the IUML has made interdisciplinarity an imperative and articulates its research activities around 4 lines:

  • (a) Marine bioprocesses and Bioresources: characterization and development of marine resources (microalgae, bacteria, bivalve, etc.) in a wide variety of sectors: cosmetics, food nutrition, energy, health
  • (b) Offshore Platforms, Ship of the future, Marine Renewable Energies: from the physical characterization of maritime structures (port quay, offshore wind, ships, platforms, etc.) to the monitoring and management of risks and costs.
  • (c) Biodiversity, Health and Coastal environment: analysis of marine biodiversity and understanding of the metabolic potential for human, animal or environmental health, impact of human activities on marine ecosystems, monitoring of pollution and risks on human health.
  • (d) Blue growth, Governance of Maritime Area: historical, spatial, economic, legal and social characterization of maritime activities in order to manage uses in the maritime area.

As presented the IUML is making its best to tackle society challenges and being connected to its territory. However, the GRRIP project is relevant because of it gives to the institution the opportunity to analyse and improve our methodology and tools.