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European Marine Biological Resource Centre France (EMBRC-FR)
Hosting Legal Entity
Self-standing RI
Legal Status
Place Georges Teissier, EMBRC-France / Station Biologique de Roscoff, Roscoff, PO: 29680 (France)
Type Of RI
Coordinating Country
Provider Country:
Observatoire Océanologique de Banyuls-sur-Mer | Observatoire Océanologique de Villefranche-sur-Mer | Station Biologique de Roscoff
Current Status:
Operational since 2008
Operational since 2014 to 2019
Under construction since 2012 to 2013
Scientific Description
EMBRC - France offers to scientists and businesses a simplified access to ecosystems, living marine resources, advanced equipment and complementary skills of the three marine stations of the Pierre and Marie Curie University (UPMC) and CNRS : Banyuls , Roscoff and Villefranche- sur-Mer. EMBRC - France provides a major tool for the exploration and exploitation of marine biodiversity , molecular scale ecosystem .

After the IDEALG project (for the promotion of macroalgae), the project of Centre national de ressources biologiques marines (EMBRC-France), coordinated by the Station Biologique de Roscoff (, has been retained in the frame of the Call for “Investissements d’avenir” in the “Infrastructures nationales en biologie et santé » category (National Infrastructures for Biology and Health). For the next 10 years, the project will be supported with 16 M€.

EMBRC France is the French component of EMBRC. In 2009 the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) has selected EMBRC to become one of the future European research infrastructure on marine bioresources and marine ecosystems. In 2014 , nine countries including France, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for its establishment, planned for 2016 .

RI Keywords
Coastal research, Research vessel, Environmental research, Access, Aquatic ecosystem, Environmental analysis, Biodiversity, Basic Biology, Marine biochemistry, Marine ecosystems, Genomics, Biomedical Sciences, Marine ecology, Bioinformatics, Ocean acidification, Marine chemistry, Marine environment, Oceanic observatory, Ocean, Marine and coastal research, Imaging, Marine biology
RI Category
Structural Biology Facilities
Biomedical Imaging Facilities
Collections of Biological Resources (e.g. Microorganisms, Biobanks and Seed Banks)
Genomic, Transcriptomic, Proteomics and Metabolomics Facilities
Marine & Maritime Engineering Facilities
In situ Marine/Freshwater Observatories
Scientific Domain
Biological and Medical Sciences
Earth and Environmental Sciences
ESFRI Domain
Health and Food
Biological resources

EMBRC - France provides services for studying the functioning of marine resources and marine ecosystems . EMBRC - France makes available marine organisms, particularly model organisms for which resources and genomic tools exist.


Training for academic users and companies is central to the mission of the National Marine Living Resources Centre. The areas concerned are: - Training on methods of cultivation and use of marine models (micro- and macro- organisms) - Biodiversity, ecosystems, scientific diving - Technical and scientific training : molecular biology, spectroscopy , cytometry, imaging , structural biology , functional exploration - Training environments and methods in bioinformatics.

Access to coastal ecosystems

The three marine stations of EMBRC - France offer technical services for scientific diving.

Technological plateforms

EMBRC - France offers to users advanced analytical platforms for a high-quality research on marine organisms. The proposed technology platforms are: Genomics, Imaging (miscroscopie and cytometry) , structural and chemical analyzes ( spectrometry, crystallography, extraction and characterization of biomolecules, nutrients), Culture and biomass and Bioinformatics.


EMBRC - France offers to its users appropriate and efficient infrastructure to conduct research projects in marine stations of EMBRC France.

Access to coastal ecosystems

The three marine stations of EMBRC - France offer equipment for scientific diving- including filling station and premises as well as water resources for the realization of campaigns in coastal areas.

Date of last update: 05/07/2018