20 years of sharing — together building a new story about the Ocean

Towards a new story Myriam Thomas, director of the Ocean Culture group, has been working on sharing knowledge for 15 years, with the aim of eliminating preconceived ideas and trying to bring together citizens all around the Ocean. From the first Tara expedition in 2006, we had a real desire to have everyone experience this

Reinforcing scientific expertise in understanding planktonic ecosystems through collaboration among young researchers

The Ocean Plankton, Climate, and Development project (2016-2022), in partnership with the French facility for Global Environment (FFEM*), enabled the Foundation and its partner laboratories to establish a program for training and expertise exchange aimed at understanding planktonic ecosystems. Young researchers from the Global South (Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Senegal, and Togo), with diverse expertise (geneticist,

Signing of the High Seas Biodiversity Treaty at the UN: the race for ratification has begun

What’s the difference between signing and ratifying a treaty? After signature, which is the first formality, comes ratification, which is the formal act by which a signatory state agrees to be bound by the treaty when it enters into force. The text is officially submitted for ratification. This second stage is more complex, as it

How can science be better integrated into political decision-making? Tara Europa Lab’s ambition

Why do scientists and policy-makers need to communicate? What is science-to-policy? Science-to-policy is the process of enabling political decision-makers to make informed choices underpinned by scientific knowledge. The volume of scientific knowledge produced is immense, and yet there is still a relatively wide gap between science and policy, particularly when it comes to taking effective

Impact of anthropic activities on biodiversity along the shoreline: development of coastal occupation

What is the shoreline? According to Michel Desse, professor of human geography of coastal areas at the University of Nantes, the shoreline is an interface zone between land and sea/ocean that fluctuates depending on the day (under the influence of tides, for example), season and climate-related events, such as marine submersion. In some places, the

[Tara Océans] Discovery of new viruses in the ocean: Mirusviruses

Viruses infect plankton in the ocean Scientists characterized a new group of DNA viruses which they named «mirusviruses». “Mirus“ is a Latin word which means strange, or even surprising. The name reflects the unusual evolutionary traits of these viruses which have very complex genomes, with hundreds of genes and many functions which are currently completely


[Tara Pacific] First results of an extraordinary expedition

Five years of analysis: the time for scientific research Thousands of samples to study While the long time between the end of the expedition and the publication of the results may seem surprising, it is nevertheless usual for this type of scientific work. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, the quantity of data generated

International treaties: deciphering their workings to better understand our actions

What is the UN ? The United Nations Organization (UNO) was created on October 24, 1945 after the Second World War. It is an international organization whose primary objectives are to maintain peace and international security. The UN promotes the protection of human rights, humanitarian aid, the guarantee of international law and has specific powers

Tara Pacific: Towards a new understanding of coral reefs, sentinels of climate change

What is coral? Coral: animal, vegetable, mineral? When observing a coral on a reef, we do not observe an animal, nor an alga, nor a rock, but all three combined. Indeed, a coral is a colony of animals fixed on their limestone skeleton, sheltering in its tissues micro-algae which give them their bright colors. These

2003-2023: 20 years of sponsorship actions for the Tara Ocean Foundation

Agnès Troublé, known as agnès b: 20 years of philanthropy For almost 2 decades, the designer Agnès Troublé, called agnès b.– a brand the stylist launched in 1975 – has been associated with the research schooner Tara, sailing on the Ocean around all continents: In 2003, Agnès Troublé and her son, Étienne Bourgois, CEO of

How are the logistics of an oceanographic expedition organized?

The origins of modern oceanographic campaigns: from the Challenger to the schooner Tara In 1872, the HMS Challenger set sail for a four-year scientific mission that is considered retrospectively to be the first modern oceanographic campaign. The Royal Navy ship traveled approximately 65 000 nautical miles across the Atlantic, Southern, Indian and Pacific Oceans. The

Sound performance in Lorient

Artistic residency aboard Tara: a fruitful cohabitation between artists and scientists

Art & Science: The emotion of discovery Nature is a real playground for artists and scientists who find themselves with the same goal: to understand and describe the surrounding world that continues to amaze us. So what’s so different about the artistic and scientific approach? Information such as temperature, salinity, photographs or sounds are collected.

After fifteen years of negotiations, the UN adopts the Treaty for the Protection of Biodiversity in the High Seas!

Although three States are not satisfied with all the provisions of the text and have expressed reservations about the final draft, the conclusion of these negotiations represents a historic moment for the Ocean, which lacked a protection instrument for biodiversity beyond the coastal areas under national jurisdiction. The text will now be forwarded to a

The high sea: how to protect the little-known biodiversity of international waters?

What is the High Sea? The concepts of freedom and infinity have often been associated with the human conception of maritime space throughout history. In the early definition of the Dutch jurist Hugo Grotius (17th century), the Ocean was declared a free and limitless space (mare liberum), which escaped all State sovereignty (res nullius). But

Tara, a legendary oceanographic sailboat, evolving through scientific missions and shipyard overhauls

History of the schooner Tara’s overhauls The schooner is now 33 years old, and has been sailing under the name Tara for 20 years. Before each new mission, a reflection is carried out about how to arrange and adapt the spaces for the needs of science and future navigations. – Tara Arctic 2006-2008 In 2006,