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MIRA Research Federation (aquatic environments and research)

This federation carries out research in fresh and sea water environments.

It is made up of eight laboratories and research teamsat UPPA, CNRS, Ifremer and INRA, and involves 133 researchers, lecturer-researchers, engineers and technicians:

  • LRHA: Aquitaine Halieutic Resources Laboratory
  • UMR ECOBIOP: Behavioural Ecology and Biology of Fish Populations
  • UR NUMEA: Nutrition, Metabolism, Aquaculture
  • IPREM/EEM : the Environment and Microbiology team of the IPREM (Institute of Analytical and Physical-Chemical Sciences for the Environment and Materials)
  • IPREM/LCBAIE : Analytical, Bio-inorganic and Environmental Chemistry Laboratory
  • LMAP : Applied Mathematics Laboratory
  • SIAME : Mechanical Engineering team specialised in wave-structure interaction
  • LIUPPA : UPPA's IT laboratory


Contact :

Philippe Gaudin, director
Mail : Philippe.gaudin(at)univ-pau.fr

Centre de la Mer

The Centre de la Mer in Biarritz is a voluntary association (subject to the 1901 Act on voluntary associations), which was set up with the aim of improving our understanding of how marine ecosystems work and transmitting the knowledge acquired to students and schoolchildren as well as scientists and administrators.

The association structures its activities in four main areas :

  • Educational activities
  • Coordinating and running the ERMMA (Environment and Resources of Aquitaine Marine Environments) Regional Programme, including the setting up of standardised marine biodiversity monitoring systems covering all the links in the food chain and the exploitation of the data collected;
  • Expert biodiversity assessments
  • Actions on coastal risks: organisation of conferences and training sessions.

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Contact :

Iker Castège, Director
Mail : Iker.castege(at)centredelamer.fr

IMA: Institute of Aquatic Environments

The IMA (Institute of Aquatic Environments) is an organisation that studies and provides advice and technical assistance in the marine and estuarine fisheries, aquaculture and aquatic environment sectors.

The IMA mainly works for its own members in France: local & regional authorities, professionals in the aforementioned sectors and private operators.

The IMA is made up of high-level scientists (academics and halieutic engineers).

The IMA is one of the main technical operators working for the AGLIA (Association du Grand Littoral Atlantique), the body representing three of France's Atlantic coastal regions. deux principaux opérateurs techniques au service de l'AGLIA (Association du Grand Littoral Atlantique).

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EuroSIMA is a European association of boardsports companies.

Its purpose is to bring together the different actors in the industry to defend their interests and help them to develop at European level.

The areas it is involved in are economic observation of the boardsports market, innovation, sustainable development and human resources.

En 2014, EuroSIMA met en place une collaboration avec Outdoor Sports Valley, afin de mutualiser les services offerts à leurs 340 membres communs.

EuroSIMA en chiffres :

180 membres actifs dans l'univers de la glisse dont :

  • 122 marques
  • 58 prestataires de services

CA total des membres : 1,5 milliard d'Euros

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Contact :

Franck Laporte, Directeur Exécutif
Mail : francklaporte(at)eurosima.com

GIS Littoral Basque

GIS Littoral Basque (Basque Coast Scientific Interest Group) is a flexible cross-border governance body with nine members (listed below), including local authorities, public research bodies and private technical centres based on the Basque coast:

  • The Basque Coast–Adour Urban Authority
  • The South-Basque Coast Urban Authority
  • The Department of Pyrénées Atlantiques
  • The Diputación Foral de Gipuzkoa
  • Azti Tecnalia
  • The University of Pau and Pays de l'Adour (UPPA)
  • The BRGM (Geological and Mining Research Bureau)
  • Rivages Pro Tech (SUEZ Eau France)

The partners work together to encourage the emergence of research and R&D projects with operational applications, on the one hand, to meet local authorities' needs in terms of coastal management and, on the other, to boost the know-how and activities of the scientific actors on the Basque coast.

This dual dynamic enables the members of GIS Littoral Basque to reflect together in a collaborative way with a view to improving, developing and sharing decision support tools and innovative coastal forecasting and surveillance technologies.

The main areas of work and research are the assessment and monitoring of water quality (from the river watershed areas to the coast), management of submersion and erosion risks, protection of biodiversity and support for activities connected with the development of MRE.

At the same time, GIS Littoral Basque runs an online data platform. The aim is to pool and share the results of past and future collaborative programmes. These data, provided and shared by the members of GIS Littoral Basque, are intended to provide the material for future cross-border research work and to support public coastal protection policies.

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Contact :

Caroline Lummert
Mail : c.lummert@agglo-côtebasque.fr