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The Earth is also called the blue planet. Its ocean covers more than two thirds of its surface, regulates essential processes such as climate, and plays a pivotal role in the sustainable future of humanity. At the same time, ocean ecosystems are fragile and are rapidly changing, mainly due to shifting climate, altered ocean-atmosphere-land interactions, and overexploitation of resources.

ISblue – Interdisciplinary Graduate School

To address the increasing challenges facing ocean and coastal ecosystems, the “Interdisciplinary graduate School for the blue planet” (ISblue) was created to train the next generation of ocean innovators and science leaders and place them at the forefront of research to answer the needs of the growing blue economy through top level research-based training.

ISblue gathers most of the forces in marine science and technology in West and South Brittany, belonging to the universities (UBO, UBS), research national organisms (CNRS, Ifremer, IRD), engineering schools (IMT-Atlantique, ENSTA Bretagne, ENIB) and the French naval academy.

Discover the advances made by ISblue over the first five years, which are revealed in the pages of this document, and bear the seeds of new discoveries and innovations that will be developed in the second phase of ISblue.

Click here to download the report 2018-2023

Cover photo : Laurent Chauvaud (LEMAR/BeBEST) dives under the quays of SaintPierre and Miquelon to deploy a sound source as part of the France-Quebec ‘Auditif’ project supported by ISblue.


  • – A Governing Board representing the 9 partners
  • An Executive Committee with 1 director and 3 deputy directors
  • – An Operational Committee of about 30 members organised into 2 colleges representing research and training.
  • An Operational team
  • – A Council of Research Units and Graduate Programmes
  • – An International Scientific Council composed of 12 research and training specialists

Discover our booklet with a selection of research and training projects funded by ISblue during 2020/2021 :

Projects booklet 2020/2021

Research Laboratories

ISblue includes 13 research units and teams showing an internationally recognized expertise in many disciplines (eg. physical and spatial oceanography, geosciences, biogeochemistry, ecology, microbiology, data analytics but also geography, economics, law, and engineering), all dedicated to tackle questions related to the ocean in all its dimensions and interfaces. ISblue will move interdisciplinarity to an unprecedented level to push back the frontiers in marine science and technology and ocean innovation.