The agreement signed on December 8 for a period of five years consolidates the ties that have existed between the French National Institute for Ocean Science (IFREMER) and IMT Atlantique for many years.
The two institutions are thus demonstrating their desire to intensify their collaboration and to pool their expertise and resources in order to undertake joint research and training projects in a strategic area: knowledge and protection of the oceans, that cover more than 70% of the earth's surface and play a key role in climate regulation.
Paul Friedel, president of IMT Atlantique François Houllier, president and CEO of Ifremer
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Combining unique and complementary expertise
The framework agreement signed today by François Houllier, President and CEO of Ifremer, and Paul Friedel, president of IMT Atlantique, aims to intensify the partnership between the two institutions and capitalize on their respective skills and complementarity.
With the second largest maritime domain behind the United States and an exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of 11,035,000 km², as well as its history and geographical position, France occupies a privileged place in the maritime world and a leading position in oceanographic research, thanks, in particular, to the work of Ifremer (French National Institute for Ocean Science). Founded in 1984, Ifremer has become one of the world's leading institutes in marine science and technology. It conducts research aimed at improving knowledge of the ocean environment, protecting and restoring the seas and harnessing their immense potential for energy, food and health in a sustainable and responsible manner.
by Pierre-Hervé VAILLANT