52 years old, President of Tara Foundation and company director, for agnès b. for over 20 years.
« Tara Expeditions was born from a great desire of keeping faith. It is a collective quest to understand what is happening climate-wise and to explain it in simple terms. When we acquired Tara in 2003 to create the Tara Expeditions project, the environmental approach, initiated by a company leader was still quite a marginal gesture. Thank goodness, thing have evolved.
Today I do not feel like a radical ecologist. I believe we need to live with our contradictions and attempt to resolve them. It really has to do with a revolution in our mentalities. To act in ecology we shall have to relinquish our individualist world. It is the key. This is what we attemptedand accomplished on Tara. A team’s work at the service of the planet. This exceptional ship must pursue her mission as ambassador of the world’s citizens, must remain a catalyser of energy and desire to tackle without glitter the main question that arises for each one of us: What future are we preparingfor our children? This is and has been my motivation for the past 10 years and for the Tara Oceans Polar Circle expedition »
64 years, scientific director of Tara Oceans expedition, & co-director of Tara Oceans Polar Circle expedition : EMBL/CNRS
Eric Karsenti studied biophysics at the University of Paris, and obtained his PhD at the Institut Pasteur (Paris) in 1979. He is an extremely experienced sailor, having taught ocean navigation in Brittany. He has made major contributions to the understanding of molecular mechanisms governing the cell cycle. He has also worked with physicists in developing a new approach in cell biology which revealed how cell shape and division emerge from complex and dynamic molecular interactions. He created the Department of Cell Biology and Biophysics at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL) in Heidelberg. This is an interdisciplinary department comprised of a dozen groups, all working on the morphogenesis of cells and embryos, with specialties ranging from cell biology and genetics to the development of sophisticated new imaging methods and statistical physics. Director of Research at the CNRS and head of a research unit at EMBL, Dr. Karsenti is a member of EMBO, and the French Academy of Sciences. He was scientific director of the Tara Oceans expedition and co-director of the Tara Oceans Polar Circle expedition.
48 years old, spokesman and scientific co-director
He is a research director at the CNRS and has been in charge since 2010, of the environmental and evolutionary genomics section at the biology Institut in the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. (iBENS, CNRS/ENS) Since 2009, he has been one of the scientific coordinator for the Tara Oceans expedition and will be one of the scientific directors of Tara Oceans Polar Circle. Chris Bowler is an expert in plant biology and has been recognized by the CNRS silver medal in 2010. In his lab, this scientific has studied the marine diatoms and unicellular photosynthetic protists, major parts of the plankton, that play a primary role in the marine ecosystem life. Thanks to many samples collected on board Tara during the Tara Oceans expedition, Chris Bowler is making an attempt to identify the distribution and the role of diatoms in the oceans around the planet. He, thus, tries to collect the reactions of an organism, that is at the start of the food chain for many marine species, against climate changes.
Scientific director, LOV/CNRS/UPMC Villefranche
Specialty : Biologist
Scientific director, CNRS/UPMC
Specialty : Biodiversity of Protists
Scientific Director, CNRS/UPMC Villefranche
Specialty : Operational Oceanography
Sequencing laboratory at Genoscope of Evry
Scientific director, University of Maine
Scientific director, CNRS
Scientific coordinator, University of Maine
Scientific director, U LAVAL/CNRS
Coordinator of the mercury program, Geosciences Environment Toulouse (GET)/Midi-Pyrenees Observatory (OMP)
With a double degree in biotechnology and business management, Romain is equally known for his sailing skills and participations in the America's Cup in 2000 and 2003. After a few years organizing polar expeditions logistics, he has been coordinating Tara Expeditions since 2004.
Member of the board of Fonds Tara
With over 50 years of experience, Philippe Clais has dominated the marine : by serving as capitan to commercial transporters, as inspector for leisure sailing, manager of a tourist harbor, and consultant for nautical industries. He is a member of the national committee for safe sailing and the higher council of sea sports, committee of capitans and officers of the merchant fleet
In charge of the communication
A graduate in journalism at ESJ Paris, Eloise Fontaine's career began as contributor to the site www.ledefi.com for the French during the America's Cup in Auckland. Afterwards she created an online information magazine : www.lemagazine.info becoming head of the sports section. Her adventure with "Tara Expeditions" began in 2004.
In charge of education
With a degree in biology, his career has led him towards the education for environment and sustainable development (EEDD) throughout these past 20 years. He is passionate for nature, science and loves to share his knowledge with the public and youth. He is in charge of education at Tara Expeditions.
In charge of special events
After spending ten years in the Hachette group, first as responsible for products direct marketing then as responsible for the promotion of the weekly magazines Version Femina and TV Hebdo, Myriam joined the Tara land based crew in 2006. She manages the special events of the expedition and is also in charge of the exhibition programme. Myriam loves nothing more than a challenge and Tara Expeditions is one of them.
Born in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Andre studied Philosophy and Social Communication, with a specialization in International Relations and Economic Development in Sorbonne, Paris. He has more than 10 years of experience working with international cooperation in the domain of environmental issues. In 2003, he joined the France Libertés Foundation in Paris, where he worked for six years, two of which in the position of Development Director with participations in the UN Human Rights Council. Andre was also a speaker while part-taking in events at UNESCO (2003), UNFCCC (2008, 2009), UNHRC (2007-2009), UNCSD (2011, 2012), and the E.U Parliament (2007). In 2009 he joined the Tara Expeditions team, taking in charge the international policy & coordination.
Partners and Communication
Anne is part of the Tara Expeditions team since 2006.
Virgile has fifteen years of experience in commercial development of large management agencies specialized in the
design and construction of hospitals, universities, and laboratories.
In 2012, Virgile decided to fulfill his dreams. He began searching for a great human adventure dedicated to
protecting the environment. In 2013, he joined the Tara Expeditions team.
Coordinator of education - Consultant
An engineer by training, Michael Pitiot is the author of expedition accounts (published by Glénat, Gallimard and Presses de la Renaissance) and of documentaries for France2, France5 and Arte. He shoots in 1991 his first tv reportage on humanitarian emergency in Zaïre and Rwanda, continues with the production of short foreign subjects before becoming for five years special adviser to the Vietnamese television. He finally leaves Asia at the helm of a Chinese junk and leads the Sao Mai expedition to France. In 2001, the reporter Arnaud de la Grange asks him to lead the journalists and authors' team of
the "Portes d'Afrique" operation. He is presently coordinating the televised production of Tara Arctic 2007-2008.
Philippe Duflot (school mediator), Dr Thierry Mansir, Dana Sardet, Patrick Chang and Paola Buoso (Translation)
Exhibition, stopover and talk in Le Havre (France)
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