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Participating Institutions and laboratories

CNRS / ENS, Paris, France - CNRS / UPMC, Paris, Roscoff, Banyuls, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France - Stazione Zoologica, Naples, Italy - University of Washington, Seattle, USA - ICM-CSIC, Spain - Bigelow Laboratory, USA - CNRS / IMM / IGS, CNRS / OOB - University of Arizona, USA - University of Maine, USA - EMBL, GERMANY.

Massachussets Institute of Technology, Boston, USA - Stazione Zoologica, Naples, Italy

CNRS / UPMC, Paris, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France - Centre Scientifique de Monaco - University of Milan Bicocca, Italy -  MNHN, Paris France - Museum of Tropical Queensland, Townsville, Australia - University of Fribourg, Switzerland - Nova Southeastern University, Florida, USA - Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) , France - University of Miami, Florida, USA  

Cross-disciplinary oceanography, sampling and navigation infrastructure

Tara Expeditions, Paris, France - CNRS / UPMC, Villefranche-sur-Mer, France - Stazione Zoologica, Naples, Italy - University of Maine, Orono, USA - ACRI-ST, Sofia-Antipolis, France  - LEGOS/CNRS, Toulouse, France - GIP Mercator Océan/CNRS, Ramonville St Agne, France  - METEO France, Toulouse, France - Satlantic Inc., Halifax, Canada - Hydroptic Ltd., Lisle en Dodon, France - WDC-MARE/PANGAEA®, Bremen, Germany.

Specific cross-disciplinary collaborations
CNRS/UPMC, Paris, France - IFREMER, Brest, France - University of Hawaii, USA - Marine Biology Laboratory, Woods Hole, USA - LOG, Wimereux, France

Cross-disciplinary cellular/organism imaging and cytometry infrastructures
EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany -  CNRS / UPMC, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Roscoff, France - University of Washington, Seattle, USA - School of Biology and Environmental Science, UCD, Dublin , Ireland - Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, USA - Bigelow Laboratory, USA

Sequencing and Bioinformatics infrastructures

Genoscope, Evry, France -  EMBL, Heidelberg, Germany - EBI, Cambridge, UK - VIB/VUB, BE


Project directors
Eric Karsenti (EMBL, DE)
Etienne Bourgois (TARA, FR)

Scientific Coordinators
Francesca Benzoni, Milan-Bicocca IT / / Coral Reefs
Chris Bowler, ENS/CNRS, FR / Functional Genomics
Colomban De Vargas, CNRS, FR / Biodiversity of Protists
Mick Follows, MIT, USA / Modelling
Daniele Iudicone, Stazione Zoologica A. Dohrn,  Naples, IT/Physical oceanography
Silvia Gonzalez-Acinas, ICM-CSIC, ES / Prokaryotes
Gaby Gorsky, CNRS, FR / Operational Oceanography with Sabrina Speich, Laboratoire de Physique des Océans, CNRS-IFREMER-IRD-UBO
Pascale Joannot, MNHN, FR / Archiving/Authorizations
Steffi Kandels-Lewis, EMBL, DE / Scientific Logistics
Emmanuel Reynaud, UCD, IRL / Imaging/Cytometry
Matt Sullivan, Arizona, USA / Viruses
Stephane Pesant: PANGAEA®, DE / Oceanographic data management
Olivier Jaillon, Genoscope, FR / Genomics
Erica Goetze, Hawaii University, USA / Zooplankton Genomics
Gilles Reverdin, UPMC, FR / Physico-Chemistry
Uros Krzic, EMBL, DE / Onboard-Onland databases
Fabrice Not, CNRS, FR / Operational Biology and Sampling
Hiroyuki Ogata, CNRS, FR / Girus
Jeroen Raes, VIB/VUB, Brussels, BE /  Bioinformatics
Didier Velayoudon, FR/Manager scientific consortium

Other coordinators
Philippe Clais,TARA, FR / Security
Eloise Fontaine,TARA, FR / Communication
Michael Pitiot, TARA, FR / Media Projects
Romain Troublé, TARA, FR / Tara operations
Christian Sardet, CNRS, FR / Multimedia platform
Myriam Thomas, TARA, FR / Events
Brigitte Sabard, TARA, FR/Education
Hervé Bourmaud and Loic Vallette, TARA, FR/Captain

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Tara Mediterranean 2014 expedition departure


Tara Mediterranean expedition
From April to November 2014

After more than 4 years sailing around the world and the Arctic, Tara is preparing a mission with two objectives : to accomplish a scientific study concerning plastic pollution and to promote awareness of environmental challeges in the Mediterranean Sea, cradle of our civilization.

A traveling exhibition and films will be shared with the public. We will also welcome classes aboard at each stopover. Artists will be in residence on Tara for the duration of the expedition.
We are currently looking for local partners and volunteers to work with us on organizing this campaign. Do not hesitate to contact us:  aideztara@taraexpeditions.org

Click here to learn more about the expedition and its highlights


Tara's application for iPad selected in TOP of AppStore in 118 countries


Tara's application is available for iPad !

Join us aboard Tara, a schooner for the planet, and experience her unique voyages on the world's oceans – in one application !

- Panoramic photos show you the boat as if you were on board.
- Learn more about Tara's expeditions via articles, photos, videos, routes of the expeditions and more!

To download it, it's free, just click here


Ocean Sciences meeting


The biennial Ocean Sciences Meeting that took place recently in Honolulu, Hawaii (February 22 - 28, 2014) is the most important international symposium in oceanography. It brings together all the scientific disciplines (physics, chemistry, geology, biology) as well as the social sciences. Nearly 5,000 scientists attended.

Lars Stemmann, Chris Bowler, Hiroyuki Ogata, Colomban de Vargas and Emmanuel Boss – scientists involved Tara Oceans – organized a session on the integrated study of ocean ecosystems during which more than 20 researchers shared their work with a full audience. Exchanges took place concerning oceanic biodiversity (methods and estimations) and its sensitivity to changes at different scales of time and space (including transport by ocean currents). Scientists discussed their results and methods. Contacts were made to share and promote internationally the outstanding data resulting from the Tara Oceans expedition.




Discover and sign Paris Appeal for the High Seas !

Your voice matters: Only a democratically-organized, international governance of the High Seas can safeguard and sustainably manage the resources of this unique realm.

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The Tara Oceans expedition discovers a new coral reef species from the Gambier Islands, French Polynesia


A new shallow water coral species, Echinophyllia tarae sp. n., is described from the Gambier Islands, French Polynesia. The remote and poorly known Gambier islands were explored by the Tara Oceans international research expedition in 2011. Scleractinia, also called stony corals, are ancient and structurally simple marine animals which have the ability to form hard skeletons and are involved in the build up of coral reefs. This new coral is common in the lagoon reefs of the Gambier, and was observed in muddy environments where several colonies showed partial mortality and re-growth. The paper devoted to the new species was published in the open access journal ZooKeys.

More information : here


Explore Google Ocean with Tara


Write "Tara" on the research of Sylviaearlealliance's website
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OCEANOMICS, funded by Investments for the Future



Tara in Nowness by Spencer Lowell


Watch the video here. By Spencer Lowell (3min)


Tara Expeditions Blogs


Find Tara Expeditions content in our blogs in several languages : - spanish - italian - portuguese


Ban Ki-Moon, Secretary General of the United Nations speaks to Tara at Rio +20


Part of the speach :

"Earlier this year, I had the chance to board the Tara Expeditions when it docked in New York.
The crew was really inspiring. They shared so much information with me about oceans and climate change. I am really grateful that they are raising awareness around the world … and I am very proud that the United Nations is supporting them.
As I stood on the Tara that day in February, I stood on the deck and looked out at downtown Manhattan. We were surrounded by skyscrapers but we had a window on the deep blue sea. It was a reminder that our worlds are connected.
I promised the crew that I would continue working with dedication for the planet’s oceans.
Now, Rio has to put more wind in our sails, so we can navigate the waves to a better future.
Let us advance for our oceans and our world."

Rio de Janeiro, 21 June 2012