Station Biologique de Roscoff

Station Biologique de Roscoff

The Station Biologique de Roscoff (SBR) located on the Brittany coast of the English Channel is a research and training centre in marine biology and oceanography, jointly operated by the CNRS and the University Pierre and Marie Curie (UPMC).

The Station Biologique de Roscoffis is located in a Natura 2000 site. The SBR is a research and training center in marine biology and oceanography, founded in 1872. Its pursues 3 missions: promotion of research and education on the biology of marine organisms and ecosystems; provision of access, both for staff and non-resident researchers, to the ecological and biological resources of the site; and carry out long-term observations of the physical, chemical and biological characteristics of the coastal environment in the vicinity of Roscoff. Due to its location, SBR provides a unique scientific and technical environment for researchers, both permanent and non-resident, who wish to apply modern approaches to the study of marine organisms, notably micro- and macroalgae, invertebrates, and fish. It is also a very active marine biological resource centre, providing access to marine biological models both on-site and remotely through the shipping throughout Europe of live or fixed organisms.

Research areas: molecular and cellular biology; biochemistry and structural biology, bioinformatics; developmental biology, physiology; reproductive biology, genetics; population genetics and ecosystem functioning; biological and chemical oceanography.

Platform: integrative biology platforms with full access to equipment and technical support: Genomic, Proteomic, X-ray crystallography, Bioinformatics, Microscopy.

Marine facilities: research vessels (12m, 7m and inflatables) and diving facilities with access to all research equipment and technical support from the vessel crew.

Marine model sample: provision of samples of collection of biological material from natural populations and when necessary temporary maintenance in aquariums, or breeding/culture of marine organisms. Roscoff Culture Collection (RCC) strain: provision of one algal / protistan strain from the collection (minimum shipment 10 strains). Shipment costs are not included but will be charged to the user. See Guidelines and Conditions before applying.

Main marine model organisms: Microalgae: cyanobacteria Synechococcus and Prochlorococcus; prasinophytes Ostreococcus tauri, Bathycoccus prasinos and Micromonas pusilla; coccolithophore Emiliania huxleyi - Macroalgae: red macroalga Chondrus crispus; brown macroalgae Ectocarpus 'siliculosis' - Invertebrates: tunicate Ciona intestinalis; gasteropod Crepidula fornicata; acoel worm Symsagittifera roscoffensis; sea urchin Spaerechinus granularis - Vertebrates: sea lamprey Petromyzon marinus; dogfish Scyliorhinus canicula.

Laboratories for visiting scientists: 2 running water and equipped laboratories for 2 to 4 people.

Residence center for visiting scientists: a restaurant and accommodation facilities to host up to 100 visitors.


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Station Biologique de Roscoff
Place Georges Teissier
29682 Roscoff cedex
Phone: +33 (0)2 98 29 23 23
Fax: +33 (0)2 98 29 23 24

Web site:

Contact general: Cécile Cabresin ( & Ian Probert (

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