The Station Biologique de Roscoff (SBR) located on the Brittany coast of the English Channel, in a Natura 2000 site. It is a research and training centre in marine biology and oceanography and was founded in 1872 by Henri de Lacaze Duthiers, a professor at the Sorbonne University, because of it the high biodiversity and variety of habitats in the area. Today, it has become a world-renowned research and training centre in marine biology and ecology, with about 300 staff on a 20,000 m2 campus. It is jointly operated by the Sorbonne Université (UPMC) and the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS).

SBR's research topics are molecular and cellular biology; biochemistry and structural biology; bioinformatics; developmental biology; physiology and reproductive biology; genetics; population genetics and ecosystem functioning; and biological and chemical oceanography.

Roscoff teams have recently been granted three French "Investment for the Future" initiatives in the field of seaweed (IDEALG), plankton (OCEANOMICS) and biological facilities, with its two sister observatories in France (Banyuls-sur-Mer and Villefranche-sur- Mer). SBR leads the French node of EMBRC.


  • Atlantic ecosystems


Ecosystem access

  • Research vessels (12m, 7m and inflatables)
  • Diving facilities
  • Access to all research equipment and technical support from the vessel crew


Biological resources

The Roscoff Culture Collection (RCC) maintains over 3000 strains of marine phytoplankton, bacteria and viruses

Main marine models:

  • 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; gastropod Crepidula fornicata; acoel Symsagittifera roscoffensis; sea urchin Spaerechinus granularis
  • Vertebrates: sea lamprey Petromyzon marinus; dogfish Scyliorhinus canicula


Experimental facilities and technology platforms

  • Four research laboratories among which a joint lab is co-located in Chile
  • Integrative biology platforms with full access to equipment and technical support: Genomics, Proteomics, X-ray crystallography, Bioinformatics and Microscopy
  • 2 running water and equipped laboratories for 2 to 4 people 

Associated services (E-services, Expert advice, Supporting faciltites)

A restaurant, and accommodation facilities that can host up to 100 visitors


Station Biologique de Roscoff
Place Georges Teissier
29680 Roscoff
Liaison officer: Cécile Cabresin (, cc to:

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