Station Biologique de Roscoff (UPMC-SBR)

Station Biologique de Roscoff (UPMC-SBR)

component of the EMBRC-France infrastructure

Research Infrastructure affiliation: EMBRC

Location: Roscoff, France 

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Local Access Officer: Cécile Cabresin (



EMBRC-France, the French national node of EMBRC, is an integrated national marine biological resource centre jointly operated by the Pierre and Marie Curie Paris 6 University (UPMC) and the National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS). EMBRC-France comprises services of the 3 marine stations of Roscoff, Banyuls-sur-Mer and Villefranche-sur-Mer. Access is offered via a coordinated entry point to local ecosystems, marine organisms, analytical platforms, as well as hosting facilities. The Roscoff Marine Biological Station (SBR) is a marine biology and ecology research and teaching centre situated on the north coast of Brittany in north-western France. The local megatidal English Channel ecosystem is dominated by rocky and sandy substrates.


UPMC-SBR is host to approximately 75 resident researchers/lecturers as well as mutualized core services including Marine Facilities (boats, divers), a Marine Biological Resource Centre (CRBM), Analytical Platforms, and services for hosting visiting researchers. The SBR operates a 12m research vessel (“Neomysis”) for accessing the local coastal zone, as well as 2 smaller boats. The CRBM comprises a Macroorganism Supply Service (wild or cultured animals and macroalgae) as well as the Roscoff Culture Collection (RCC) of microalgae, one of the largest service culture collections of its type in the world (>4000 strains of marine phytoplankton). The CRBM also comprises both wet and dry lab experimental facilities. Analytical Platforms include mass spectrometry, microscopy, sequencing, crystallography, protein kinase inhibitor screening and bioinformatics.


UPMC-SBR offers access to the local ecosystem via research vessels, scientific divers, or on foot in the intertidal zone. On-site and remote access is offered to biological resources. Mutualised technological platforms offer a range of services. Services for hosting visiting researchers include 2 hotels, a restaurant, and dedicated fully equipped visitor laboratories and offices.

Support offered

In EMBRIC the UPMC-SBR offers access to marine facilities (boats, divers), marine biological resources (wild or cultured animals and macroalgae, microorganism cultures), the mass spectrometry platform for metabolomics analyses, and on-site hosting facilities (visitor labs / offices). Organisms and metabolomics analyses can be provided either on-site or remotely. TA-users will benefit from logistical and administrative support prior to and during their stay. According to need, technical staff can provide advice and training in the use of facilities.