Mer Bretagne : Sea Innovation and Business Cluster
The sea – source of innovation and economic development
Innovation cluster on an international scale, Pôle Mer Bretagne is a network of 300 members: these members include large companies, public and private laboratories, Universities and elite schools located around Brittany, especially in coastal areas.
Its "ambition": meet, through innovation, the increasing safety and sustainable development related requirements which generate new economic activities.
Its "role": Support and push collaborative projects involving laboratories and companies, in order to develop innovative products and services which will make the difference on international markets and create activities and jobs.
Its "tool": certification allowing projects to find specific financial help to develop innovation.
The innovative nature of Pôle Mer Bretagne is supported by the existing strengths in Brittany in sea related activities: 40,000 jobs, 2,900 researchers, and on a long term vision for increasing needs in safety and sustainable development which in turn lead to market demand. The Pôle Mer Bretagne is also supported by international players: Great Britain, Quebec, Germany, Norway, Brasil and France’s overseas territories.
165 approved projects
Since 2005, 165 cooperation projects were approved around 6 areas of excellence:
- maritime safety and security
- navy and water activities
- marine, fossil and renewable energy resources
- marine biology resources: biotechnologies, fishing and aquaculture, the environment and town and country planning.
- ports, infrastructure and maritime transport.
…. Involving Many Players:
Research: Ifremer, CNRS, the Roscoff Biological Station, the University of Western Brittany with its European University Institute of the Sea, the University of Southern Brittany, University Rennes 1, Central School of Nantes, Télécom Bretagne, Agrocampus, Rennes School of Chemistry, ENSTA Bretagne, the Navy School, The French Naval Oceanographic and Hydrographic Department (SHOM), IPEV (French Polar Institute), and more.
Contacts : Patrick Poupon, Managing Director of the Mer Bretagne Cluster and Nisha Le Joliff, Public Relation.
For more information : www.pole-mer-bretagne.com