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Plastic waste at the seaside
Final webinar restitution of COMPOSE project - March 2nd 14h-17h
The French Embassy in Viet Nam and the French Research Institute for Development (IRD) in Viet Nam will organize the final webinar restitution of the COMPOSE project (Creating an Observatory for Measuring Plastic Occurrences in Society and Environment in Vietnam), which is scheduled for Tuesday 2nd...
An aquaculture farm cage during feeding.

19/02/21

Enhancing sustainable marine aquaculture practices via a strong South African-French partnership

On 19 February, H.E. Aurélien Lechevallier, Ambassador of France to South Africa, visited the Marine Research Aquarium in Cape Town, a key place for the South African – French partnership in aquaculture research. He met with researchers and praised their efforts to ensure sustainable aquaculture...

Villageoise montrant une tectite trouvée au Laos

18/11/20

Laotian tektites reveal the recording of a giant impact at very high pressure

800,000 years ago, the impact of a large asteroid in Indochina projected a large quantity of drop-shaped or teardrop-shaped fragments of glassy rocks, known as tektites, resulting from the continental surface fusion throughout Southeast Asia and as far as Antarctica. A particular type of tektite...

Déchets plastiques sur une plage.

17/11/20

Maputo: Panel discussion on circular economy and waste management

IRD participates in the Environment week "Terra Nossa" organized by French actors in Mozambique. A great event you cannot miss if you are in Maputo!

Meteorological station at the summit of Mera peak (6400 m)

16/11/20

Scientific expedition through Himalayan glaciers

Like every fall since 2007, the French-Nepali joint expedition is about to depart for the Everest region to survey the mass balance of three glaciers. This field campaign is a joint project between French partners (Institut de Recherche pour le Développement/Institut des Géosciences de l...

Le séisme et le tsunami qui ont frappé l'Indonésie le 28 septembre 2018 ont fait plus de 2 000 morts et 5 000 disparus.

09/11/20

A new model found to predict earthquake propagation speed

In an article published on November 9th in Nature Geoscience, Jean-Paul Ampuero and Huihui Weng, two researchers from Université Côte d'Azur and IRD propose a new model to predict the propagation speed of earthquakes.

Stormy sky

19/10/20

[Project] SeaSpots - Changes in the annual climate cycle over South Africa and ocean hotspots

South Africa

Colobathristide bug (ordered Heteroptera), Pilchicocha (Ecuador).

21/09/20

Solving global challenges using insect research

IRD researchers and their partners have published a special issue in the Current Opinion in Insect Science journal. Using an interdisciplinary approach and based on examples from international research, they explain how insects can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)...

Pollution plastique en Indonésie

18/09/20 - 08/10/20

European Sustainable Development Weeks: Indonesia calls on European expertise in space to optimize marine waste collection

Indonesia is among the biggest contributors to marine plastic pollution. In response to this emergency, the Indonesian government is engaging a range of actions to tackle a scourge that has disastrous consequences for the environment, public health and the economy. Its national marine pollution plan...

Les calamars chassent ou se reproduisent la nuit.

17/09/20

International virtual Symposium on Coastal and Marine Biodiversity (ISCOMBIO 2020)

L'Indonésie est l'une des plus grandes nations maritimes du monde. Cet État archipélagique occupe une position et un rôle uniques et stratégiques dans la socio-économie et les sciences mondiales. D'ici 2030, ce pays émergent devrait devenir l'une des premières puissances économiques mondiales.

Daily life in Madagascar.

07/09/20

Scientific stopovers on the coastline of the Indian Ocean

Imagine yourself travelling along the coasts of the Western Indian Ocean… From the Cape of Good Hope to Zanzibar, via the long beaches of Mozambique and the Reunion Island idyllic lagoons, to the mangroves of Madagascar, Tanzania and Kenya. These shores do not only inspire tourists forced into...

07/09/20

Webinar Global Volcanology Talk: The past, present and future of volcano monitoring

Volcano monitoring is one of the earliest scientific activities carried out in Indonesia, long before the country was founded. This activity is aimed at studying volcanoes in order to be able to protect the society from volcanic eruptions. Volcano monitoring has been systematically carried out in...

Rough sea.

17/08/20

A breath of invigorating sea air… carrying microplastics

A new study involving researchers from the CNRS, the Nelson Mandela University and the Strathclyde University (Scotland) provided evidence of possible microplastic transportation from the ocean to the surrounding atmosphere, by the waves and the wind. This marks a significant step for research and a...

Nuage de fumée illustrant la pollution atmosphérique

17/07/20

New grant for a study on transboundary haze pollution and BRI in Southeast Asia

The Henry Luce Foundation Initiative for Southeast Asia, has awarded a four-year research grant to a team led by University of Hawai’i and IRD to study transboundary air pollution and the socio-ecological Impact of China’s BeltRoad Initiative in the Mekong Sub-Region. This grant complements the...

Temple bouddhiste à Bangkok

14/07/20 - 24/08/20

Call for proposals: PHC SIAM Mobility programme 2020-2021

To encourage outstanding scientific exchanges between Thai and French higher education institutions and research bodies, and to develop sustainable collaborative research activities, the Joint Franco-Thai Committee launches the present Call for proposals.

Launching of a CTD-rosette.

16/06/20

[Meet a scientist] Moagabo Ragoasha: once an IRD scholarship holder, now an oceanographer in the SA-France network

Moagabo Ragoasha has just defended her PhD and is now a qualified South African physical oceanographer. Thanks to the IRD scholarship program, she had the opportunity to share her PhD time between France and South Africa. Let’s have a chat with her so she can share her experience with us!

Roundtable on Air Pollution

05/06/20

Roundtable on Air Pollution

Air pollution by fine particles is a global issue. It is the main health risk and the main cause of non-communicable diseases, the second largest contributor to global warming (just after CO2), and with quantities of fine particles arriving in the ocean more than twice the amount of plastic waste...

The Pegasus mobile station, on the Namibian coast.

14/05/20

Fire smoke from South America reaches the Namibian coast

A team of scientists conducted an analysis of the aerosol composition over the Namibian coast. The atmosphere contains smoke coming from biomass fires in Angola and also South America.

A couple taking in the view from Table Mountain, Cape Town.

11/05/20

We found high UV doses at high-altitude hiking trails in Reunion and Cape Town

Ultraviolet (UV) radiation from the sun is important for life on earth and especially for humans.

Buoy on the deck.

19/03/20

[Meet a scientist] Pierrick Penven, the ocean at heart

Pierrick Penven and South Africa share a long history. The scientist has been studying the currents bordering the country for more than 20 years. We met him during his last visit in Cape Town, at the crossing of three oceans.