Principal Investigator
Vitor Vasconcelos

Leader Institution

Research Teams


BBMBC: A Blue Biotechnology Master for a Blue Career

BBMBC project will develop a Master’s degree in La Rochelle University addressing skills gaps in the Blue Biotechnology sector in Europe.

BBMBC will create a completely new teaching programme focused on blue biotechnologies and dedicated to their application particularly in the health, nutrition and aquaculture domains. Indeed, the cutting-edge sector of marine biotechnology lacks high-skilled scientists with both academic and practical knowledge. Therefore, this unique public-private partnership involving academic organisations and Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SMEs) from France, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom, along with specific structures such as the CPMR Atlantic Arc Commission, will set up Master’s degree level in this pivotal field to sustainable global development.

The Master’s curriculum will be dedicated to graduate students and workers allowing them to gain expertise in the blue biotechnology field in 10 months. Thematic courses will be scheduled intensively on a weekly basis. As well as educational courses, work-linked training will take place during the course on industrially-relevant problems, combining practical approaches to the latest scientific knowledge and research. Moreover, from the beginning of this master’s programme, each student will be associated with a project led by a blue biotechnology industrial partner and will be hosted in this structure for the duration of the apprenticeship or internship.