Christian Sardet

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Tara Mediterranean

Christian Sardet  is a CNRS emeritus research director at the Observatoire Océanologique of Villefranche-sur-Mer where he founded and directed the cell biology and BioMarCell laboratories devoted to research on fertilization and development of embryos.

Author of several prize-winning films and DVDs, he received the EMBO Award (European Molecular Biology Organisation) for communication in the life sciences.

As co-founder and coordinator of the Tara Oceans expedition dedicated to the global study of plankton, Christian Sardet initiated the project Plankton Chronicles  in order to share the beauty and diversity of plankton. In 2013 he was awarded the Grand Prix des Sciences de la Mer (IFREMER) by the French Academy of Sciences, and published the beautiful book “Plancton: aux origines du vivant.”