CNRS Summer School

Active transport in the Ocean: Turbulence, Chemistry & Biology 


July 2nd - 6th  2018, Wimereux, France

The spatio-temporal variability of chemical substances and microorganisms in the ocean is the result of the combined action of the turbulent dynamics of the carrying fluid flow and of a variety of processes taking place at submillimetric scales. One can think for instance of molecular diffusion, chemical reactions or the feeding and mating of microorganisms. Recent technological advancements on biogeochemical probes allow access to highly-resolved field measurements and makes oceanic active/reactive transport studies a fast developing domain. In this context there is a need for the development of theoretical and numerical modeling of the ocean biogeochemical variability at the smallest spatial and temporal scales.

The aim of the present school is to offer an overview of the rich phenomenology of active transport and mixing in the ocean and at the same time to present the modelling tools that are currently in use, or can be adopted, to better understand biogeochemical dynamics. 

The school will focus on the three following main topics

  1. Ocean turbulence: theory, modeling, experiments 
  2. Ocean biogeochemistry: phenomenology and experiments
  3. Modeling complex flow systems from chemistry to microorganism population dynamics:  theory and numerical approaches.


Keynote speakers:

The one-week program is built around 4 mini-courses (4:00 hours) and 6 extended seminars (1:30 hours) delivered by specialists in the field. The lectures are intended to be pedagogical but will also give perspectives on open problems and present research challenges.

The junior participants will have the opportunity to give short presentations about their work (10 minutes) or to present a poster.

The detailed program of the summer school is available here: FULL-PROGRAM [updated on 26/06/2018].

 The Summer School is organized by:

  • François G. Schmitt, CNRS Research professor, Director of Laboratory of Oceanology and Geosciences, France
  • Stefano Berti, Associate professor, University of Lille, Lille Mechanics Unit, France
  • Enrico Calzavarini, Associate professor, University of Lille, Lille Mechanics Unit, France

    Local organising committee:

  • Lucdivine Bonnamy, Financial manager, LOG CNRS, France
  • Valerie Plouvin, Administrative manager, LOG CNRS, France
  • Himani Garg, PhD student, Lille Mechanics Unit, University of Lille, France
  • Dario Canossi, PhD student, Lille Mechanics Unit, University of Lille, France

 With the support of:

  • CNRSCentre National de la Recherche Scientifique  
  • ULCO, Université du Littoral Côte d'Opale 
  • Université de Lille
  • Région Hauts de France
  • ERCOFTAC, European Research Community on Flow, Turbulence and Combustion
  • LOG, Laboratory of Oceanology and Geosciences UMR 8187 LOG - CNRS
  • UML, Unité de Mécanique de Lille - J. Boussinesq - EA 7512 UML
  • CAB, Communauté d'agglomeration du Boulonnais


The school will take place in the enchanting marine environment of the Côte d’Opale in Wimereux, France, in the facilities of the Laboratory of Oceanology and Geosciences (LOG- CNRS) located just few meters from the shore of the Eastern English Channel.

By train (two options)

  1. High-speed train till the station of Calais Frethun which has frequent daily connections from Paris, Bruxelles and London, then local train (TER) till the station of Wimille-Wimereux.
  2. Train till the station of Boulogne-sur-mer, then the local bus for Wimereux (stop Saint Jean).

By car

On the highway A16, take the exit Wimereux Sud and follow the road in the direction of Wimereux. At the roundabout on the seaside take the direction for Wimereux, and at the second roundabout take the second exit. The buildings of the Laboratory of Oceanology and Geosciences are just on your left at 28 avenue Foch, 62930 Wimereux, France.
GPS : UTM-31U-0401.680-5624.400


Applicant should send an email to the organisers: active-turbulence@univ-lille1.frbefore April 15th, 2018. EXTENDED! to April 29th, 2018.
This should include:
  • the following filled registration form [form.pdf]
  • a short CV (2 pages maximum)
  • a letter specifying the interest/motivation to attend the Summer School and providing a brief (10-line) description of the applicant's PhD or Post-doctoral project
  • a letter of recommendation of their supervisor, and administrative details (including billing address)
  • if partial/total financial support to cover the subscription fee is requested, please provide a motivation letter
The selection of up to 50 participants will be made by the organising committee and the scientific advisory committee.
Notification of admittance will be sent by email before April 20th, 2018.

Subscription costs:

The course fee includes: downloadable lecture notes, wi-fi internet access, lodging, coffee breaks, lunches, a conference dinner and bus excursion to the two Capes.

Early bird fee, before May 31th 2018:
528 euro (Researchers & post-docs) and 360 euro (PhD, Master students)
Full fee, before June 15st, 2018:
648 euro (Researchers & post-docs) and 480 euro (PhD, Master students)
All fees include VAT.
Free for CNRS employees. CNRS special travel rules apply too, please contact us by email for detailed informations.

Up to 3 full waiver of registration fee are available and will be offered to the requiring applicants.

After the acceptance the payment of the registration fee can be performed via the following web application [FEE PAYMENT]
Cancellation requests received during the two weeks prior to the start of the course will be charged 100 euro.

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