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Project Mare Nostrum wins 2nd Prize at the Poseidon Trophy awards

Two students, Louis WILMOTTE, UTC Compiegne and Douglas COUET, doing a master’s degree in oceanography at University Pierre & Marie Curie, Paris (part of the same Government supported Pole for Research and Teaching PRES Sorbonne, as UTC Compiegne) won 2nd prize at the Poseidon Trophy awards, February 6 and 7, 2013.

Project Mare Nostrum wins 2nd Prize at the Poseidon Trophy awards

This competition is organised by the National Naval Construction Consortium (DCNS), specialised in high technology for ships and associate energy questions.

The Trophy rewards associations who present projects that relate to the sea. In the framework of their project, these two students will paddle a sea-going kayak from the straits of Gibraltar to Istanbul, some 10 000km and will take a year to do this.

As they progress round the Mediterranean, they will conduct a series of scientific missions and organise public awareness events for the protection of the marine environment.

When they return to France they will host some photographic exhibitions and debates on environmental issues.