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Atlantea Expedition Press Kit

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Atlantea will combine science, awareness and respect for the environment for a year around the Atlantic.

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Articles and interviews

Marina.ch – Edition 169 – Sailing for science – 03.2024023

 » Students from a variety of disciplines spend a year sailing the North Atlantic aboard a sailboat to make a new contribution to our understanding of the oceans. 

Their expedition focuses on plankton, which they study using sustainable low-tech instruments. […] « 

Retrouvez l’article complet dans le numéro 169 de Mars 2024 consultable sur l’application Marina.ch.

Marina.ch

Voiles et Voiliers – Planet Sea: Low-tech scientific campaigns – 12.2023

« Called Atlantea, this adventure – for it is an adventure, as the route takes in Newfoundland and Greenland – is being carried out as part of the Sailowtech association, which offers « sailing as a means of supporting frugal scientific initiatives ».

This autumn, a group of young people aged between 20 and 24, most of them graduates of the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne, will be setting off on a year-long expedition around the Atlantic in search of plankton. […] « 

Read the full article in the December 2023 issue of Voiles et Voiliers.

Voiles et Voiliers

Ouest France – « Another science is possible »: young engineers spend a year on a sailing boat – 11.10.2023

« The Atlantea expedition will leave Brest (Finistère) on October 14, 2023, in pursuit of plankton and the impacts of climate change on the ocean. This scientific adventure is the brainchild of a group of young graduates, a far cry from their engineering school careers.

There are six of them, aged between 21 and 24, and the ocean has opened its arms wide to them. On October 14, 2023, the young crew of the Atlantea mission will set sail on a one-year expedition from Brest (Finistère) across the North Atlantic. Twelve months to cross five seas and an ocean, from Cape Verde to Greenland, in search of plankton. Twelve months to reflect on their future, overshadowed by climate change, a symbol of a concerned youth determined to reverse the trend.

[…] « 

Read the full article and all the details on the Ouest-France website (in French)!

Ouest France

Le Télégramme – From Switzerland, they built the KOSMOS camera designed in Concarneau – 31.08.2023

« In Switzerland, French students have built a replica of the Kosmos, an underwater biodiversity camera designed by Konk Ar Lab and Ifremer. They are completing the tool in Concarneau before a scientific expedition.

The Kosmos camera crosses borders. French students in Switzerland have taken advantage of plans available on the Internet to build a Kosmos, developed in open source by Konk Ar Lab and Ifremer. Three of them are currently completing the instrument at Konk Ar Lab, alongside their colleagues from Concarneau. […] « 

Read the full article on the Télégramme or Konk Ar Lab websites!

Le Télégramme

Ouest France – Swiss students use the Konk Ar Lab knowledge – 30.08.2023

« Three polytechnicians from Lausanne will embark on an oceanographic expedition in September 2023. Konk ar Lab’s Kosmos underwater camera will contribute to research between the Caribbean and Canada.

At the end of September 2023, Flore Mueth, 21, Alexandre Tellier, 22, and Thibault Touzain, 23, from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), will set off on an expedition with three other crew members across the Atlantic aboard the 13.50 m sailboat Carlina, on loan from Romain Bazile of the Ocean Trotter association. During the Atlantea mission, they will be testing the capabilities of the Kosmos underwater camera in the waters of the Caribbean and Canada.

[…] « 

We could share our vision of the Atlantea Expeditions and some details of the instruments we’ll use!

Read the full article here (French) !

Ouest France

20 minutes – Six students take on an oceanic and scientific challenge – 16.08.2023

« A year-long journey to study plankton and test low-tech tools: that’s what an EPFL crew is preparing for.

Riding the waves from one shore of the North Atlantic to the other, from France to the Tropics, flirting with the icy air of the Arctic Circle: a crew of six EPFL students, aged between 20 and 24, will be sailing the oceans for twelve months from October onwards. They will be studying plankton, an organism that accounts for 98% of marine biomass, but is little-known in scientific circles. The aim of the Atlantea expedition, organized by the Sailowtech association, lies elsewhere: « Our ultimate goal is to make science available on the open seas », explains Andréa Montant, second captain aboard the sailing yacht Carlina.

[…] « 
Sailowtech’s first expedition, the Atlantea expedition, was on the front page of Romandie’s most widely read newspaper!

Read the full article here (French)!

20 minutes

U Change – Student Initiatives towards Sustainability – 19.06.2023

The « U Change – Student Initiatives for Sustainable Development » incentive program supports the realization of project ideas geared towards sustainable development, and is aimed at students at Swiss universities (Federal Institutes of Technology, Universities of Teacher Education, Universities of Applied Sciences and Universities).

We’re delighted to announce that we’ve been selected to receive the U Change scholarship and support to the tune of CHF 10,000!

Read the full article here (French)!

Académies Suisses des Sciences

At EPFL, a project offers studies with an ocean view – 10.03.2023

« To raise awareness of the importance of the oceans, the Sailowtech association will develop low-tech techniques for collecting data at sea, then test them during a sailing expedition around the North Atlantic. Several EPFL laboratories are on board.

Welcome to EPFL-sur-Mer! There were already the cries of the gulls, more and more numerous to nest on the roofs of the campus, giving it a little « Atlantic coast » air. Now there’s Sailowtech. This student association intends to bring the ocean into its classrooms and curricula, and show that, although it doesn’t have direct access to the deep blue sea, Switzerland is indeed concerned by marine ecosystems. […] »

 

Read the full article here (French) !

École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL)

Interview at Fréquence Banane – 13.01.2023

Margot Romelli and Thibault Touzain from the Sailowtech team had the honor of being interviewed by Fréquence Banane, the student radio station of EPFL (École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne).

Host Alexandre Tellier describes ocean lovers who seek to better understand the ocean while raising public awareness of its preservation in the first episode of the podcast « L’invité(e) de la rédaction »!

Listen to the full podcast on Spotify, Deezer et Apple Podcast (French). 

L'invité(e) de la rédaction, Fréquence Banane

SailowTech at Sail The World – 02.01.2023

« 14 month aboard a 43-foot keelboat

(Carlina) around the North Atlantic Ocean to follow the plankton’s journey and raise awareness of the importance of the oceans through navigation that is as environmentally friendly as possible. This is the mission set by the SailowTech association.

A team of young engineers, students, sailors and sailing instructors who have decided to combine their knowledge and spirit of adventure to embark on a crazy adventure and contribute to a better world. « 

 

Full article here (French).

Le Blog Sail The World : Expedition Atlantéa

SailowTech at Forum EPFL – 10.04.2022

« Associations and ecology have their place 

Beyond start-ups, associations have also found their place: Wednesday will be dedicated to NGOs, a first. Affable and passionate, Margot, 20 years old, presents the « Atlantea » expedition. The association she created, SailowTech, plans a 14-month crossing from Guinea to Greenland via the Caribbean, to study plankton and the impact of pollution on the species. « Carlina », a 13-meter cutter, is already ready. « No one cares about plankton, it’s invisible. But it is 98% of the marine biomass and half of the oxygen of the planet », she explains. Eventually, the goal is to offer expeditions to students to test scientific tools created beforehand. And to exploit the data. « The challenge is to combine research and sustainability, to raise awareness and encourage action. Tomorrow’s engineers will shape the world, » Margot explains. « 

Full article here (French).

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