The Diomedes Project

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The Scientific Team


The Norsk Institutt for Vannforskning (Norwegian Institute for Water Research) is the Norwegian leading institution for research on marine and aquatic environments, and focuses on everything from pollutants to climate change.


The Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (Recetox), a part of the University of Masaryk (Brno, Czech Republic) is a major European institution for the analysis of persistant organic pollutants in the environment.


The Norsk Institutt for Luftforskning (Norwegian Institute for Air Research) is the Norwegian leading institution for research on the atmosphere – from air composition to climate change and air pollution.


The Alfred Wegener Institute is providing us with underwater autonomous acoustic device to detect and identify whales and dolphins, and measure sound pollution. Sound recordings will be used in both research and concerts.

Plankton Planet

The Citizen-science Plankton Planet project (founded by CNRS – Tara Oceans members) aims at understanding the biodiversity of plankton through a network of private sailing ships.


The Centre Scientifique de Monaco is specialises in marine biology – in particular coral reef ecosystems, and Antarctic ecosystems.

The Diomedes Project

A Sailboat to monitor the health of the Oceans
Every sailor can help understanding the sea

The threats to our Oceans are numerous – from overfishing to climate change, through oil drilling and contaminant seep from the lands, and the unseen microscopic garbage drifting all across the sea. To understand these threats, organising official research missions is essential, but it is also long and expensive: there is simply too much ocean to cover for scientific ships alone. Meanwhile, the Oceans are full of independent sailors who explore its most remote corners. Sailing ships are silent and clean: compared to heavy engine-powered oceanographic ships, they have almost no environmental impact. And sailors are an enthusiastic community in love with the Oceans. Every sailor can help understanding the seas. With the help of expert international scientists, we will sail around the world, and test methods to measure chemical pollution, sample microplastic garbage, and measure the abundance of endangered wildlife – such as whales, using underwater sound analysis. Our expedition will show how easy-to-use and low impact methods can be integrated in essential scientific research. Together we will develop easy, plug-and-play methods so that more sailboats can take up the job after us, and contribute in gathering open knowledge about the oceans in the future.

The Crew

Florian Maury
Florian a first-class officer in the Merchant Navy with long sailing experience, including on transoceanic old rigging sailboats expeditions.
Marc Danger
Marc is a teacher and shipmaster with lifelong experience of teaching and bringing teenagers in contact with nature, and decades of sailing.
Robin Cristofari
Robin is a marine biologist with broad experience in field marine ecology, genomics, and laboratory and bioinformatic data analysis. Writer and photographer on his spare time.
Jean-Christophe Gairard
Jean is a professional violinist and a pharmacist, and has a large experience both with jazz, folk and traditional music, and with laboratory analysis, biochemistry.
Norith Eckbo
Norith is an ecotoxicologist, nature manager and science communicator. She studies the effects of contaminants in seabirds of the polar regions.

Our Sponsors

Ewol Tech

Based in Milano, Italy, Ewol Tech designed a custom-made folding marine stainless steel propeller for La Sonate, which allowed us to gain one full knot of speed by reducing the drag when we are under full sails! This extra speed also allows us to attach more sensors to the outside of the hull and still be able to sail.


Prosensor specialises in data loggers for environmental monitoring. They have supported several research projects in the past, and now they equipped La Sonate with high-tech salinity and water temperature loggers, that will help us understand how contaminants spread in the Oceans.

Viavi Solutions

Viavi is the developer of the MicroNIR near-infrared spectrometer – a revolutionary small instrument that can identify synthetic compounds such as microplastic fragments without the need for a full laboratory. Viavi is lending us one of their new spectrometers for the first months of our expedition !

Chapka Assurances

Chapka Assurances is supporting us with healthcare insurance all over the world during our expedition. Accidents happen easily onboard ships, and could ruin the whole project – we needed an insurance that could help us anywhere from Patagonia to the Arctic..!

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