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environmental geosciences
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environmental geosciences

CEREGE timeline

The history of CEREGE

  • 2022

    Work begins on the CIRENE hall

  • 2021

    Beltram creation

    A few dozen metres from the CEREGE and the hundred or so startups in the Arbois-Méditerranée Environmental Technopolethe BELTRAM teaching building of theOSU Pythéas is now home to the first CISAM + antenna.

  • 2018


    Digital and optical tools for the physical separation of microscopic organisms.
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  • 2015

    Seminar for Françoise Gasse

    Pioneer of continental palaeoclimatology, palaeobiologist, diatom specialist and palaeoclimatologist, Françoise GASSE was a researcher at CEREGE for 10 years.

  • 2014

    Aix Micadas

    Particle accelerator dedicated to measuring carbon-14
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  • Since 2012

    Creation of ECORD

    Infrastructure directed by Gilbert Camoin, distributed in 14 European countries (France, Germany, United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Portugal, Ireland, Austria, Denmark, Finland) and Canada. ECORD is taking part in the IODP programme (International Ocean Discovery Programme - 2013-2024), exploring ocean archives on different time scales.

  • 2012 - 2013

    Created by AMU & OSU PYTHEAS

    The University of Aix-Marseille or Aix-Marseille University is a French multidisciplinary university created on 1 January 2012 by the merger of the three previously existing universities of Aix-Marseille, the Université de Provence, the Université de la Méditerranée and the Université Paul-Cézanne.
    The Institute Pytheas was created in 2012 as Observatory of the Sciences of the Universe (OSU) belonging to the new University of Aix-Marseille (AMU).

  • 2007

    Installation of ASTER

    The LN2C-ASTER National Instrument is part of the Laboratoire National des Nucléides Cosmogéniques (LN2C). The structure is dedicated to the use of  cosmogenic nuclides in Earth Sciences, including sample preparation and cosmogenic isotope measurements.

  • 2007

    IODP310 mission to Tahiti: Evidence of rising sea levels

    Coring and dating of corals from the last deglaciation to study the rise in sea level (Gilbert Camoin, Project Manager).
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  • 2006

    LUCY conference, 30 years on

    Thirty years after the discovery of the "Lucy" site in Ethiopia, Maurice Taieb, Yves Coppens and Donald Johanson review the current state of knowledge of hominids in East Africa, including the contribution of new investigative techniques.

  • 2005

    Collège de France, CEREGE supervisory body

    Inauguration of the "Trocadéro" pavilion.

  • 2005

    Acquisition of an analytical X-ray microscope (micro-XRF)

    Chemical micro-analysis and elemental mapping with micrometric resolution. 
  • 2004

    Master SET and its 9 specialities

    The Master Sciences de l'Environnement Terrestre (SET) created by D. Bourles.
  • 2001

    Beginning of Planetology

    The first Martian meteorites measured at Le Chalet.

  • 2001

    First stable isotope spectrometers

    The first studies of oxygen and carbon isotopes in foraminifera and hydrogen and oxygen isotopes in water. Installation of a line for silicate measurements.

  • 1997


    Digital and optical tools for automated recognition of microscopic organisms.

  • 1995

    The CEREGE was born

    The URA-132, URA-1277, UPR-1201, JE-192 and UM-GECO merged to create the CEREGE, now located in the Arbois technology park, on the site of a former sanatorium.
    The Chalet & Magnetometer.

  • 1993 - 1994


    URA-132, URA-1277, UPR-1201, JE-192, UM-GECO make up the Federation of CEREGE units headed by Daniel Nahon.
    The 1st mass spectrometer VG-54 moved to St Jérôme, where it is now practising Organic geochemistry GC-MS at Luminy.
    Creation of the Postgraduate degree (DEA) in Environmental Geosciences.

    The Chalet & Magnetometer.


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