Scientific Hub


The SeaCleaners’ Scientific Hub:

  • collaborates with the international scientific community in order to contribute to enriching knowledge on the global issue of marine plastic pollution
  • provides all the scientific knowledge necessary to optimally carry out the activities of the association’s other hubs, in particular its Technical Hub, in order to optimise waste collection campaigns at sea, and also the Educational Hub, for the implementation of educational and awareness-raising activities based on scientific data on plastic pollution.




The SeaCleaners is a member of the Global Partnership on Marine Litter.


UNDERSTANDING marine plastic pollution:

  • In order to enable the implementation of pragmatic solutions based on scientifically validated knowledge

SHARING this knowledge with as many people as possible:

  • In order to accelerate their development and individual and collective awareness.
  • The data collected by The SeaCleaners will be made available through OpenData and will complement the data already existing in international and European databases.

FEDERATING interactions between scientists, decision-makers and citizens:

  • In order to facilitate the implementation of preventive and curative actions to reduce marine plastic pollution.


The International Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB) is composed of researchers internationally recognized for their scientific work related to marine plastic pollution:

  • They set the thematic orientations of the association, develop strategic abstracts and opinions to coordinate the scientific missions on board the Manta and facilitate the integration of local scientific networks.

Scientific missions on board the Manta and other associated vessels (6 to 10 scientists per mission):

  • Provision of the Manta as a research platform for institutional research teams.
  • Provision of basic and specific oceanographic equipment for the study of plastic pollution.

Preliminary exploratory campaigns:

  • In order to complete knowledge of the study area and establish a network of contacts.
  • Monitoring of scientific literature and projects
  • Resource centre.

Specific Scientific and Technical Studies:

  • On technological bricks necessary for the optimization of the Manta: sensors, modelling, routing…
  • On projects of global interest related to plastic pollution.