The Institut Nicolas Baudin (Nicolas Baudin Institute) is a French-Australian oceanographic research institute that follows in the footsteps of the great maritime scientific expeditions of the 18th and 19th centuries.

During these great expeditions, the naturalists of the Age of Enlightenment built and catalogued an entirely new state of the world. Our scientists propose to draw up a state of the world in the Age of Global Warming, and to compare this state, methodologies, and mentalities with those of their predecessors. The concept behind our expeditions is discovery: discovery of new spaces, of new species, of peoples.