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 18thand 19thcenturies. During these great expeditions, Enlightenment naturalists discovered and catalogued a world completely new to them. An immense world, essentially a marine one, whose geography, animals and people were totally unknown to them.

Like our great predecessors, our institute works on the immense task of discovering a still unknown, underwater, gigantic and teeming world: the mesopelagic world, also known as the twilight zone.

The Institut Nicolas Baudin also conducts two other fields of research: the CleanOcean Method, and the Digital Conservatoire of Intangible Heritage. The three research fields compose the Oceanic Encyclopedia.



Who is Baudin?

Born in France in 1754, Nicolas Baudin is the last explorer of the Enlightenment Age. After years of sailing as a captain of trade ships in the Indian Ocean, he gained fame by commanding several naturalist expeditions in the Indian Ocean, China, the Caribbean. In 1800, Bonaparte appointed him commander of a scientific expedition to New Holland, now Australia.

Nicolas Baudin never returned from this expedition. He died of tuberculosis on his way back in Mauritius in 1803. But his expedition reached France and proved to be the most prolific of all time: 100,000 species, including 2,500 unknown species. The first complete map of Australia’s coasts was published in Paris in 1811. It was also the first anthropological journey.

In an extraordinary letter written in December 1802 on a small island in the Strait of Bass to the English governor of Sydney, Nicolas Baudin already drew attention to two visionary concepts: the threat of overfishing and the right of peoples to self-determination.

The Nicolas Institute is proud to follow in the footsteps of this amazing discoverer, working for the future as he did until his last day.



Meet the team.

Alizée Chasse, co-founder and president.

Alizée is a fan of water sports such as surfing and diving. She founded the institute to protect the oceans. Alizée is also an anthropologist, specialized in Oceanic and Pacific cultures and responsible for the anthropological mission of our expeditions, the Péron Programme, as well as the creation of the Digital Conservatoire of Intangible Heritge (D.I.C.H.).

Patrick Llewellyn, co-founder and director of content and partnerships.

Patrick Llewellyn is a writer with a passion for history, science and sailing. He wrote and published several short stories and historical novels before devoting himself to the little-known history of French scientific maritime explorers in the Pacific and Indian Ocean. Patrick is responsible for relations with sponsors and scientific partners.

Philippe Osset, Technical Director.

Founder and president of SOLINNEN, which has been advising companies since 2010 on the integration of the best environmental techniques from fundamental research, and a reserve naval officer, Philippe ensures the technical follow-up of the robotic design as well as the follow-up of the integration of environmental considerations in the design and construction of the Scientist ship.