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OceanoScientific Expeditions
Coral Reefs 2023-2030

General management


Expedition Director & Coordinator: Yvan Griboval

Professional offshore racer (1975-1989), Winner of the Whitbread Around The World Race 1985-86, the round-the-world crewed race on board L'Esprit d'Équipe skippered by Lionel Péan; Print and TV journalist (1979-1989); Designer and organizer of thirty editions of the Trophée des Champions de Voile (1990-2013).


Yvan Griboval, 66 years old, has created and develops the OceanoScientific program since 2006 to automatically collect high quality scientific data at the Air-Sea interface where the Climate is at stake and automatically transfer them by satellite every hour to the international scientific community.

From November 2016 to June 2017 Yvan Griboval successfully completed the first single-handed oceanographic sailing expedition around the world under the three continental capes:

Good-Hope, Leeuwin and Cape Horn.

Scientific Direction

Scientific Advisor on Genetics: Christian Siatka


Professor Christian Siatka, a geneticist and toxicologist, is a University Professor at the Université de Nîmes, Deputy Director of the BIOTIN Master's program and Head of the Professional Degree in Biotechnology. He teaches Molecular Genetics, Biotechnology, Toxicology and Regulation/Quality. Christian Siatka is Director of the Genotyping and Genomics Platform of the École de l'ADN, chaired by Professor Philippe Berta. He is a member of the CHROME Research unit at the Université de Nîmes and is involved in Research programs in Human Genetics, Environmental Genetics and Functional Genomics. Christian Siatka is Lieutenant-Colonel in the Citizen's Reserve - Pôle Judiciaire of the National Gendarmerie and he is an expert for the European Commission.

Operational team


Cecile d'Estais-Griboval had a long career as a financial analyst in Consumer Goods, Luxury & Cosmetics, then as a senior banker before joining OceanoScientific with her husband and father of their fifteen-year-old triplets. Cécile d'Estais-Griboval is General Delegate of the philanthropic association of general interest OceanoScientific, in charge of the implementation of communication, relations with partners and the mobilization of CE2-CM1-CM2 schoolchildren. During the OceanoScientific Expeditions, she is the contact point between the OceanoScientific Explorer LOVE THE OCEAN  and Earth in order to relay partners and media's expectations, and to prepare technical stopovers. She is also responsible for the conferences organization to share the adventures of the crew.

Justine Camus  has a Master's degree in Information and Communication, completed with a Bachelor's degree in Humanities and Social Sciences as well as a University Diploma in Business and Administration Management. Justine has always been dedicated to defending the marine environment and its inhabitants, in turn involved in the associations SOS Grand Bleu, The Animal Fund, Project Ningaloo (Australia), Juara Turtle Project (Malaysia). Justine will hold the position of Media woman, in charge of communication from the OceanoScientific Explorer to the Earth: video editing and their distribution, animation of social networks and website's updating.

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