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“Building trust”, the key message
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Life – and death – of corals explained
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First Sudan mission, diving the way for 2022
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Science Diplomacy, a much needed approach explained
The Center

Listen to the interview of Prof Meibom at the Geneva Science and Diplomacy Anticipator (GESDA) inaugural summit in October.

In the media

Inspiring interview of Prof Meibom on corals, the Red Sea and the necessity of science diplomacy to preserve them.

The Center

Prof Anders Meibom, director of the Transnational Red Sea Center, one of the speakers at GESDA summit on 9 October.

Expedition

The TRSC and the Red Sea University carried out a series of observations along the Sudanese coast prior to the 2022 expedition.

In the media

Switzerland's new Special Representative for Science Diplomacy, Alexandre Fasel, interviewed in Le Temps

Expedition

The expedition postponed to 2022 due to the immobilisation of the Fleur de Passion following an incident in the Gulf of Aqaba

Expedition

Le Transnational Red Sea Center was forced to suspend its first expedition season along the Sudanese coasts

Expedition

A little more than a month after her arrival in the Gulf of Aqaba and sometimes tedious logistical preparations

In the media

An «invitation to disaster for globally important corals» about the recent pipeline deal

Expedition

First days at the Interuniversity Institute for Marine Sciences in Eilat pier

Expedition

Watch the video of the official launch of the first expedition season

In the media

The Swiss daily newspaper Le Temps special envoy joins the Transnational Red Sea in Aqaba, Jordan

Expedition

It is now official: the Transnational Red Sea Center at EPFL will conduct its first expedition season

In the media

«Swiss researchers investigate the coral miracle of Aqaba», writes newspaper Neue Zürcher Zeitung

Expedition

Swiss sailboat Fleur de Passion arrived safely in Aqaba, Jordan, on June 10th after a six-week navigation

In the media

The Red Sea - and the rescue of the FSO Safer - is in dire need of dialogue

In the media

While «the coral reefs of the world have taken a lot of abuse lately», says Wired

In the media

Geneva Solutions’ article helps refresh our understanding on what corals are

In the media

No, Red Sea corals are not like other corals and that’s why they deserve sustained attention

In the media

French national daily newspaper Figaro relates the latest study on Red Sea

Expedition

Discover the ceremony organized in Seville at the Three Cultures of the Mediterranean Foundation

Science

A new research gives additional insight into the specific genetic factors that allow Red Sea corals to survive

In the media

Transnational Red Sea Center and the launch to come from Jordan in June of its first season of expedition

Expedition

Fair winds to Swiss sailboat Fleur de Passion and her crew, who set sails from Seville towards the Red Sea

In the media

Interview on Swiss national radio RTS with Prof. Anders Meibom from EPFL

In the media

In Seville, « Switzerland swells the sails of its scientific diplomacy», writes Swiss daily newspaper Le Temps

Expedition

The departure of Fleur de Passion for the Red Sea was the subject of a series of events organised in Seville

The Center

Ambassador Alexandre Fasel’s mission will be to strengthen Geneva's role as a digital governance hub

In the media

Published in French magazine OrientXXI, yet another dramatic reminder of Safer tanker

In the media

This BBC feature draws a particularly complete and in-depth picture of what is at stake

Science

A major discovery helps explain the symbiotic relationship between corals and algae

The Center

The official launch of the Transnational Red Sea Center in March 2019 in the Swiss federal capital Bern

Mission

The Transnational Red Sea Center is a scientific research center created in 2019 at the Ecole Polytechnique fédérale in Lausanne (EPFL) with the official support of the Swiss Foreign Ministry. An independent and not-for-profit organization, the Center capitalizes on Switzerland’s neutrality, its longstanding tradition of promoting dialogue and its reputation for scientific excellence in order to bridge science and diplomacy for the future of coral reefs. In the Red Sea and beyond.

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The first ever Red Sea-wide coral reef ecosystem and biodiversity «Baseline»

From 2022 to 2025, the Transnational Red Sea Center is planning a series of scientific expeditions along the Red Sea coastlines, as the first phase of its long-term vision. These expeditions which will also include outreach activities at the regional and global level are to take place over the summers of 2022-2025, when the water temperature in the region is at its highest. Their ambition is to progressively cover the ca. 4’500 km coastline of the eight Red Sea countries: Egypt, Eritrea, Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, and Djibouti.

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Pioneering studies

Since the early 2010s, pioneering scientific studies have gradually revealed to the world the excep-tional resistance of the corals of the Gulf of Aqaba (and by extension the Red Sea) to climate change, due to their specific genetics. The origins of this unique characteristic, which makes the Red Sea the last ‘refuge’ for corals in the world, lie in the fact that Red Sea corals have progres-sively and very slowly recolonised this environment, which became a sea again at the end of the last Ice Age, from the Indian Ocean. In their slow northward migration, they have gradually adaptedto the extreme temperature conditions that prevail in the Bab el-Mandeb, the strait that separates the Red Sea from the Indian Ocean.

Since these initial studies, many others have undertaken to better understand a phenomenon of colossal significance for the entire planet, at a time when corals are disappearing on a massive scale everywhere but the Red Sea due to rising temperatures and ocean acidification.

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