Discover how algae can save the world through the work of the Algonauts, a diverse global community of people working on the potential of algae. Chronicled by The Algonauts Project since 2010.

Who are we?

Anne-Gaëlle Jacquin

I am a marine biologist and my homeport is Plogoff, a village in Brittany at the Western tip of Europe where the ocean is all around! In this end/beginning of the land, there are wilderness and quietness, wonderful lights and also powerful storms. I am fascinated by the nature, the universe and life as a whole, from the complexity of cellular mechanisms to our human societies. Science gives us so many keys for understanding the world, it is a treasure that we should share! I obtained my PhD from the University of Western Brittany in France and I felt then the need to look at the big picture. Microalgae or seaweeds are fundamental in ecosystems, they could play an even bigger role in the future for sustainability. After my PhD, when the reputation of algae was very negative due to green tides, I started a journey around the world to share the wonders of algae. This website is the on going result of this quest!

Sayash Kumar

Sayash is passionate about science, technology and loves using open source tools to help people out, like me! He is the web developer behind this website. Feel free to reach out to him for any queries about how we built this.


About La Route des Algonautes

It started with La Route des Algonautes and then it evolved! Check out in the following video about La Route des Algonautes as highlighted in the Breton Trophy of Sustainability awards in 2012.

Milestones of the project

  • 2007: Idea seeds planted after reading "Around the world in 80 people" from M. Leroux & S. Darnil
  • 2008: PhD on seaweed cultivation completed
  • 2010-2011: 9 months around the globe, 17 countries
  • Since 2011, more than 150 meetings. Pursuing the journey for promoting algae through articles and events. Publications
  • 2012: A new project: Co-founded the Laboscop
  • 2014: Moving to California!
  • Fall 2016: Launch of The Algonauts Project website with updates
  • Flashback: Blog of the Route des Algonautes

Partners of La Route des Algonautes (2010-2012)

This project was made possible by the generous support of several partners:


Want a printable summary?

Algonauts PDF

Special thanks to:

Patrick Gardet, Camille Jégou, Nathalie Trouvé, Gwendal Seité, Miguel Rana, Erwan Ar Gall, Monique Guillou, Yves-Marie Paulet, Valérie Stiger-Pouvreau, Nathalie Bourgougnon, Claire Hellio, Raymond Kaas, Alan T. Critchley, Rachel Portal-Sellin et Michelle Jequel (Technopôle Quimper-Cornouaille), Association Cap vers la nature, Le Mot compte triple, Scarlette Le Corre, Radio Evasion, Magazine Cram Cram, Caisse d'Audierne du Crédit Mutuel de Bretagne, CICODES Quimper, Collectif Pêche et Développement, Grand Site National de la Pointe du Raz, Aquashow - Audierne... and all of those, family and friends, who have encouraged and supported the idea from the beginning! Thank you!