Blue Living Lab

An open innovation platform created and hosted by Nausicaá, dedicated to a sustainable blue economy.

What is it?

A living laboratory? An incubator? What is a living lab? What does it do? The Blue Living Lab is a support programme to accelerate your projects, build partnerships, and provide access to infrastructures and expertise dedicated to the ocean.

Fishing and aquaculture, tourism, transport, health, pollution control, biotechnologies, seafood processing, education and communication technologies, since 2020 the Blue Living Lab has provided support for start-ups, companies, students and researchers in developing projects that are in line with the Blue Society.

The Blue Living Lab does more than just provide incubation support, it is an open innovation and experimentation platform, directly connected to the general public and the Nausicaá communities. The Blue Living Lab aims to support innovation so that companies can benefit from the centre's unique knowledge and expertise in maritime economy and ocean-related research on a regional, national and international scale.

Invitation for applications for Blue Living Lab 

Do you have an idea for a project that you would like to submit to us? Apply to the Blue Living Lab and we will examine your application!

Switch to agile mode at the Blue Living Lab! Do you want to understand the needs and expectations of your end users? We provide the tools for your market research, creativity and co-design workshops, prototyping and user testing.

Come and meet your community at the Blue Living Lab by getting our visitors involved.

Become part of NAUSICAÁ's infrastructures: a dedicated co-working space, test tanks at your disposal and all the equipment you need for your experiments.

Gain access to a vast network of blue economy players: all of NAUSICAÁ's partners, comprising players from all sectors of the blue economy both locally and internationally.

You have until 25 August 2024 to apply!

Learn more about the Blue Living Lab support

  • Develop your project

    with expert entrepreneurs

  • Try out your innovations

    And test them with visitors

  • Network

    and develop your blue economy network.

  • Interchange your skills

    and share your expertise with other project leaders.


Being in a structure like the Blue Living Lab provides reassurance and gives the opportunity to take things further.

Jérémy Gobé, Corail Artefact

When incubated in several projects, we can see the potential synergies to construct truly collective solutions.

An incubator programme unique in Europe

Who is this programme for?

  • Citizen: Are you a committed citizen, a serial entrepreneur, a student who wants to take action, or a visionary researcher?
  • Company: Are you an innovative company, an association that wants to change the world, or a smart community?

Submit your project: Do you have an idea or do you have a project that provides an innovative solution to identified requirements? Does your project promote the emergence of a blue society? Does it have a high and positive impact on the environment, on society and on the territory? Do you need to put this project into perspective with the general public and experts, while receiving good support?

An exceptional working environment

A 100-m² co-working area hosted by a science centre located in the heart of northern europe, which includes a fully equipped co-working area, broadband internet, free access 7 days a week, a cafeteria with a sea view, printer, coffee and snacks.

How much does it cost?

Support from the Blue Living Lab team along with access to the co-working area and Nausicaá's infrastructure (visiting space + tanks) is set at €200 per month.

Services and tools to develop your project

  • Mentoring
  • A toolbox that can be deployed to suit your needs
  • Exclusive events
  • Links with Nausicaa's eco-system
  • Market research with our visitors implemented through our interactive space "the Blue Society Forum"
  • Tanks available for use as an experimental area
  • Co-design workshops organised

A vast range of services is available to help you develop your project.

Le Blue Living Lab reçoit le Prix "Excellence in Science Engagement Award"

Prix décerné par Ecsite le 24 juin 2024

Ce prix a été remis par le réseau européen des centres et musées de sciences lors du dîner de gala de la conférence Ecsite 2024 le 24 juin à Ljubljana en Slovénie.

Cette distinction valorise l'expertise de Nausicaá en matière d'innovation bleue et souligne le travail collaboratif entre Nausicaá, les start-up soutenues par le Blue Living Lab, ainsi que ses nombreux partenaires. La distinction dans la catégorie « Excellence in Science Engagement » témoigne de l'impact significatif des initiatives du Blue Living Lab en matière d'engagement scientifique et d'innovation durable.

Maya Halevy, présidente du jury, a remis ce prix en reconnaissance du travail accompli pour l’incubateur de projets de Nausicaá. Ce prix est une reconnaissance des efforts continus pour inspirer et encourager l'innovation durable, visant à protéger les écosystèmes marins et à bâtir un avenir plus respectueux de l'environnement.

Maya Halevy, présidente du jury

New incubees

Lineup Ocean, Weenav and Pictum are the latest projects to receive the support of the Blue Living Lab.

Lineup Ocean

LINE UP OCEAN is focusing on coastal resilience, helping coastal communities to adapt to climate change and human impacts.

Their nature-based hybrid solutions protect property, restore marine ecosystems and encourage eco-responsible activities, thereby pushing back the boundaries of coastal protection for the well-being of people and marine life.

Find out more

Weenav, sailing in its purest form

Weenav is redefining the future of sailing, transforming combustion engine-powered boats into bespoke electric or hybrid masterpieces. By combining our passion for the sea with cutting-edge innovation, we are committed to a cleaner, more sustainable nautical future.

Our exclusive collaboration with the European Space Agency has given rise to WeeSafe, a guarantees of environmentally-friendly sailing, but also of safety and performance.

Find out more


VISIOON is developing a tool called “Pictum” that will enable visitors to identify species in aquariums in real time using artificial intelligence.

VISIOON is more than just a simple identification tool: it is a full-scale activity designed to get visitors actively involved in their journey while having fun, and to put the spotlight on certain species.

Find out more

They were incubated at the Blue Living Lab

  • Jérémy Gobé in Nausicaa's tropical reserves for his Coral Artefact project
    Amphithéatre de la salle de la grande Baie

    Coral Artefact, restoring coral reefs

    The aim of Jérémy Gobé's project is to develop biodegradable structures and supports that have no impact on the marine environment, so that coral can be propagated.

  • bentix, autonomous underwater drone
    Amphithéatre de la salle de la grande Baie

    BentiX, intervening at sea with an underwater drone

    The BentiX is a prototype 3D-printed mobile robot based on a durable polymer that can carry out complex missions in hostile and inaccessible environments.

  • les membres du projet SPOT
    Amphithéatre de la salle de la grande Baie


    SPOT is a free application that showcases the historical, cultural and oceanic heritage of a region in a fun way.

  • Take the SailLink sailboat to England in slow-travel mode.
    Amphithéatre de la salle de la grande Baie

    SailLink, cross-Channel sailing

    Adopting "slow travel" in a sustainable way. That's what Andrew Simons wants to do to reach England between Boulogne sur Mer and Dover on a sailboat powered by an electric motor.

  • Virtual dive test at Nausicaa
    Amphithéatre de la salle de la grande Baie

    OceanStreamer by Virtual Dive

    OceanStreamer is the only audiovisual telecommunication system enabling divers/scientists to share their underwater explorations live via the Internet.

Le Blue Living Lab

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The future of mankind lies within the ocean.

The ocean is a source of solutions. Nausicaá supports innovation and has created the BLUE LIVING LAB, the only incubation programme of its kind in Europe.

Tailor-made support inside and "beyond the four walls". A place where project leaders and visitors can interact.

An opportunity to dialogue with future users. Rethink our lifestyles and limit our environmental footprint.

A third place dedicated to open innovation.

With the Blue Living Lab, Nausicaá is getting involved and becoming an accelerator of change.

With the support of BPI France and the HAUTS-DE-FRANCE region