Sébastien Ybert has over 15 years’ experience in both the industry and the research sectors. With an MSc in Mechanical Engineering, he has worked as a project manager in shipbuilding and marine renewable energy companies in France and overseas. He joined Ifremer in 2010 to assist in the set-up of the research insititute France Energies Marines where he was in charge of the test sites development before returning to Ifremer in 2016 as the Deep-sea minerals and Marine Renewable Energy coordinator. As such, Sébastien manages Ifremer’s deep-sea minerals exploration contracts and the ‘Pourquoi pas les Abysses?’ project, which aims to accelerate the knowledge acquisition on deep-sea biodiversity by using environmental DNA and New Generation Sequencing technologies.