On September 17, 2010, Monaco will issue a postage stamp to celebrate 50 years of the Monaco Scientific Center.
The Monaco Scientific Center (C.S.M.) is an independent public establishment founded by Prince Rainier III on 23 May 1960 in order to provide the Principality with the means to carry out scientific research activities. It is essentially dedicated to marine biology. Since 1990, it has specialized in studying the function of coralline ecosystems (tropical and Mediterranean) with regard to global climatic changes. The C.S.M. is considered to be one of the main centers in the world carrying out research into the physiology of coral. Since 2009, it has been open to the biomedical domain.