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CNRS Radio : Comment détecter les polluants ?

6 Mars 2017,

Publié par Bioécologie

Une émission radio tout public à écouter ici

Métaux lourds, perturbateurs endocriniens, silice cristalline : ces polluants sont dans l’eau que nous buvons, dans les aliments que nous ingérons, mais aussi dans les matériaux de construction ou les produits de maquillage. Avec quelles techniques les détecter ? Trois chercheurs en débattent dans cette émission de CNRS La radio enregistrée lors des Journées innovation et santé organisées les 28 et 29 janvier 2017 à la Cité des Sciences, à Paris.


JEF : Functional Ecology Conference / Journées d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle AnaEE France

6 Mars 2017,

Publié par Bioécologie

28-31 Mars 2017 La Grande Motte (near Montpellier) (France)

Conference theme

This Functional Ecology conference will present the latest research on how organisms acquire and then make use of resources in metabolism, movement, growth, reproduction, as well as on how ecosystems cycle, store or lose resources through biotic and abiotic processes. The impacts of climate and anthropogenic changes on these processes will also be at the heart of the conference. There will be 5 predefined sessions as well as open sessions (for details, see the tag Sessions and keynotes):

  1. Species responses to climate change and resource availability: flexibility mechanisms from the individual to the population;
  2. Stoichiometry of biogeochemical cycles at various scales;
  3. Functional ecology and agro-ecology: deepening the links;
  4. Enhancing the dialogue between modellers and experimentalists;
  5. Emerging approaches and tools in functional ecology;
  6. Open sessions (for presentations out of the abovethemes)

Submission of oral or poster presentations is open until March 7th. All presentations will be in English. Keynotes presentations 30 mn + 10mn discussion. Regular ones 10-15 mn + 5 mn discussion. The submission tag appears once you are logged in. A template for the submission of the abstracts (400-500 words) becomes available at the step 3 (File) of the submission process (top of the page).    Contact: jacques.roy@cnrs.fr

JEF : Functional Ecology Conference / Journées d'Ecologie Fonctionnelle AnaEE France

Writing Manuscripts: The Alternative ‘Guide to Authors’

4 Mars 2017,

Publié par Bioécologie

Post provided by EMMA SAYER


“If the reviewer doesn’t get it, you haven’t explained it clearly enough!” This is one quote from my PhD supervisor that I haven’t forgotten. Getting research funded and published depends to a very large extent on our ability to get the point across. Although scientific texts appear to differ wildly from other forms of writing, a good research paper actually follows the same basic principles of effective communication as a newspaper article or advertising text.

There are some fairly simple guidelines on presenting and structuring written information to get the point across and highlight the key messages that are very useful for manuscripts, thesis chapters, proposals, basically any kind of academic writing. At Functional Ecology, we’ve collected tips and tricks from various sources to help authors effectively communicate their research and ideas. Here are our key points:

1) Know Your Audience

A research paper is about communicating your research in a way that makes sense to others. © Vinch

A research paper is about communicating your research in a way that makes sense to others. © Vinch

The central principle for any type of communication is: know your audience. A research paper isn’t just about presenting information – it’s about communicating your research to others. When you start preparing a manuscript, you need to think about who will read it. In the first instance, this is probably a busy editor or reviewer, so you should make sure that you get your key messages across without making your readers work too hard. Good science writing isn’t about using clever-sounding words and sentences, it’s about getting the point across in such a way that readers can understand the research and reach the right conclusion (i.e. the one you want them to reach).

There are some general principles of how to get a message across and to make it stick in people’s minds. These can be adapted to science writing and remembered with the acronym SUCCES:

  • Simple — keep it simple by finding the main message and sticking to it
  • Unexpected — use the unexpected to grab the reader’s attention (eg. a knowledge gap, unforeseen consequences, an unusual feedback…)
  • Concrete — make the central concept easily grasped and remembered
  • Credible —support your interpretation and discussion with evidence
  • Emotional —stimulate interest and highlight the relevance of the study to make people care about the research
  • Story — people enjoy and remember stories, so a good manuscript is a narrative about your research, with a logical train of thought

Although you’re constrained by scientific convention and the fixed format of most journals, you can still tell a simple, concrete and credible ‘story’ (non-fiction) about your research. You can use elements of the unexpected to show the novelty of the research and help the reader remember your paper by tapping into emotion (eg. curiosity, amazement).

2) A Different Take on Manuscript Structure

The title gets people reading the paper, so it should be brief and clear, summarising the main finding of the paper (think of a newspaper or magazine headline). It’s wise to avoid questions, convoluted sentences and too much detail. The title should be simple and concrete, and it can also incorporate something unexpected. The most important part of the title should come first because the second half may not appear in a list of search results. (See also Fox & Burns 2015)

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Conseil Franco-Québécois de Coopération Universitaire

1 Mars 2017,

Publié par Bioécologie

Le Conseil franco-québécois de coopération universitaire (CFQCU) a pour mission d’appuyer la coopération universitaire en mettant en place des programmes qui visent à établir des partenariats stratégiques en matière d’enseignement et de recherche.

Plus d'informations ici

Bourses d'études supérieures du Canada Vanier (BESC Vanier)

28 Février 2017,

Publié par Bioécologie

Le gouvernement du Canada a lancé le Programme de bourses d'études supérieures du Canada Vanier (BESC Vanier) en 2008 pour attirer les meilleurs étudiants au doctorat d'ici et d'ailleurs et faire du Canada un centre d'excellence en recherche et en enseignement supérieur dans le monde. Les réussites universitaires des boursiers Vanier dans les domaines des sciences humaines, des sciences naturelles et/ou du génie, ainsi que des sciences de la santé sont exceptionnelles, et leurs qualités de leader sont reconnues.


Conference: Functional Ecology and Environment, July 11-12, 2017 (Toulouse, France)

17 Février 2017,

Publié par Bioécologie

Conference: Functional Ecology and Environment, July 11-12, 2017 (Toulouse, France)

Decades of overharvesting, habitat destruction and pollution, have led to a biodiversity crisis, the so-called sixth extinction. Nations worldwide have established biodiversity action plans featuring actions targeted at halting biodiversity loss and ecosystem services degradation, but also to ensure that the ecosystem services nature provides are protected, valued and restored. These policy changes were implemented in response to a growing concern that development over previous decades, despite considerable benefits to the citizens of nations, was having a significant impact upon biodiversity. In particular, it was recognized that the loss of biodiversity is compounding the problems of global change, and that the two phenomena are mutually reinforcing.

Species are not only valuable in their own right, they are also responsible for the capture, conversion and flow of energy and nutrients through ecosystems.  These processes ensure ecosystem functions upon which humans ultimately depend. In terms of risk, some species also generate nuisances that have ecological, sanitary and economic costs. Global change has already started to affect the distribution of species. However, it is not yet clear how subsequent changes in species distributions will impact the flow of energy and nutrients within ecosystems.

These uncertainties reflect the still unknown relationship between global change, ecological network structure and ecosystem function, calling for the emergence of a system-level ecology that integrates concepts from paleoecology, individual-population biology, community ecology, biological conservation, functional ecology, ecotoxicology, and biogeochemistry.

This conference will therefore aim gathering French and foreign ecologists whom works will illustrate such collaborative research promoted by EcoLab.

Conference language: English


Important dates:

- February 1st – March 24th : abstracts submission

- Mid-April: decision on selected communications

- Mid-April - May 15th : online registration

- July 11th-12th: conference in Toulouse


More information here



Session 1 - Global changes and biogeochemical cycles
What are the main environmental drivers that control matter flow inside and between continental ecosystems? 
What are the impacts of global changes (climate change, creation of man-made landscape, water use, large scale contamination etc..) on those transfers?
This session aims to discuss the major role of interactions between living organism communities and biogeochemical cycles. Potential feedbacks within those interactions with global changes will  be the focus of this session.
Session 2 - Influence of biotic and abiotic environments on the dynamics of biodiversity and ecosystem functioning 
How spatial and temporal changes in biodiversity and environmental conditions affect biotic interactions?
How geochemical environment influence the effect of contaminants on biodiversity, from individual to ecosystem levels?
Session 3 - Functional trajectories of ecosystems after disturbances
What is the resilience ability of ecosystems after disturbance? 
What are the new equilibrium?
This session aims to discuss whether the resistance and resilience of ecosystems to disturbances are related to functional strategies and/or life-history traits of organisms. It also aims at assessing whether biodiversity changes are the driver or the result of ecosystem functioning changes. Another goal will be to discuss how human activities irreversibly affect ecosystems indicating that current ecosystems are inherited from past disturbances. 
Session 4 - Ecosystem services within areas highly sensitive to global changes
How recent global change and local disturbance (past and recent) affect ecosystem services ?
Can we forecast future trends of ecosystem services, and how?
This session aims to discuss these questions by focusing mainly on areas highly sensitive to global changes such as wetlands, arid and desert environments, mountain ecosystems and urban areas.

Conférence: Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Environnement (11-12 Juillet 2017, Toulouse, France)

17 Février 2017,

Publié par Bioécologie

Conférence: Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Environnement (11-12 Juillet 2017, Toulouse, France)

Chères et chers collègues,

Nous avons le plaisir de vous convier à la conférence Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Environnement organisée par le laboratoire EcoLab qui aura lieu les 11 et 12 Juillet 2017 à Toulouse (France).

Cette conférence est un événement important pour le laboratoire puisque nous célèbrerons à cette occasion son 10ème anniversaire. Nous espérons un public large et une forte participation en raison de l’agréable météo à Toulouse à cette période de l’année ainsi que les thématiques abordées dans cette conférence.

Les thématiques de la conférence sont :
Session 1 – Changements globaux et cycles biogéochimiques 
Session 2 – Influence de l’environnement biotique et abiotique sur la dynamique de la biodiversité et le fonctionnement des écosystèmes
Session 3 – Trajectoires fonctionnelles des écosystèmes suite à des perturbations
Session 4 – Services écosystémiques dans des milieux particulièrement sensibles aux changements globaux 

Plus d’informations sont disponibles sur le site internet de la conférence (régulièrement actualisé) : https://fee2017.sciencesconf.org/

Nous vous invitons à participer à cette conférence et à présenter vos travaux de recherche (communication orale ou poster). Vous pouvez dès à présent soumettre vos résumés sur le site internet et ce jusqu’au 24 mars 2017.

Les inscriptions à la conférence seront ouvertes à partir de mi-avril.

Pour tout renseignement, vous pouvez contacter le secrétariat administratif : fee2017@sciencesconf.org

Merci de faire suivre cette information aux personnes susceptibles d’être intéressées par cette conférence.

En espérant vous accueillir nombreux à Toulouse en Juillet.