Training in ecology research

One of the particularities of the CEBC is that it is both a research laboratory and a field station. Every year, the centre welcomes numerous students, from 3rd year business internships to post-doctoral studies, as well as BTS, bachelor’s degrees and of course Masters and PhDs. They come to learn through research on aspects that are sometimes theoretical but also applied (for example, on the concrete challenges of biodiversity conservation). With its staff including 4 lecturers and 1 professor, the CEBC is also very involved in academic teaching by participating in Bachelor and Master courses at the University of La Rochelle.

The MSc in Environmental Sciences (SPE)

This MSc trains environmental specialists capable of dealing with research or social issues relating to the integrated management of natural areas, particularly in coastal areas.

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Ecology and Management of Mobile Marine Species (PES Minor)

The lessons learned from this course, particularly highlight the internationalization of the context, issues and approaches to be implemented for the study of the ecology of mobile marine species and their management. The impact of global changes on these species will also be widely addressed.

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University Diploma Methods and techniques of animal documentary filmmaking

The training in animal film, offered by La Rochelle University in association with the Institut Francophone de Formation au Cinéma Animalier de Ménigoute (IFFCAM), is unique in France and in Europe.

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Studying at CEBC

The student population now accounts for three-quarters of the staff. Each year, the CEBC welcomes an average of 70 students, including 20 at the Master 1 and 15 at the Master 2 level, and about ten doctoral students support their work each year.
Upon their arrival at the CEBC, students can benefit from internal training, such as statistics, learning “OpenSource” software such as R or geographic information systems such as QGIS. The common service “biologging, data analysis and modelling” is on duty twice a week to answer technical questions.
To facilitate the students’ stay, the reception conditions on the site are excellent: there is accommodation directly on site but also lodgings in the immediate vicinity for larger groups (30 people) and the laboratory has its own restaurant with a capacity of 120 seats. Two teaching rooms (computer and field) are available for university courses. Located in the heart of the Chizé forest massif (5,000 ha) but still equipped with the classic infrastructures of a research laboratory (notably an optical fibre internet connection), the working conditions at the laboratory are very favourable, in an exceptional setting, just a stone’s throw from the Marais Poitevin.

After their stay in Chizé, the students possess solid skills but also a network of knowledge and are therefore equipped to continue their scientific career or to integrate the professional environment in connection with the research community. Thus, of the 148 doctoral students who defended their thesis during the period 1997-2016, 132 found a job (81 permanent and 51 fixed-term contracts) within 2 years of their defence.

Discovery courses

The one-week “discovery” courses organized at the Bachelor 3 and Master 1 levels are another strong point of the courses offered by the CEBC. This week of immersion in the laboratory combines presentations on current research carried out by the teams, discovery of sampling operations in the field and research in small autonomous groups supervised by a member of the laboratory. Students have the opportunity to learn about all aspects of the research profession and to confirm their scientific vocation!

During their stay in Chizé, whatever the form of their internship, students can train through research to develop their skills, from the setting up and organisation of scientific projects (questioning, setting up protocols, field practice) to the reporting and publication process. In this way, they gain in autonomy, and benefit from quality supervision in direct contact with the laboratory staff. It is also an opportunity to work in the field with emblematic and fascinating subjects of study!

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Use of Unhoused Wildlife for Scientific Purposes

This training course, provided by the Natural History Museum, enables students to acquire and/or maintain the regulatory and technical skills and knowledge necessary for a practice that respects the well-being of animals used in research projects and the related regulations in France.