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.