Centre for the synthesis
and analysis of biodiversity

A centre created and developed by the FRB

FRB (through CESAB and ECOSCOPE) are hosting the first Data Carpentry workshop in France!!!data workflow NM en med wleaf web

ONLY 24 places are available!

Be early to secure your place!

at 20 Rue Berbier du Mets, 75013 PARIS.

These two days of intensive workshop will train you in the concepts and tools which will help you work more efficiently with data. Data Carpentry works to convey to researchers in a simple and understandable way, the skills that enable them to aggregate, view, manipulate, analyze and manage their data and data from other sources to ultimately extract elements of knowledge. These workshops have been very successful all over the world (e.g. USA, AustraliaUK), and it is great to have them here in France!

The Data Carpentry method :

  • The trainers are researchers in ecology
  • Tools (R, OpenRefine, SQL etc) are demonstrated in a practical way using an actual ecological dataset which is used throughout the workshop to model the data management and analysis workflow that a researcher would use
  • Lessons are for everyone, with little to no prior computational experience right through to advanced skills
  • Lessons are distributed under CC-BY and are free for re-use or adaptation, with attribution
  • Become part of an international community bringing together researchers, post-docs and PhD students from around the world

By the end of the workshop participants should be able to more effectively manage and analyze data and be able to apply the tools and approaches directly to their ongoing research. 

Who should attend?
The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. No prior experience is necessary, but note that the language of the workshop will be English.

What should I bring?

Participants must bring a laptop with a Mac, Linux, or Windows operating system (not a tablet, Chromebook, etc.) for which you have administrative privileges. You will be asked to have a few specific software packages installed. 


Click here to register

If you have any questions please contact the team: FRB_data carpentry

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In an interview with BMC Biology, Thomas Couvreur, the principal investigator of the RAINBIO consortium, talks of the important role RAINBIO played in improving the understanding of the current state and conservation of African tropical plant biodiversity. The RAINBIO team assembled and quality-checked a vast amount of otherwise scattered data, now absolutely fundamental to understanding how tropical vegetation will respond to climate change across Africa. The recent fire in Brazil’s National Museum is a stark reminder of the importance of collating and conserving as much physical data as possible in digital format.

Profit from the benefits of CESAB

The Belmont Forum has launched a call for  "Science-based e-Infrastructure Innovation" (SEI) to improve the use of transnational, interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary data in research on environmental change.

The duration, financing, eligible costs and full description can be found on the ANR and Belmont Forum web sites

CESAB, a center for synthesis and analysis of biodiversity data, can provide a solid foundation for catalyzing projects and increasing the chances of success on the call. CESAB provides the scientific community and stakeholders (including the private sector) with an innovative research facility to facilitate research projects and advance knowledge on the state and dynamics of biodiversity and biodiversity. interactions with other disciplinary fields (health, geosciences, socio-economics, agroeconomy ...). Since 2010, there have been 19 projects and 141 articles published in scientific journals and books.



The Foundation for Research on Biodiversity (FRB) announces the 2018 call for research projects of its CEntre for the Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity.




As 2018 is the international year for coral reefs, the FRB, in partnership with AFB and the Ministry of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, will finance a project on this theme. Projects will be considered to better take into account the ecological trajectories and functionalities of these ecosystems for the definition of ecological status indicators.

Click here to read more information about the CESAB project calls

Click here to go to the submission site.


The calendar

Opening date for preparation of pre-projects : 3 April 2018.

Due date for submissions of pre-projects:  2 May 2018 at 1pm.

Due date for submissions of projects: 29 June 2018 at 1pm.

Selection of projects by the Scientific Committee: 6 September 2018

La Fondation pour la Recherche sur La Biodiversité (FRB) lance l’appel à projets de recherche 2015 de son CEntre de Synthèse et d'Analyse sur la Biodiversité (CESAB).

Nous vous invitons à profiter de cette opportunité.

Depuis 2010, l’objectif du CESAB est de soutenir des projets de recherche sur la biodiversité qui valorisent des données déjà existantes. Le CESAB fournit à des groupes d’experts les moyens et infrastructures nécessaires qui leur permettent de mettre en commun des jeux de données et de conduire des réflexions poussées autour de nouveaux concepts, afin de répondre à des questions de recherche cruciales sur tous les aspects de la biodiversité. Il finance directement ou avec des partenaires des groupes d’experts pour des projets dont la durée est généralement de trois ans.

Le CESAB participe au développement de la recherche sur la biodiversité dans des domaines aussi variés que la conservation de la biodiversité, l’usage et la gestion de la biodiversité, l’analyse des fonctions écologiques et des services écosystémiques que l’Homme retire de la biodiversité, les dimensions évolutives de la biodiversité, les relations biodiversité-activités socio-économiques. Consultez le site web du CESAB pour plus d’informations.

La date limite pour la soumission des pré-propositions est fixée au 20 novembre 2015.

Les projets complets doivent être soumis le 1er février 2016 au plus tard

Texte de l'appel à projet et modalités de soumission 

Résultats de l'appel à projet 2014 

Pour plus d'information : cesab@fondationbiodiversite.fr

Professor Rita Adrian will give a seminar on Tuesday 14th November on the topic 'Windows of opportunity: the role of termporal scale, critical thresholds and extreme events in climate impact research.'

This presentation is in english.

Adrian colloque 171114 en 2 email


Le jeudi 6 août à 13h30 se tiendra au Congrès ICCB-ECCB la session (en anglais)
Elle est organisée par Benjamin Roche (BIODIS), avec le soutien du CESAB.

Ce rendez-vous scientifique mondial de la biologie de la conservation est co-organisé par la FRB et Agropolis international. Il se tiendra à Montpellier du 2 au 6 août 2015 au Corum, Esplanade Charles De Gaulle, 34000 Montpellier.

Plus d'information : Site web / Programme du congrès (en anglais)

Doyle McKey, porteur du projet CESAB 2010 NETSEED, professeur à l’université de Montpellier (recherche sur les forêts tropicales, interactions bioculturelles) reçoit le Grand Prix SFE 2014 !

Et Josselin Cornuault, post-doc du projet CESAB ISLANDS, reçoit le Prix jeune chercheur !

En savoir +

From computer operating systems to biodiversity: co-emergence of ecological and evolutionary patterns.

In April this year a postdoctoral workshop of members of the two European synthesis centres, CESAB and sDiv met at CESAB. A sub-group assembled around an intriguing challenge put forward by Petr Keil from sDiv: whether computer operating systems (in this case Linux) could be a useful tool to help explain temporal and spatial patterns in biodiversity (and maybe even vice versa).

Qualitatively things looked good, but the real test was whether this was the case when quantitative data were used. And indeed it did, with some interesting results. They have just submitted an article that you can view on PeerJ Pre-print.

Check the paper out and please comment! Your comments will improve it and no doubt speed it through to publication!

Keil P, Bennett JM, Burgeois B, García-Peña GE, MacDonald AM, Meyer C, Ramirez KS, Yguel B.
(2016) From computer operating systems to biodiversity: co-emergence of ecological and evolutionary patterns. PeerJ Preprints 4:e2367v1 https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.2367v1

The CESAB group ACTIAS, has received a major grant from the ANR (the French Agence Nationale de Récherche) for the project SPHINX, entitled Understanding and predicting species adaptation to environmental changes in insects.

The project goals are as follows:

(i) to build a comprehensive species-level phylogeny and to conduct the first diversification analysis of a diverse group of insects on a global scale incorporating the role of biotic factors (e.g. dispersal ability, diversity of host plants) and abiotic (eg. climatic and geological changes);

(ii) to analyse the evolutionary dynamics of ecological niches and to develop macro-evolutionary models combining phylogenetic, biogeographic and ecological variables; and

(iii) to experimentally test the ability of these modles to predict species responses to environmental changes by analysing, in the field, species communities of these moths in pristine and human-impacted habitats on three different continents.

"This grant greatly expands the scope of the results of the current ACTIAS project, and vice versa" commented the project leader Rodolphe Rougerie of the National Museum of Natural History.


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Participants à la formation « Analyse des pistes en écologie » ayant actuellement lieu au CEFE du 2 au 6 février 2015.

En haut (de gauche à droite): Marjorie Bison, Amandine Erktan, Pauline Bristiel, Anne Charmantier, Virginie Demeyrier, Timo Brockmeyer, Bill Shipley, Alexandru Milcu, Catherine Picon-Cochard, Julie Messier, Frédérique Louault. En bas (de gauche à droite) : Cyrille Violle, Gregoire Freschet, Florence Volaire, Laurent Berges.



Responsibilities: The successful applicant will serve as the USGS Powell Center Fellow for the working group GEISHA (Global Evaluation of the Impacts of Storms on freshwater Habitat and structure of phytoplankton Assemblages), which is co-funded by the USGS Powell Center for Synthesis and Analysis in Fort Collins, CO, and the Centre de Synthèse et d’Analyse sur la Biodiversité in Aix-en-Provence, France. The position is based at the University of Vermont. The Fellow will work with a team of 15+ international researchers in the fields of limnology, physics, and phytoplankton ecology to analyze traditional long-term datasets and contemporary high-frequency datasets from across the globe to explore theoretical questions related to species diversity and succession in aquatic ecosystems. GEISHA is built within the framework of the GLEON project “Storm-Blitz”. The Fellow will engage in all aspects of the project, including individual and team research, project management, data management, and leadership, and will be lead- and co-author on publications.

Qualifications: Competitive applicants will have strong computer skills, experience with large data sets, a background in limnology or equivalent field, a demonstrated aptitude for organization, and the ability to work with people of diverse backgrounds in a team environment. A knowledge of phytoplankton ecology and taxonomy is desirable. Position involves international travel. A valid passport is required

Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Laboratory, University of Vermont

Salary: 10-month position pro-rated at US$50,000 /year
Closing date: 31 August 2017 or until filled
Starting date: negotiable but before 2018
Contact: Submit cover letter, CV, and contact information of three references in a single PDF document to Dr Jason Stockwell à jason.stockwell@uvm.edu


Relevant links





Participation du CESAB à la réunion internationales
des centres de synthèse

Leipzig, du 26 au 30 janvier

La première réunion de ce type a eu lieu fin 2013, au CESAB. Les représentants de la plupart des centres de synthèse étaient présent. L’objectif de cette réunion était de mieux se connaitre, de partager les bonnes pratiques et de discuter autour de problèmes communs pour trouver des solutions partagées. Ce réseau s’organise sous la forme d’un consortium international des centres de synthèse (http://synthesis-consortium.org) et travaille sur la rédaction d’un deuxième papier commun. Un compte rendu plus complet de cette réunion est en cours.


Presented by: Prof. Bill Michener, U.S.A

Michener photo

Principal Investigator DataONE Project Director for New Mexico’s US National Science Foundation (NSF) and US Department of Energy EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) Programs

When? 9h – 12h 8 March 2017

Where? Amphithéatre de la Délégation Régionale 13 du CNRS

1919 route de Mende | Montpellier

Sponsored by : CESAB et CEFE (CNRS)

For more information download the flyer: Affiche_Seminaire_BM.pdf 

Le 6 novembre 2014, la Fondation pour la Recherche sur la Biodiversité (FRB) et le MEDDE, en partenariat avec l'Institut Océanographique, ont organisé une rencontre entre experts scientifiques sur les enjeux autour du changement climatique et de la biodiversité. A cette occasion nous avons interviewé cinq experts qui participent aux travaux de la plateforme intergouvernementale sur le climat (GIEC) et à ceux de la plateforme sur la biodiversité et les services écosystémiques (IPBES).

La première partie de la vidéo est consacrée aux interactions entre le climat et la biodiversité et présente trois exemples : La Morue en Mer du Nord, les pollinisateurs et l'acidification des océans. La question de l'adaptation des organismes face aux changements climatiques est abordée. La deuxième partie de la vidéo présente les plateformes intergouvernementales et comment la recherche est nécessaire pour aider la prise de décision en réponse à ces changements.

Voir la vidéo