Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (National Center for Scientific Research)

CNRS_logos The Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (www.cnrs.fr) is a government-funded research organization, under the administrative authority of France’s Ministry of Research. CNRS laboratories (or research units) are located throughout France, and employ more than 30000 tenured researchers, engineers, and support staff. CNRS encourages collaboration between specialists from different disciplines in particular with the university thus opening up new fields of enquiry to meet social and economic needs.

Three joint research units (JRU) are involved in DEVOTES, as third-parties: the IMBE (UMR7263), a JRU between CNRS and Aix-Marseille University, LIENSs (UMR 7266), a JRU between CNRS and La Rochelle University and BOREA (UMR CNRS 7208) JRU between CNRS, National Museum of Natural History, Institute or Research for the Development, and University Paris 6.

The Mediterranean Institute of marine and terrestrial Biodiversity and Ecology (IMBE) has been created in January 2012, in response to the need of society for better knowledge about the human-environment relationship at a time when all ecosystems, but particularly the coastal zone, are affected by numerous risks of environmental degradation. IMBE studies biological systems on land and in the ocean, with a particular interest in biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems. With more than 200 environmental scientists, IMBE provides a strong research capacity in the fields of biodiversity, evolution, ecology and basic biology. It has the ambition to contribute to better management of natural resources by researching ecological aspects of a more sustainable human-environment relationship (global ecology).

The Littoral Environment and Society laboratory (LIENSs) is an interdisciplinary research unit integrating environmental sciences (biology, ecology & geophysics), human sciences (geography & history), chemistry and biotechnologies to answer sustainable development issues with a special focus on coastal areas.

The laboratory “Biologie des ORganismes et Ecosystèmes Aquatiques” (BOREA, Marine Organisms and Ecosystems Biology) is a pluridisciplinary research unit gathering scientists from evolution biology to ecology. The objectives of the laboratory go from basic research questions to questions directely related to management applications: biodiversity preservation and management, ecosystem health indicators development, etc. The majority of the researchers are interested in marine ecosystems and marine biological models, but some comparisons are also realised with freshwater systems. The laboratory is localised is several places, some of which being located at proximity of coastal study sites, mainly in Britany and Normandy.

Keywords Ecology, Evolutionary biology, Ecosystem functioning, Biology, Transdisciplinarity
Address Centre national de la recherche scientifique 3, rue Michel-Ange  75794 Paris cedex 16 – France