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CEBA’s doctoral students take part in the Expérimentarium© 2014 and reveal insights about their activity !

Four CEBA’s PhD students,Thomas Denis, Olivier Dezerald, Alex Salas-Lopez and Alexandra Tinaut took part in the Expérimentarium©2014, organized by the Canopy of Sciences from the 19th to 23rd of May, 2014 in French Guiana.

The Expérimentarium program, initiated by the University of Bourgogne, is in its second printing in French Guiana. Sixdoctoral students from the Joint Research Unit Ecology of the Forests of French Guiana have participated in this year’s seminar organized by the Canopy of Sciences in partnership with the Regional delegation for Research and Technology of French Guiana, the University of Bourgogne and the IRISTA Scientific Interest Group . The objective was to bring research closer to the Guianese society.

Expérimentarium au Collège Gérard Holder - O. Dezerald / Broméliacées ©Canopée des Sciences

Expérimentarium at Gérard Holder middle school – O. Dezerald / Bromeliads ©Canopy of Sciences

Five days of advance preparation made it possible to those future researchers to acquire or strengthen key competences in terms of communication and dissemination of research inextricably linked to the research activity itself. During the last day, they could put into practice their knowledge and exchange with schoolchildren over a twenty-minutes entertaining workshops/ discussion. As a result, schoolchildren could directly ask questions to the doctoral students. For them, this visit intends to awaken their interest in knowledge.

Expérimentarium à l'école Zephir - A. Salas-Lopez / Myrmecolgie - ©Canopée des Sciences

Expérimentarium at Zephir primary school – A. Salas-Lopez / Myrmecolgy – ©Canopy of Sciences

Topics discussed this year:
– Bromeliads and climate change (Olivier Dézerald – Thesis CEBA)
– Myrmecology: ants and men (Alex Salas-Lopez -Thesis CEBA)
– Ecological genetics of the manils (Alexandra Tinaut – Thesis CEBA)
– Modelling of forest ecosystems (Thomas Denis)
– Bio-treatment of urban effluents (Nicolas Hourizadeh)
– Bio-corrosion and Cayenne’s bridge(Margaux Vastra)

Expérimentarium au collège Gérard Holder - Elèves ©Canopée des sciences

Expérimentarium at Gérard Holder middle school – Students ©Canopy of Sciences