03 ? 07 July 2017
Bordeaux, France
Application deadline: 09 April 2017

The Summer School is part of the COTE Cluster of Excellence training
programme and gathers PhD students in environmental sciences, each
specialised in different disciplines such as ecology, chemistry,
biology and even sociology. Through talks, field trips and round
tables with international experts on integrative ecology, the
programme will provide a comprehensive and multidisciplinary approach
on the definition, detection and role of weak signals and emerging
issues in the ecological transition.

Conference speakers:
Ivan Ascher (University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA)
Jelle Behagel (Wageningen University, the Netherlands)
Gabrielle Bouleau (Irstea Bordeaux, France)
Hélène Budzinski (CNRS Bordeaux, France)
Laure Carassou (University of Bordeaux, France)
Anne-Marie Delort (Institute of Chemistry of Clermont-Ferrand, France)
Iñaki Garcia de Cortazar-Atauri (INRA Avignon, France)
Pieter Leroy (Radboud University Nijmegen, the Netherlands)
Marcus Lindner (European Forest Institute, Finland)

Theme & programme:
Climate-induced ecological changes as well as changes in consumption
patterns have led to emerging issues. These often manifest before full
development as weak signals, which can reveal important trends within
ecosystems. However, it is often difficult to distinguish them
statistically from ambient noise, or from random fluctuations of
well-known signals. The COTE Summer School will show that scientists
have more and more tools to monitor the planet. Its programme will
cover several aspects of weak signals and emerging issues with
presentations on new detectable substances in the environment,
environmental reporting, ecological governance and political change
for transition, weak signals and measurement techniques in marine,
vineyard, forest and river ecosystems, and even on a paradigm shift
related to the role of cloud microorganisms in atmospheric processes.

Participants, fees & how to apply:
The course is free of charge and includes accommodation and meals.
Travel expenses must be covered by the participants. Mobility grants
are available on demand (for details see application form). The course
is in English and candidates must be PhD students.
To apply, please fill in the application form on the Summer School
website , upload a CV, a cover letter and a short letter of support
from your supervisor in the online application form. If you also apply
for a mobility grant, please add a letter justifying your request. All
documents have to be merged into a single PDF file.
Application deadline is 09 April 2017.

To learn more about the COTE Cluster of Excellence, please visit the
COTE website (http://cotesummerschool.u-bordeaux.fr/en/).
For any questions, please contact the COTE managers by email (mission-labexcote@u-bordeaux.fr)

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