Applied research to conserve biodiversity RAINET - Learning

  • Training structure

    Faculty of Science

Presentation

Faced with the development of human societies, the challenges of biodiversity conservation are multiplying. More and more urgent scientific questions are arising, particularly in ecology but not only. Answering these questions requires applied research, the results of which have a real impact on biodiversity conservation practices and policies at different scales.

The RAINET' Master's degree (Applied Research for Biodiversity Conservation) is aimed at students who wish to embark on this path, and to complete a doctoral thesis after the Master's degree. These students can then work as researchers in public or private research organisations or as scientific project managers in biodiversity conservation organisations in France and abroad.

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Objectives

The objective of the RAINET' Master's degree is to offer a training programme that is truly adapted to students wishing to do a thesis in conservation biology. To this end, the students of the RAINET' Master's degree benefit from a multidisciplinary scientific training in conservation biology. Moreover, by being part of the Environmental Management Master's degree, students in the RAINET' programme have the opportunity to work with and learn from future professionals in sectors of activity that interact directly with biodiversity conservation.

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Know-how and skills

The RAINET' course trains ecologists capable of understanding the complexity of nature protection and biodiversity conservation issues arising from the development of our societies, and of proposing innovative responses to these issues.

The competences targeted are :

- Master the concepts and methods of conservation biology (from the different disciplines of ecology, biogeography, evolutionary biology, socio-economics, etc....).

- Know the actors (e.g. managers, consultancies) and tools (e.g. environmental policies) of biodiversity conservation.

- Know how to interact and collaborate with conservation stakeholders.

- Identify the ecological and social factors that influence the success of conservation programmes and identify the ecosystems and species for which conservation is a priority.

- Know how to position yourself at the interface between conservation issues and other societal issues

- Master the different stages of a research project (definition of a problem, bibliographical analysis, choice and implementation of an adapted method, analysis and interpretation of results).

- Be able to communicate scientific results in French and English, both orally and in writing.

 

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International dimension

Internships in M1 and M2 can be done abroad.

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Organization

Open in alternating years

Type of contract

Apprenticeship contract, Professionalization contract

Programme

Open to sandwich courses: Apprenticeship contract, Professionalization contract

Programme :

M1 year: common to four courses in the "Environmental Management" field (RAINET', IEGB, Aquadura, ComBiodiv). This year enables students to acquire the scientific bases, particularly in ecology and biostatistics. Optional courses also allow students to start specialising.

M2 RAINET' year: dedicated to specialisation in applied research in biodiversity conservation, with several optional courses allowing students to deepen their skills according to their professional project.

In M1 and M2, the pedagogy is largely based on the individual follow-up of students by pedagogical tutors and on group projects.

The RAINET' Master offers two long internships (4.5 months in M1 and 5.5 months in M2), i.e. a total of 10 months of internship in 2 years of training.

At least one of the two placements must be in a research organisation. Depending on the student's experience and plans, the other internship may be with either a conservation or research organisation. Internships abroad are encouraged.

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Select a programme

M2 - Applied research for biodiversity conservation - Apprenticeship

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  • Conservation biology

    2 credits
  • M2-GE Apprenticeship Project

    6 credits3h
  • Tools for territorial dialogue

    2 credits
  • EU CHOICE 1

    12 credits
    • Choice of 1 of 4

      • CHOICE2

        12 credits
        • Choice of 1 out of 18

          • Urban ecology

            2 credits
          • Sustainable use of animal resources hunting

            2 credits
          • TOIC/TOEFL preparation

            2 credits
          • Ecology of marine and coastal ecosystems

            2 credits8h
          • Agroecology

            2 credits
          • Bayesian approach to variability

            2 credits
          • Ecological engineering and restoration (ERC sequence)

            2 credits
          • Methods and analysis of surveys in SHS

            2 credits
          • Behavioural ecology

            2 credits6h
          • Ethnoecology and sustainable development

            2 credits15h
          • Ecology Environment Anthropo Society (Pyrenees seminar)

            2 credits
          • Methods & tools for fisheries conservation ecology

            2 credits3h
          • Managing a participatory science project

            2 credits
          • Impacts of climate change on organisms, ecosystems and

            2 credits
          • Advanced GIS

            2 credits
          • Individual Project in GE 1

            2 credits
          • Roles of micro-organisms in ecosystems (with EEB)

            2 credits
          • Global Change: characterisation, impacts & adaptations

            2 credits
      • EU CHOICE 4

        12 credits
        • Individual Project in GE 2

          4 credits
        • EU CHOICES

          8 credits
          • Choice of 1 out of 18

            • Urban ecology

              2 credits
            • Sustainable use of animal resources hunting

              2 credits
            • TOIC/TOEFL preparation

              2 credits
            • Ecology of marine and coastal ecosystems

              2 credits8h
            • Agroecology

              2 credits
            • Bayesian approach to variability

              2 credits
            • Ecological engineering and restoration (ERC sequence)

              2 credits
            • Methods and analysis of surveys in SHS

              2 credits
            • Behavioural ecology

              2 credits6h
            • Ethnoecology and sustainable development

              2 credits15h
            • Ecology Environment Anthropo Society (Pyrenees seminar)

              2 credits
            • Methods & tools for fisheries conservation ecology

              2 credits3h
            • Managing a participatory science project

              2 credits
            • Impacts of climate change on organisms, ecosystems and

              2 credits
            • Advanced GIS

              2 credits
            • Individual Project in GE 1

              2 credits
            • Roles of micro-organisms in ecosystems (with EEB)

              2 credits
            • Global Change: characterisation, impacts & adaptations

              2 credits
      • EU CHOICE 2

        12 credits
        • Choice of 1 of 2

          • EU CHOICES

            8 credits
            • Choice of 1 out of 18

              • Urban ecology

                2 credits
              • Sustainable use of animal resources hunting

                2 credits
              • TOIC/TOEFL preparation

                2 credits
              • Ecology of marine and coastal ecosystems

                2 credits8h
              • Agroecology

                2 credits
              • Bayesian approach to variability

                2 credits
              • Ecological engineering and restoration (ERC sequence)

                2 credits
              • Methods and analysis of surveys in SHS

                2 credits
              • Behavioural ecology

                2 credits6h
              • Ethnoecology and sustainable development

                2 credits15h
              • Ecology Environment Anthropo Society (Pyrenees seminar)

                2 credits
              • Methods & tools for fisheries conservation ecology

                2 credits3h
              • Managing a participatory science project

                2 credits
              • Impacts of climate change on organisms, ecosystems and

                2 credits
              • Advanced GIS

                2 credits
              • Individual Project in GE 1

                2 credits
              • Roles of micro-organisms in ecosystems (with EEB)

                2 credits
              • Global Change: characterisation, impacts & adaptations

                2 credits
          • Pollution and bioremediation of ecosystems

      • EU CHOICE 5

        12 credits
        • EU CHOICES

          4 credits
          • Choice of 1 out of 18

            • Urban ecology

              2 credits
            • Sustainable use of animal resources hunting

              2 credits
            • TOIC/TOEFL preparation

              2 credits
            • Ecology of marine and coastal ecosystems

              2 credits8h
            • Agroecology

              2 credits
            • Bayesian approach to variability

              2 credits
            • Ecological engineering and restoration (ERC sequence)

              2 credits
            • Methods and analysis of surveys in SHS

              2 credits
            • Behavioural ecology

              2 credits6h
            • Ethnoecology and sustainable development

              2 credits15h
            • Ecology Environment Anthropo Society (Pyrenees seminar)

              2 credits
            • Methods & tools for fisheries conservation ecology

              2 credits3h
            • Managing a participatory science project

              2 credits
            • Impacts of climate change on organisms, ecosystems and

              2 credits
            • Advanced GIS

              2 credits
            • Individual Project in GE 1

              2 credits
            • Roles of micro-organisms in ecosystems (with EEB)

              2 credits
            • Global Change: characterisation, impacts & adaptations

              2 credits
        • Individual Project in GE 2

          4 credits
        • Pollution and bioremediation of ecosystems

  • New technologies for the study of Biodiversity

    2 credits
  • Ecology Fair-1

    2 credits1h
  • Science and communication

    4 credits30h
  • COGITHON

    4 credits
  • End of studies internship by apprenticeship M2 GE Research Engineering

    24 credits
  • EU Choice

    2 credits
    • Choice of 1 of 2

      • Scientific museography

        2 credits
      • Quality and traceability

        2 credits15h

Admission

Target audience

For entry into M1: Holders of a Bachelor's degree in Life Sciences (e.g. Biology and Ecology or equivalent) or equivalent diploma

For entry into M2: Holders of a M1 in ecology or equivalent (e.g. engineering and veterinary students)

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And then

Further studies

Possible continuation to PhD

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Further study abroad

Possible continuation to PhD

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Gateways and reorientation

At the end of the Master 1 in Environment and Biodiversity Management, the student who has acquired his 180 ECTS can ask to be reoriented towards another Master 2 course of the mention of Environment Management than the one in which he had applied to enter the Master 1 (among Rainet', ComBiodiv, IEGB and AQUADURA). However, this reorientation will be subject to the approval of the pedagogical managers of the course concerned.

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Professional integration

Researcher, teacher-researcher in public and private research organisations.

Scientific project manager in biodiversity conservation organisations developing high-level scientific programmes in France and abroad.

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