The Mediterranean Centre for Environment and Biodiversity Laboratory of Excellence (CeMEB LabEx) is a federation of ten research units in the Montpellier area.

Research focuses on the dynamics and functioning of biodiversity and ecosystems in a context of marked environmental change, notably due to human activities. An important objective is to use scenarios to anticipate both the biological consequences of global change, and anticipate the evolution of ecosystem services and human societies. The research agenda is addressed at all types of ecosystems (from the equator to the poles, terrestrial and marine) and living organisms (from micro-organisms to large mammals). A particular focus is ‘wild’ biodiversity, in the form of numerous long-term research field programs. Approaches combine observation and modelling, especially experimentation. They draw upon high-level tools, such as the Montpellier European Ecotron, the experimental facility at Puéchabon, shared genomics, ecology, chemistry, bio- and eco-computing platforms, and experimental greenhouses and plots.

the research agenda

The CeMEB LabEx research agenda takes several forms:

  • Providing a framework for research, notably through a commitment to providing support for shared platforms (financing of equipment and human resources), doctoral and postdoctoral grants, supporting mobility (visiting researchers), and scientific events.
  • A targeted training support program: engineers, technicians and administrative staff (ETA), and PhD students, master’s programs, lifelong learning and professional training (e.g. for managers of protected areas).
  • Outreach and transfer of research outputs to civil society by promoting collaboration and partnerships with the non-academic sector (including private companies) and civil society via, for example, the co-financing of research fellowships, the organization of workshops and meetings, or participation in various events, for example, the Assises de la Biodiversité (Biodiversity conferences).

The CeMEB LabEx is part of the 2011–2019 Future Projects Investments (Projects Investissement d'Avenir 2011-2019) program, funded by the French National Research Agency (Agence Nationale de la Recherche) and has an annual allocation of 630 K€. For more information on the Investissements d'Avenir click here.

University of Montpellier
The University of Montpellier is responsible for the financial management and administration of the CeMEB LabEx.

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