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CESAB – Centre for the Synthesis and Analysis of Biodiversity – is a key program of the FRB (Foundation for Research on Biodiversity) and aims to implement innovative work to synthesize and analyze already existing data in the field of biodiversity research. Launched in 2010 after the "Grenelle de l'Environnement" by the Ministries for research and for ecology, it was created by eight public research institutions (BRGM, CIRAD, CNRS, IFREMER, INRA, IRD, IRSTEA and MNHN), joined in 2014 by LVMH and in 2017 by the University of Montpellier.

Researchers can find at CESAB the necessary means and infrastructure to share and enhance existing information, and to conduct analyses that address major scientific challenges in biodiversity research.

Advancing knowledge, developing synthesis research and collaboration, facilitating the links between all scientific disciplines: these are the main assets of CESAB which host a large number of researchers every year from all the continents, during work sessions spread over the project timeline.

For many years, teams of researchers have been collecting, producing and analyzing more and more data on biodiversity. The information acquired today provides undeniable and essential knowledge and allows us to better understand the contributions that biodiversity can provide for humanity. And it is possible to go even further: assembled and combined, existing data, ideas and concepts can generate new advances in both pure and applied research. Together, these existing data can supply new issues and significantly advance our biodiversity knowledge.

Initially located in Aix en Provence, CESAB moved in January 2019 to Montpellier. By joining one of the world's most dynamic scientific communities in ecology (the University of Montpellier was ranked world's leading university in Ecology by Shanghai Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) in 2018), this move is an opportunity for CESAB to renew its team and to start a fresh development.


CESAB team :

  • Scientific Director: Nicolas Mouquet, CNRS-FRB
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  • Deputy director: Claire Salomon, FRB
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  • Administrator: Maud Calmet, FRB

  • Data scientist: Nicolas Casajus, FRB