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[FRB-CESAB] Theory-driven Analysis of Ecological Data – 2024

Building and using mathematical models for ecological research

[FRB-CESAB] Theory-driven Analysis of Ecological Data – 2024

The CESAB – Centre for Biodiversity Synthesis and Analysis – and the GdR TheoMoDive organize the third edition of the training course “Theory-driven Analysis of Ecological Data”. The objective of this five-day course is to train young researchers in building and analyzing mathematical models that will help them better understand ecological data. By contrast with purely statistical models, this course emphasizes a process-driven approach based on ecological theory. The course covers a general introduction to ecological modeling and thematic sessions focused on three topics of interest (time series, spatial data, interaction networks). Each topic is explored through mathematical models as well as inferential and predictive approaches, with a mix of courses and practical.


The training course, in English, will take place from the 11th to the 15th of March 2024 in the CESAB premises in Montpellier. The price is 150 € for the week, including lunch. Travel, accommodation and evening meals are at the expense of the participants.



Find the training course on GitHub



Pre-registrations are now closed. If you have already pre-registered, please note that the number of places is limited.

Your registration will be confirmed in January after assessment of your application.

A good knowledge of the R software is required.


List of organizers (by alphabetical order):

  • Vincent CALCAGNO (INRAE, ISA) 
  • Isabelle GOUNAND (CNRS, iEES-Paris) 
  • Claire JACQUET (CNRS, ISEM) 
  • Sonia KEFI (CNRS, ISEM)
  • François MASSOL (CNRS, CIIL) 

11 – 15 March 2024


  • Pre-registration opening

30th October 2023


  • Pre-registration deadline

1st December 2023, midnight (CET)


5, rue de l’École de médecine

34000 Montpellier




Nicolas CASAJUS 


Monday 11th March:
  • Introduction to modelling and theory 
Tuesday 12th March:
  • Population dynamics in ecology and temporal series
Wednesday 13th March:
  • Spatial distribution, macro-ecology and co-occurrences 
Thursday 14th March:
  • Interaction networks, trophic networks, and complexity in ecology 
Friday 15th March:
  • Project in subgroups