Bordeaux, France

Weak signals and emerging issues in ecological transition

when 3 July 2017 - 7 July 2017
language English
duration 1 week

The COTE Cluster of Excellence organises its fifth Summer School on "Weak signals and emerging issues in ecological transition" in Bordeaux, France (03-07 July 2017). The Summer School is part COTE 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.

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.

Conference speakers (non exhaustive list):
• 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)

How to apply:
To apply, please fill in the application form on the Summer School website ( and upload a short CV, a cover letter and a letter of support from your supervisor in the online application form. All documents have to be merged into a single PDF file. Application deadline is 23 April 2017.

To learn more about the COTE Cluster of Excellence, please visit the official website.
For any questions, please contact the COTE managers at:

Target group

PhD students

Credits info

Participants will receive a certificate of attendance. For international students, it is up to them to check with their institution how many credits they might receive by attending the COTE Summer School.

Fee info

EUR 0: The COTE Summer School registration is free of charge and includes accomodation and meals. Travel expenses to Bordeaux have to be covered by the participants.


Mobility grants are available on demand during the registration process. To be considered for a grant, applicants have to submit a letter justifying their request. That letter has to be included in the same PDF file as the other application documents.