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The Bioacoustic Winter School

A two-week intensive course in acoustic communication


Bioacoustics combines biology and acoustics. It investigates the production, propagation and reception of sounds produced by living beings. Fundamentally, bioacoustics is particularly interested in acoustic communication mechanisms (animal and human "languages"). On the applied level, bioacoustics covers several aspects, such as the study of the effects of anthropogenic noises on animals and humans (e.g. impacts of sounds produced by boats on marine mammals), the use of acoustic probes to characterize the quality of ecosystems, acoustic monitoring of animal populations (e.g. counting of birds), the use of biological sounds for pests’ scaring (e.g. birds on airport runways), etc.

The Bioacoustic Winter School (BWS) is a short and intensive course on animal and human acoustic communication (2 weeks ; > 80 hours class + group projects). BWS is organized every January at the University of Lyon/Saint-Etienne by the Sensory Neuro-Ethology Team of the Neuro-PSI laboratory (ENES team, see link on the side).

The teaching staff of BWS is made up of researchers from the Neuro-PSI laboratory (Mathevon’s & Aubin/Charrier’s teams) as well as researchers from other institutions.

BWS is open to PhD and master students, researchers, engineers, veterinarians, wildlife managers, members of wildlife conservation organizations, etc.

Learning objectives
Training in bioacoustic scientific investigations and tools.

At the end of the course, the following skills will have been acquired :
- knowledge in how to use the basic material necessary for any study in bioacoustics (digital recorder, microphones, speakers) ;
- basic knowledge in sound and signal processing (use of softwares such as PRAAT and Seewave) ;
- skills in how to set up a bioacoustic study (scientific question, experimental design, realization of experiments, results’ analysis) ;
- general knowledge on the bioacoustic world and its interests, both in basic and applied research.

The two week training is concluded by an oral exam. BWS students will receive a degree in bioacoustics, certified by the University of Lyon/Saint-Etienne.

Organizers
Nicolas Mathevon, Professor, Université de Lyon/Saint-Etienne (Neuro-PSI)
Frédéric Sèbe, Associate Professor, Université de Lyon/Saint-Etienne (Neuro-PSI)

Teaching staff
Thierry Aubin, Senior Researcher CNRS, Université Paris-Sud (Neuro-PSI)
Renaud Boistel, Research engineer CNRS, Université de Poitiers
Isabelle Charrier, Senior Researcher CNRS, Université Paris-Sud (Neuro-PSI)
Sébastien Derégnaucourt, Professor, Univ Nanterre
Tudor Draganoiu, Associate Professor, Univ Nanterre
Antonio Fischetti, PhD, acoustician, scientific journalist
Florence Levréro, Associate Professor, Université de Lyon/Saint-Etienne (Neuro-PSI)
Nicolas Mathevon, Professor, Université de Lyon/Saint-Etienne (Neuro-PSI)
Julien Meyer, Researcher CNRS, Université de Grenoble
David Reby, Professor, Univ. of Sussex, GB
Andrea Ravignani, post-doc, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Fanny Rybak, Associate Professor, Université Paris-Sud (Neuro-PSI)
Frédéric Sèbe, Associate Professor, Université de Lyon/Saint-Etienne (Neuro-PSI)
Olivier Sèbe, Researcher, CEA Grenoble
Jérôme Sueur, Associate Professor Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle

For any information and/or registration request, please contact Nicolas Mathevon : mathevon@univ-st-etienne.fr

Applications for the 2019 session (January 7-18) are now open (deadline = June 30th). The application form can be downloaded here :

Application form for BWS 2019 {Word}

Tuition fees : : 1200 € (excluding housing & meals)

Discount rate for master students with a regular registration at the "master d’Ethologie" or the "master d’Acoustique" of the University of Lyon/Saint-Etienne, and for PhD students with a regular registration at the "Ecole Doctorale SIS" .


BWS is partly supported by the University of Lyon/Saint-Etienne https://www.univ-st-etienne.fr/fr/, the Institut universitaire de France http://www.iufrance.fr/, the Ecole Doctorale SIS http://edsis.universite-lyon.fr/, & the Labex CeLyA http://celya.universite-lyon.fr/.

The program for the 2018 session can be downloaded below. The program for the 2019 session will be similar.
program for the 2018 session {PDF}

How to get to the classroom :