Biodiversity, Evolution, Ecology and Society Initiative (IBEES)
Launched in September 2011, the LabEx BCDiv (Biological and cultural diversity: origins, evolution, interactions, future) represents 60% of the research resource of the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle and 10% of those of the CNRS InEE. More than 500 people (researchers, teacher-researchers, engineers, etc.) from 11 UMRs and 2 UMSs of the Museum are involved in this project.
The IBEES initiative
The Biodiversity, Evolution, Ecology and Society (IBEES) initiative contributes to truly interdisciplinary thinking by bringing together the natural sciences and the humanities and social sciences with their diverse approaches.
This community is made up of a thousand or so permanent scientists working in twenty or so units within the Sorbonne University Alliance, in the fields of evolution, ecology, earth sciences and human-environment relations, with all their history and diversity.
IBEES wishes to explore the blind spots in current research, at the interfaces between units and disciplines. Focusing on the core disciplines related to biodiversity, IBEES will serve as a foundation for several institutes. The Institute for Environmental Transition will rely on the new knowledge produced by IBEES to contribute to the effective implementation of the environmental transition. The processing and modelling of collection and biodiversity data offer a privileged field, particularly in the field of bio-inspiration.
IBEES will award a minimum of two doctoral contracts each year to support interdisciplinary research projects. IBEES also aims to complete this scheme by financing, in the long term, post-doctoral contracts in order to further develop certain research areas.
Launched in September 2011, the LabEx BCDiv was one of the winners of the "Laboratories of Excellence" call for projects of the Investissements d'Avenir programme. Founded on an interdisciplinary approach to past and present interactions between societies and biodiversity, based on human, social, biological and historical sciences, it has drawn its originality and strength from the immense collections and databases of the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle and its unique expertise in the description and comparison of objects and patterns of diversity. More than 500 people (researchers, teacher-researchers, engineers, etc.) from 11 UMRs and 2 UMSs at the Muséum were involved in this project, which represents 60% of the research resource of the Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle and 10% of those of the CNRS InEE.
The last LabEx BCDiv meeting, held in early March 2020, was an opportunity to draw up a final report: report and final restitution available here.