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Summer school Modelling environmental resilience

Agroecology, Climate, Ecology, Ocean, Society

Paris, June 19-25, 2016

Photo Summer School Resilience Paris 2016, PSL-CERES

Group photo of the Summer School participants



This summer school, held in the heart of Paris at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (ENS), aims to bring together a group of 25 participants with a strong interest in environmental science and with backgrounds in quantitative sciences from across a range of disciplines (ecology, geosciences, physics, agronomy, economics, geography, etc). The objective is to expose the group to a number of views on the concept of “resilience” of environmental systems. The school offers in-depth courses on the meaning, modeling and application of the idea of resilience in a range of environmental topics including ecology, oceanography, climate, agriculture, philosophy, anthropology and geography. An important part of the summer school is the participation in one of the working groups, where participants work together with one or more lecturers. The four main themes of the working groups are : Climate-economics, Ecology, Agro-ecology, Global carbon and nutrient cycles. 

Objectives of the summer school

  • To develop a common culture of modeling environmental resilience
  • To explore a diversity of concepts of resilience
  • To critically examine research objectives and methods
  • To establish a research community on environmental resilience
  • To stimulate the emergence of innovative, interdisciplinary research projects
  • To communicate complex ideas and models to peers and a broader audience


Main speakers and themes

  • David Claessen (ENS, France) Agro-ecology
  • Mick Follows  (MIT, USA) Resilience of global carbon and nutrient cycles 
  • Michael Ghil (ENS, France and UCLA, USA) The mathematical foundations of resilience and its applications to the climate sciences, ecology and economics
  • André de Roos (University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands) Resilience and alternative stable states in ecological systems


Topical seminars speakers

Additional speakers include Judith Bronstein (Univ Arizona, AZ, USA), Margaret Evans (Univ Arizona, AZ, USA), Gäel Giraud (CNRS ; Paris School of Economics ; AFD), Benoit Hazard (EHESS, CNRS), Eric Malézieux (CIRAD), Albert Moukheiber (Hôpital de la Salpêtrière, CNRS), Samuel Rufat (Université de Cergy-Pontoise), Elisa Thébault (iEES Paris) and Frédéric Worms (ENS).


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The summer school is financially supported by PSL Reseach University Paris and organised by CERES of the Ecole Normale Supérieure. PSL logo



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