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Awards and medals

R.R. Hawkins Award Winner & PROSE Award for Excellence in Biological and Life Sciences

 Nicolas Mathevon (ENES) reçoit le prix "R.R. Hawkins Award Winner & PROSE Award for Excellence in Biological and Life Sciences 2024" pour son livre "The Voices of Nature: How and Why Animals Communicate"(Princeton University Press).

“The Voices of Nature: How and Why Animals Communicate, is as inventive as it is trailblazing, combining accessible writing with a unique online audio tie-in to create a truly immersive experience,” commented PROSE Chief Judge Nigel Fletcher-Jones, PhD. “I have every confidence that this innovative approach will dramatically expand the understanding bioacoustics, and provide an invaluable tool for scholars and readers of all kinds.”

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Décibels d'Or 2024 Award - UMRESTTE Gustave Eiffel University

UMRESTTE, Université Gustave Eiffel, has been awarded the Decibels d'Or 2024 prize for its DEBATS (Discussion des Effets du Bruit des Aéronefs Touchant la Santé) program, which aims to assess the effects of aircraft noise exposure on the health of people living near airports.

The scientific coordinator of the DEBATS project, Anne-Sophie Evrard, is a Research Associate at Université Gustave Eiffel, UMRESTTE site de Bron, LabEx CeLyA.

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Jane Goodall Institute Young Researcher Award

Winner 2021, Emilie Rojas - ENES CRNL - LabEx CeLyA

The 2021 winners
1st prize: Eva Gazagne
2nd prize: Agathe Serres
3rd prize: Laurie Patouillat
4th prize: Emilie Rojas

Emilie Rojas is a PhD student in eco-acoustics at Jean-Monnet University in Saint-Etienne. She studies the effect of noise pollution linked to human activities on freshwater aquatic communities (vertebrates and invertebrates).

More and more studies are focusing on the effects of noise in marine environments, yet freshwater is home to over 100,000 species, which have unfortunately been in decline for many years, while human activities are only increasing in these ecosystems. Indeed, with the expansion of river trade, fishing and boating activities, aquatic ecosystems are subject to new environmental pressures: anthropogenic noise pollution.

How do aquatic communities react to this stress? Does this lead to changes in the mobility, feeding or spatiotemporal distribution of individuals, and alter ecosystem functioning?

Emilie's research, entitled "Noise pollution and biological invasion; a multi-scale response in aquatic communities", aims to understand the consequences of human activities on freshwater aquatic communities, where local and foreign species coexist. Human activities not only acoustically disturb aquatic environments, but are also responsible for the introduction of numerous invasive species, which have become invasive thanks to their great adaptability, contributing to the erosion of biodiversity. This is why the notion of invasive species is included in this project, in order to understand the global response of aquatic communities to acoustic stress.

Lyon metropole young researcher award

The Young Researcher Award, currently supported by the Metropolis of Lyon and created in the 1980s by the City of Lyon, aims to promote the excellence of fundamental and applied research in the laboratories of the University of Lyon.
Each year, some fifty young researchers submit their applications.
The prizes are awarded to post-doctoral students under 35 years of age in three areas covering all disciplinary fields: health and society; science and engineering; humanities and urbanity.

Christophe Droz, currently a post-doctoral student at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (Belgium), was awarded the Science and Engineering 2020 Prize for his work entitled "Towards a unified wave model for designing, optimising and monitoring the materials of tomorrow".

He had defended his thesis: "Guiding high-order waves in composites: application to in-flight de-icing of helicopter blades" in 2015 at LTDS/Ecole Centrale de Lyon/LabEx CeLyA under the supervision of Mohamed Ichchou

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Contest the proof by the image

 Acoustic noise. When a space launcher lifts off, the blast is so intense that the sound waves generated can damage the structure of the launcher and the equipment it carries. In this image, obtained through numerical simulations, scientists have succeeded in faithfully reproducing the mechanisms at work during this deafening acoustic wave. Shown in orange on the image are the hot gas jets expelled when the engines are ignited. It is within these jets that vortex structures are driven at supersonic speeds, giving rise to these powerful shock waves. When they reach our ears, they cause a peculiar crackling sound similar to water thrown into boiling oil, called crackle.

Pierre Pineau, who defended his thesis at LMFA in 2018 and is currently an R&D engineer at EDF, took part in the CNRS "La preuve par l'image" scientific image competition in 2020.
His entry "Vacarme acoustique" was one of the 20 winners selected. This photo highlights his work with Christophe Bogey at LMFA in the field of acoustic wave simulation.

The scientific image competition "La preuve par l'image" was launched in 2010 in Canada by the Association canadienne-française pour l'avancement des sciences (Acfas).
Since 2019, the CNRS has joined this initiative and selects each year contributions in all scientific fields, which are then submitted to a jury and a public vote.

CNRS Picture Proof Competition, all information here