The Bio-inspired Chemistry and Ecological Innovations laboratory, known as ChimEco, brings together researchers and engineers from the CNRS and a teacher-researcher from the University of Montpellier. As its activities are highly valued by industry, half of the researchers are financed by industrial contracts. The ChimEco laboratory is located in the Cap Delta business centre in the Montpellier agglomeration, in the heart of the Euromedicine park biopole.

The ambitions of the ChimEco laboratory are to develop an interdisciplinary approach to global ecology as a vector for sustainable development.

The unusual combination of phytotechnologies adapted to pollution, the ecological rehabilitation of degraded sites and the valorisation of these processes by an innovative and bio-inspired green chemistry, ecocatalysis, must contribute to the development of the current scientific, economic and environmental priorities of ecological innovation.

Claude Grison's speech at Biomim'expo 2017 :

The film Nature=Future:

TEDx 2015 :

Klorane Botanical Foundation - Mint, a plant that cleanses water:

The board Biomim'review :

The portrait page in the Biomim'BOOK 2019 :






The Animal Cognition Research Centre (ACRC) is part of the Centre for Integrative Biology of Toulouse (CBI Toulouse)This research federation brings together five laboratories in Toulouse. It has two supervisory bodies which are the CNRS and theUniversity of Toulouse III - Paul Sabatier.

The main objective of the CRCA is the multidisciplinary and comparative study of cognitive processes in various animal models ranging from invertebrates to vertebrates.

  • At the level of the individual, we are interested in perceptual processes, selective attention, and the learning and memorization of point and spatial cues. The understanding of these processes requires multidisciplinary studies from various approaches such as ethology, experimental psychology, neuroethology, neurobiology, molecular biology and modelling. In this context, the study of the animal brain and its plasticity is a priority of our unit.
  • At the level of societies or species living in groups, we are interested in the behavioural rules allowing the coordination of activities within groups, from which complex collective behaviour can emerge through self-organisation processes. We thus study distributed cognition based on interactions and the direct or indirect transmission of information between individuals. In this framework, approaches from ethology, modelling, physics and robotics are employed.

Research teams :

Collective behaviour (CAB) Person in charge: Vincent Fourcassié

Experience-dependent plasticity in insects (EXPLAIN) Leaders: Martin Giurfa and Jean-Marc Devaud

Sources / contacts :

Centre de Recherches sur la Cognition Animale (UMR 5169) - Centre de Biologie Intégrative
CNRS - Paul Sabatier University - Bât 4R3
710 Rosalind Franklin Court
118, route de Narbonne
31062 Toulouse cedex 09

Telephone (secretariat, Mrs C. Renault) : +33 5 61 55 67 31

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Reconciling human activities and the preservation of marine ecosystems.

Coastal development and overexploitation of fisheries resources have upset the balance of marine ecosystems.

The environmental consequences are numerous and sometimes irreversible:

  • fall in marine biodiversity,
  • destruction of key ecosystems (coral reefs, mangroves, sea grass beds, etc.),
  • loss of essential ecological functions (nursery, reproduction, etc.),
  • reduction in ecosystem services (marine resources, erosion control and flood risk).

Climate change is making these already fragile environments even more vulnerable and the challenge of a more harmonious cohabitation of man and the sea is more relevant than ever.

Seaboost contributes to meeting this challenge by innovating every day in order to deploy concrete and operational solutions to reconcile human activities and marine biodiversity.

Julien Dalle's presentation at the Biomim'expo digital week 2020

Other videos on the channel Seaboost Youtube

The portrait page in the Biomim'BOOK 2021 :

Seaboost's participation in the exhibition "Ocean, an unusual dive at National Museum of Natural History in Paris.



Contacts :

Martin Perrot, COO,

Julien Dalle, Project Manager in ecological engineering,

Matthieu Lapinski, Marine biologist - Aquatic ecological engineering and artificial reefs



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