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A two-week intensive course in acoustic communication

> 80 hours class

+ group projects

Bioacoustics Winter School

Bioacoustic 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

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 a written and oral exam, and successful students will receive a certification in bioacoustics by the University of Lyon/Saint-Etienne.



Nicolas Mathevon & Frédéric Sèbe

Teaching staff


Olivier Adam, Professor, Sorbonne Univ

Jean-Yves Barnagaud, Associate Professor, Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes

Yves Bas, Researcher, Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle Paris
Marilyn Beauchaud, Associate Professor, Univ Lyon/Saint-Etienne

Elodie Briefer, Professor, Univ Copenhagen

Isabelle Charrier, Senior Researcher CNRS, Univ Paris-Sud
Tudor Draganoiu, Associate Professor, Univ Nanterre
Paulo Fonseca, Professor, Univ Lisboa

Hervé Glotin, Professor, Univ Toulon

Michael Greenfield, Professor, Research Associate, Univ Lyon/Saint-Etienne

Mirjam Knörnschild, Group Leader, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

Florence Levréro, Associate Professor, Univ Lyon/Saint-Etienne
Nicolas Mathevon, Professor, Univ Lyon/Saint-Etienne

Vincent Médoc, Associate Professor, Univ Lyon/Saint-Etienne
Andrea Ravignani, Group Leader, Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics

David Reby, Professor, Univ Lyon/Saint-Etienne 
Colleen Reichmuth, Senior Researcher, Univ California Santa-Cruz

Fanny Rybak, Associate Professor, Univ Paris-Sud
Frédéric Sèbe, Associate Professor, Univ Lyon/Saint-Etienne
Jérôme Sueur, Associate Professor, Museum National d’Histoire Naturelle Paris

Simon Townsend, Professor, University of Zurich

PhD and Post-Doc students of the ENES lab


Contact: emmanuelle.combe@univ-st-etienne

Applications for the 2024 session (January 8-19) is now open (deadline: September 30, 2023).

Tuition fees: 1200 € (excluding housing & meals)

Discount rates for students registered at the University of Lyon/Saint-Etienne

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