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Technical skills

BIOS2 program students acquire a wide range of technical and analytical skills through their participation in the program. Students are trained for :

  • Numerical techniques : scientific programming, mathematics, high performance computing, bioinformatics
  • Problem solving : using data-driven approaches
  • Data management : GIS, remote sensing, next generation sequencing and environmental DNA
  • Data analysis : likelihood methods, Bayesian statistics, machine learning)
  • Forecasting : species distribution models, stochastic modelling, agent based modelling)
  • Tools for productivity and reproducibility : LaTeX for professional editing, version control for multi-user collaborations, automated job processing
  • Legislation : Aspects of legislation and policy related to Biodiversity science and Open sciences

Soft skills

One of the BIOS2 main objective is to train the next generation of highly qualified professionals and researchers and to prepare them to get into the Canadian labour market. To do so, BIOS2 training program focuses on the development of essential soft skill: leadership, creativity and capacity to solve problems, and ability to communicate and collaborate in a practical, operational environment where people do not necessarily have an academic culture. Moreover, students develop a host of soft skills through the different training components of the program: 

  • Synthesis capability :  Developed by student-led synthesis groups
  • Interdisciplinarity : Cultivated through problem solving workshops
  • Networking and communication abilities : Improved with access to mobility fellowships and through the internship experiences. 
  • Fellows are trained in open science, providing them with a culture of transparency, openness, accountability and reproducibility.