Our training program benefits from the collaborative structure and diverse array of expertise of the academic members and collaborators. The BIOS² training program is designed to facilitate the transition of the trainees towards non-academic sectors. Internships, problem-solving workshops, continuous training for partners and specific training sessions are all activities that get Fellows in contact with future employers, improve their networking and communication skills and provide them with a better understanding of the expectations and roles they will have once in the Canadian workforce.
We propose a training program structured around four complementary axes that provides essential expertise to handle, analyze and link large volumes of various sources of biodiversity information:
- New approaches and technologies to acquire biodiversity data across scales (metagenomics, automated sampling, remote sensing, traditional knowledge, citizen science, real-time imagery);
- Integrated processing and analysis of heterogeneous types of information (database management, computational statistics, mathematical modelling);
- Synthesis and impact assessments on pressing or policy-relevant environmental issues;
- Solution-oriented research for the co-design with partners of biodiversity management plans.
BIOS2 fellows acquire and develop technical expertise in these four axes as well as essential professional skills by participating in the activities offered by the program.