A l'UM la science [S02-ep03]: From harbour fauna to the Fête de la science

This week on A l'UM la science, Nicolas Bierne, a researcher atISEM, talks about the strange underwater fauna of ports. In the second half of the program, the final part of our series devoted to the LIRMM with Alexandre Pinlou. Finally, Agnès Pesenti gives us the program for the Fête de la Science.

This week, we bring you a little remake of Jacques Brel, but in an underwater version where the sailors of Amsterdam harbor make way for heavy metals, hydrocarbons, concrete, artificial lights of course, and noise.... On the surface, our sailors may sing, eat, drink and dance, but they also carry in their boats little clandestine occupants well hidden in the many hiding places a ship conceals. So how do these exotic species adapt to the strange ecosystem of a port? What novel adaptive responses can they produce? Do they hybridize with local species? In short, if ports are crossroads for people and goods, they are also crossroads for species, and as such can be veritable open-air laboratories. Our guest is Nicolas Bierne, a researcher atISEM, the Montpellier Institute of Evolutionary Sciences. With his colleague Frédérique Viard, he has published an article entitled Rendez-vous urbains en bord de mer: les ports comme laboratoires de terrain darwiniens pour étudier l'évolution marine à l'Anthropocène.

In the second half of the show, we bring you the third and final part of our mini-series dedicated to Lirmm, and this time it's Alexandre Pinlou who takes you on a tour of the computer science department. From computational theory and data science to artificial intelligence, bioinformatics, image processing and software engineering, he explains how computer science has become an integral part of our daily lives. To celebrate its 30th anniversary, the Lirmm is taking advantage of the Fête de la Science to invite you to discover its premises and the work of its researchers during an open day on Saturday October 8.

And we're staying with the Fête de la Science with our last-minute guest, and this week it's Agnès Pesenti from the Department of Scientific Culture, who presents the Fête de la Science program.

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Coproduction: Divergence FM Université de Montpellier
Lucie Lecherbonnier
Aline Périault / Lucie Lecherbonnier
Reporting and editing:
Aline Périault
Production : Adeline Floc'h

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