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Mise à jour le 1 June 2023 à 03:29 pm

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Les cahiers de l'adaptation

Research at the University of Guyana

Research organised around 4 major cross-disciplinary themes in six laboratories

Research conducted at the University of Guyana is structured around four major founding themes:

  • The dynamics of biodiversity in Amazonia and the development of natural resources (from genes to ecosystems, in particular the biodiversity of forest, agronomic, marine, coastal and river ecosystems);
  • Health and health ecology in tropical environments
  • The dynamics of Amazonian societies in their environments and the sustainable management of Amazonian territories;
  • Innovative technologies in the Amazon environment and bio-inspired technologies;



The team studies various Amazonian tropical diseases (leishmaniasis, Chagas disease, Amazonian toxoplasmosis, disseminated histoplasmosis, malaria, Mycobacterium ulcerans, etc.), all of which are linked to Amazonian ecosystems.
The aim of the MINEA research unit is to develop multidisciplinary scientific work at the interface between the humanities, literature, law and economics.
The UMR project Ecology of French Guiana's Forests is to integrate different approaches in ecology and materials science to understand the relationships between biodiversity and the functioning of tropical forest ecosystems
UMR Espace Dev
Research into the spatialisation of environmental dynamics is being carried out in the context of the adaptation of societies in the South to global change.
The work carried out by UMR QUALISUD is based around a "food" programme. Polyphenols "
 LEEISA works on the evolution and ecology of biodiversity in Amazonia, ethnoecology and cultural dynamics, and the ecosystems and dynamics of coastal areas. It is organised around three research platforms and services (the Nouragues research station, the Observatoire Hommes-Milieux de l'Oyapock, the Pépinière Interdisciplinaire de Guyane on coastal ecosystems and marine turtles).



High-level technology platforms

The University's research activity benefits from high-level technological platforms that enable a large proportion of experiments and analyses to be carried out in French Guyana. Research organisations have also been able to acquire and develop platforms that are open to university staff under certain conditions. Similarly, the regional operator Guyane Développement Innovation offers equipment that is accessible to the University's laboratories. Pooling this equipment across the region is an essential objective if research projects are to flourish.

A doctoral school on "health, diversity and development in Amazonia" to support doctoral students in their career plans

The "Health, Diversity and Development in Amazonia" doctoral school has 50 doctoral students and 41 HDRs (Habilitations to direct research). Its mission is to ensure that PhDs are properly supervised and to offer, in addition to the research carried out in the laboratories, a training programme that is both disciplinary and methodological, as well as training in the use of one or more modern languages that are useful when conducting research at an international level. It also emphasises support for doctoral students as part of their career plans (coaching sessions, communication techniques, help with setting up a business, etc.).

Active partnerships with research organisations and on the international stage

These thematic research orientations are practised in the host teams (EA) of the University of Guyana, in the Joint Research Units (UMR) co-constructed between the institution and research organisations. Student interns and doctoral students carry out their research at the University and in organisations such as AgroParisTech, CIRAD, CNRS, Institut Pasteur and IRD, which are associated with the University.

The university's research laboratories have also forged links with other foreign laboratories (Brazil, Surinam, Colombia, Peru, Mexico, the United States, Germany, the United Kingdom, etc.) working on the same scientific subjects.

On the Guyana Plateau, agreements have been signed with the following universities:

  • Amapa State University (UEAP)
  • Federal University of Amapa (UNIFAP)
  • University of the State of Para (UEPA)
  • Federal University of Para (UFPA)
  • Federal University of Amazonas (UFAM)
  • Anton de Kom University of Suriname (AdeKUS)
  • University of Guyana


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