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Cédric Sueur

Address
Department Ecology, Physiology and Ethology
IPHC - UMR 7178, CNRS-UDS
23 rue Becquerel
67087 Strasbourg Cedex 2
Tel : +33.3.88.10.74.52
Fax : +33.3. 88.10.74.56
e-mail : cedric.sueur(at)iphc.cnrs.fr
Website

PERSONAL INFORMATION
Family name, First name : SUEUR, Cédric
Researcher unique identifier(s) : ResearcherID A-4020-2011 ; Scopus Author ID 23494021200
Date of birth : 08th of April, 1982 Nationality : French

• EDUCATION
2014 Habilitation to supervise PhD thesis (HDR)
Faculty of Life Sciences/University of Strasbourg/ IPHC, France
2008 PhD in Life Sciences
Faculty of Life Sciences/University of Strasbourg/ IPHC, France
Unit of Social Ecology/Université libre de Bruxelles/Belgium
2005 Master ; Faculty of Life Sciences/University of Strasbourg/ IPHC, France

• CURRENT POSITION(S)
2011 – now Associate Professor, HDR (habilitation to supervise PhD students)
Faculty of Life Sciences/University of Strasbourg/ IPHC, France

• FELLOWSHIPS AND AWARDS
2013 Young scientist award from the French Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour
2012 – 2014 Fellow of the University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS)
2010 – 2011 Fellow of the Japan Society for the promotion of Science (JSPS)
2009 – 2010 Fellow of the Fulbright Foundation
2009 Prize of the Society of Biology of Strasbourg for the best thesis
2009 Prize « Le Monde de la Recherche universitaire » for the best thesis
2006 – 2010 Member of the European Doctoral College of Strasbourg

• TEACHING ACTIVITIES
2012- present Co-supervisor of the master degree Ecophysiology and Ethology, University of Strasbourg.
2011 – present Associate professor – Behavioural Ecology, University of Strasbourg, France
2005 – 2009 Lecturer – Behavioural Ecology, University of Strasbourg, France

• INSTITUTIONAL RESPONSIBILITIES (if applicable)
2014 – Member of the French National Committee for Animal Experimentation (arrêté du 24-8-2014 - NOR > MENR1401130A)
2011 – Head of the network SNAAS (Social Network Analysis in Animal Societies) of the French National Society of Complex Systems (RNSC)
2011 Member of the Council of Supervision of PhD candidates at the department of Ecology, Physiology and Ethology, IPHC, Strasbourg, France

• COMMISSIONS OF TRUST
2012 Scientific Evaluation Associate at the European Science Foundation (Life/Biomedical Sciences)
2012 – Academic editor for PLoS One
2012 – Associate editor for PloS Computational Biology
2011 – Scientific Evaluation Associate at the Franco-American commission Fulbright
2009 – External referee for the French Ministry of Research, the Belgium National funds for Scientific Research, the Excellence Initiative from Toulouse University, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Leakey foundation and several scientific journals

MEMBERSHIPS OF SCIENTIFIC SOCIETIES
2014–...... : Member of the Council of the Complex System Society, Europe
2014–...... : Member of the scientific committee of the Foundation Animal Right, Ethics and Sciences (LFDA)
2011–2014 : Member of the council of the French Society for the study of Animal Behaviour, in charge of rehabilitation of laboratory’s animals
2011–2012 : Member of the regional ethics committee regarding animal experimentation, Strasbourg

Current research

I carried out my PhD concurrently in two institutes : at IPHC (Strasbourg, France) and at the Unit of Social Ecology (Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium). My PhD was on the influence of social styles on collective decision-making in two macaque species. For my first post-doctoral project I went to South Africa to collect data on collective movements and influence of social networks in baboons. I analysed this dataset at Princeton University, USA, in order to understand the influence of social networks on decision-making and to model this process. This post-doctoral study was funded by the Fyssen foundation and the Fulbright foundation. After this project, I went to Japan as Fellow of the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) in order to continue my work on the influence of social networks on decision-making process.
I returned back to IPHC (Strasbourg, France) as associate professor and fellow of the University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS). There I continued my excellent track record, as evidenced by the “Young scientist” award I got from the French Society for the Study of Animal Behaviour.
Last year I defended my HDR, which means that I am now officially able to supervise PhD students. The thesis I wrote for the HDR was about structure and evolution of social networks in animals. Although living in groups has many advantages, it also involves certain disadvantages such as increased disease transmission and the need to make collective decisions. In theory, the social network properties optimizing decision accuracy and the spreading of information should also increase the disease transmission rate, creating a trade-off between decision-making efficiency and infection risk. I aimed at exploring this trade-off by examining social network properties and investigating how they might interact to maximize decision accuracy and minimize infection risk. This project was funded by three major and important grants by the French national research agency (ANR), the University of Strasbourg Institute for Advanced Study (USIAS) and the Fyssen foundation. These institutions support original, potentially path-breaking research by means of fellowships, seminars, conferences and visiting grants. Thanks to this funding, several (at least 10) papers are submitted or in preparation. These numerous papers and grants gave me the possibility to supervise many young researchers, PhD students, master students and postdoctoral researchers. Whereas some of these were hired thanks to the grants I had won, various students/postdocs contacted me directly, since they wanted to apply for grants or fellowships in order to carry out projects under my supervision and expertise in social networks science.