Funding opportunities for Master students in Biostatistics and PhD students in Biometry

In the framework of its partnership with the African Excellence Centre in Mathematical sciences and applications (Institute of Mathematics and Physical Sciences), the Laboratoire de Biomathématiques et d’Estimations Forestières (University of Abomey-Calavi), is pleased to announce a special scholarship programme funded by the World Bank Group. The scholarship programme is designed to support outstanding and motivated students in Biostatistics with a special focus on female students. The programme will provide half of the tuition fees and a monthly allowance of XOF 100 000 for two – years for Master candidates, while a monthly allowance of XOF 150 000 for three – years for PhD candidates.


To be eligible student must:

  • be Benin citizen;
  • get registered in the Master programme in Biostatistics of the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences ( Master candidates);
  • get registered in PhD programme in Biometry (for PhD student);
  • have excellent academic records in mathematics and related sciences.

Female candidates are highly encouraged to apply.

How to apply? Read More

Call for application (6th batch of students in Biostatistics for the academic year 2018-2019)

The coordination of the Master in Statistics major Biostatistics of the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences of the University of Abomey-Calavi (UAC) is pleased to lunch the opening of the submission of application for the selection of students for the 6th batch of students for the academic year 2018-2019.

Additional information on the Master and the application materials are available in the attached flyer or on the link

Application materials can be submitted:

Important dates are:

  • Starting date for submission of applications: June 01, 2017
  • Closing date for submission of applications: July 30th 2017

For more information please:

Looking forward to hearing you

22 and 29 December 2017: Special conferences, Save the dates

In the frame of its scientific activities, the LABEF is pleased to announce two special conferences to close the incredible year 2017. Please save the dates:

22 December 2017

  • Topic: Uncovering the evolutionary history and historical biogeography of cycad
  • Hours: 17h00-18h15
  • Presenter: Prof. Kowiyou Yessifou, Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies, University of Johannesburg
  • Venue: Conference room of LABEF (second floor of the building F/CBIG)
  • Language: English/French
  • Abstract: Download here

29 December 2017

  • Topic: Diversity and Biomass relationship in forest ecosystems: from political to scientific considerations
  • Hours: 17h00-18h15
  • Presenter: Dr. Ir. Sylvanus Mensah, LABEF/FSA/UAC
  • Venue: Conference room of LABEF (second floor of the building F/CBIG)
  • Language: English/French
  • Abstract: Download here

Recipients of the CEA-SMA Scholarship

Following the evaluation of applications and interviews, the Laboratoire de Biomathématiques et d’Estimations Forestières (University of Abomey-Calavi) and the African Excellence Centre in Mathematical Sciences and Applications (Institute of Mathematics and Physical Sciences), are pleased to announce the list of recipients of the special scholarship programme funded by the World Bank Group.

Master students

Last name First name Nationality Gender
GNANVI Janyce Benin F
DETE Clarisse Benin F
HOUNGBO Mahugnon Ezekiel Benin M
SOUAIBOU  Amidou Benin M
OLA Gloria Benin F
BOCOVO A. Prisca Sèflin Benin F
SALANON Angelique N. Benin F
DEGILA Immaculée Benin F


PhD students

Last name First name Country Gender
TOVISSODE Frédérick Benin M
LOKONON Bruno Benin M
TCHANDAO Essomanda Togo M
AMAGNIDE Aubin Benin M

Scientific seminar of December 2017

In the frame of its monthly scientific seminars, the LABEF is pleased to announce that the seminar of the month of December 2017 will be on the topic: Mainstreaming biodiversity in the economic development in Benin: Implications for research

Details of the seminar are as follows:

  • Topic: Mainstreaming biodiversity in the economic development in Benin: Implications for research
  • Date: Monday, December 18th, 2017
  • Hours: 17h00-18h15
  • Presenter: Ir. Hugue AKPONA, Forest Officier, National office for Water Resources, Forests and Wildlife
  • Venue: Conference room of LABEF (second floor of the building F/CBIG)
  • Language: French
  • Abstract: Download here

The African Mathematical School of Abomey-Calavi (Benin), 22 – 28 january 2018: Calls for Application

The Laboratoire de Biomathématiques et d’Estimations Forestières (LABEF) of the Université d’Abomey-Calavi (UAC) organizes from 22 to 28 january 2018 at Abomey-Calavi, with the support of the International Center for Pure and Applied Mathematics (ICPAM), a workshop titled « African Mathematical Schools »,

THEME : « mathematical modeling for epidemiology, ecology and conservation»

The African Mathematical School of Abomey-Calavi aims to:

  • Organize discussions about skills on « population matrix models » and «mixed effects models ».
  • Identify some appreciate students and provide them with possible opportunities to make doctorate studies
  • Establish collaboration between scientists of Africa, Latin America and Europa about the school themes.

The school will take place through conferences (courses), controlled works, lectures, studies of mini-projects and some tourism.

Five courses will be delivered by lecturers from various horizons:

  • Lecture I : Introduction to mathematical modeling, Prof Aboubacar Marcos, IMSP, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin.
  • Lecture II : Dynamical system, Prof Calistus Ngonghala, University of Florida, Gainesville, USA.
  • Lecture III: Structured population models, Prof Orou Gaoue, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, USA.
  • Lecture IV: Linear mixed effects models, Prof Romain Glèlè Kakaï of LABEF, University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin.
  • Lecture V: Survival data analysis, Prof Kossi Gneyou of University of Lomé, Togo.

General Information:

  • Participants: Postgarduate students (Msc and PhD students) and early-career researchers
  • Fee: Free of charge
  • Accomodation: Available only for foreign participants
  • Date: The School with be held : 22 – 28 January 2018
  • Venue : Laboratoire de Biomathématiques et d’Estimations Forestières (LABEF), University of Abomey-Calavi
  • Communication Language: French and/or English

To show your interest to participate in this School, please fill the application form (click here to download) and email it by December 15th, 2017 to :

For further information please contact Dr Valère Kolawolé SALAKO, Tel: (00229) 95346579 ou (00229) 96172729 ; Mail :


Conferences and seminars 2017-2018 in LABEF

The Director of the Laboratoire de Biomathématiques et d’Estimations Forestières (LABEF) at the University of Abomey-Calavi , Professor Glèlè Kakaï Romain and his team would like to thank you all for your effective participation in the Lab scientific activities during the academic year 2016-2017. Among other, ten scientific seminars and four courses in statistical analysis of data with R software were carried.

At the beginning of this new academic year 2017-2018, we would like to invite you to the scheduled scientific activities for coming months. (Click here to access the full programme).

Le séminaire scientifique inaugural des activités du LABEF portera sur :

Title : Biodiversity informatics and natural resources conservation in Benin (West Africa)
Date : November 10, 2017
Hour : 09h – 10h30
Venue : Conference room of LABEF
Speaker : Prof Jean Cossi GANGLO

Full professor in Forestry, Lecturer and Researcher at the Faculty of Agronomic Sciences, Director of the Laboratoire des Sciences Forestières, Country representative of Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) in Benin


Abstract : available here
Access : Free admission

Training opportunities offered by LABEF 2017-2018

Understanding and using statistical methods have become more necessary than ever in scientific research and decision-making. With the recent development in IT, statistics have evolved, and developed sophisticated tools and methods for processing complex data. The challenge today is less linked to data acquisition but rather more to how to handle and derive information and knowledge from existing complex data. Unfortunately, due to the lack of knowledge and good statistical ability, some researchers are unable to optimize the data they have acquire with much energy. The Laboratory of Biomathematics and Forestry Estimates (LABEF), in line with its objective of “raising awareness and improving the use of statistics in biological and social sciences”, offers for the academic year 2017-2018, three training modules, each of duration of one week (4 days: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday) in order to improve the capacity of students, researchers and professionals in data analysis with the free software R. The Laboratory also offers a special module on “Geographic Information System, Forest Modeling and Introduction to Geostatistics” with particular emphasis on species ecological niche modelling, a relatively new, but very popular, dynamic and useful domain.

The training modules offered for the academic year 2017-2018 are:

Module organization: Each module lasts four days [Monday to Tuesday-Thursday to Friday] each lasting 3 hours of courses and practices. Participants will be trained on how to report the results of statistical analysis for scientific articles and reports.

How to register: Participants can register for the module of their choice but no later than two weeks before the module starts. Registration is by sending the filled registration form (downloadable here) to or filling in the online registration form (available here).

Cost of each module: Each module costs 25,000 FCFA (~50 USD) to be paid no later than one week before the start of the chosen module.

Where to pay the participation fee? Secretariat of the LABEF, Tel: 67 80 86 30 — 65 32 84 65 — 96 17 27 29

How many places are available? The maximum number of places available for a module is 50.

Where will the trainings take place? The LABEF conference room

What is the training language? French

Prof. Achille Assogbadjo recognized for his outstanding research contribution


Prof. Achille Ephrem Assogbadjo of the University of Abomey-Calavi, Benin, is one of 52 individuals nominated for their outstanding contributions as African researchers in 2017. Nominated by the institutions for which they work, the 52 nominees are acknowledged by the Africa Science Report for their phenomenal scientific work towards addressing poverty unemployment and inequality. Prof. Assogbadjo is particularly recognized for his efforts in sustainable resource management.

He is an agronomist and forester with a special interest in non-timber forest products. He holds a PhD in Applied Biological Sciences and has experience in population genetics, ethnobotany, conservation and domestication of forest genetic resources used by indigenous people.

He belongs to more than 10 scientific networks such as the medicinal and edible forest plants network of the South Saharan African Forest Genetic Programme, the Society of Economic Botany, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Commission on Protected Areas, and the IUCN Species Survival Commission specialist group on wild crop relatives for which he is a regional leader for the sub-Saharan Africa region.

He has been awarded more than 20 individual research grants and 10 regional and international research projects, including from RUFORUM where he is the Principal Investigator for a baobab research team that is exploring the use of this iconic tree to address human nutrition and fodder needs of communities in Benin ( He has been involved in several other projects on ecosystems management, sustainable management of natural resources and/or endangered plant species conservation and domestication.

He has participated in more than 70 international conferences and 20 training workshops. To date, he has graduated more than 60 BSc, 60 MSc, and three PhD students with eight MScs and eight PhDs currently registered.

His research since 2000 has yielded more than 120 scientific publications in international peer-reviewed journals, books and proceedings of scientific conferences.

His research has earned him four international prizes: the Ebi Kimanani Memorial Fellowship Award in 2008 (Peru), the Heinz and Johannes Prize for the best scientific research paper on ecology in Africa in 2009 (Germany), and a prize of the Belgian Development Cooperation in 2010.

In 2014, he was awarded the honorary title, The Name in Science, by the Socrates Committee (Oxford, UK).

Adapted from the Science in Africa Report

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