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MAN-IMAL Master’s Degree as Continuing Education

Interview with Sylvain Parnaudeau

We met Sylvain Parnaudeau, our first Continuing Education student, after his master's thesis defence.
Here are his answers to our questions.


What was your initial training?

I did an Advanced technician certificate in biotechnologies and a complementary training after that. It allowed me to be hired by IFREMER (French Research Institute for Exploitation of the Sea) at the end of my studies.

What was your job at IFREMER before joining the MAN-IMAL Master’s Degree "From Animal to Man: Analysing and Managing Health and Food Risks"?

I was a laboratory technician, specialised in searching for human viruses in the marine environment, especially in shellfish meant for human consumption: for example, gastroenteritis viruses that you can encounter in oysters.

What motivated you to apply for MAN-IMAL Master’s Degree?

After 15 years at IFREMER, I wanted to evolve to get more responsibilities and to validate my experiential learning through a diploma.
I was already working in a pluridisciplinary field (human and veterinary health, environment, food science) so the MAN-IMAL Master’s Degree suited my expectations. I didn’t want to specialise in one particular area.
I was also attracted by the fact that the pedagogical team includes of a lot of professionals. That way, the training gets even more practical and concrete.

What will you do now that your internship is over?

I chose to do my internship in a company using innovative methods to identify the bacteria of the human microbiota. I used these techniques in my work there and they will be easily adapted to my work at IFREMER.
After the MAN-IMAL Master’s Degree, I will become an executive and expand my research field: how did the viruses get to these oysters? How can we restrain contamination? What are the consequences on the environment and the people? I will be able to adopt a real One World, One Health approach.

Beyond the scientific aspect, what did MAN-IMAL bring you?

The classes on multicultural communication surprised me the most. I had already worked in international environments and I had encountered difficulties that I think I would be able to overcome now.
In the end, the Health Organisation and Policies, Management and Communication teaching unit provides skills that could be useful to a lot of professions.