The scientific departments, created in 2015 by article 5-4 of the statutes of the University of Montpellier, are extended in their HR competences until 31/08/2022.

List of Scientific Departments

Head of Department: Bruno Touraine

General presentation: The Biology-Agrosciences Scientific Department groups together the laboratories (mixed research units, UMR) under the supervision of the University of Montpellier working in the vast field of biological sciences related to agronomy. This group covers all disciplines related to plant biology in the broad sense, from molecular biology to ecophysiology, microorganism-host-environment interactions, and biotechnologies and bioprocesses using agricultural resources for food or non-food purposes. By federating these UMRs of the University of Montpellier, the Biology-Agrosciences Scientific Department ensures the link between world-renowned research and university training in these fields.

Disciplines: Plant Biology; Biology of Microorganism/Host-Environment Interactions; Biotechnology; Bioprocessing for food and non-food purposes.

Keywords: Fundamental plant biology on model organisms; Microbiology; Plant breeding; Crop protection; Beneficial interactions; Adaptation of plants to environmental constraints; Food quality; Food safety; Valorisation of plant production for food or non-food purposes; Biomaterials; Biofuels.

Outreach : The Montpellier site is the leading French research site in the field of Plant Sciences. It brings together numerous UMRs and research teams specialising in interactions between micro-organisms and eukaryotic organisms, which enjoy an international reputation. It also excels in the field of Process Sciences applied to agro-resources for food and non-food applications. The Montpellier facility is therefore characterised by the coverage of a wide range of disciplines focused on the acquisition of fundamental knowledge on model biological systems, plant breeding, crop protection, plant adaptation to environmental constraints, the role of microorganisms in agronomy and the environment, food quality and safety, and the valorisation of plant production for food and non-food purposes. The wide variety of study models facilitates the development of translational biology approaches, allowing data acquired on model biological systems to be transferred to species and conditions of agronomic interest and/or to biotechnological applications. Thanks to its broad disciplinary coverage, its ability to link basic research and applications and its unique position between northern and southern countries, the Montpellier site is internationally recognised in the fields of biology and agrosciences.


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Head of Department: Adam Ali

General presentation: the domain of our community covers fundamental and applied environmental sciences, concerning the biotic and physical environment. Our disciplinary field thus includes ecology, the study of evolutionary history and processes, the reconstruction of past climates, the study of the deep and superficial envelopes of the Earth, their couplings and the flows of energy and matter between them. We are developing applications in the fields of agronomy, fisheries, domestication, health, natural water and soil hazards, and resource management.

Keywords : Environment; Population dynamics; Ecology; Resource management; Geology; Hydrology.

Outreach: our department is integrated, in coordination with research and development organisations, into one of the world's leading sites in environmental disciplines. Our site is also distinguished by its involvement in development cooperation with the countries of the South, in our various application sectors.

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Head of Department: Jean-Yves Le Guennec

General presentation: The Scientific Department entitled: "Scientific Department Biology-Health" (DSBS), is in charge of coordinating research and strengthening the research-training link in the thematic field of Biology-Health. The Scientific Department Biology-Health includes 25 research structures and 3 support and research units.

Disciplines: Biology; Biotechnology; Medicine; Pharmacology; Physiology; Odontology.

Keywords : Cancer; Genetics; Epigenetics; Infectiology; Experimental and regenerative medicine; Neuroscience.

Rayonnement : The excellence of the research structures within the DSBS can be measured through the numerous ERCs obtained during the last contract and the high publication rate which makes the UM one of the leading universities in France in fundamental biology. It also hosts many ATIP/AVENIR teams.


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Head of Department: Joulia Larionova

General presentation:
The Scientific Department of Chemistry groups together 5 research structures located on different sites as well as 3 technological platforms and 2 research service platforms open to the whole community are attached to the Department:
On the other hand, it associates 6 Training and Research Units, Schools and Institutes:

and 3 Doctoral Schools:

The Department has a permanent staff of 533 people attached to various supervisory bodies (UM, CNRS, ENSCM and CEA), including 226 teacher-researchers, 134 researchers and 173 research support staff.
The research and development activities are based on the skills of the constituent research structures with their own specificities, with the sole objective of developing chemistry for the benefit of mankind and its environment, with three priority areas: health and protection of mankind, sustainable chemistry and energy, materials and vectors.
The Department is at the interface with 4 other Scientific Departments of the University of Montpellier: MIPS, Biology - Health, Biology - AgroSciences and B3ESTE.
Moreover, at the level of the whole community of chemists, it is part of the Pôle Chimie Balard which groups together all the chemists of the Montpellier academy (

Disciplines: Chemical Sciences and its interfaces

Keywords: Chemistry for health, biology and pharmacy, green and sustainable chemistry, materials and processes for energy.


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Head of Department: Edmond Baranes

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The Scientific Department of Economics is one of the 9 scientific departments of the University of Montpellier. Its main mission is to coordinate research and strengthen the research-training link in Economics.

The Economics Department brings together teacher-researchers and researchers and technical staff from organisations such as CNRS, INRA, CIRAD, etc. In total, there are more than 70 teacher-researchers and researchers working in the field of economics research and developing interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary projects in connection with the Economics field.

The research work and activities of the Scientific Department of Economics are mainly based on four themes:

  • Sectoral public policies, innovation and sustainable development;
  • Health policies, emerging norms and equity;
  • Development, agriculture and public policy in the territories;
  • Environmental economics, natural resources and biodiversity.

The Economics Department is also involved in three LabEx: LabEx Agro-Fondation Agropolis, LaBex CeMEB and LabEx Entreprendre.

Disciplines: Economics

Keywords: Public policy; Development and Territories; Social ethics; Competition; Industries; Digital economy; Energy; Transport; Health; Regulation; Environment; Natural resources; Biodiversity.

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Head of Department: Sylvain Wagnon

General presentation: The Education Department brings together two research structures, LIRDEF (Interdisciplinary Laboratory in Didactics Education Training - EA 3749) and SanteSih (Health, Education and Disability Situations - EA 4614), whose work covers the issues of teaching/learning, vocational training in a variety of contexts (school, social, health, etc.) and the production and reduction of disability situations.

Disciplines: Education Sciences; Didactics of disciplines (maths, sciences, languages, arts, etc.); STAPS; Political Sciences; Sociology; Psychology.

Keywords : Education; Teaching; Learning; Training; Disability; Public policy.

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Head of Department: Véronique Bessière

General presentation : The Management scientific department gathers within the Montpellier Research in Management (MRM) laboratory all the management research teams of the University of Montpellier, Montpellier Business School and the University of Perpignan Via Domitia. MRM has more than 140 permanent researchers and 90 PhD students, making it one of the largest management laboratories in France.
As a management laboratory, it is mainly affiliated to the Montpellier Doctoral School of Economics and Management (EDEG, ED n°231).
Since September 2011, MRM is the coordinating laboratory of the LABEX "Entreprendre".
Disciplines: Management.

Keywords: Management; Innovation; Responsible management; Accounting; Entrepreneurship; Finance; HRM; Marketing; Strategy, Information systems. Altermanagement.


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Head of Department: Marc Herzlich

General presentation: The scientific department "Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics and Systems" (MIPS) brings together the research laboratories of the University of Montpellier in all disciplines of mathematics, physical sciences and information and communication sciences and technologies.
The 7 laboratories of the department bring together about 500 permanent teacher-researchers and researchers and 400 non-permanent researchers and teachers (including 300 PhD students), working in all the fields of the MIPS sector. They are supported by more than 200 technical and administrative staff. The department also runs 8 technological or research service platforms with high-performance research equipment.
The department also contributes to strengthening the link between research and university education in its thematic area, in association with the Faculty of Science, the Faculty of Medicine, the Montpellier University Polytechnic School (Polytech Montpellier) and the 3 University Institutes of Technology of the University of Montpellier.

Disciplines: Mathematics; Computer Science; Physics and Astrophysics; Mechanics and Civil Engineering; Electronics, Micro and Nano Electronics; Robotics.

Outreach : The laboratories of the MIPS Scientific Department are internationally recognised in all disciplines of the thematic sector. They are home to 2 winners of European Research Council (ERC) calls for projects, 7 members of the Institut Universitaire de France (and 7 former members) and 8 recipients of CNRS medals and prizes. They are involved in 4 Laboratories of Excellence (LabEx) and 4 Equipments of Excellence (EquipEx) funded by the Programme Investissements d'Avenir. In particular, the Scientific Department was at the origin of the LabEx NuMEV (Numerical and Material Solutions for the Environment and Life) intended to strengthen the interfaces between the "hard sciences" and the whole of the biology and environment research of the Montpellier site. These top-level research activities enable the University of Montpellier to rank highly in many international rankings specialising in 'physics and astronomy', 'physical sciences and engineering' or 'mathematics and computer science'.


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